SSB email Providers. These services provide connection to the world wide web from your Single Side Band Radio. To send e mail you will need a modem and a Computer. While there are a few different types available, the most popular is the PTC-II series from Special Communications Systems in Germany
They provide a radio link and a shore side station with access to the Internet.
The $250 per year membership allows you 90 minutes/week access to the Sailmail radio stations. This translates into about 50 cents/minute.
You will need a Pactor modem.
With 13 locations around the world, and a little patience you can usually find an available station. If your needs are such that you regularly exceed the 10-minute daily allotment, you’ll need to look towards Iridium or Inmarsat.
Pompano Beach-based CruiseEmail, founded by Dr.
John Gregory, has cooperating station locations in Florida, Maryland, Grenada and Belize, covering the east coast and Caribbean cruising grounds quite well. Stations in Europe and the med are under construction.
Stations include 20 plus in North America, South Africa, 6 in Australia and New Zealand, 6 plus in Europe and the Med plus the Caribbean and South American coverage
For boaters who have passed the (relatively easy) test to operate on amateur frequencies and are in possession of their ham license, the Win Link service offers free email with a station network of more than 30 locations.
ShipCom is the provider of HF SSB radiotelephone ship-to-shore service through its network of public coast stations. You can call a shore station on your SSB and be patched through on a land line.
ShipCom also provides VHF radiotelephone, ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship radio-telex, telegrams, HF SSB email, and satellite communications.