Keeping Connected: Communications for Cruisers Page 3

The rapid evolution of communications technology in the last decade has meant that more of us are able to keep in range of a regular cell phone. We asked many of the entrants in the 2006 ARC transatlantic rally how they planned to stay in contact with those back home and received a variety of answers. Here we describe what systems were chosen and why, and explain some of the
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GLOSSARY

HF: High Frequency (between 3-30MHz)

SSB: Single Sideband

Ham radio: Amateur radio

Amtor: Amateur Teletype Over Radio—the first popular digital communication protocol for radio

Clover: A higher-speed HF protocol utilizing multiple-tone, phase-shift encoding

Pactor: The most recent protocol for transmitting digital data via radio

MBO: Mailbox station

DMB: Digital Mailbox

Winlink: A Windows program for MBOs that provides store-and-forward message handling via VHF packet, HF Amtor, Pactor, and Clover networks

Netlink: A program that provides a gateway between a WinLink MBO and Internet e-mail

MPDS: Mobile Packet Data Service—where you are charged only for the amount of data transmitted

RESOURCES

www.onpassage.com

www.airmail2000.com

www.winlink.org

www.mailasail.co.uk

www.cruisingclub.org

www.shipcom.com

www.globewireless.com

www.seawave.com

www.cruiseemail.com

www.ocens.com

www.inmarsat.org

www.iridium.com

www.skymate.com

www.zap-email.com

www.fastmail.fm

Posted: November 13, 2007

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