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SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net Now Closed

By Sue Richards — last modified Feb 22, 2013 01:43 PM
Started in January this year, this Net has now closed due to lack of demand and poor propagation.

Published: 2013-02-22 01:00:00
Topics: Communications
Countries: Thailand , Vietnam , Brunei , Cambodia , China , East Timor (Timor Leste) , Hong Kong , Indonesia , Japan , Macau , Malaysia , Myanmar (Burma) , Philippines , Singapore , South Korea , Taiwan

Since the passing of Richard Donaldson-Alves who ran the Mobile Maritime Net SE Asia, there hasn't been any Net in the area.  Many cruisers mourned the loss of a sense of cameraderie and community that a radio net engenders and also the loss of all the incredibly useful information that is shared on cruisers nets.

Jan Wooller of MV Yawarra II volunteered to start up a Net in January 2013. The Net operated on 8167 mhz at 0730 Thai time (0830 Malay time) every morning welcoming check-ins from any boats in the area.

Jan reported today:

"Sadly I am forced to let you know that I am closing the SE Asian Cruisers Net. I've been on air daily giving it my best shot since the 15th January but it seems that a combination of factors - poor propagation being a major one, not to mention that many boats these days don't have an SSB radio installed - has beaten us. It's a shame, particularly for those of us who have fond memories of how much information we obtained and how many new friends we made in the "old days" when yachtie radio nets were commonplace".

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