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Order up to 3:30pm for free next day delivery on our most popular Satellite Trackers from DeLorme and SPOT.  Our trackers provide a line of communication with friends and family when you want it and emergency assistance when you need it.

DeLorme Satellite Trackers

  • Global Coverage
  • Two way messengers
  • Subscription payable by monthly contract
  • Prices start from £150 ex VAT

Free delivery also now includes the DeLorme SE/Explorer inReach Extreme Communication Kit which includes the tracker along with Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel, Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger and Black inReach Protective & Flotation Case.

SPOT Satellite Trackers

    • Coverage in North/South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, N. Africa
    • One way messengers
    • Subscription payable upfront on an annual basis
    • Prices start from £95.00 ex VAT

 

Please order online or call us on 01202 801290 to take advantage of this offer.

Atlantic Odyssey II is underway with 13 yachts from 11 Nations

Boats head to the start line in a stormy looking La Palma. Image courtesy of Cornell Sailing

Boats head to the start line in a stormy looking La Palma. Image courtesy of Cornell Sailing

All 50 sailors who started in the Atlantic Odyssey II from La Palma to Martinique January 8, 2015 preferred spending the Christmas holidays and New Year in Europe before crossing the Atlantic, as opposed to the choice made by the crews of the 33 yachts that participated in the Atlantic Odyssey I which started from Lanzarote in November 2014 and were looking forward to spend their holidays in the tropics.

As with previous Atlantic Odyssey rallies Cornell Sailing will use DeLorme inReach satellite trackers supplied by Global Telesat Communications.  Using a combination of the GPS and Iridium satellite networks, the DeLorme inReach tracking devices provide 100% global coverage and will automatically transmit regular GPS location reports from the participating yachts.  This will enable the yachts to be visually located and monitored by race spectators and organisers anywhere in the world – track the progress of the rally.

The DeLorme trackers also have an SOS capability which hopefully none of the participants in this rally will need to use.  Unfortunately in the November rally one yacht used their DeLorme to initiate an emergency medi-vac: Read more about the Emergency Medi-Vac.

As varied as the yachts hailing from 11 different nations, were the crews starting from the Marina La Palma on the island of La Palma which is called la isla bonita (the beautiful island). There was a father and son crew, a 3 men crew who had been sailing together for 30 years, couples with and without children, families with children and friends, a boat-owner with friends and a paid skipper. Variety was also to be seen in the type of boats: old steel yachts, brand new yachts, secondhand boats, a new catamaran, all together 13 yachts built in 9 countries.

We wish all participants of Atlantic Odyssey II 2014 a safe crossing.

About Atlantic Odyssey

The Atlantic Odysseys are organized by Cornell Sailing Events.  The next Atlantic Odyssey will start from Lanzarote on November 18, 2015 and from La Palma on January 9, 2016. Both are bound for Martinique. For those sailors wishing to make a more leisurely crossing, the new Islands Odyssey will leave from Lanzarote on 1 October 2015, visiting all the Canary Islands before leaving from La Palma bound for the Cape Verdes, Barbados and Martinique.  For more information see www.cornellsailing.com.

 

Christmas Opening Hours

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Our office will be open periodically over the Christmas period as follows:

Mon 22nd Dec: 9am – 5pm
Tues 23rd Dec: 9am – 5pm
Weds 24th Dec: 9am – 2pm
Thurs 25th – Sun 28th Dec: Support available via info@globaltelesat.co.uk*
Mon 29th Dec: 10am – 4pm
Tues 30th Dec: 10am – 4pm
Weds 31st Dec – Sun 4th Jan: Support available via info@globaltelesat.co.uk*
Mon 5th Jan: Normal Opening Hours Resume 9am – 5pm

*If you would like to place an order or top-up a SIM card during this time please place your order via our website at www.globaltelesat.co.uk We aim to process all SIM top-ups as quickly as possible over the holiday period.

We thank you for your continued custom and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Help us make a difference this Christmas

Help us make a difference this Christmas.  For every new like we get on our Facebook and Twitter pages before 31 December we will donate £1 to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF)/Telecom Without Borders.*

A woman affected by the 2013 Earthquake in the Philippines makes a call using an IsatPhone Pro.  Picture copyright TSF

A woman affected by the 2013 Earthquake in the Philippines makes a call using an IsatPhone Pro. Picture copyright TSF

The idea for TSF was the result of a simple observation made after many years of experience with general humanitarian charities, based on listening to those in need. During missions responding to the crisis in the Balkans and in Kurdistan during the 1st Gulf War, TSF’s founders realised that, in addition to medical and food aid, there was a critical need for reliable emergency telecomms services.  Conflicts and emergencies often led to massive civilian displacement and separated families. And affected populations are often left with no communications infrastructure in place to find assistance and loved ones.

TSF use satellite communications equipment such as Inmarsat BGAN, Inmarsat GSPS and Iridium to allow families affected by disaster 3 minutes to make important calls.

You can find out more about TSF at http://www.tsfi.org/

As of 23rd December 2014 we have 957 Facebook fans and 531 followers on Twitter.  Let’s get those numbers up!

* Donation will be made w/c 5th Jan 2015 up to the value of £500.

Christmas Caribbean Rally uses DeLorme inReach SE to track participants by satellite

Start of the CCR in Lanzarote.  Picture courtesy of Sailing Rallies.

Start of the CCR in Lanzarote. Picture courtesy of Sailing Rallies.

While we are finishing last minute preparations for Christmas here in the UK a group of eight yachts are crossing the Atlantic in preparation to arrive in Antigua after Christmas – sounds good to us!

The Christmas Caribbean Rally (CCR) is an annual sailing rally starting from Lanzarote ending approximately 2-3 weeks later in the Caribbean.  This year the yachts set sail on Sunday 14th December and at present, the leading yacht “Raven” has just under 1,374 nautical miles to go until it reaches the lovely English Harbour, Antigua.

The yachts are carrying DeLorme inReach SE trackers transmitting to our www.GTCTrack.com mapping portal.  The trackers are transmitting the location of the participants every 4 hours to enable friends and family back home to keep track of the yachts.  Furthermore, the satellite trackers have an SOS button which acts as an important safety feature for the participants in case of an emergency.  In this scenario the co-ordinates of the vessel would be sent to the team at Sailing Rallies to initiate rescue – the two way function of the device allows messages to be sent and received to ascertain more information on the emergency situation.

You can track progress of the rally at http://www.sailingrallies.com/christmas-caribbean-rally/blogging-tracking:

Current Progress of the CCR

Current Progress of the CCR

Thuraya announce their latest sat phone, Thuraya XT-LITE

 

Thuraya have launched their latest satellite phone, Thuraya XT-LITE building on the popularity of the Thuraya XT at a more attractive price of just £295 ex VAT.

This compact new handset can be used to make and receive calls and send SMS in approximately 160 countries or two-thirds of the globe.  It’s small size doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the practical aspects of owning a satellite phone – it boasts an excellent battery life which provides up to six hours talk time and up to 80 hours standby time.

Both contract and pay as you go options are available on the handset making it a flexible option for those on a budget – SIM cards start from £20 ex VAT and call charges from 68p ex VAT per minute.*

We will receive our first stock just after Christmas, order online today to get one of the first handsets!

Thuraya Satellite Coverage

Thuraya Satellite Coverage

*Based on calls made in Thuraya NOVA Zone.  Please contact us for advice on which tariff is best for you.

DeLorme inReach initiates emergency medi-vac from Atlantic Odyssey Sailing Rally

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Cocojet III. Picture courtesy of Cornell Sailing.

A participant in Cornell Sailing’s Atlantic Odyssey had to be evacuated from his catamaran on Saturday.  Nicolas Hauzy was attempting to fix a fault in the hydraulic steering on Cocojet III when he fell and broke his ankle.  The crew of the catamaran immediately initiated the SOS function on their DeLorme inReach provided by Cornell Sailing, the race organisers.

Global Telesat Communications supplied inReach Satellite Trackers to the race organisers for last year’s inaugural race to allow followers of the rally to keep an eye on race progress.  It was hoped that the SOS button on the trackers would never be used but in this situation proved to be vital in alerting the organisers of the accident.

Cornell Sailing said “Within minutes of the emergency message being received, the Atlantic Odyssey organisers and Cross Gris-Nez, the French Operational Rescue Center which coordinates SAR operations, were in touch with the crew of Cocojet III to ascertain that there was no immediate risk to life or the boat.”

Nicolas was evacuated from the catamaran onto the nearby passenger cruise ship Saga Pearl II which diverted its route to meet Cocojet III at 2300 UTC  on Saturday 22 November.

For this event the SOS button diverts directly to emergency contacts set-up by the race organisers.  As standard the SOS button would alert the GEOS Emergency Response Center which would then communicate with emergency contacts and initiate a rescue.

Atlantic Odyssey is an annual even organised by Cornell Sailing which left Lanzarote on Sunday 16 November bound for Martinique.  Earlier in the trip Cocojet III posted a video showing a beautiful sunset and dolphins swimming alongside the catamaran:

We wish Nicolas a speedy recovery!

End of production for IsatPhone Pro

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As manufacture of the IsatPhone Pro comes to an end we discuss the future for users of the handsets and alternative sat phones on the market.

In 2010, IsatPhone Pro was launched marking Inmarsat’s entry into the global handheld satphone market. Now, after four successful years, Inmarsat is announcing the end of production for IsatPhone Pro.

Although Inmarsat have stopped manufacturing IsatPhone Pro, GTC currently still hold stock of the handset so please contact us if you wish to place an order.

With the end of manufacture of the handset will also come a stop to production of the accessories.  We also hold these in stock, please see our range of IsatPhone Pro accessories if you wish to place an order.

Inmarsat will continue to provide customer support and firmware upgrades to correct critical issues that may arise with IsatPhone Pro products in the field until further notice. As a reminder, IsatPhone Pro handsets must be upgraded to firmware v 5.3.0 or higher by 30 November 2014 to ensure continuation of service.

Visit GTC Support for instructions on how to upgrade your IsatPhone Pro.

What are the alternative sat phones on the market?

IsatPhone 2

IsatPhone 2

Inmarsat IsatPhone 2

Of course the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 is a great alternative to the IsatPhone Pro – with all the same voice and SMS features the IsatPhone 2 comes with the added bonus of a built in GPS tracker.

The GPS tracking can be combined with our GTCTrack mapping to enable detailed monitoring of the user.

With global coverage excluding the poles the IsatPhone 2 is a great all in one device for the global traveller.

IsatPhone 2 pricing starts from £520 ex VAT.

Globalstar GSP-1700

One advantage of the IsatPhone handsets is the affordable cost of airtime and handsets.  Looking to other satellite networks Globalstar also offers an excellent value for money sat phone, the GSP-1700.

GlobalstarWith inclusive plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute, the lowest handset prices in the market and the only 2nd generation satellite constellation, Globalstar satellite phones are hard to beat.

The Globalstar GSP-1700 is great for customers demanding quick connection times, excellent satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price.

Globalstar satellite phones were the choice of the organisers of the Tour de France 2014 who used the phones during the UK leg to stay connected.

Globalstar sat phone prices start from just £225 ex VAT.

IsatHub

Inmarsat’s latest product – IsatHub

Inmarsat IsatHub

For those looking to the latest gadgets the IsatHub is also a great alternative to a satellite phone.  Also in the Inmarsat family of products IsatHub is a revolutionary new device which allows you to connect your normal mobile phone or tablet via WiFi in order to make and receive calls, texts and browse the internet via satellite.

IsatHub has just been launched and we are one of a few retailers to currently hold stock.  Contact us to place an order or see our blog The Inmarsat IsatHub Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot Has Arrived for further information on the device.

As always we would like to answer any questions you may have on the end of life of the IsatPhone or any of the products mentioned above.

Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspots Now Available to Rent from GTC

We have added two brand new Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspots to our rental stock: the Iridium GO! and the Inmarsat IsatHub. These products will enable you to talk, text, and email on your smart device, anywhere inside anywhere in the world – even when outside of the range of mobile phone networks!

We all know how much we depend on our smart devices for work, pleasure, and keeping in touch with friends and family. Empowering you to stay in touch wherever you go, these new satellite Wi-Fi hotspots represent a significant step-change in your own personal connectivity, worldwide.

RJS_4952If you do not have any long-term need for a satellite Wi-Fi hotspot or don’t want to go to the expense of purchasing your own then renting from us could be the ideal solution. You avoid the trouble of setting up a contract and escape having to commit to a lengthy contract term. The daily rental charge is just £7.50 for the Iridium GO! and £10 for the Inmarsat IsatHub and call costs start from as little as £0.60 per minute. Check out our satellite Wi-Fi hotspot rental page for more information or give us a call on 0800 112 3919 to help you decide which hotspot suits your requirements.

British Adventurer completes Expedition1000 after kayaking 1000 miles with a DeLorme inReach Explorer

Dave Cornthwaite ReturnsExpedition1000: 48 days. 3 countries. 1,092,900 pedal pushes. 303 hours and 35 minutes on the water. 24 islands camped on.  Average speed 3.5 miles per hour. Total Distance: 1000.5 miles. Oslo to Helsinki by Hobie Kayak, tick!

In 11 journeys British Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite covered 19136 miles on four continents. 6 journeys on land, 5 on water. He tracked his entire journey with a DeLorme inReach Explorer satellite tracker which he has reviewed:

“For 48 days in the late Summer of 2014 I travelled 1000 miles between Oslo and Helsinki by Hobie Kayak. This was my first journey using a DeLorme inReach Explorer and I couldn’t be more impressed.

I used it to allow live tracking via my website, to act as a messaging conduit and to update my social media when 3G wasn’t available, and it was the primary device used to measure my distance (1000.5 miles), average moving speed (3.5mph) and time on the water (303 hours, 35 minutes!).

DeLore inReach ExplorerI also used the Earthmate App, which pairs my iPhone with the inReach Explorer via Bluetooth, to allow for easier message writing, and for a month of my journey was using the inReach to communicate directly with my girlfriend, who was on her own journey in the Arctic. And guess what she was using to receive and send messages? Yep, the DeLorme inReach Explorer!

Rest assured, it’s in the bag for the next journey, and I’ll be using a plan through Global Telesat Communications. Unbeatable service.”

If you are interested in purchasing a DeLorme inReach Explorer or would just like some more information please give us a call on 0800 112 3919 or visit our website.