marine satellite communications

Time for a Satphone – KVH Shipping TracPhone V3 Mini-VSAT

New KVH TracPhone V3 Mini-VSAT - Click for Larger Image

New KVH TracPhone V3 Mini-VSAT

One of the more significant news items from the recent Miami Show was the announcement from KVH of its new mini-VSAT package, the TracPhone V3, which is the smallest Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna in the world at just 14.5″ (37 cm) in diameter.  The company said today that it has shipped the first fully FCC-licensed units to customers.

Maybe even more important to cruisers and passagemakers are the airtime costs with this system — including simple, straightforward metered service at just $0.49 per minute for voice calls worldwide and $0.99 per megabyte at the fastest speeds available on the network.  That’s pretty much unheard of in the satcom biz and it means that this kind of communications capability is going to be available to a huge new potential customer base for KVH.

Are airtime costs the main reason you haven’t considered a sat phone option on your boat?  Do these kind of rates change that for you?  Tell us in the comments.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Electronics, Technology
Intellian Offering Rebates Through Yearend

Intellian Offering Rebates Through Yearend

Intellian i2 Satellite TV Antenna

Intellian i2 Satellite TV Antenna

Intellian said this week it is offering a rebate promotion through yearend on several of its satellite TV antennae and Fleet Broadband antennae.  Between October 26 to December 31, 2010, customers who purchase an Intellian i2 or i3 satellite TV antenna can receive $100, and those who purchase the i4, i6, or an Intellian Fleet Broadband FB150 or FB250 communication system are eligible to receive a $200 cash rebate.

The company’s press release adds, “Our satellite TV and communication antenna systems offer the highest quality performance and reliability at sea,” said Sean Hatherley, vice president of sales, North America, Intellian. “Our Year-End Rebate Promotion offers customers fantastic savings and makes it possible for a greater number of boaters to experience Intellian’s industry-leading solutions.”

If you’re going to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this weekend, you can catch up with Intellian at Electronics Pavilion 354-358.

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Electronics, Technology

Global Satellite USA Offering Three New Sat-Assist Products

Global Satellite USA Logo

Global Satellite USA Logo

Global Satellite USA, which provides global sales, service and rentals of a wide variety of satellite and communications technology products and services, is exhibiting at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show and will be announcing three new levels of global satellite assistance service.  According to preliminary information, the services include:


Global Satellite Relay
– a GPS tracking system that can be downloaded to your GPS enabled cell phone. The days of carrying a cell phone and a GPS tracking solution are now over….travel light with just your cell phone.

Global Satellite Relay is a fully manned and managed emergency position and response service available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. With one call to the global control center, advice and assistance is initiated from specially trained security specialists anywhere on earth.

Global Satellite Assist
Global Satellite Assist includes all the many features of Global Satellite Relay plus relay of SOS emergency emails to up to 10 recipients, relay of SMS messages to up to 10 mobile phones and 24 x7 phone line assistance for personal security briefing, security emergency assistance and related crisis management services.

Global Rescue
Global Satellite USA has partnered with Global Rescue to provide the highest level of medical and security from the world’s top experts and emergency evacuations from around the globe.

Global Satellite USA will be at the Miami International Boat Show, in booth #1633, Electronics Section, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  More details on these new services will be available at the show.

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Posted by Tom in Technology