Link to our Yellow/Brick map position

To Ngahue IV's position, via our Yellow/Brick Tracker

After our major problem with AST (our Iridium service provider) where they cut off our Iridium phone 1/3rd way through the Atlantic in November 2017 (and it not coming back on line automatically as they told us in one e-mail!!), we had a hard look for alternative means of communicating with people on land, as we realised that once cut off, our Iridium Pilot was nothing but an expensive, but totally worthless piece of kit when its SIM-card had been suspended by our service provider.

Thanks to our ARC-2017 experience, we knew that the Y/B tracker that they installed on our boat also offered additional communication facilities. So we decided to acquire a Yellow/Brick tracker for ourselves. It's a British-designed and engineered product; this link takes you to the Yellow/Brick site, where they can explain much better than us what an interesting set of products and services they offer.

In addition to tracking our daily position, the device also offers us a (simple) e-mail service and the possibility to send text messages to terrestrial mobile phones. In case of need, we can therefore contact AST should they again autosuspend us and request to be brought back on line. We couldn't do this before, because once the SIM-card in your Iridium, not even an emergency signal, goes through!!!

By clicking on the link above to Ngahue IV, you can see where we are, and what posts Laura has included en route. It's quite nifty, giving her a parallel site to post things about the places we see (and a feature used by many other long-term cruisers).

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