I don't have a system yet. My boat
does have an Icom
M600 marine SSB
that is usable for HF email. I will need a modem
and the wiring
to complete the system.
There are several good sources on the net to learn about HF email. There is a free system that is used on the Ham radio frequencies called winlink. (winlink.org) As it is on the Ham frequencies, you are subject to the limitations of the license
, such as no for profit business allowed. You have to get a license
in most new countries you want to communicate from as you travel. This is mostly an exercise in paperwork and fees
once you have a ticket from your home country.
You can use the same hardware
on the marine
HF frquencies. This requires a subscription of about $250 a year. (sailmail.com). It allows commercial
use, and use from countries that allow use of marine SSBs.
There are a couple of other systems out there as well, but they all use the same hardware
. See hfradio.com for more details on the radios you can use. The radio is like your phone
line. And, like with a phone
line, you also need a modem. In this case a pactor
II modem (http://www.scs-ptc.com/
). And of course you need a computer. Most use "airmail" as the email software
Good luck with the ham ticket. I have been a ham for 28 years, since I was 12.
Woody - AA7HN