Originally Posted by Budds Outlet
Does anyone us a shortwave radio while cruising? Are these still a viable means of communications.
When we sailed from California down the coast to Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica the ham nets were indispensible. That was in 2012-2017. The technology is still as good as before, of course, but running organized nets takes netops and it is harder and harder to find such volunteers.
There is an iCom 718 SSB on our 'new' trawler but we will replace it with our trusty icom 802 as soon as that gets high enough on the 'chores list'.
There is nothing as reassuring as getting an on-site weather report from someone 100 miles from you to compare with the GRIBs you may have downloaded via satphone.
If you are lucky enough to be in an area covered by folks like Chris Parker you will also benefit greatly even if you don't pay for weather-routing services.