I've decided to go with both because I'd like to keep in touch with fellow cruisers and gab a bit just to break the monotony. Sometimes I'd have a desire to talk instead of sand on teak
. I've weighed the cost of a sat phone
and the ease of use and a desire to keep my extended family
free from worry is worth it to me. The best I can tell, 3000 minutes over a two year period would cost about a hundred dollars a month. 3 dollars a day for 4 minutes a day to hear a cheerful voice is worth it to me.
My friends could get a map and track my progress as well as inform me of any unfortunate weather
It appears that a SSB can be had for under a thousand dollars. and a HAM license
would be no problem. Of course, that's just me. just drink one less beer
per day and I'm talking. I drink good beer