Satphones all sound to be a wonderful part of 'new' sailing gear
. However, apart from teh running costs, with a phone
, you need someone on the other end to pick up and answer. An SSB
has hundreds of listeners 24/7. We have our own net with some friends and talk twice a day when travelling.
Therefore, I guess the answer in an ideal situation is both.
The 3G phones work much further than the 15nm mentioned earlier. I have a bluetooth handsfree device. So I hoist the phone
half way up the mast
, and talk through the bluetooth.
Alternatively, get an sms text ready to send to a group of people, push the send button and hoist the phone to the top of the mast
. I know this has worked in places that are about 65nm away from a town. It saves a long walk up a hill.