Communications

A collection of resources related to communication on board.

General

Businesses

  • Brunei Bay Radio

    Address: PO Box 2234, Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei, BS 8674

    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... Read More

  • MailASail

    Address: Unit 8, Saxon Business Centre, 41-59 Windsor Avenue, London, United Kingdom, SW19 2RR

    A wide range of services: free weather, email compression software, GPS tracking and blogging tool, satellite phone airtime, WiFi hotspot antenna, advice on comms equipment.... Read More

  • SCS – Special Communications Systems GmbH

    Address: Roentgenstasse 36, Hanau, Germany, 63454

    SCS is the sole manufacturer of Pactor 2 and the more robust Pactor 3 modems - for e-mails & wx bulletins from any anchorage or... Read More

  • SVB24.com

    Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 25-27, Bremen, Germany, 28199

    Europe's largest online yacht chandler offers worldwide shipping. Specialist support available for marine SSB (HF) radio in English and German. Technical and sales support available... Read More

  • YB Tracking Ltd.

    Address: Unit 8, Fulcrum 2 Solent Way Whiteley, United Kingdom, PO15 7FN

    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... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Boat US Radio Information

    Includes free online tutorial for DSC (Digital Selective Calling) VHF radios.

    http://www.boatus.com/MMSI/... Read More

  • Boatblogs.com

    Do it yourself websites and blogs to document and share your cruising adventure. FREE Trial, plus packages for as little as $2.95 a month.

    [email protected] Read More

  • GYMSIM

    An international Pay-As-You-Go sim card that has the unique ability to bypass expensive network roaming costs developed for the yachting community.

    http://www.gymsim.com/... Read More

  • International Dialing Codes

    International Dialing Codes

    https://countrycode.org/... Read More

  • The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

    What do you do about receiving mail when long-term cruising? Circumnavigators SY Totem has researched what they believe to be the best options out there.

    SV... Read More

News

  • Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

Communications Equipment

Businesses

  • SVB24.com

    Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 25-27, Bremen, Germany, 28199

    Europe's largest online yacht chandler offers worldwide shipping. Specialist support available for marine SSB (HF) radio in English and German. Technical and sales support available... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Buying Communication Gear for your Boat

    Chris Parker's Marine Weather Center website has useful tips on what to look for when purchasing communication gear for your boat.

    http://www.mwxc.com

     ... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruising & Cell Phones

    A useful thread on Cruisers Forum with a variety of options.

    Caribbean Cruising and Cell Phone questions

     ... Read More

  • Communications Made Simple for Cruisers

    An excellent site providing the basics and the details to help cruisers to identify what communications equipment, software, and licensing that is needed to cruise... Read More

  • Cruising gear: what about the phone?

    The indispensable traveler's tool - used as a hotspot, a smartphone is SY Totem's primary vehicle for getting online aboard as they cruise the world.... Read More

  • Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat

    Yachting World article - December 2015.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/yachts-and-gear/top-ways-to-use-your-tablet-or-ipad-on-board-your-boat-69357

     ... Read More

  • Using the Internet and New Technologies at Sea

    For many years, radio communication was the only option for mariners to communicate with the shore.  Now, an increasing number of satellite technologies are available... Read More

  • VHF Radio Licences & Operator Training

    Read this report of VHF radio license requirements and links to national licensing and operator training.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/Communications/vhf-certification-licensing/

     ... Read More

News

  • USA: US Coast Guard plans to terminate NAVTEX

    Date Published - September 21, 2019

    The US Coast Guard may cease broadcasting of NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) but only after it is available on IMO recognized satellite services.... Read More

Books

  • Reeds VHF Handbook

    The Reeds VHF Handbook is an accessible, user friendly but comprehensive guide to marine VHF radio that helps users quickly get up to speed with... Read More

Internet on Board

Businesses

  • MailASail

    Address: Unit 8, Saxon Business Centre, 41-59 Windsor Avenue, London, United Kingdom, SW19 2RR

    A wide range of services: free weather, email compression software, GPS tracking and blogging tool, satellite phone airtime, WiFi hotspot antenna, advice on comms equipment.... Read More

  • SVB24.com

    Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 25-27, Bremen, Germany, 28199

    Europe's largest online yacht chandler offers worldwide shipping. Specialist support available for marine SSB (HF) radio in English and German. Technical and sales support available... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Getting Internet on a Boat

    Jason and Lisa Robinson of SV Bloom run an online business from their boat. They report on how they got the best connection possible when... Read More

  • OnBoard WiFi: Get Connected

    Whether you need reliable internet access aboard to work, or just like the convenience of web browsing from the cockpit, Cruising World discuss the options... Read More

  • Optimizing Iridium GO use on board

    Some very useful tips to help you get more out of your Iridium Go for checking news, email, weather, social media, web browsing....

    https://www.sailingtotem.com/2018/06/optimizing-iridium-go-use-on-board.html

     ... Read More

  • Satellite hot spot offshore

    Interesting article in Ocean Navigator magazine by SY Brick House and their experiences with satellite connectivity while crossing the Indian Ocean.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/January-February-2019/Satellite-hot-spot-offshore/

     ... Read More

  • Using the Internet and New Technologies at Sea

    For many years, radio communication was the only option for mariners to communicate with the shore.  Now, an increasing number of satellite technologies are available... Read More

Position Reporting

Businesses

  • MailASail

    Address: Unit 8, Saxon Business Centre, 41-59 Windsor Avenue, London, United Kingdom, SW19 2RR

    A wide range of services: free weather, email compression software, GPS tracking and blogging tool, satellite phone airtime, WiFi hotspot antenna, advice on comms equipment.... Read More

  • YB Tracking Ltd.

    Address: Unit 8, Fulcrum 2 Solent Way Whiteley, United Kingdom, PO15 7FN

    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... Read More

Useful Resources

  • SkyMate

    Range of communication services for cruisers including weather, position reporting, email, weblog, and fax/voice.

    http://www.skymate.com/... Read More

  • sQuidd.io

    The main feature of use to blue water cruisers is the "follow list", which allows a user to post position updates to Facebook from a... Read More

News

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Satellite AIS Tracking Service

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) HF Radio Service Net, FCC Call Sign KPK, has announced a new service for cruisers in the Gulf of... Read More

Cruising Radio Nets

See Docksideradio.com for a list of nets on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the USA.

Atlantic Radio Nets.

Pacific Radio Nets.

See this news report for a list of nets in South Africa that cover the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic to Brazil.

Mediterranean Radio Nets.

Businesses

  • Bahamas Cruiser Net

    Address: Bahamas,

    08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.... Read More

  • Bahamas Weather (BASRA)

    Address: Bahamas,

    4003 kHz at 1100 UTC... Read More

  • C AM Breakfast Club

    Operates at 0900 EDT on 7083.... Read More

  • Carib WX George

    Operates at 0700 EDT on 7241.... Read More

  • Caribbean

    Address: Panama,

    6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).... Read More

  • 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,... Read More

  • Caribbean SSB Weather Net
  • Coconut Telegraph

    The eastern Caribbean's SSB net which runs throughout the Caribbean Season.Normally this net starts around the second week of November.The Net operates Monday through Saturday... Read More

  • Friendly Carib Net

    Operates at 0600(EDT) on 7188.... Read More

  • Magellen Net

    Operates at 1800 and 0400 UTC on 8173 Mhz USB.SSB Radio Net in Polynesia. Operates twice a day by volunteers. Position reports, questions and sharing... Read More

  • Marine Weather Centre

    Address: 5130 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, USA,

    Custom weather reports for the Caribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.... Read More

  • SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net

    THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. Established in January 2013 following the loss of the Mobile Maritime Net. Operated on 8167 MHz at 0730 Thai... Read More

  • Waterway Cocktail Net

    Operates at 1630 EDT on 7086.... Read More

  • Waterway Net

    Operates at 0745 EDT on 7268.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Atlantic Radio Nets

    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... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net

    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... Read More

  • Cruiseheimers Net

    Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and the northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for... Read More

  • Cruising VHF Nets Caribbean

    Antigua Jolly Hber - 0900 Ch 74 Mon-Sat
    Antigua English/Falmouth - 0900 Ch 06 Daily
    Antigua Carlisle Bay - 0900 Ch 72
    Bahamas, Nassau - 0715 Ch 14
    Bequia... Read More

  • List of Pacific Radio Nets

    Comprehensive and updated list of Radio nets covering the Pacific.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/Communications/pacific-list-of-radio-nets... Read More

  • Mediterranean Radio Nets

    See web link for list and further information.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/mediterranean-list-of-radio-nets/... Read More

  • Salty Southeast Cruisers Net

    Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

    http://cruisersnet.net/... Read More

  • South African SSB Nets

    Durban Maritime Mobile Net (South Africa)

    Revived April 2020 by a group of highly experienced yachtsmen/ham radio operator’s who were part of the original Durban maritime net,... Read More

  • SSCA “KPK” Radio Service

    This Seven Seas Cruising Association service began on January 3, 2016. It immediately follows the Coconut Telegraph Net (see above) at 1215 hours UTC (0715... Read More

  • The Spider Web Net

    From Canada to South America and all the way out to Hawaii & Japan - depending on propagation. The morning session works the Caribbean &... Read More

Reports

  • Caribbean: Cruisers’ Facebook Groups

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    A round-up of some of the most-used Caribbean Cruisers Facebook Pages. Useful places to get real-time advice, recommendations and information from cruisers like you in... Read More

News

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Satellite AIS Tracking Service

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) HF Radio Service Net, FCC Call Sign KPK, has announced a new service for cruisers in the Gulf of... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean Basin: SSB Coconut Telegraph to Resume November 9

    Date Published - November 09, 2020

    he SSB (Single Side Band) Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers net on Monday November 9, 2020 as announced by the volunteer Net Controllers. The... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Durban Maritime Mobile Net Revived

    Date Published - April 09, 2020

    The Durban Maritime Mobile Net (South Africa) has been revived by a group of highly experienced yachtsmen/ham radio operator’s who were part of the original Durban... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Caribbean

Businesses

  • Bahamas Cruiser Net

    Address: Bahamas,

    08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.... Read More

  • Bahamas Weather (BASRA)

    Address: Bahamas,

    4003 kHz at 1100 UTC... Read More

  • C AM Breakfast Club

    Operates at 0900 EDT on 7083.... Read More

  • Carib WX George

    Operates at 0700 EDT on 7241.... Read More

  • Caribbean

    Address: Panama,

    6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).... Read More

  • 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,... Read More

  • Caribbean SSB Weather Net
  • Coconut Telegraph

    The eastern Caribbean's SSB net which runs throughout the Caribbean Season.Normally this net starts around the second week of November.The Net operates Monday through Saturday... Read More

  • Friendly Carib Net

    Operates at 0600(EDT) on 7188.... Read More

  • Marine Weather Centre

    Address: 5130 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, USA,

    Custom weather reports for the Caribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.... Read More

  • Waterway Cocktail Net

    Operates at 1630 EDT on 7086.... Read More

  • Waterway Net

    Operates at 0745 EDT on 7268.... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net

    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... Read More

  • Cruiseheimers Net

    Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and the northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for... Read More

  • Cruising VHF Nets Caribbean

    Antigua Jolly Hber - 0900 Ch 74 Mon-Sat
    Antigua English/Falmouth - 0900 Ch 06 Daily
    Antigua Carlisle Bay - 0900 Ch 72
    Bahamas, Nassau - 0715 Ch 14
    Bequia... Read More

  • Salty Southeast Cruisers Net

    Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

    http://cruisersnet.net/... Read More

  • SSCA “KPK” Radio Service

    This Seven Seas Cruising Association service began on January 3, 2016. It immediately follows the Coconut Telegraph Net (see above) at 1215 hours UTC (0715... Read More

  • The Spider Web Net

    From Canada to South America and all the way out to Hawaii & Japan - depending on propagation. The morning session works the Caribbean &... Read More

Reports

  • Caribbean: Cruisers’ Facebook Groups

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    A round-up of some of the most-used Caribbean Cruisers Facebook Pages. Useful places to get real-time advice, recommendations and information from cruisers like you in... Read More

News

  • Eastern Caribbean Basin: SSB Coconut Telegraph to Resume November 9

    Date Published - November 09, 2020

    he SSB (Single Side Band) Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers net on Monday November 9, 2020 as announced by the volunteer Net Controllers. The... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Asia

Businesses

  • SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net

    THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. Established in January 2013 following the loss of the Mobile Maritime Net. Operated on 8167 MHz at 0730 Thai... Read More

Useful Resources

  • 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... Read More

News

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Mediterranean

Useful Resources

  • Mediterranean Radio Nets

    See web link for list and further information.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/mediterranean-list-of-radio-nets/... Read More

News

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Atlantic

Useful Resources

  • Atlantic Radio Nets

    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... Read More

  • Cruiseheimers Net

    Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and the northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for... Read More

  • South African SSB Nets

    Durban Maritime Mobile Net (South Africa)

    Revived April 2020 by a group of highly experienced yachtsmen/ham radio operator’s who were part of the original Durban maritime net,... Read More

News

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Pacific

Businesses

  • Magellen Net

    Operates at 1800 and 0400 UTC on 8173 Mhz USB.SSB Radio Net in Polynesia. Operates twice a day by volunteers. Position reports, questions and sharing... Read More

Useful Resources

  • List of Pacific Radio Nets

    Comprehensive and updated list of Radio nets covering the Pacific.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/Communications/pacific-list-of-radio-nets... Read More

  • The Spider Web Net

    From Canada to South America and all the way out to Hawaii & Japan - depending on propagation. The morning session works the Caribbean &... Read More

News

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Businesses

  • Bahamas Cruiser Net

    Address: Bahamas,

    08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.... Read More

  • Bahamas Weather (BASRA)

    Address: Bahamas,

    4003 kHz at 1100 UTC... Read More

  • Brunei Bay Radio

    Address: PO Box 2234, Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei, BS 8674

    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... Read More

  • C AM Breakfast Club

    Operates at 0900 EDT on 7083.... Read More

  • Carib WX George

    Operates at 0700 EDT on 7241.... Read More

  • Caribbean

    Address: Panama,

    6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).... Read More

  • 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,... Read More

  • Caribbean SSB Weather Net
  • Coconut Telegraph

    The eastern Caribbean's SSB net which runs throughout the Caribbean Season.Normally this net starts around the second week of November.The Net operates Monday through Saturday... Read More

  • Friendly Carib Net

    Operates at 0600(EDT) on 7188.... Read More

  • Magellen Net

    Operates at 1800 and 0400 UTC on 8173 Mhz USB.SSB Radio Net in Polynesia. Operates twice a day by volunteers. Position reports, questions and sharing... Read More

  • MailASail

    Address: Unit 8, Saxon Business Centre, 41-59 Windsor Avenue, London, United Kingdom, SW19 2RR

    A wide range of services: free weather, email compression software, GPS tracking and blogging tool, satellite phone airtime, WiFi hotspot antenna, advice on comms equipment.... Read More

  • Marine Weather Centre

    Address: 5130 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, USA,

    Custom weather reports for the Caribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.... Read More

  • SCS – Special Communications Systems GmbH

    Address: Roentgenstasse 36, Hanau, Germany, 63454

    SCS is the sole manufacturer of Pactor 2 and the more robust Pactor 3 modems - for e-mails & wx bulletins from any anchorage or... Read More

  • SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net

    THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. Established in January 2013 following the loss of the Mobile Maritime Net. Operated on 8167 MHz at 0730 Thai... Read More

  • SVB24.com

    Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 25-27, Bremen, Germany, 28199

    Europe's largest online yacht chandler offers worldwide shipping. Specialist support available for marine SSB (HF) radio in English and German. Technical and sales support available... Read More

  • Waterway Cocktail Net

    Operates at 1630 EDT on 7086.... Read More

  • Waterway Net

    Operates at 0745 EDT on 7268.... Read More

  • YB Tracking Ltd.

    Address: Unit 8, Fulcrum 2 Solent Way Whiteley, United Kingdom, PO15 7FN

    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... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Atlantic Radio Nets

    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... Read More

  • Boat US Radio Information

    Includes free online tutorial for DSC (Digital Selective Calling) VHF radios.

    http://www.boatus.com/MMSI/... Read More

  • Boatblogs.com

    Do it yourself websites and blogs to document and share your cruising adventure. FREE Trial, plus packages for as little as $2.95 a month.

    [email protected] Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • Buying Communication Gear for your Boat

    Chris Parker's Marine Weather Center website has useful tips on what to look for when purchasing communication gear for your boat.

    http://www.mwxc.com

     ... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruising & Cell Phones

    A useful thread on Cruisers Forum with a variety of options.

    Caribbean Cruising and Cell Phone questions

     ... Read More

  • Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net

    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... Read More

  • Communications

    General

    International Dialing Codes

    YB Tracking Ltd.

    Boat US Radio Information

    Boatblogs.com

    GYMSIM

    MailASail

    SCS - Special Communications Systems GmbH

    The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

    Yachtfunk

    Communication Equipment

    Buying Communication Gear for your Boat

    Caribbean Cruising... Read More

  • Communications Made Simple for Cruisers

    An excellent site providing the basics and the details to help cruisers to identify what communications equipment, software, and licensing that is needed to cruise... Read More

  • Communications: Understanding Marine high-frequency Single Sideband Radio

    A useful, clearly written article by Fredrick Gary Hareland and published in Ocean Navigator - May 2015.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/communications-understanding-marine-high-frequency-single-sideband-radio

     ... Read More

  • Cruiseheimers Net

    Eastern U.S. and Canada, The Bahamas, and the northern Caribbean. A key Net for cruisers on the east coast of the USA, Caribbean and for... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: EU scraps mobile roaming charges

    The bill to abolish mobile roaming charges within the European Union has passed the final vote. The law allowing EU citizens to call, text or... Read More

  • Cruising gear: what about the phone?

    The indispensable traveler's tool - used as a hotspot, a smartphone is SY Totem's primary vehicle for getting online aboard as they cruise the world.... Read More

  • Cruising VHF Nets Caribbean

    Antigua Jolly Hber - 0900 Ch 74 Mon-Sat
    Antigua English/Falmouth - 0900 Ch 06 Daily
    Antigua Carlisle Bay - 0900 Ch 72
    Bahamas, Nassau - 0715 Ch 14
    Bequia... Read More

  • DMR (Digital Mobile Radio): Can cruisers benefit from such a system?

    A ham friend loaned me a DMR hand-held radio to give it a try. It’s a Tytera, a whopping $99.99 with free shipping on Amazon.

    It... Read More

  • Getting Internet on a Boat

    Jason and Lisa Robinson of SV Bloom run an online business from their boat. They report on how they got the best connection possible when... Read More

  • GYMSIM

    An international Pay-As-You-Go sim card that has the unique ability to bypass expensive network roaming costs developed for the yachting community.

    http://www.gymsim.com/... Read More

  • Ham or SSB Maritime Net Information

    SV Camelot has over 100 HAM/SSB Nets listed in PDF format for free download.

    http://sailingcamelot.us/ham-nets/

     ... Read More

  • Installing an SSB Radio

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/installing-an-ssb-radio/... Read More

  • International Dialing Codes

    International Dialing Codes

    https://countrycode.org/... Read More

  • Internet on Board

    Yachting World's Matthew Sheahan investigates a number of ways to hook up to the internet onboard and advises on the equipment you might consider (January... Read More

  • Is your SSB ready for the Atlantic?

    A report plus advice for your SSB installation and operation, based on mistakes made by ARC Skippers.

    To download a pdf of this article click here.... Read More

  • List of Pacific Radio Nets

    Comprehensive and updated list of Radio nets covering the Pacific.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/Communications/pacific-list-of-radio-nets... Read More

  • Mediterranean Radio Nets

    See web link for list and further information.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/mediterranean-list-of-radio-nets/... Read More

  • OnBoard WiFi: Get Connected

    Whether you need reliable internet access aboard to work, or just like the convenience of web browsing from the cockpit, Cruising World discuss the options... Read More

  • Optimizing Iridium GO use on board

    Some very useful tips to help you get more out of your Iridium Go for checking news, email, weather, social media, web browsing....

    https://www.sailingtotem.com/2018/06/optimizing-iridium-go-use-on-board.html

     ... Read More

  • Salty Southeast Cruisers Net

    Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

    http://cruisersnet.net/... Read More

  • Satellite hot spot offshore

    Interesting article in Ocean Navigator magazine by SY Brick House and their experiences with satellite connectivity while crossing the Indian Ocean.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/January-February-2019/Satellite-hot-spot-offshore/

     ... Read More

  • SkyMate

    Range of communication services for cruisers including weather, position reporting, email, weblog, and fax/voice.

    http://www.skymate.com/... Read More

  • South African SSB Nets

    Durban Maritime Mobile Net (South Africa)

    Revived April 2020 by a group of highly experienced yachtsmen/ham radio operator’s who were part of the original Durban maritime net,... Read More

  • sQuidd.io

    The main feature of use to blue water cruisers is the "follow list", which allows a user to post position updates to Facebook from a... Read More

  • SSCA “KPK” Radio Service

    This Seven Seas Cruising Association service began on January 3, 2016. It immediately follows the Coconut Telegraph Net (see above) at 1215 hours UTC (0715... Read More

  • SSCA Net from Nova Scotia to South America: Volunteer Net Controllers Needed

    [caption id="attachment_46597" align="alignright" width="275"] SSCA Cruisers Net SSB[/caption]

    The key to success on all HF radio nets is relay stations. In particular, the Waterway Radio &... Read More

  • SSCA’s Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will resume operation Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    See updated Net information here.

    All Cruisers are welcome to check into the net. You do not have to be an SSCA member to utilize this... Read More

  • Staying in Touch when Cruising

    How do you stay in touch with friends and family when you are out of cell phone range? Interesting article by long-term liveaboard Carolyn Shearlock.

    http://theboatgalley.com/staying-in-touch/

     ... Read More

  • The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

    What do you do about receiving mail when long-term cruising? Circumnavigators SY Totem has researched what they believe to be the best options out there.

    SV... Read More

  • The Essential Role of HF/SSB Radio in Ocean Cruising

    As the operator of the SailMail station that covers SE Asia, the NW Pacific, and eastern/northern Indian Oceans, from here in Brunei (NW coast of... Read More

  • The Spider Web Net

    From Canada to South America and all the way out to Hawaii & Japan - depending on propagation. The morning session works the Caribbean &... Read More

  • Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat

    Yachting World article - December 2015.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/yachts-and-gear/top-ways-to-use-your-tablet-or-ipad-on-board-your-boat-69357

     ... Read More

  • Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net to join daily Doo Dah SSB Net

    After 10 days of tests and trials of the new Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net, which is a joint effort of the following four FCC Marine Coastal... Read More

  • UK: VHF users face ‘rocket science’ training

    Yachtsmen sitting the VHF radio licence course will,

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    from next year, have to sit a minimum 10 hours of study... Read More

  • Using the Internet and New Technologies at Sea

    For many years, radio communication was the only option for mariners to communicate with the shore.  Now, an increasing number of satellite technologies are available... Read More

  • VHF Certification & Licensing

    Most countries require maritime VHF equipment to be registered and may also require at least one person on board to have successfully completed a Radio... Read More

  • VHF Radio Licences & Operator Training

    Read this report of VHF radio license requirements and links to national licensing and operator training.

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/Communications/vhf-certification-licensing/

     ... Read More

  • 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.

    http://where-and-when.yachtfunk.com

     ... Read More

Reports

  • Pacific – List of Radio Nets

    Date Published - December 12, 2018

    A comprehensive list of all the Pacific Radio Nets, both SSB and HAM. ... Read More

  • DMR (Digital Mobile Radio): Can cruisers benefit from such a system?

    Date Published - November 01, 2016

    Information from Glen Tuttle - moderator of Cruisers Network Online - who is keen to know cruisers thoughts on the use of DMR.... Read More

  • Caribbean: Cruisers’ Facebook Groups

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    A round-up of some of the most-used Caribbean Cruisers Facebook Pages. Useful places to get real-time advice, recommendations and information from cruisers like you in... Read More

  • Mediterranean: SSB Net – MedNet

    Date Published - September 23, 2014

    Previously known as Dragnet, this net (known as MedNet in 2014) started on 1st April 2014 on 6516 kHz USB at 0530 UTC for the... Read More

  • Installing an SSB Radio

    Date Published - February 22, 2013

    Article from www.cruisingworld.com: A single-sideband radio is much more powerful than your onboard VHF and requires thoughtful installation.... Read More

News

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Satellite AIS Tracking Service

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) HF Radio Service Net, FCC Call Sign KPK, has announced a new service for cruisers in the Gulf of... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean Basin: SSB Coconut Telegraph to Resume November 9

    Date Published - November 09, 2020

    he SSB (Single Side Band) Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers net on Monday November 9, 2020 as announced by the volunteer Net Controllers. The... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Durban Maritime Mobile Net Revived

    Date Published - April 09, 2020

    The Durban Maritime Mobile Net (South Africa) has been revived by a group of highly experienced yachtsmen/ham radio operator’s who were part of the original Durban... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • USA: US Coast Guard plans to terminate NAVTEX

    Date Published - September 21, 2019

    The US Coast Guard may cease broadcasting of NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) but only after it is available on IMO recognized satellite services.... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

  • Mediterranean SSB Net from May to October

    Date Published - June 20, 2019

    This is an active cruising net which runs throughout the Mediterranean cruising season six days a week. Useful for sharing information on location, weather, security... Read More

  • Summer 2019 eNews from World Cruising Club!

    Date Published - May 30, 2019

    (May 30, 2019) - Featured in this edition are details of the 2019 Bluewater Weekend, results of the ARC Survey in Yachting World Magazine, World... Read More

  • FCC Petition RM-11831 Threatens Amateur Radio Services

    Date Published - April 24, 2019

    The FCC has opened for comment RM-11831, a proposal which will affect Pactor, Winlink, and D-Star. Comments Close April 27, 2019.... Read More

  • Upcoming GPS Week Number Rollover: Problems for Older GPS Units

    Date Published - March 09, 2019

    On April 6th, 2019, GPS units manufactured ten or more years ago which have not had their firmware updated may well become unreliable.... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA HF Net is a valuable service for cruisers

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    Information, news, security and assistance with land based resources - if you haven't already, find out more about this great radio service open to all... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    Date Published - January 12, 2019

    The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn't impact navigation in the Arctic.... Read More

  • SSCA Net from Nova Scotia to South America: Volunteer Net Controllers Needed

    Date Published - December 05, 2018

    December 2018: The SSCA are seeking volunteers to assist with relays on the SSCA Net. This is one of many ways to contribute to... Read More

  • Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific: Discontinue of High Seas and Storm Warnings

    Date Published - November 20, 2018

    The National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST) will be discontinuing High Seas and Storm Warnings issued over shortwave radio on Thursday, January 31, 2019,... Read More

  • SSCA’s Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will resume operation Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Date Published - October 23, 2018

    Beginning on October 24, 2018, and continuing during the traditional winter crossing season (and again in the spring), Chris Parker will provide weather routing specifically... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... Read More

  • Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net to join daily Doo Dah SSB Net

    Date Published - May 09, 2018

    The Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net is expanding its coverage.... Read More

  • Changes to Inmarsat C

    Date Published - February 15, 2018

    During the coming year, Inmarsat C and Fleet 77 services will be migrating from I-3 to I-4.... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA Net expands its service

    Date Published - January 08, 2018

    During this time of year when many cruisers are in the Bahamas and maybe without WiFi service or inexpensive cellular service, Jim West (KJM) and... Read More

  • USA: FCC Approve Icom M802 Waiver

    Date Published - October 20, 2017

    Earlier this year the FCC invited Icom to submit a waiver to allow the M802 not to be modified to meet the new GMDSS requirements.... Read More

  • U.K.: Changes to Coast Guard Broadcast VHF channels

    Date Published - August 30, 2017

    From 6th September, the VHF channels used by the U.K. Coast Guard to broadcast marine safety information will be changed. Initial announcements will still be... Read More

  • Cruising Remote Western Australia: SOS Rock Mystery

    Date Published - June 15, 2017

    Warning from stranded cruiser when cruising this remote part of Australia - always carry an EPIRB or satellite phone at all times when going ashore.... Read More

  • End of Life (EOL) for Inmarsat Fleet 33/55/77

    Date Published - May 25, 2017

    Inmarsat has announced EOL (end of life) for the older Fleet 33 (and 55/77) terminals. Data will stop functioning on 31st December 2017.... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: EU scraps mobile roaming charges

    Date Published - April 26, 2017

    April 2017: The bill to abolish mobile roaming charges within the European Union has passed the final vote. The law allowing EU citizens to... Read More

  • USA: FCC Mandate changing Cruiser Communications

    Date Published - February 01, 2017

    This informative report about a change in HF SSB communications by Terry Sparks.... Read More

  • New long range point of contact for UK Coastguard

    Date Published - January 26, 2017

    From 1 February 2017, there will be new UK Coastguard emergency numbers for long-range search and rescue
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean, Martinique: NEW English-language Cruisers Net

    Date Published - October 23, 2016

    In Martinique, yachties and locals have collaborated to host a Martinique Cruisers Net, entirely in English, covering the main yachting centers of Le Marin and... Read More

  • SSCA Radio Station “KPK” Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

    Date Published - March 10, 2016

    Seven Seas Cruising Association Radio Station “KPK” has teamed up with the Maritime Mobile Service Network and Chris Parker’s Marine Weather Center to help track... Read More

  • Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

  • Caribbean: SSCA to Report Safety & Security Matters

    Date Published - October 03, 2015

    The SSCA and the CSSN partner to relay CSSN News & Reports on “KPK” – the SSB voice service from The Seven Seas Cruising Association.... Read More

  • Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

    Date Published - September 15, 2015

    When Glenn Tuttle was asked to join the Board of Directors of the SSCA, he thought to himself, “How could he combine his passions; cruising... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) make reporting incidents simpler

    Date Published - April 22, 2014

    An important website change means that cruisers now have an easy online form to fill in, making reporting of security incidents in the Caribbean quicker... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean and now the Pacific: The Coconut Telegraph SSB Net extends its reach

    Date Published - February 28, 2014

    The Coconut Telegraph, the premier SSB net for the eastern Caribbean has extended its reach to the Pacific Ocean.... Read More

  • Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    This group has really grown over the past several years, and many well-respected professionals in the boating industry are members. The group has proven very... Read More

  • World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

    Date Published - January 13, 2014

    31 boats in the World ARC fleet departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Saturday 11 January, at the start of an epic 26,000-mile... Read More

  • UK: VHF users face ‘rocket science’ training

    Date Published - November 21, 2013

    New users of VHF face 10 hours training + written exam. As reported by Yachting Monthly.
    ... Read More

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

  • South Pacific, New Zealand: Russell Radio Discontinues SSB Service

    Date Published - May 07, 2013

    SSB service now offered by Far North Radio. Russell Radio continues on VHF Ch. 63 for advance notice for Customs in Opua.

    Russell Radio is no... Read More

  • New Show looking for People who live their lives at Sea

    Date Published - October 16, 2012

    Have you given up the Rat Race for a life cruising the world's oceans?... Read More

  • US Coast Guard Announces Decision to Continue HF Weather Broadcasts

    Date Published - February 29, 2008

    In May 2007 Noonsite reported that the United States Coast Guard was seeking public comment on the need to continue providing high frequency (HF) radio... Read More

Books

  • Reeds VHF Handbook

    The Reeds VHF Handbook is an accessible, user friendly but comprehensive guide to marine VHF radio that helps users quickly get up to speed with... Read More

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