email and voice services
HF/SSB radio e-mail
Cruising & Racing
SailMail Association e-mail gateway
providing a simple text e-mail service for recreational
small-craft (power and sail yachts) in SE Asia, the North
West Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The service is
efficient, reliable and smart.
not-for-profit organisation that operates a world-wide
network of twenty relay stations to give cruising and racing
yachts a reliable and low cost HF/SSB radio based e-mail service
from most places around the world. The service is
particularly suited to circumnavigators as they move from
one relay station to the next.
SailMail provides a reliable, convenient, low cost service to transfer text messages
to family, friends and business contacts. The on-board
software also includes facilities to easily send
position reports (displayed on a website), and request weather charts
(GRIB files), weather forecasts (including official METAREA
forecasts and locally created forecasts) and other safety related
information. There is no additional charge for these
SailMail service has been designed/programmed by yacht owners specifically
to perform well despite the limited power supplies, small
antennas etc that characterise many recreational small-craft.
The management of messages and tracking of messages is very
thorough, to ensure e-mails are not lost in the system.
is only US$250 for up to twelve minutes connection time per day
(averaged over 7 days). There
is no additional connection time fee. With a high speed Pactor 3 radio modem, twelve minutes is sufficient for most
recreational small-craft to get their weather information
and send/receive e-mails related to managing a cruise,
delivery trip or race passage.
SailMail does not
require an Amateur Radio license or special skills:
need an official marine radio call-sign allocated by their relevant national authority.
This is the basis of a SailMail e-mail address. For example
is the SailMail e-mail address for a vessel with marine radio call-sign VHV1234.
service is largely managed by the software. Once the hardware is installed and the software set-up, operation is
similar to familiar shore-based e-mail systems.
Use of the on-board SailMail
software is included with a subscription. Updated station information (eg: new stations or
arrive by self-installing e-mail messages. Updated SailMail
software can be retrieved ashore via disks, Wi-Fi sites, internet
is a specialist marine HF
radio equipment supplier with extensive experience in SailMail installations.
Marc Robinson, provides complete working systems
including HF radio, modem, cables, software, and notebook computer.
Alternatively he can advise on how to set up an existing HF radio and notebook computer with Pactor modem, cables and software. PCA.CC
is the Asia/Pacific region distributor for Pactor radio modems.
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