Reduce Data Usage and Save Money While Cruising

If you are travelling and relying on cellular and/or satellite-based Internet for your communications, there are a several easy things you can do to reduce how much data your devices use on a day-to-day basis.  If you implement the following changes, you can...

Starlink for RV’s Available Now: What it Means For Boats

Just about a week ago, our prior post described the latest updates from Starlink including current network status, coverage, and the new portability feature. The newly announced Starlink for RVs expands on portability with some additional flexibility. A Bit of...

Starlink Portability feature officially available (what this means for boaters)

Portability (i.e.: Stationary Roaming) Is Official Last week, Starlink officially announced Portability as a feature along with an add-on monthly fee to enable it. Basically, portability is the same as "roaming" that many users had been using for free the last few...

Sailing Dark Angel puts Sea-Tech’s Marine Electronics Advisor Service to the Test

Dave and Lisa of the YouTube channel Sailing Dark Angel came by our Annapolis Boat Show booth this past October wondering how to get their AIS and VHF upgraded and ensuring it's all integrated properly.   Needing technical help with their DIY upgrade and install, they...

Streaming Video through Slow & Expensive Connections

Optimizing Streaming Video for Use Over Slow or Expensive Connections Are you trying to stream movies and tv shows on your boat? Does it use too much cellular data? Do you have trouble streaming on the Marina Wi-Fi? Hoping to use satellite Internet for streaming but...

Accessing the Web via Low-Bandwidth Satellite Connections

Have an Iridium handset or Go, Fleet One, Pilot, Certus 100/200/700 or other low bandwidth and/or high cost/MB satellite connection?  Wanting to find a way to access the web with that connection?  While a slow satellite connection won't grant you access to the entire...

Change Video Conference Settings to Save Money on Data

Video Conferencing consumes ALOT of data. If you are using Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet services there are some ways to reduce the data usage.  Sea-Tech has done some testing with Video and Audio calls with Zoom and Google Hangouts as well as voice calls with Skype....

Changing Wi-Fi Settings On Your Device to Save You Money

One of the challenges cruisers have with Internet usage on board a boat, especially one with a below decks Wi-Fi network that has access to the Internet through cellular and/or satellite networks is that many devices like to upload and download data in the background...

New Firmware and App Update for Iridium Go Users

Iridium has released a new Firmware update (v.2.1.22) for the Iridium Go, as well as an App update for iOS devices.  These two updates combined resolve a recent timestamps bug that started on or about August 29th, 2021.  If you have not rebooted or used your Iridium...

Can I use Starlink on my Boat?

Short Answer is: No, you can't really use Starlink on a boat, yet! But let's talk about what it will take to get there and when you might expect it to be available. Full disclosure: Sea-Tech Systems is a satellite services provider, we also have Starlink in use at our...

Shortening Antenna Cables in your Sea-Tech Systems Kit

Several of our Sea-Tech SSB, WiFi, cellular, and satellite communications kits come with pre-made antenna cables, with lengths sometimes selectable during ordering.  However, Sea-Tech knows that estimating cable lengths is difficult in a boat and most often our...

How do I get high-speed Internet on my boat like s/v Delos?

(note: this article was updated for 2021 on 01 Mar 2021) If you are a subscriber of Sailing SV Delos YouTube channel you may have seen their recent episode showing their new high-speed satellite Internet installation.  In the video, Delos crew are joined by a team...
Reduce Data Usage and Save Money While Cruising

Reduce Data Usage and Save Money While Cruising

If you are travelling and relying on cellular and/or satellite-based Internet for your communications, there are a several easy things you can do to reduce how much data your devices use on a day-to-day basis.  If you implement the following changes, you can...

read more
Starlink for RV’s Available Now: What it Means For Boats

Starlink for RV’s Available Now: What it Means For Boats

Just about a week ago, our prior post described the latest updates from Starlink including current network status, coverage, and the new portability feature. The newly announced Starlink for RVs expands on portability with some additional flexibility. A Bit of...

read more
Streaming Video through Slow & Expensive Connections

Streaming Video through Slow & Expensive Connections

Optimizing Streaming Video for Use Over Slow or Expensive Connections Are you trying to stream movies and tv shows on your boat? Does it use too much cellular data? Do you have trouble streaming on the Marina Wi-Fi? Hoping to use satellite Internet for streaming but...

read more
Accessing the Web via Low-Bandwidth Satellite Connections

Accessing the Web via Low-Bandwidth Satellite Connections

Have an Iridium handset or Go, Fleet One, Pilot, Certus 100/200/700 or other low bandwidth and/or high cost/MB satellite connection?  Wanting to find a way to access the web with that connection?  While a slow satellite connection won't grant you access to the entire...

read more
Change Video Conference Settings to Save Money on Data

Change Video Conference Settings to Save Money on Data

Video Conferencing consumes ALOT of data. If you are using Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet services there are some ways to reduce the data usage.  Sea-Tech has done some testing with Video and Audio calls with Zoom and Google Hangouts as well as voice calls with Skype....

read more
Changing Wi-Fi Settings On Your Device to Save You Money

Changing Wi-Fi Settings On Your Device to Save You Money

One of the challenges cruisers have with Internet usage on board a boat, especially one with a below decks Wi-Fi network that has access to the Internet through cellular and/or satellite networks is that many devices like to upload and download data in the background...

read more
New Firmware and App Update for Iridium Go Users

New Firmware and App Update for Iridium Go Users

Iridium has released a new Firmware update (v.2.1.22) for the Iridium Go, as well as an App update for iOS devices.  These two updates combined resolve a recent timestamps bug that started on or about August 29th, 2021.  If you have not rebooted or used your Iridium...

read more
Can I use Starlink on my Boat?

Can I use Starlink on my Boat?

Short Answer is: No, you can't really use Starlink on a boat, yet! But let's talk about what it will take to get there and when you might expect it to be available. Full disclosure: Sea-Tech Systems is a satellite services provider, we also have Starlink in use at our...

read more
Shortening Antenna Cables in your Sea-Tech Systems Kit

Shortening Antenna Cables in your Sea-Tech Systems Kit

Several of our Sea-Tech SSB, WiFi, cellular, and satellite communications kits come with pre-made antenna cables, with lengths sometimes selectable during ordering.  However, Sea-Tech knows that estimating cable lengths is difficult in a boat and most often our...

read more
How do I get high-speed Internet on my boat like s/v Delos?

How do I get high-speed Internet on my boat like s/v Delos?

(note: this article was updated for 2021 on 01 Mar 2021) If you are a subscriber of Sailing SV Delos YouTube channel you may have seen their recent episode showing their new high-speed satellite Internet installation.  In the video, Delos crew are joined by a team...

read more
9 Ways To Save Money On Cellular and Satellite Internet

9 Ways To Save Money On Cellular and Satellite Internet

If you are traveling and relying on cellular and/or satellite based Internet for your communications needs, there are a several easy things you can do to reduce how much data your devices use on a day-to-day basis.  If you implement the following changes, you can...

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What Cellular Devices Are Available For My Boat?

What Cellular Devices Are Available For My Boat?

This question is often asked on forums, especially now that the formerly cruiser-approved Wirie Pro is no longer available, is what is available to enhance or leverage cellular for Internet access on a boat rather than marina WiFi.  Since cellular coverage is...

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Sending a Free SMS to a Satellite Phone From The Web

Sending a Free SMS to a Satellite Phone From The Web

Looking for a quick and easy way to send a message to your family member or friend's satellite phone using your computer?  Sending an SMS message is easy and free!  Just follow the links below for the specific satellite network you are sending to and fill out the...

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New Firmware Update Available for SPOTX

New Firmware Update Available for SPOTX

Globalstar/SPOTX has released a new firmware update for their SPOTX two-way messenger.  It's not required but definitely recommended to upgrade when you have the time. This October 15th, 2018 update contains the following: Improvements New Main Menu Layout Added a...

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Using your Iridium Go! Satellite Phone

Using your Iridium Go! Satellite Phone

After activation, and receiving your satellite phone number from your provider, you can use your Iridium Go! satellite hotspot to make and receive calls and text messages. First, Download the Iridium Go! and Iridium Mail and Web Apps to your smartphone or tablet. ...

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Using your Iridium 9555 or 9575 Satellite Phone

Using your Iridium 9555 or 9575 Satellite Phone

After activation, and receiving your satellite phone number from your provider, you can use your Iridium 95xx satellite phone to make and receive calls and text messages. Placing a call from an Iridium Handset: Calling a North America number Take the phone outside to...

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How To Post To Facebook With Your Iridium GO!

How To Post To Facebook With Your Iridium GO!

  UPDATE 8/3/18: Facebook changed their API and 3rd party app rules as of 8/1 which broke Facebook posting from many apps including InReach, Xgate, and Iridium GO!  For now it is unlikely you will get this to work.  For more information see this other post on the...

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Do I Really Need An HF SSB Radio?

Do I Really Need An HF SSB Radio?

By Steven Bowden, former owner of SeaTech Systems.  Every day in my former business I answered the same question: Do I really need a High Frequency (HF) Single Sideband (SSB) radio for long range cruising?  Why not just use a satellite phone or satellite...

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WiFi Extenders and their Antennas….

WiFi Extenders and their Antennas….

Over the last couple days, I’ve been helping a fellow cruiser in Mexico with his WiFi extender setup.  On advice from another cruiser, he bought a Ubiquiti Bullet M2HP for his wifi extender, and a TP-Link 15dBi omni-directional antenna. Together, he used these to...

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SSB Net Schedule

SSB Net Schedule

Last updated May 2, 2018.  Want us to add or correct any information?  Email us! Net Time (UTC) Primary Coverage Season Days Frequency Happy Hour 0000 Mexico Year-Round Daily 3.968 Mhz Bluewater 0200 Pacific Year-Round Daily 6.516 Mhz Southbound 0200 Pacific...

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How To Get Login Codes Without Cell Service

How To Get Login Codes Without Cell Service

Our banks, our social media, and even our blogs are increasingly requiring a special code - called two-factor authorization - to log in.  Usually, they'll send this code via a text to our cell phone.  But what happens when a cruiser doesn't have a cell signal, and...

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