This book covers what cruisers need to know about communications. This book covers telephone, VHF radio, HF SSB radio, email over radio, DSC, international telephones, satellite phones, and EPIRB, as well as other communications for cruisers. Written by Navy Commander Terry L. Sparks (Ret.), a long-time friend and educator for the cruising community.
The 2nd Edition of “Communications Made Simple for Cruisers” provides up to date communication basics to help cruisers identify what communications equipment they will need while cruising. The edition has been updated to reflect the latest tools used by today’s cruisers. There are many options for communication that should be considered before spending your boat dollars. Remember, communication will no longer be as simple as picking up and dialing the phone. This book includes: basics of communications; VHF radios; high frequency single-sideband radio; satellite phones; emergency communications; tracking your position; talking like a pro; HF SSB email; cruising software; communications license(s) needed; and HF and land line telephone calls. “Communications Made Simple for Cruisers” is for all cruisers.