[aprssig] APRS on Bernuda and Atlantic

Frank or Barbara Rossi N3FLR at verizon.net
Sun Dec 18 12:58:25 EST 2011

Ship use to all have HF. I presume all trans-Atlantic ships would.
I know all trans-Atlantic Air Flights have HF.
VHF APRS in Europe are on their own frequency compared to the USA.
Perhaps the Long Duration Balloons should use the space down link frequency,
then set up ships to go VHF to HF listening to 144.800 and 144.39 ?
Normally that would be a NO NO.
That would be ok if not in a USA Port.
The HF part would be better with the narrow APRS Messenger Modes PSK or 
Just need more people trying out the APRS Messenger HF Modes.
There are lots of Europeans using it.
APRS Messenger is the greatest thing for HF APRS since sliced bread.
Just thinking out loud.
N3FLR - Frank

On 12/18/2011 5:34 AM, Erik Finskas wrote:
> You all focus on the consumer side of the satellite internet service, the shipping company uses the same service for their business needs (with traffic priorized over the dollar per email consumer service). Such an iGate would not generate a lot of traffic so having such on in the shipping company network is not networkwise a very heavy service.
> Another thing is that it should be able to do both 144.800 and 144.39, but thats not rocket science.
> There are cruiseships which cross the atlantic now and then, quite many built and designed in Finland. I personally know people who design the navigation and communications systems, I need to ask from them a contact from the shipping companies.
> ..
> Erik OH2LAK
> On 18.12.2011, at 9.11, "Stephen H. Smith"<wa8lmf2 at aol.com>  wrote:
>> On 12/17/2011 9:59 PM, Earl Needham wrote:
>>> I think some of the cruise ships cross fairly regularly, but I have no idea how to get an IGATE on one.
>>> Vy 7 3
>>> Earl
>> The cruise ships use satellite phones for Internet at the rate of several DOLLARS per minute.   I doubt they would want to underwrite an always-connected igate hookup!
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