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On s/v Sloepmouche in the South Pacific
VHF Channel 16
Information, sales & troubleshooting for email via HF radio (SCS Pactor modems). Free technical support SCS, Sailmail/Winlink for Noonsite cruisers.
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Roentgenstasse 36 , 63454 Hanau , Germany
Fax:+49 6181 990238
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YB Tracking Ltd.
July 2014 Yellowbrick changed its brand to YB Tracking Ltd. This is not an EPIRB or a PLB; it does not just transmit your position in an emergency, it transmits your position on a regular basis, all the time. Yellowbrick is battery powered, and will run for up to 3 months, transmitting hourly.

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Cruising Radio Nets - Caribbean

Bahamas Cruiser Net
VHF Channel 68
08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.

Bahamas Weather (BASRA)
4003 kHz at 1100 UTC

C AM Breakfast Club
Operates at 0900 EDT on 7083.

Carib WX George
Operates at 0700 EDT on 7241.

Caribbean
6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).

Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net
Posted September 2013.
George Kline operates this daily weather net (except Sundays) at 1100 UTC on 7250 LSB. Whilst this is a "HAM" net, anyone can listen. During severe weather the net sometimes also operates in the afternoons, and this is announced on an ad hoc basis during the morning net.

Caribbean NW Net
Northwest Caribbean net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.

Caribbean SSB Weather Net
Controller Dave. 8104 kHz at 1230-1300 UTC and 12362 kHz at 1300-1330 UTC. Comprehensive Weather for Caribbean region.

Caribbean SW Net
6209 kHZ at 1315 UTC (0915 EDT). Weather and information Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia.

Caribbean Safety and Security Net
The daily HF radio voice net was discontinued from 1st April 2014 due to lack of following. The CSSN now have a "report incident" icon on their hompage, with an associated reporting form, making it quick and easy to inform them. Security reports received are published on the website, so check the site regularly for the latest important NEWS and incident reports, or to read a history of incidents in the area you want to cruise. The site has many features under development, which will add new functions and further improve the user experience. The CSSN website also has information and links to a variety of other resources related to safety and security for cruisers. Their precautions checklist on how to prepare before you go is very useful.

Coconut Telegraph
From 1st Sept 2013 ,
8170 USB
Tel: 473-537-3569.
The eastern Caribbean's SSB net at 08:00 AST.
Operated since 2007 now moving to new frequency 8170. Any questions, contact Harry K. Schell Sea Schell).

Cruiseheimers Net
Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for those crossing from Europe.
Meets each morning, seven days a week at 0830 Eastern Time on SSB 8152 kHz / 8.152 mHz -OR- 6.516 mHz or 6.227 mHz during the seasonal change (very loosely defined as Fall to Spring).
This group of volunteers relay boats and locations, keeping an eye out for boats on passage. On the same frequency, Dick Giddings, DOODAH Net, at 1700 (05:00 PM Eastern time) also does the same, on 8152 USB.
The Cruiseheimers Net website also has some excellent communications articles.

Friendly Carib Net
Operates at 0600(EDT) on 7188.

Magellen Net
Operates at 0900 and 1800 EDT on 8173.

Marine Weather Centre
Chris Parker
Tel:+1 863-248-2702
Opening hours: Telephone Best times 10am-2pm EST (except Weds 10-1)
Custom weather reports for the Carribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.

Maritime Mobile Service Network
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Panama Connection
Operates at 0930 on 8107.

Panama Pacific Net
Operates at 1015 EDT on 8143.

Salty Southeast Cruisers Net
Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

Waterway Cocktail Net
Operates at 1630 EDT on 7086.

Waterway Net
Operates at 0745 EDT on 7268.

Cruising Radio Nets - Asia

Brunei Bay Radio
HF/SSB voice and e-mail services from Brunei on the NW coast of Borneo. Service area covers the NW Pacific, SE Asia, and eastern Indian Oceans (plus N and W coasts of Australia). SailMail host for this region, and also BBRemail service for cruisers.

Indian Ocean Net
The morning net focuses on the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean from the west coast of Malaysia/Thailand to Cochin, and an evening net focuses on the Western part, from Cochin to Eritrea. The morning IO net will be at 0230 GMT (which is 09:30am Thai and 08:00am Cochin). The evening IO net at 1400 GMT (which is 07:30pm India time and 05:00pm in Eritrea). On Frequency 8143.00, Reporting boat name, total number of crew, position and weather. And anything else.

Peri Peri Net
Good source of weather, both for South African local waters and offshore. On a good day the Net can cover most of the Indian Ocean and Atlantic too as well as all of the SA coastline. Net operates on 8101khz every day at 1500UTC and switches to 12353khz to track the more distant vessels after the initial traffic is finished. There is also an informal net on 8101khz every morning at 0500UTC depending on who is available.

Now back in operation, having been suspended temporarily in May 2013. The net controller is resident in Durban SA, Roy, call sign Peri Peri and is assisted by the following relay stations:
Paul in Johannesburg, call sign Northern Star, Norman in Bazzaruto Mozambique, call sign Regal, and Des & Nell Cason, ex Sy Gambit, in Sakatia Island, Madagascar, call sign Madagascar Relay. Their position 13deg18,027S and 48Deg10,484 E. Vessels are welcome to contact Des and Nell by email (sygambit@gmail.com) or stop over for latest info on check in procedures and any other info.

Phuket Net
A new net, THE PHUKET NET will start on 8188 on 6th January 2010 at 0100utc (0800 local time Thailand).

SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net
THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. Established in January 2013 following loss of the Mobile Maritime Net. Operated on 8167 mhz at 0730 Thai time (0830 Malay time) every morning.

Cruising Radio Nets - Mediterranean

Maritime Mobile Service Network
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Mediterranean Radio Nets
See web link for list and further information.

Cruising Radio Nets - Atlantic

Atlantic Radio Nets
See web link for list and further information.

Cruiseheimers Net
Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for those crossing from Europe.
Meets each morning, seven days a week at 0830 Eastern Time on SSB 8152 kHz / 8.152 mHz -OR- 6.516 mHz or 6.227 mHz during the seasonal change (very loosely defined as Fall to Spring).
This group of volunteers relay boats and locations, keeping an eye out for boats on passage. On the same frequency, Dick Giddings, DOODAH Net, at 1700 (05:00 PM Eastern time) also does the same, on 8152 USB.
The Cruiseheimers Net website also has some excellent communications articles.

Maritime Mobile Service Network
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Peri Peri Net
Good source of weather, both for South African local waters and offshore. On a good day the Net can cover most of the Indian Ocean and Atlantic too as well as all of the SA coastline. Net operates on 8101khz every day at 1500UTC and switches to 12353khz to track the more distant vessels after the initial traffic is finished. There is also an informal net on 8101khz every morning at 0500UTC depending on who is available.

Now back in operation, having been suspended temporarily in May 2013. The net controller is resident in Durban SA, Roy, call sign Peri Peri and is assisted by the following relay stations:
Paul in Johannesburg, call sign Northern Star, Norman in Bazzaruto Mozambique, call sign Regal, and Des & Nell Cason, ex Sy Gambit, in Sakatia Island, Madagascar, call sign Madagascar Relay. Their position 13deg18,027S and 48Deg10,484 E. Vessels are welcome to contact Des and Nell by email (sygambit@gmail.com) or stop over for latest info on check in procedures and any other info.

South African Maritime Net
The SA Maritime broadcasts twice a day as follows: 06:30 Z on 14.316 MHz upper side band for about 5 minutes. The controller is Graham (ZS2ABK). He then joins the coastal waters net on 7.120 MHz at 06:35 Z. The controller here is Sam (ZS1SAM). Next broadcast is at 13:30 Z on 14.316 for about 20 minutes (controlled by Graham). At 13:35 Z. the net on 7.120 MHz starts (controlled by Sam). See website for further details.

USA Dockside Radio
Radio Nets on the East and West Coasts.

Cruising Radio Nets - Pacific

British Columbia Boaters' Net
The BCBN operates daily during the summer months from 1700 PDT using the Vancouver Island Trunk System. The starting date for 2014 was June 21. The purpose of this net is to provide information to mariners, and to facilitate communications between boaters and with friends and family back home. Methods of contacting the BDBN are shown on their website.

Magellan Pacific Net
Posted March 2013
Set up to facilitate comms between boats from Panama to French Polynesia, via the Galapagos (8155 @ 1330Z).

Maritime Mobile Service Network
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Radio Nets
See web link for list and further information.

Panama Connection
Operates at 0930 on 8107.

Panama Pacific Net
Operates at 1015 EDT on 8143.

Southbound Evening Net (SSB)
San Diego to Panama and beyond
Broadcast nightly starting at 0100 Zulu at 6516 kHz Upper Side band.
The Southbound Evening Net takes check-ins, provides WX updates, and passes traffic between vessels every night.

USA Dockside Radio
Radio Nets on the East and West Coasts.

Yokwe Net
The Mieco Beach Yacht Club members and friends run a daily HF net at 07:45am local time on 6.224 called the Yokwe net ('yokwe' means hello). The net's main purpose is to look after vessels underway as they voyage between the outer islands of the Marshall Islands, but we're also a social network between cruisers and people on the outer islands with radios. We're a multi-national net and on two days the net controllers are Marshallese (Val 7 Degrees North in Majuro and Pumpkin in Ailuk). You can find out more at the club's web site .

Reports

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)

South African Radio Nets - Updated

Pacific - List of Radio Nets

Eastern Mediterranean: Connecting to the internet

Installing an SSB Radio

Seychelles: OmniAccess provides High Speed Ku-band VSAT Coverage in the Seychelles

Menorca, Mahon: Cruisers Beware

Mediterranean - List of Radio Nets

Mediterranean Cruisers Net (MedNet)

The Essential Role of HF/SSB Radio in Ocean Cruising

Ways to Improve WiFi and Cell Phone Reception

Founder of Radio Net goes SK (Silent Key)

New Cruisers’ Net for the Indian Ocean - Update

Iridium Airtime - How it Works

Iridium 9505A Sat Phone - Failure

The Icom M802 Radio Manual For "Idi-Yachts"

The AIS System Explained

Atlantic - List of Radio Nets

Is your SSB ready for the Atlantic?

Question About International SIM-card

WiFi for Beginners

Yachtplot : Voyage tracking for anyone, anywhere

FCC drops Morse Code Requirement for US Hams

Imported mobile (cell) phones now blocked in Turkey

SailMail network expands in response to increasing requests from cruising yachts

Caribbean: 3G Phone and Internet Access
Posted February 2014.
Useful article published February 2014 by Caribbean Compass. Go to page 21.
Communications Made Simple for Cruisers
Excellent site providing the basics and the details to help cruisers to identify what communications equipment, software, and licensing that is needed to cruise around the world.
Google Earth
Satellite imagery and maps of the world.
Ham or SSB Maritime Net Information
Posted July 2012
SV Camelot have over 100 HAM/SSB Nets listed in PDF format for free download.
SailTrac
Sailors can create custom web pages and add maps, positions and other data to keep family and friends informed.
Ship to Shore - more than a mail forwarding service
Hold, scan or forward mail to world travellers.
UUPlus Satellite Email Service
Satellite Email Service.
W. Caribbean and Panama - How we stay in touch
A useful summary on ways to stay in touch in this part of the world, by SV Mother Jones.
Where & When Propagation tool
The first Propagation tool for marine SSB communication. A very helpful tool, if you don´t know which frequency is best for communication between two boats.
WiFi Finder
295,589 free and pay Wi-Fi locations in 144 countries. Easy search map.
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