Ship to shore communications
The R/V Western Flyer's phone system is equipped with cellular and microwave capabilities for short distances in the Monterey Bay (~30 nm). For longer distances, global iridium and satellite communications are available for emergencies and daily contact with shore support staff. To contact the vessel while offshore, contact Marine Operations at (831) 775-1900.
For longer voyages, iridium phone cards may be available for sale from the ship's captain for personal calls.
VSAT is available during cruises for electronic mail (with limited file size) and internet. Temporary email accounts are assigned to visiting scientists for use when the vessel is out of satellite range.