SSCA’s Trans-Atlantic Cruisers’ Net (SSCA TACN)

  • 8104 kHz at 1215 UTC.
  • 8152 at 1700 Eastern Time (Doo Dah/SSCA Trans-Atlantic Cruisers’ Net).
  • Then when the Doo Dah Net/SSCA TACN concludes (usually 10-15 minutes) all net controllers and relay stations will switch to frequency 12.350 to pick up the vessels farther out at sea.

The Net is in operation during the traditional Trans-Atlantic crossing seasons of mid-April thru early July and mid-October thru Christmas. Cruisers do not have to be SSCA members to utilize the service. This service will take position reports, do phone patches to family/friends, medical or mechanical professionals, or conduct Internet searches.

The primary participants are:

Glenn Tuttle, Coastal Station KPK, Punta Gorda, FL
Chris Parker, Coastal Station WCY, Lakeland, FL
Jim West, Coastal Station KJM, Ellijay, GA
Dick Giddings, Coastal Station, KNC, Dover, NC

The Net provides position reports, phone patches to family, friends, medical or mechanical professionals, or internet searches, plus invaluable advice from Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center on weather and currents.

Vessels participating in the Net must have:

  1. A Float Plan, which can be found at this link.
  2. An alternate means of communication should the SSB propagation be poor or you are having radio issues. This alternate means of communication must have the ability to send and receive E-mail or text messages via a satellite device, such as an Iridium Go, Inmarsat, Garmin In Reach, or even a SPOT, although the SPOT devices are usually unreliable in far reaching areas due to the use of the inferior Globalstar Satellite system.

If you comply with these terms, and agree to do your best to check in every day, SSCA will be glad to accept your Float Plan. Send to [email protected]

The Net does not send or share this information with the Coast Guard unless there is some type of emergency on your vessel. If nothing is heard from you for two days in a row, it will be assumed you are in trouble and SSCA will notify your family as well as the appropriate Search & Rescue Authorities. SSCA will keep your float plan but your primary emergency contact should be a close friend or family member who is familiar with your boat and cruising plans. They should also have a copy of your float plan. SSCA can not be your primary emergency contact.

European Maritime Mobile Net

  • 14297 kHz at 1900 UTC. HAM net.

UK Maritime Mobile Net

TransAtlantic Net

  • 21400 kHz at 1300 UTC. HAM net.