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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2008 Dec 4, 04:33 EST
    Hi Scott,
    I found out that we got the 2008 NA aboard in February, and already have 2009. 
    The AOL software certainly has a "reply" function but I do not use this mail program for radio transmissions.  I either have a cellular "aircard"  or have to go to an Internet cafe and use WiFi to use this mail program, which is why my replies are few and far between when i am on the ship in these ports.
    For HF email I use the Winlink 2000 system via Ham radio and use a program called AirMail.  For sat comms we use a service called Seawave which uses the iridium constellation.  The ship also has an INMARSAT-B system on board that the captain uses.  I use these systems sparingly and only for personal communications and never to lists.
    When I reply to the list, i usually hit reply, then delete all the extra text, which is what i do as a matter of course here or ashore.  When using sat comms, I never use reply, but rather just compose a new message.  No need to waste air time resending text.
    I do not think that at sea comms is too far afield for the list, as even in my short time on here, we have gone on tangents far less germane to navigation than at-sea comms.  If I am wrong on this, I will certainly end the conversation with this email.

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