email and voice services
HF/SSB Radio Email
two HF/SSB radio e-mail services covering SE Asia - and
beyond - in an approximately 4000 nautical mile radius from
our base here at Brunei; on the north-west coast of Borneo, at the
geographic centre of SE Asia.
email services provide truly low-cost email for a variety of
requirements in isolated locations with no email service,
or where available services are unreliable, irregular or too
services are based upon the most successful combination of
radio, radio modem and software in the world. For example,
this tightly integrated hardware/software combination is
also used by the USA government for its public access
natural disaster email network, by the Australian Bureau of
Meteorology to gather weather data from remote islands in
the Pacific, and by remote tourist lodges in Africa to
manage bookings and administration.
Alternate remote area email services - eg: via satellite -
were developed as profit-making businesses with features to increase and
justify charges. BRUNEI
HF/SSB email services were designed from the opposite
perspective, to function efficiently with the minimum of
base station resources, with low-cost network integration, minimal administration, extreme reliability, and effective data transfer
speeds to reduce connection time. The services also operate
without the need for an expensive rocket-scientist to
sustain, repair or manage the system.
design philosophy was adopted
because the system developers and
software programmers' are also sailors who want to spend time on their
passion - sailing and living on
their boats. The efficient hardware/software integration was not
developed with the intention
of creating a full-time management or maintenance job for themselves.
For example, the sailor who
developed the base-station software and message
management system is a regular participant in the world's
high profile sailing events. He has been the navigator on Playstation
(record breaking long-distance multi-hull), ABN Ambro One
(Volvo Ocean race) and is now part of the next UK Americas
Designed, programmed and
supported by sailors (who are also smart computer people), BRUNEI
RADIO's HF/SSB email
services integrate smart
German modem technology with base station and user software that
maximises data compression and minimises message handling
overheads to create efficient and low-cost data transfer.
smart efficiency is a unique combination that helps
limited-budget cruising yachts, recreational tourism vessels
(eg: dive, surf and yacht charter operations), and small
commercial vessels to stay connected and receive essential
weather and safety information. It also puts reliable email
within the financial reach of isolated community-based
ecotourism projects, not-for-profit conservation groups and
small-scale ecotourism businesses; to help create local jobs
is the low-cost HF/SSB radio e-mail service developed
specifically for cruising yachts, motor-yachts and
racing yachts with basic email
requirements. With a daily connection time limit of 12
minutes, no attachments - apart from weather data - and a world wide coverage via
stations, this service has proven itself to be the most
email service for cruising yachts around the world.
on-board software includes easy access to a variety of weather and safety related
information and services suited to the needs of cruising and
This includes GRIB wind/wave/weather charts, official
METAREA and local coastal/regional weather forecasts, and
web-based position reporting using YOTREPS,
has become the first choice for most cruising power and
sailing yachts because of the extremely reliable message
management, efficient operation, low cost and support from like-minded
radio email service is an extension of the proven SailMail
technology. It has been developed specifically for this
region to address the need for low-cost but dependable email requirements.
It has longer daily connection time allowances than
SailMail, and it allows attachments, such as Word, Excel,
jpg, pdf and OpenOffice files.
This service is particularly useful for marine tourism
operators - live aboard dive boats, fishing charters,
charter yachts - in addition to small commercial vessels,
such as coastal traders, fishing trawlers, tugs, barges,
survey and support vessels. And also for isolated islands,
remote work sites, tourist resorts, conservation projects
and communities where alternate e-mail
communication is either not available, difficult, costly or
also very suited to long-term cruisers in the BBR service
area, and in particular for family cruisers with children
enrolled in correspondence schooling. And for cruisers who
require more connection time to stay in contact with
business, or manage investments - such as real estate -
while cruising. It removes the
need to cruise just from one internet cafe or Wi-Fi equipped
marina to the next. Many of the great cruising
attractions in SE Asia are not in the built up areas.
Cruising these uncrowded islands, small communities,
beautiful beaches and clear water anchorages is also far
less expensive than the high density marina route.
aspects of BBRemail:
Commercial vessels, islands or jungle locations with
substantial power supplies and larger antennas than most
cruising yachts, can expect higher data transfer speeds.
base station hardware/software and subscriber hardware/software
is identical to
SailMail. Therefore this
service has the same great system reliability, and the same
goals of transferring the most data in the most efficient
manner with the least resources, low administrative
overheads and minimal supervision. This equals low-cost.
the on-board software is the same as
can manage a subscription to both
people who need more connection time; for example,
circumnavigating SailMail users who decide to spend a year
or more cruising SE Asia and want the freedom to cruise the
less populated and cheaper locations, away from marina Wi-Fi
and internet cafes.
from commercial vessels, islands or jungle locations with
substantial power supplies and larger antennas than most
cruising yachts, this
service gives extremely convenient,
reliable, fast and cost-effective email communications.
Send a picture of a broken part
so the replacement sent is correct; first time.
of using HF/SSB radio email:
Reliable exchange of
about spare part requirements, crew and guest arrivals/departure details, marina
berth reservations, food re-supplies, and finances.
reception of weather forecasts and warnings, including GRIB files
(weather charts with isobars and wind direction/strength information),
official METAREA forecasts and Buoyweather wind/wave predictions - with thunderstorm risk level.
Convenient position reporting
and automated website display using the free
confidential than radio voice
are transferred accurately.
Messages get through despite
difficult propagation or interference
which can disrupt voice communication.
Comparable in speed to the
"low-cost" satellite systems such as Iridium and Mini M.
Similar to an old 1200 baud modem.
More reliable in this region than "low-cost"
satellite systems; communication is not lost during heavy cloud
cover or rain.
Approx 10% to 40% (depending on
traffic levels) of the operating cost
of "low-cost" satellite email systems. No big monthly
An Amateur Radio license is not
required. The normal radio licence and assigned call-sign is all that is
used for HF/SSB e-mail has multiple uses:
existing HF/SSB radio voice installation can be the basis for a
radio e-mail service.
Many modern HF/SSB radios are suitable. Correct cabling is required to link different radio brands/models with the
HF radio modem and on-board computer.
high speed HF/SSB radio modem connects between the PC or
notebook and the radio. With many radios the modem can
control the radio frequency directly on instructions
from the software. This German made modem can also receive weather fax
and NAVTEX transmissions; where these services are available.
computer running the software to create, send and receive
e-mail messages can also be used for navigation software, tide software,
accounting packages, guest booking software, staff
administration, school coursework, etc.
The HF/SSB radio can
be used for free voice communication between vessels,
conservation project sites, remote communities etc.
At times when
regular shore based communication networks are damaged
or overloaded - eg: the Asian Tsunami - HF/SSB radio
communication still works.
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