Hardware and Installation
is the most vital part of your program of wireless communication at sea. There
are many sources of advice on this stage. That advice comes with respect
to what you require: radio communication and/or fax,
email, and weather facility. Once you have decided the communication
facilities you need then there is the matter of the hardware involved and who is
going to install it. Should there be more than one system involved, then it must
be compliant with itís counterpart such as the high frequency (HF) rig and its
tuner and it with the fax system etc. In other words, for the best
efficiency of communication, all systems must be compatible.
No. 1: Before you purchase any one of the several units
involved, check with your installer to make sure all are compliant with what
presently exists on your boat. Or, if you lack any part of the required
system, what would be the best-balanced approach to your needs?
Rule No. 2: Get a reference from your installer so that you are satisfied that he or she has done similar work successfully in the past. If in doubt phone this website for advice. The Adobe Acrobat PDF article, Hardware and Installation from Standsure Marine (David Anderson - VA3 SSE) will also give you some guidance on the process.
If you require technical support with respect to your computer &/or ham radio, you may wish to contact
Jeff Daigle (VE3VLT) at
416 671 7521 or at