Richard Anderson Presents Communications For Cruisers at Pacific Sail!

Richard Anderson is speaking at the 2018 Pacific Sail and Power Boat show in Richmond, CA.   Come to the Craneway Seminar Pavilion at 3:30pm on Saturday April 21st, 2017.  Attendees will participate in a discussion of the “patchwork quilt” concept of using different...

Visit SeaTech Systems in Booth I-12 at the 2018 Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show!

SeaTech Systems will be onsite exhibiting at the 2018 Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show in Richmond, CA.   Come visit us in Booth I-12 for special boat show discounts on communications packages for cruising boats.   Owners Richard Anderson and Devon Thurtle Anderson,...

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...

Staying Connected While Cruising – Mexico Challenges Tips and Tricks

In the last Staying Connected While Cruising post, I shared the details of our mobile phone plans and the differences between the two carriers as we traveled from Washington up through British Columbia, into Alaska, then down the Pacific Coast to California.   This...

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...

Richard Anderson Presents Communications for Cruisers for the World Cruising Club in Annapolis!

Richard Anderson is speaking at the 2018 World Cruising Club training series in Annapolis, MD, March 24-25th, 2018. Richard will focus on the communications options available (including new products) for cruising boats and the way that cruisers actually use...

Moving Your Business Aboard at Annapolis Cruisers U – April 25, 2019

Announcement! Sea-Tech Systems owners and fellow cruisers Richard and Devon Anderson will be teaching their new course Moving Your Business Aboard at Cruisers University this spring in Annapolis.  If you are interested, will be in the area, or are attending the...

Posting to Facebook via Satellite is..  Dead, Broken, Kaput!

As of August 1st, 2018 Facebook implemented new changes to their API to limit ability for 3rd party applications to post to Facebook walls and pages.  As a result, posting to your wall or page from Globalstar SPOT and SPOTX, Garmin InReach, Iridium Go!, and Xgate Mail...

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...

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...

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...

Choosing a VHF DSC Radio and AIS Transponder Combination That Works

A question that comes up often by customers and in online forums is how to properly integrate an AIS Transponder with a VHF Radio that supports DSC calling, and may or may not also have an AIS receiver built-in. How do you make sure you can use features like DSC...
Can I use Starlink on my Boat?

Can I use Starlink on my Boat?

Short Answer is: Not 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 home office and are testing it, We have...

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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...

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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?

  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 from Viasat to install a satellite broadband internet...

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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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Move Your Business Aboard – A Mentoring Service

Move Your Business Aboard – A Mentoring Service

Are you a business owner / entrepreneur dreaming of cutting ties with land and sailing the seas aboard your own yacht? Or traveling the world on land by RV perhaps?  Is the operation of your business the only thing keeping your feet planted where they are?   We are...

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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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