Starlink reception in Alaska
So I installed Starlink on the boat this spring. Put a standard dishy on the radar arch. We just got back from our first trip of the year, from Juneau to Fordís Terror. For anyone whoís not familiar, Fordís Terror is a narrow fjord about 60 miles south of Juneau, surrounded by towering steep sided mountains rising thousands of feet out of the water, with a narrow entrance that you can only cross at high slack water. Itís a stunningly beautiful place.
Much to my surprise, we had almost perfect reception on the Starlink inside Fordís Terror. The app reported obstructed view, but there were only occasional interruptions, maybe twice an hour for a few seconds at a time. Needless to say, there is no cell service and almost no VHF radio reception inside Fordís Terror.
For anyone who works from their boat, or needs to stay in touch with anyone on land, or just needs a weather forecast, this is a total game changer, particularly when compared to the cost of satellite internet or satphones. Service north of 57 degrees latitude has improved dramatically this year with new satellite launches.