Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Let's look at a few real world facts
Responses in line:
> 1. Virtually no ships on HF these days. anything useful is on ham bands
Not consistent with my experience. Things are no more nor no less chatty than in the last three decades.
> 2. Link calls to landlines has almost disappeared, ham still has them but
> primarily in the US. Certainly in Europe
There is no mf links left and I'm
> not sure even if lyngby are doing link calls.
In the US you can get easy ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship from ShipCom.com at $0.99/minute, not minimum, no fees
. I believe there is a Med facility also but I don't have the data in hand.
Ham is still easy and free.
> 3. An iSatphone phone
costs 440 dollars with calls at about $1 /minute.
> A new SSB installation
is well over $4000 if you include back stay
> modifications, pactor
etc. buy a lot of sat airtime with the difference.
> You'd buy two isatphones for the price
of a pactor modem
Apples and oranges. Most cruisers rapidly become disenchanted with their handheld sat phones and add car kits, marine
antennas, data cords, and more. The total installation
costs end up being pretty close to the same.
> 4. Leisure HF is most definitely on the decline, stats like boats so
> equipped on the ARC
show a steady drift to sat phone
. Sat phones have
> been in the majority in the recent years a compete turnaround from 10
> years ago.
I can't speak to the ARC
so I'll have to take you at your word. Traffic on the marine
and ham nets is not down.
> 5. For weather
a sat phone and data connection is far more useful then
Free synoptic charts
and GRiBs (if you swing that way) over HF e-mail vice pay as you go on sat phones. How is that more useful? You can get everything that sat phones offer cheaper over HF.
> 6. As to HF/MF cruiser nets. In my experience they seem to be on the
> decline ( I'm a ham radio
operator) maybe due to the increase in sat
> phones. There still are many impromptu VHF
My experience differs.