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MOBILE" RADIO NETS FOR CRUISERS
and frequencies - SSB and Amateur Radio (Ham)
radio or 'maritime mobile' is the most effective means of
communication at sea with ham HF (amateur radio) and SSB
marine frequencies used for long range and VHF for contact
up to about 20 miles. Marine radio nets are set
up by controllers all over the world (Indian Ocean, Atlantic,
etc.) to handle and co-ordinate this traffic
from vessels sailing the oceans. It is important for cruising
yachts to know these radio net frequencies and times
so as to pass message traffic, log positions, receive weather
information, etc. I have listed a few important nets below
for circumnavigating cruisers. For more detailed lists,
of literally hundreds of marine nets for local boating areas,
follow the links at the bottom of the page.
Nets for Cruisers.....
Amateur radio unless otherwise noted.
listen first to note the procedures of each net.
Greenwich = Zulu = UTC
Maritime Mobile Net.
Med. 7.085Mhz @ 0700hrs zulu
M/M Net. U.K. Covers UK waters, Med &
Atlantic. 14.303+/- QRMhz @ 0800hrs zulu & 1800hrs
Maritime Mobile Net. Covers the Med, N & S
Atlantic and Caribbean. 21.400Mhz @ 1300hrs zulu.
Maritime Mobile Net. Covers the Atlantic, Pacific,
Indian Ocean, Med, (worldwide). Ham, Echolink & Winlink.
14.313kMhz @ 1630hrs zulu. www.intermar-ev.de
Maritime Net. VE stations with relays. Covers Europe,
Med, Atlantic, Caribbean and Central America. 14.122.5
Mcs @ 1245hrs zulu. 365 days a year!
Mobile Maritime Net - South East Asian Waters.
Covers Japan to Seychelles - Hong Kong to Northern & Western
Australia. (Specifically: Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Northern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, The Andamans &
Nicobars, Chagos). 14.323Mhz @ 0025hrs zulu. At 0055hrs, Wx
forecasts are relayed. Lots of local yachting traffic.
Kenya. Covers Indian Ocean & Red Sea. 14.316hz - SILENT
Africa Maritime Mobile Net. S Africa. Covers Indian
Ocean & S Atlantic. 14.316Mhz & moves to 7.045Mhz
@ 0630hrs and also @ 1130hrs (both frequencies)
East Africa. Covers Indian Ocean & S Atlantic. 8.101Mhz
@ 0500hrs zulu (weather) & then 12.353hz after the weather. Again
(both freqs) @ 1500hrs zulu.
M/M Net. (Italian & English). Wx forecasts
for east & north Atlantic and south Atlantic between Africa
and Brazil. 14.297Mhz @ 2000hrs zulu (1900hrs zulu between
30 March & 20 October). (IK6IJF)
Reseau Du Capitaine' Net. Montreal, Canada. (Most
operators are bilingual). Covers Atlantic, Caribbean &
Pacific. 14.118Mhz @ 0700 hrs Montreal time and 1830hrs
Montreal time for Wx reports & emergency traffic.
M/M Net. Saint Croix. Covers the Caribbean.
7.241Mhz @ 1100hrs zulu.
Mobile Service Net. Covers the Atlantic from
Cape Town to Greenland, the Eastern Pacific and the Gulf of
Mexico. 14.300Mhz @ 1700hrs zulu till 0200hrs zulu during
winter and during the summer from 1600 hrs z to 0200hrs zulu.
Caribbean Cruiser's Net. Covers from Mexico
to San Andres Island, Colombia. 8.188Mhz @ 1400hrs zulu.
Net. Covers US East coast & through Eastern
Caribbean. 8.152Mhz @ 0830hrs Eastern time USA.
Hilgenberg's Southbound ll Net. Detailed
Wx forecasts for Atlantic & Caribbean cruisers - reaches
into Pacific later in the broadcast. 12.359Mhz [SSB]
@ 2000hrs zulu (check-ins start 1930hrszulu).
Canal Connection Net. Covers Pacific from
Mexico to Galapagos and the Atlantic from Belize to Colombia.
Emphasis is on SW Caribbean.
M/M Net. Covers US West coast to Hawaii.
14.340Mhz @ 1200hrs PDT.
Baja California M/M Net. Covers coastal Baja
& California. 7.238Mhz @ 0800hrs PDT.
EMERGENCY NET. 14.340Mhz @ 0400hrs zulu and
Net. Covers Mexico West coast. 7.294Mhz
@ 1530hrs ST / 1430hrs DST.
Radio & Cruising Club (WRCC). 7.268Mhz
@ 0745 EST.
Inter-Island Net. Covers Micronesia &
up to Hawaii - daily roll-call. 14.315Mhz @ 0800hrs
Seafarers Net. Covers the Pacific.
14.300Mhz @ 0300hrs (warm up) - 0325hrs zulu - roll-call.
Maritime Mobile Service Net. Covers Pacific/worldwide.
21.412Mhz @ 2200hrs zulu (2130hrs 'early-bird').
Net. Perth, W.Australia. Wx warnings &
then covers boats in N & W Indian Ocean. 14.320Mhz
@ 1115hrs zulu. At 1130hrs zulu moves to S.Africa M/M net
Net. Australia. 14.315Mhz @ 1000hrs
zulu and 2300hrs zulu.
Net. Oz - Southwest Pacific. Very informal,
multi-purpose with position reports, Wx reports and local
inter-yacht traffic. Net control rotates amongst members and
has many shore-based regulars who help with local knowledge.
7.087Mhz @ 2040hrs zulu.
Net. New Zealand (ZL1ATE). Position reports
from South Pacific & Australia region (weather contact
vk9ja). 14.315Mhz @ 2100hrs zulu.
Radio. (SSB) New Zealand. Covers Bora Bora
to Australia. 12.359Mhz @ 0830hrs & 1630hrs zulu.
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