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Old 16-02-2013, 08:16   #1
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Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat

Hi all,

My boat came with a Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat TT-3022D Inmarsat-C device.

I'm unfamiliar with satellite services, and I' trying to figure out if this device is at all useful. The software provided is PC software from around 2000. I use a Mac, and I'm not sure if the software would still run on current PC's. I can't seem to locate any useful information on the Web, Thrane & Thrane have been sold to Cobham.

Can anyone tell me if this is still a useful device for satellite communication, and where I would go for updated software?

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Re: Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat

Steve,
Not exactly sure what info / guidance you need, but I'll try to pass on some things in brief....(and, as much of this is easily available, I suspect you need some "real-world" / practical info, which I also have....)


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Originally Posted by steve.garlick View Post
My boat came with a Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat TT-3022D Inmarsat-C device.
I'm unfamiliar with satellite services, and I' trying to figure out if this device is at all useful.
1) Yes, it is VERY useful, especially for those voyaging across oceans, circumnavigating, and/or cruising far remote locales....
2) INMARSAT C (aka "Sat C") is not only part of the international GMDSS, where (with its SafteyNET) it is the primary text weather source for offshore/hi-seas waters, a secondary distress signaling system, and used for the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), and a low-speed data (600 baud) text communications system.....
But is also used as a vessel reporting/tracking system, fisheries monitoring system, and also used for low-speed routine data communications such as test-only e-mails, by any user of the system....

See here for details on INMARSAT-C....
http://www.inmarsat.com/services/mar...ety/inmarsat-c
Inmarsat - SafetyNET - Maritime Safety Services

And for details on the GMDSS itself...
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS / World Marine Weather Forecast
Inmarsat - What is the GMDSS - Maritime Safety Services


INMARSAT-C is a very robust and reliable system, where the up-front equipment costs are relatively high ($3000-$4000), with moderate to low-cost LOW-SPEED data...

{My opinion here: IMARSAT-C terminals on cruising sailboats are most useful for those voyaging across oceans and well offshore in remote regions....and as such have traditionally been a sign of serious voyagers, although recently some find more "modern" communications systems (Iridium, HF-Radio, PACTOR, etc.) to be more "useful per dollar invested" (but if you're considering rounding the great capes, and/or spending years voyaging thru remote locales, I still think INMARSAT-C is a FINE choice!!!)... }







3) Even with a name (and ownership) change, you should find the folks at Cobham (Thrane/Sailor) to be very helpful....and I'd recommend contacting them directly for specific questions on specific products....(although in general most stand-alone Sat-C terminals use an RS-232 port to connect to a computer and it's very possible that any "terminal program" should be able to work...)
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....Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat TT-3022D.....
The software provided is PC software from around 2000. I use a Mac, and I'm not sure if the software would still run on current PC's. I can't seem to locate any useful information on the Web, Thrane & Thrane have been sold to Cobham.
Can anyone tell me if this is still a useful device for satellite communication, and where I would go for updated software?
But, until then, all the user and installation manuals are available on-line...

Look here for the manuals, software, tech support, etc....
Thrane & Thrane - Powered By Kayako SupportSuite
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I hope all the above helps....

Fair winds...
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Steve,
Just in case my response on the Sat-C's weather broadcasts wasn't informative enough, be aware that these are broadcast 2 - 4 times a day, for each region (METAREA), and while they do cover large areas and can seem more generalized than small area forecasts, they are usually very accurate and reliable (as many met offices include near real-time ship reports into their forecast models, in addition to the 21st century technologies such as satellite imaging, ranging, and wind/wave measurements from space...)

Some transmissions also include the regional NAVTEX (coastal weather out to 250nm) weather broadcasts from various locations in their METAREAS.....

And, please understand that this is all FREE...you buy the INMARSAT-C terminal, and you get theses SafetyNET Broadcasts for free...
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Inmarsat-C SafetyNET is an internationally adopted, automated satellite system for promulgating weather forecasts and warnings, marine navigational warnings and other safety related information to all types of vessels and is part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). There are no user fees associated with receiving SafetyNET broadcasts.

For more detailed info, have a look here...
INMARSAT-C SafetyNET
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssSafteyNet
OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS / World Marine Weather Forecast
OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS / World Marine Weather Forecast
OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS / World Marine Weather Forecast





And, FYI, here is one of this mornings AOR-W broadcast, High Seas forecast for the Western N. Atlantic (METAREA IV).....
Quote:
FZNT01 KWBC 171548
HSFAT1

HIGH SEAS FORECAST FOR METAREA IV
NWS OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER WASHINGTON DC
1630 UTC SUN FEB 17 2013

CCODE/1:31:04:01:00/AOW/NWS/CCODE
SUPERSEDED BY NEXT ISSUANCE IN 6 HOURS

SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY
BE MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT

PAN PAN

NORTH ATLANTIC NORTH OF 31N TO 67N AND WEST OF 35W

SYNOPSIS VALID 1200 UTC FEB 17
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC FEB 18
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC FEB 19

.WARNINGS.

...HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING...
.LOW 39N68W 979 MB MOVING NE 30 KT AND INTENSIFYING. WITHIN 180
NM S AND 120 NM W QUADRANTS WINDS 45 TO 60 KT. SEAS 12 TO 24 FT.
ALSO WITHIN 360 NM S AND 240 NM W AND NW QUADRANTS WINDS 35 TO
50 KT. SEAS 10 TO 20 FT. ELSEWHERE N OF 31N AND WITHIN 720 NM
SE...840 NM SW...AND 300 NM NW QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS
8 TO 16 FT
.12 HOUR FORECAST LOW 45N63W 957 MB. WITHIN 360 NM S QUADRANT
WINDS 55 TO 70 KT. SEAS 22 TO 44 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW 48N60W 958 MB. WITHIN 480 NM S QUADRANT
WINDS 40 TO 55 KT. SEAS 22 TO 42 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN 360 NM
SE...960 NM S...420 NM W...AND 540 NM NE QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO
40 KT. SEAS 10 TO 24 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW 49N52W 977 MB. WITHIN 720 NM S QUADRANT
WINDS 35 TO 50 KT. SEAS 20 TO 32 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN 900 NM S
AND 660 NM SW QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS 12 TO 28 FT.

...STORM WARNING...
.LOW 54N34W 973 MB JUST E OF AREA MOVING SE 20 KT. OVER FORECAST
WATERS WITHIN 480 NM W SEMICIRCLE...EXCEPT 240 NM W QUADRANT
WINDS 40 TO 55 KT. SEAS 22 TO 32 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN 720 NM W
SEMICIRCLE...EXCEPT 360 NM W QUADRANT WINDS 25 TO 40 KT. SEAS 12
TO 24 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW E OF AREA 51N25W 988 MB. OVER FORECAST
WATERS FROM 42N TO 52N AND E OF 42W AREA OF WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS
12 TO 20 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS E OF AREA.

...STORM WARNING...
.24 HOUR FORECAST NEW LOW 60N38W 998 MB. WITHIN 180 NM NW
QUADRANT WINDS 35 TO 50 KT. SEAS 18 TO 24 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN
120 NM SW AND 360 NM NW AND N QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS
10 TO 18 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW DISSIPATED. FROM 54N TO 60N BETWEEN 40W
AND 55W AREA OF WINDS 30 TO 45 KT. SEAS 10 TO 18 FT.

...GALE WARNING...
.WITHIN 240 NM N OF A FRONT FROM 44N62W TO 41N54W TO 38N47W
WINDS 25 TO 40 KT. SEAS 8 TO 14 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS ABSORBED BY LOW 48N60W.

...HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING...
.MODERATE TO HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY OVER ICE FREE WATERS N OF 64N
AND W OF THE GREENLAND COAST.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LITTLE CHANGE.
.48 HOUR FORECAST MODERATE TO HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY W AND NW OF A
LINE FROM 62N57W TO 67N53W.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.LOW 57N61W 1014 MB MOVING NW 15 KT. WITHIN 180 NM NE QUADRANT
WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS IN ICE FREE WATERS LESS THAN 8 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW 60N66W 1011 MB. WITHIN 240 NM NE QUADRANT
WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS IN ICE FREE WATERS LESS THAN 8 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW DISSIPATED AND CONDITIONS DIMINISHED.

.WITHIN 120 NM W AND SW OF A LINE FROM 60N46W TO 64N51W AREA OF
NW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 8 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS DIMINISHED.

.48 HOUR FORECAST WITHIN 180 NM W OF A LINE FROM 60N54W TO
67N52W AREA OF N WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 12 FT.

.48 HOUR FORECAST WITHIN 120 NM E OF THE GREENLAND COAST WINDS
20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 9 TO 14 FT.

.DENSE FOG. VSBY OCCASIONALLY LESS THAN 1 NM FROM 41N TO 45N
BETWEEN 56W AND 64W.
.24 HOUR FORECAST DENSE FOG FROM 42N TO 48N BETWEEN 42W AND 50W.
.48 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS MOVED E OF AREA.

.HIGH 40N41W 1023 MB MOVING SE 25 KT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST HIGH E OF AREA 35N32W 1022 MB.

.48 HOUR FORECAST HIGH 32N67W 1030 MB.

.FORECASTER ACHORN. OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 31N W OF 35W INCLUDING CARIBBEAN SEA AND
GULF OF MEXICO

SYNOPSIS VALID 1200 UTC SUN FEB 17.
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC MON FEB 18.
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC TUE FEB 19.

.WARNINGS.

...ATLC GALE WARNING...
.ATLC COLD FRONT 31N69W TO 22N78W. N OF 29N W OF FRONT TO 77W
W TO NW WINDS 30 TO 35 KT. SEAS 12 TO 17 FT.
.12 HOUR FORECAST WINDS BELOW GALE FORCE.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.ATLC...EXCEPT AS NOTED IN WARNINGS...W OF FRONT NW WINDS 25 TO
30 KT. SEAS TO 12 FT. N OF 26N E OF FRONT TO 60W SW WINDS 20
TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 11 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST COLD FRONT 31N56W TO 23N65W THEN SHEAR LINE
TO 19N69W. N OF 28N W OF FRONT TO 75W NW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT.
SEAS 12 TO 15 FT E OF BAHAMAS. S OF 28N W OF FRONT TO E OF
BAHAMAS N TO NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 11 FT IN NW SWELL.
N OF 28N WITHIN 120 NM E OF FRONT SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS
TO 10 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST COLD FRONT 31N45W TO 27N51W THEN SHEAR LINE
TO 22N62W. N OF 29N W OF FRONT TO 55W W TO NW WINDS 20 TO 25
KT. SEAS 12 TO 17 FT IN NW SWELL. FROM 24N TO 29N W OF FRONT
TO 70W NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 10 FT E OF BAHAMAS. S OF
24N W OF BOUNDARY E OF BAHAMAS NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS TO 11 FT IN NW SWELL.

.ATLC N OF 25N E OF 40W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 9 FT IN
NW SWELL.
.18 HOUR FORECAST WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS LESS THAN 8 FT.

.ATLC S OF 19N E OF 55W NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 10 FT.
S OF 19N FROM 55W TO 61W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 8 FT IN
E SWELL.
.24 HOUR FORECAST S OF 20N E OF 61W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS TO 10 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST S OF 22N E OF 61W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS TO 10 FT.

.CARIBBEAN FROM 12N TO 14N BETWEEN 70W AND 74W NE TO E WINDS 20
TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 8 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS MERGE WITH PARAGRAPH BELOW.

.CARIBBEAN DISSIPATING COLD FRONT 21N73W TO 15N83W. W OF FRONT
N WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 100 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST SHEAR LINE 21N73W TO 15N83W. W OF 70W
NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 10 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST SHEAR LINE DIFFUSE. FROM 10N TO 13N BETWEEN
72W AND 78W NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT. SEAS 10 TO 13 FT. ELSEWHERE
FROM 10N TO 18N E OF 83W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 10
FT. ELSEWHERE S OF 20N E OF 85W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO
8 FT.

.GULF OF MEXICO S OF 28N E OF 85W N WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS TO 10 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST W OF 93W SE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 9 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST COLD FRONT 30N89W TO 26N97W. N OF 28N E OF
FRONT TO 85W S TO SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 8 FT.

.REMAINDER OF AREA WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS LESS THAN 8 FT.

$$
.FORECASTER WALLY BARNES. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.
Although this is a wide-area (High Seas) forecast, be aware that when significant weather is forecast, the detail is greater and the areas are more concisely defined....further:
Quote:
Beginning in the 2002 hurricane season, the National Weather Service began broadcasting Hurricane Forecast/Advisories ("TCM's") prepared by the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center via SafetyNET. The forecast/advisories contain more detailed information on the forecasted track of tropical storms than contained in the high seas forecasts.


And, this mornings AOR-W broadcast of the SW N. Atl. Offshore Forecast (Miami, FL NAVTEX)....
Quote:
FZNT25 KNHC 171516
OFFN04

NAVTEX MARINE FORECAST
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
1016 AM EST SUN FEB 17 2013

...PLEASE REFER TO COASTAL WATERS FORECASTS (CWF) AVAILABLE
THROUGH NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER MEANS FOR DETAILED
COASTAL WATERS FORECASTS...

SOUTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO

.SYNOPSIS...FAST MOVING COLD FRONT MOVED SE OF REGION. FRESH TO
STRONG N BREEZE ACROSS MOST OF EASTERN AND SOUTHERN GULF
DIMINISH FROM W TO E LATER TODAY AS HIGH PRES BUILDS. FRESH
RETURN S BREEZE SETS UP OVER WESTERN GULF TODAY AND SPREAD E
INCREASING TO A STRONG BREEZE MON. WEAKER COLD FRONT REACH NW
GULF TUE THEN STALL AND DISSIPATE OVER NORTHERN GULF WATERS WED.

.TODAY...N TO NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT SUBSIDING TO
5 FT LATE.
.TONIGHT...NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.MON...E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.MON NIGHT...E TO SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.TUE...SE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
.WED...NE TO E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
.THU...E TO SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.

WITHIN 200 NM EAST OF THE COAST OF FLORIDA

.SYNOPSIS...STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS REGION TODAY AND
REACH FROM 26N65W TO WINDWARD PASSAGE EARLY TONIGHT...FROM 24N65W
TO HISPANIOLA EARLY MON THEN STALL AND TRANSITION TO SHEAR LINE
THROUGH MON NIGHT. GALE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED N OF 29N W OF FRONT
TO 77W. LARGE NW SWELL TO 17 FT ALONG 31N SUBSIDE TONIGHT THROUGH
WED. FRESH TO STRONG NE-E WINDS DEVELOP S OF 24N MON. WEAK COLD
FRONT REACH NW PORTION WED.

.TODAY...S OF 27N...NW TO N WINDS 20 TO 25 KT BECOMING N 15 TO
20 KT LATE. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT SUBSIDING TO 4 FT LATE. N OF 27N...NW
WINDS 25 TO 30 KT BECOMING N 20 TO 25 KT LATE. SEAS 8 TO 13 FT
SUBSIDING TO 7 FT LATE.
.TONIGHT...S OF 27N...N TO NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
N OF 27N...NW TO N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT BECOMING N 10 TO 15 KT LATE.
SEAS 6 TO 9 FT SUBSIDING TO 5 FT LATE.
.MON...NE TO E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT S OF 27N AND 10 TO 15 KT N OF
27N. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.MON NIGHT...E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT S OF 27N AND E TO SE 10 TO 15
KT N OF 27N. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.
.TUE...SE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
.WED...N TO NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
.THU...E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.



And, this morning's AOR-E broadcast of the Med's weather (METAREA III)....
Quote:
FQMQ54 LFPW 170833

Weather bulletin on METAREA 3, METEO-FRANCE,
Toulouse, Sunday 17 February 2013 at 09 UTC.
- Wind speed in BEAUFORT SCALE - Sea : Total significant.
- Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the significant height.
Part 1 : WARNING : None.
Part 2 : General synopsis, Sunday 17 at 00 UTC
Weak gradient of pressures over basin, around 1019, slowly decreasing and expected around 1015 by 18/00, then 1013 over south of basin by 18/12 UTC but 1017 over north.
Part 3 : Forecasts to Monday 18 at 12 UTC
EAST OF CABRERA :
Southerly 2 to 4. Smooth or slight. Some showers.
BALEARES :
Southerly 2 to 4, becoming Variable 1 to 3 at end of night but temporarily Northwest 4 or 5 over Gulf of Valencia, then becoming North or Northeast 2 to 4 at end of morning. Smooth or slight. Some showers.
MINORQUE :
Variable 2 to 4, increasing Southerly 3 or 4 in the evening, then decreasing 2 to 4 in the morning but locally North in northwest. Smooth or slight. Some showers.
LION, PROVENCE :
Easterly 2 to 4, increasing 3 to 5 overnight, then increasing 4 or 5 at end of night, at times 6. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Some showers.
LIGURE, North of CORSE :
Mainly Northeasterly 2 to 4, increasing 3 to 5 overnight. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Some showers.
South of CORSE :
Variable 1 to 3, becoming mainly East or Southeast in the evening, locally 4 in Bonifacio strait axis. Smooth or slight.
SARDAIGNE :
Variable 1 to 3, increasing Southeast 2 to 4 in northeast at end of night, but Southerly in southwest. Smooth or slight. Some showers.
MADDALENA :
Northerly 2 to 4 from southeast to northwest. Smooth or slight.
ELBE :
North or Northeast 2 to 4, increasing 3 to 5 in the evening, then decreasing 2 to 4 tomorrow morning. Smooth or slight.
Weather bulletin on METAREA 3, METEO-FRANCE,
- Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the significant height.
ALBORAN :
Westerly increasing 4 to 6, temporarily 7 in north near coasts this afternoon, decreasing West or Southwest 3 or 4 at times 5 overnight, then becoming Variable 1 to 3 at end. Smooth or slight, locally moderate in north this afternoon and evening. Fog patches.
PALOS :
West or Southwest increasing 3 to 5 from east to west, then increasing 4 to 6 from west this evening, becoming Variable 1 to 3 in the morning. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Fog patches.
ALGER :
Easterly 3 or 4 in east but Westerly 3 or 4 in west, becoming Variable 2 to 4 overnight, then increasing West 3 to 5 from west in the morning. Slight, becoming slight or moderate in west tomorrow. Some showers. Fog patches.
WEST OF CABRERA :
Mainly Southerly 2 to 4, veering mainly Westerly overnight. Smooth or slight, becoming slight. Fog patches.
ANNABA :
East 2 to 4 in west but Northerly 1 to 3 in east, at times 4, becoming East or Southeast 2 to 4 from east to west overnight. Slight, becoming smooth or slight.
TUNISIE, CARBONARA, LIPARI, CIRCEO :
Variable 1 to 3. Smooth or slight, becoming smooth. Some showers.
Part 4 : Outlook for next 24 hours :
East of basin, Northerly moderate flow.
West of basin, Easterly moderate flow, becoming locally fresh over Alboran sea on tuesday.
NNNN


I hope this gives you more detail as to what is available for FREE, from an INMARSAT-C terminal....

Fair winds....

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Re: Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat

Thanks, John.

I'll take some time to digest all that info. I had a hazy idea of the capabilities. My question is more about this actual set. The software is from 2000 and I think is outmoded. I'm wondering if there is some terminal software (hopefully which runs on a Mac) with which I can communicate with the transceiver. I can't find any update information.

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Hi John,

The latest software version I could find on the Thrane&Thrane self-service site ran on DOS 2.0!! I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't keep updating software for such professional quality gear. Are there other possiblities for terminal programs? Is it just a terminal emulation program?

Seems that I can't get technical help from T&T unless I'm a 'business partner'

Really appreciated your help, its been difficult to navigate the information for this set.

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Steve,
Okay, now I'm clear on what info you're looking for....
And that you can find using theses links, and/or contacting Thrane (Cohbam)directly....

Understand that this is "commercial" equipment, designed/built to specific int'l standards/requirements, and as such is NOT designed to be easily interfaced to consumer products (such as Macs and laptops).....
And, remember with INMARSAT-C we are dealing with "plain text" only.....and using a very robust FEC 2:1 transmission, low-speed data rate (600 baud), so there is NO need for any "fancy" 21st century graphics, protocols, etc....
It's all low-speed, plain-text....



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3) Even with a name (and ownership) change, you should find the folks at Cobham (Thrane/Sailor) to be very helpful....and I'd recommend contacting them directly for specific questions on specific products....(although in general most stand-alone Sat-C terminals use an RS-232 port to connect to a computer and it's very possible that any "terminal program" should be able to work...) But, until then, all the user and installation manuals are available on-line...

Look here for the manuals, software, tech support, etc....
Thrane & Thrane - Powered By Kayako SupportSuite
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And, you CAN get support thru Thrane or even better, thru one of their distributors/sellers....(although on a Sunday morning, you're probably not going to get a hold of a "live person"...)

I was able to download the user, operations, and installation manuals from these links, in less than one minute.....and if you wait until Monday morning, you should be able to contact a Thrane/Sailor/Cohbam distr or resller, and probably a factory tech-support rep as well...



I hope this helps....

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Many thanks, John.

Appreciate the time and help.

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Steve,
You're welcome....

I'm not a Mac guy....
But, if you can run windows, there are many options for you....not the least of which are Thrane & Thrane Easy-Mail, and the stuff from SmartCom Software....

If you are unhappy with the new "Easy Mail", you can check out their Sat-C software here...
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hello John, .. I also use a TT-3022D but it gives lately error messages and I need a repair center --- did you make your system run? Maybe you can help me with a good repair shop?

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hello Steve, .. I also use a TT-3022D but it gives lately error messages and I need a repair center --- did you make your system run? Maybe you can help me with a good repair shop?

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Old 20-07-2017, 10:26   #11
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Re: Thrane and Thrane Fishery Capsat

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Originally Posted by steve.garlick View Post
...[is] there...some terminal software...which runs on a Mac..with which I can communicate with the transceiver.
Any recent version of MacOS includes a terminal program in its unix underlying software. See an article I wrote that describes a simple way to invoke the terminal using Applescript:

PolarView: Connecting AIS Receiver via USB - CONTINUOUSWAVE

Or, in a shell enter:

screen /dev/cu.yourDeviceNameHere 38400

For more information on screen, at the shell prompt type

man screen
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