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HF/SSB radio email and voice services


Simple HF/SSB radio e-mail
Cruising & Racing

BRUNEI BAY RADIO operates the regional 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.

The SailMail Association is a 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 services.   

The 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.

Annual membership 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:

  • Small-craft  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.

  • The SailMail 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 revised frequencies) arrive by self-installing e-mail messages.  Updated SailMail software can be retrieved ashore via disks, Wi-Fi sites, internet cafe's etc.

  • PCA.CC 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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