"How are the guys who race
around the world getting weather
I think the song goes "Money makes the world go 'round.."
Anyone can buy comms these days, the only question is how much performance you need and whether you're willing to pay for it. In the big races I would guess $pon$or$hip is also involved for publicity.
You can use a 5-watt handheld VHF radio
to chat with the astronauts on the ISS too. VHF
isn't the only way to go, and the speed is much less than microwave, but using VHF also means no cranky antenna
alignments to deal with. A very good thing for a small boat in the ocean.<G>