[sf-lug] Fwd: two projects

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Oct 17 08:32:08 PDT 2006

    cool--you wanna come sailing and check it out?
    Ham radio and packet radio are possibilities--get
a ham license and radio, then, even when out far,
contact some kindly hammy and ask to patch into
the telephone--make calls, get email....
    i haven't got the ham radio or license, nor do i
have the very low-power computers, but i've got
    thanks lots for the iridium info.

On Oct 16, 2006, at 9:22 PM, Marc Juul wrote:

> I would be very interested in anything you find on the subject of
> marine Internet.
> I've only sailed around Scandinavia / Germany / Latvia and generally
> trips < 1 week, and mostly pretty close to land, so my experiences
> might be of little use, but nevertheless:
> I was surprised at how far out gprs is sometimes possible, though the
> speed is very sucky. A lot of harbours have wifi now, even if it's not
> announced. Usually they're just completely default-setting open APs.
> Of the satellite type connections I've only used Iridium. Very slow,
> only really good for email or browsing with a textbased browser, but
> it is surprisingly stable and one of the nice things is that you don't
> have to fiddle with pointing an antenna at some specific place in the
> sky, just a general 'up' kind of direction works, even when moving the
> antenna around while connected (good when the waves get big). Another
> plus is that Iridium works anywhere in the world and also gives you
> voice. The speed is amazingly snail-like though, comparable to using
> your cell phone as a modem in non-gprs mode.
>> 2: very low power linux boxes on a boat. The idea is to have a
>> small, very low power network on the boat, hopefully directly
>> powered by 12VDC.
>>     I cannot find a source for internet access from a boat that's
>> out on the ocean. Gotta be satellite connex, I think, unless
>> possible to tap a passing submarine.
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