Alan Spicer Marine Telecom Occassional Bulletin – June 22, 2010
Occassionally sent out via email to friends and customers worldwide … generally light and easy to digest, even over slow satellite links on marine vessels.
Happy Summer Everybody. Drop me a line and let me know where you are and what you’re up to. Here’s a couple of tidbits from by blog on. There’s more graphics/videos on the blog, and on YouTube. But I’ve got to keep this low bandwidth because some boats may be at sea on expensive satellite links.
If anyone knows of any news that should go on my Blog please let me know. If anyone needs a broadcast of crew needed, crew wanted, or anything else that could be shouted out from my blog please let me know. It’s not craigs list, but it does get a lot of eyes on it.
Anyone having any computer or communications (incl. Internet for Marine) questions please ask. Anyone up for Consulting and Support Agreement Renewals (or wants to renew early) the discount is minus $150.00 as I have been offerring for several years. You get one visit onboard in South Florida, 1 hour, with the $500 Silver level ($350.00 with the discount.)
* We’ve developed, programmed, and delivered a WiFi Hotspot System for Harbour Island Marina in the Bahamas. I was just on the phone and in email conversations with them today. The word is “it’s working fantastic”. So good that we’re probably going to have to lock it down with a security code – because non marina guests are also hopping on the system. So far it is handling everyone that logs on. No complaints, well if you don’t consider the report that it’s powerful enough that boats with onboard wifi sharing systems are logging on to it from TOO far away.
Free shipping on orders over $200 anywhere in the world on Ericsson Gear: W35 and W35 Complete Marine Pack (Kit):
Press Release: WiFiYacht.Net – LightSpeed Version 2 – Marine WiFi Hotspot Sharing System
I have uploaded the new brochure to the web site http://www.wifiyacht.net with the updated specifications for “LightSpeed Version 2″.**** Up to 800mW Transmit Power (depending on 802.11b? or 802.11g in use)**** Up to 4000mW (4 Watts) using a 9dB Gain Marine Omni Antenna (we supply these)(Note: We have LightSpeed 2 in the current implementation (same box as LightSpeed 1) but we are ever working on getting closer to the antenna … to squeeze that last few db or WiFi transmit and receive that we can get. You see the closer the “tranceiver” to the antenna the less the “coaxial cable” and other losses. How about if we went right to the bottom of the antenna???? Well that’s exactly what we’re working on.)
Livewire: Access Controller (Service Selector):
Sorry that wasn’t a blog entry, well there is a Video up on Youtube that I did: http://www.youtube.com/user/alanspicertelecom about the new Access Controller FB-10. And I continue to get asked about this gear.
Alan Spicer Marine Telecom ships to St. Maarten Netherlands Antilles, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, Tahiti French Polynesia, Fort Lauderdalehttp://blog.marinetelecom.net/2010/06/15/alan-spicer-marine-telecom-ships-to-st-maarten-canda-tahiti-french-polynesia-fort-lauderdale/ Recent shipments … to St. Maarten Netherlands Antilles, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, Tahiti French Polynesia, and Fort Lauderdale Florida …
Wherever you may roam, on land or sea, we can get our products to you. Sail and Motor Yachts and other Marine Vessels often call to have our kits (complete systems) shipped to meet them on arrival in a foreign or domestic port.
Has anybody read this? Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Alan Spicer, KA4UDX, will be participating in Amateur Radio “Field Day 2010″ with the C3i Group – AC4XQ.Net June 25, 26, 27…
Why Amateur Radio on a Marine Telecom Blog?
KA4UDX – Amateur Radio – Contact Stats … from eQSL.cc
BONAIRE/CURACAO NETH. ANTILLE 2
CANARY ISL. 4
COSTA RICA 6
CZECH REP. 2
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6
FRENCH GUIANA 1
ISLE OF MAN 1
NORTHERN IRELAND 1
PUERTO RICO 7
RUSSIA (EUROPEAN) 1
SLOVAK REP. 2
ST. MAARTEN/SABA/ST. EUST 1
ST. VINCENT 1
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 2
VIRGIN ISL. 1
Talking to Connecticut on FM (also lately regularly talk to New York) – Amateur Radio Contact: FM 10 Meters 29.640 – 100 Khz (Repeater) – KJ1Q + KB1CDI Systems…
* When propogation isn’t working well on 10 meters … it’s that sun spot cycle stuff affecting ionospheric propogation, a.k.a. “skip” or DX long distance contacts. This year we’ve been getting quite a bit of Sporadic-E Propogation. You can look that up on Google.com. Sometimes it seems to come with weather over Florida and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard and the Caribbean (comma, etc.) Even when the propogation makes it difficult we can still get through to the NY repeater system and many other FM repeater systems around the globe via something called EchoLink. You can look that up on Google.com as well. There is also something called IRLP – The Internet Radio Linking Project. We can also play with AMSAT – Amateur Satellites … even using handheld radios and handheld yagi (dual band such as the Arrow Antenna) … and make contacts that way.
Video: An example of the NY KQ2H / W2FLA system as access both via Internet (voice over ip – EchoLink) and via 10 Meters FM
DBA Alan Spicer Telcom / Alan Spicer Marine Telecom
Computer Services, Wired/Wireless Networking,
Cell/Sat/Landline Communications, General Consulting…
Marine, Business, Small Office and Home Office (SOHO)
* Cost Savings and Integration of Multiple Internet Technologies
on board Sail and Motor Yachts * Documentation, Operating
Instructions, and Support after the Sale *
Mobile Internet! Step up to the HSPA 3G Fast Internet!
Ericsson W35 released in the USA. This you’ve gotta SEE!!
Better looking presentation than W25 (you might not want to
hide this one in the Doghouse!) + High Speed Upload which
the W25 did not have.
Livewire: Access Controller (Service Selector):