Team Soltero: StarPilot, GMN, RedPort, Bliss & so much more

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Oceanplanet says:

    I had great help from Luis and Kim for both of my around the world races on OceanPlanet (Around Alone 02/03, & Vendee Globe 04/05). They are so knowledgeable and wonderful to work with…I owe them a dinner (at least) next time they are in Maine!! Or if they are still here…
    Thanks Luis & Kim!

  2. Milt Baker says:

    Luis has been a fantastic go-to resource on satellite communications for me for more than a decade. Over and over again, when none of the “experts” could solve a vexing satcom problem or issue for me, every time I turned to Luis he came through for me. Great to see him out cruising again, and I hope our paths will cross here in Maine!
    Milt Baker, Nordhavn 47 Bluewater, Deer Isle, ME

  3. Bill Lentz says:

    Louis I noticed mention that you will be testing various cellular based systems including bi-directional amplifiers.
    If I can be of any assistance with cellular bi-directional amplifiers I would be willing to pass along my experiences installing 2000 + BDA feed DAS systems for 3 US cellular companies. I have installed and tested many vehicle type cellular and WiFi systems in boats, law enforcement surveillance platforms, command and control vehicles and RVs.
    The best overall performing 3G & LTE mobile systems were cellular modems installed with the proper external antenna.
    I watched and enjoyed your You Tube video on the RedPort Optimizer.
    Thanks for sharing pictures of your trawler.

  4. The GMN WxA products have been essential in providing an Out of Band Management solution for my Oil and Gas VSAT customers. Excellent product, and excellent support!

  5. Ed Kelly says:

    We can attest to the great mind of Luis and his products, GMN and RedPort gear, and otherwise. We are budget ‘Chicken Sailors’ who were greatly helped by Luis and his products. Though we have far less skills than many here, and are basically ‘script kiddies” when it comes to understanding the internet, Luis, GMN (and Panbo) have managed to provide enough info and products to keep us going for 9+ years on Social Security and a tiny pension cruising on ANGEL LOUISE thru 48 countries on shores of 5 continents, including 2 Atlantic crossings. I was fortunate to bump into Luis last summer in Penobscot Bay in Maine and was so pleased to finally meet him in person while his boat was anchored not far from us! Great Guys with great products! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  6. For those considering saving a few bucks by using the XGate/Redport competitor from Oceans, let me say DON’T. It simply is unusable. It will not resume broken downloads and worse, when talking to gmail, proceeded to mark messages as read and not downloading them, thus rendering them lost until a non-satellite connection was available. I am now back firmly in the xgate camp. It is well worth the money.

  7. Kim says:

    We are sorry to hear about your poor experience with OcensMail/OneMail products and very glad to hear that XGate is serving you well. Thank you for your comment!
    Did you know that XGate has full support for receiving emails from gmail and has had this feature for many years. The follow blog outlines two different ways to accomplish this:
    Please do not hesitate to contact Global Marine Networks technical support at [email protected] should you need assistance setting up your gmail through XGate.
    Fair Winds,

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sat Phone deal! Globalstar is giving away sat phones with certain service plans, and it looks like quite a deal. For instance, you can get the phone with 1,200 minutes of service you can use anytime next year for $780 plus a $50 activation fee:
    I understand that Globalstar phone service has improved a lot in recent years, and I’m sure that the folks at GMN can give good advice on just where the it’s reliable these days.
    And Iridium has a $300 rebate on new sat phones bought in the US…
    …both both deals expire on Dec. 31.

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