If you are interested in joining HiSeasNet, it is best to start by looking at the HiSeasNet website to get a feel for what the network is all about, how it is organized, and what resources are available. The next step is to contact the PI for the project, Dr. Jon Berger (email@example.com, 858-534-2889) to discuss the interest and how it might fit into the project's timeline and budget.
The way the system works is that the ships' operators usually buy there own compatible on-board equipment and pay for the bandwidth they will use in their first year of operations. Equipment is most conveniently purchased through CommSystems, the local SeaTel distributer who also are under contract to maintain the ships' and shore equipment.Karl Kapusta of CommSystems (firstname.lastname@example.org) can provide a quotation for the required equipment and installation. Kevin Walsh (email@example.com) here at SIO can provide details on the networking aspects of HiSeasNet. When a schedule for the installation is determined, it is a good idea to make sure Kevin knows when things are targeted for install. This will allow everyone to coordinate the installation of the gear on the ship with the networking at the earth station and the ship's institution's campus.
Antenna installation is done at the ship by someone from CommSystems, and usually takes a couple of days. Antennas are not always available immediately and do take some time to ship. Routing issues are (hopefully) worked out between Kevin and the ship's institution's IT people and ship techs in advance (best to start planning this a couple months before installation if you can). Networking equipment can sometimes take a month or two to receive. While not required, it may be a good idea for Kevin to help with the installation (installing institution pays his travel expenses) to smooth out routing hiccups, provide some training/explanation, and answer the tricky questions on-site.
Each year, NSF gives us a grant to support the operations and maintenance of the ground station (at SIO) and pay for the satellite bandwidth. The non-NSF ships are then billed for usage at a per-diem rate set by NSF for use of the system.