I just acquired a used sat-c setup. Iíll be installing the unit next month.
I acquired the unit primarily for receiving Safetynet messages whilst crossing oceans, the ability to call upon medical
advice if necessary and having the ability to send out GMDSS distress
I understand that the above services are free of charge from Inmarsat. However, I see that I need to sign up with a third party Accounting Authority (AA). My google
searches have found that most of the AA websites are aimed at commercial shipping
and do not reveal any prices.
My questions are:
1) How do I acquire the unique IMN code starting with a 4? Does the AA do this on my behalf?
2) Which AAs are recommended which do not charge an annual fee? I expect there to be a one off activation fee. Which ones are cruiser friendly?
3) If I use the unit for backup email
, which AA offers the best prepaid rates?
The vessel is UK flagged.
Thanks in advance and I appreciate details of any first hand experiences.