Dave Sitler, Waterloo, CAN asks:
Great Story. What communication do you carry and
what are the manufacturers?
To Egret and her crew:
Fair winds, calm seas , and great times!
Have a safe trip.
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Dave, we have two Standard Horizon VHF radios, both with remote
power mikes. One VHF is mounted on the flybridge with the remote in
the pilothouse, the second is mounted in the pilothouse with the
remote in the master stateroom. We have a poorly installed ICOM M710
SSB. I believe the issue is the antenna but am not sure. This
particular piece of equipment has been a dissapointment with
considerable RF affecting the autopilot when transmitting underway in
addition to poor reception/transmission. We have a Motorola Iridium
phone (plus a spare with back up batteries) we use for voice
communication in emergencies, e-mail and weather. We use OCENS e-mail
and weather software (www.ocens.com) (Note: it is important to use a
remote Iridium antenna vs the built in antenna...much better
Thanks for the good weather wishes. We can use them on the next leg.