Quick Start Links for Mariners (and everyone)
Tips, Reliable References, Sources and Required Reading
- Get your General Class amateur radio license: http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed
- Download RMS Express: http://www.winlink.org/RMSExpress
- Watch this video: http://www.winlink.org/content/k4ref_how_to_video_series_winlink_rms_exp...
- Read the program help files, configure it.
- See: http://www.winlink.org/user Create your account. Use 'Telnet' sessions to practice and experiment until you can set up a solid radio installation and go on-air.
- Good installation tips: http://sailmail.com/smprimer.htm#Installation%20Basics
- An overview of what makes a good radio installation. A bit dated and inaccurate regarding Winlink and Sailmail, but technically very good and easy to read: http://www.tongacharter.com/ssb.htm
- Stan Honey’s excellent article on marine grounding. REQUIRED READING: http://sailmail.com/grounds.htm or http://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Marine-Grounding-Systems
- The best advice about marine lightning protection: http://adagiojournal.com/?p=349
- Download a PDF of the excellent guide from Florida Sea Grant: Lightning and Boats: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SG071
- Source for high-performance type-31 ferrite chokes, and ferrite line isolators: The Radio Works (www.radioworks.com) 800-280-8327
- Pactor Modems, cables, accessories: Farallon Electronics (http://www.farallon.us/webstore) 415-331-1924 (USA) SCS (http://www.scs-ptc.com) (Worldwide)
- Source for grounding copper, connection hardware: Georgia Copper (http://www.gacopper.com) 770-536-1108
- Voltage booster: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-4416B=
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