Get weather maps using your satellite phone when sailing
The Iridium 9555 is a great phone for use while sailing. It does have data capabilities, so you can use it as a modem with a laptop and get on the internet – but data speeds are verrrrrrryyyyyyy slow!
If you’re at sea, you’ll know how critical it is to have weather data. Luckily there is software available to allow you to get this info, even over low bandwidth internet connections like Iridum.
Basically, you need to use GRIB files to get the weather data. These files contain information which tells the map software where to put weather data on the map – rather than actually sending maps themselves (which would be large files). The files are really small (100KB ish), so are ideal for downloading via an Iridium satellite phone.
We have tested the software called Ugrib – which works really well for us. Why don’t you download it here and see how you get on? – you can test it over a normal internet connection before trying it our with your satellite phone.
Note: you need to register on the Ugrib site before you can download their software.
Ugrib isn’t our product, so we don’t provide technical support for it. You’ll need to contact grib.us if you need help.