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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Scott Owen
    Date: 2008 Nov 18, 09:34 -0600

    Anabasis75@aol.com wrote:
    > My ship is on the USN distribution list and we received our copy of the  2009
    > Almanac in the first half of 2008, although I cannot recall the exact  month.
    >  We are way down the list, so I would say that there should be  plenty of
    > time to get a copy of the NA before any long deployments.
    My main point was that the NA arrives aboard ship by way of the regular
    postal service and fleet post office, whether the ship is at sea or not.
     When I went to sea we regularly received snail mail at sea.  Not sure
    whether your ship receives snail mail at sea in this century.  My
    estimation of the USNO NA publishing schedule was incorrect.
    > Scott continued:
    > "I could give you the technical details on how email at sea works but I am
    > disinclined to do so."
    > Satellites are wonderful things.  I have exchanged email via  commercial sats
    > (Inmarsat & Iridium) and even amateur HF radio (there  are commercial HF
    > systems as well.)  I am quite sure the Navy has their own  systems which i know
    > nothing about.  It sure makes keeping in touch with  home much easier.
    > Jeremy
    Jeremy, I was NOT just referring to the method of data transmission by
    satellites and HF radio.  My disinclination to discuss technical details
    of email on the list stems from the fact that it doesn't have much to do
    with the stated purpose of the list.
    However, I'm now going to make an exception.  Does your AOL 9.1 email
    software have a "reply to" button/function?  More importantly, do you
    use it or do you compose new email and copy/paste/edit when replying to
    the list?
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