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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-22-2007 09:47 PM
sevseasail That's just what I need Cam. Thank you!
03-22-2007 12:48 AM
camaraderie Right...I keep coming back to Chris Parker but here's the FULL range of choices on SSB/Ham....if you are headed south...print and save before you go!


UTC AST STATION & REPORT DESC. FREQ TYPE MODE

0600 0200 NMG Broadcast B Wefax USB
0930 0530 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
1030 0630 Trinidad Emergency Net 9Z4CP (Eric) 3855 Voice LSB/ham
1030 0630 Carib. Emergency & Weather Net 3815 Voice LSB/ham
1100 0700 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8137 Voice USB (Note 2)
1115 0715 Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net (George) 7241 Voice LSB/ham
1130 0730 KP2G Caribbean Weather Net (George) 7086 Voice LSB/ham (Note 1)
1200 0800 NMG Broadcast B Wefax USB
1230 0830 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8104 Voice USB (Note 2)
1300 0900 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
1300 0900 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 12359 Voice USB (Note 2)
1530 1130 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
1800 1400 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
1800 1400 NMG Broadcast B Wefax USB
2000 1600 Southbound II (Herb) 12359 Voice USB
2030 1630 Carib. Cocktail/Weather Net (George) 7086 Voice LSB/ham
2130 1730 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
2235 1835 Caribbean Emergency & Weather Net 3815 Voice LSB/ham
0000 2000 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
0000 2000 NMG Broadcast B Wefax USB
0330 2330 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB

Frequencies (in kHz):
A) = NMN, Chesapeake, 4426, 6501, 8764, 13089, 17314.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later.
NMG, New Orleans, 4316, 8502,12788.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later.
B) 4316, 8502, 12788, 17144.5
C) 4369, 8788, 13110, 17362, 22804. Gulf of Mexico, Southwest North Atlantic, then
Caribbean Sea.


Note 1: An in-depth voice report followed by faxes and SSTV, except Sundays.

Note 2: Unless severe weather threatens, this net is not conducted on Sundays. When there are active Tropical systems in the Atlantic, Caribbean Weather (Chris Parker) runs a Net at 2300 UTC / 1900 AST, on 8137, Voice, USB. For complete schedule and changes visit www.caribwx.com/ssb.html

∑ WWV has World Marine Storm Warnings (Voice) at 8 minutes after each hour,
and Solar Flux information at 18 minutes after each hour on 2500, 5000,
10000, 15000, and 20000 AM.

∑ During hurricane activity, information can be found continuously on the Hurricane Watch Net on 14325 USB/ham.
∑ If you are waiting for a "weather window", there is news, entertainment
and sports on BBC at UTC 1100-1300 (11865 AM), UTC 2100-2300 (5975,
11675, and 15390 AM) or American Forces Network, 24 hours/day (5446.5,
7812.5, and 12133.5 USB).

∑ Anyone, licensed or not, may legally operate on HAM frequencies in the event of a life-
threatening emergency.

Compiled and edited for clarity but really the work of and Thanks to William Mills of Toucan I, Teri Rothbauer of FREE, Dave Richardson of Overstreet, and John and Melodye Pompa of Second Millennium for radio information.and to the Caribbean Compass….a wonderful paper!

Find updates here:
http://www.caribbeancompass.com/shortwave.htm
03-22-2007 12:22 AM
sailingdog Good point Cam... Didn't know you could get the Navtex via e-mail.. wouldn't want to rely on a boat-based internet connection for weather data though...
03-21-2007 11:31 PM
camaraderie you can also get the navtex via automated e-mail subscription daily thorugh whatever way you get e-mails...tend to be too general once in the caribe though as do all the US weather service generated forecasts. You gotta listen into the local or tune in Chris or the Ham weather gurus to get the island by island scoop.
03-21-2007 10:24 PM
sailingdog Navtex is more popular in Europe than it is in the USA for some reason. It can be easier to use than SSB in some ways, since the alerts are in text form, rather than spoken... but the GRIB and WX files are still available via SSB... so if you've got a PC... it's sort of a wash.
03-21-2007 10:11 PM
Freesail99 Navtec is another way of getting weather. It is tect based you read the weather on the screen or sent it to your PC to either read or print out.
03-21-2007 10:04 PM
sevseasail
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailingdog
sevseasail-

Don't get two ssb's which is rather expensive. Get one ssb and one shortwave reciever like a grundig yatchboy 400. That way you have two ways to get weather data...but at much less expensive and space.

Thanks Sailingdog....
That makes a lot of $$$ense.
03-18-2007 12:50 PM
sailingdog sevseasail-

Don't get two ssb's which is rather expensive. Get one ssb and one shortwave reciever like a grundig yatchboy 400. That way you have two ways to get weather data...but at much less expensive and space.
03-18-2007 11:26 AM
wildcard Todays weatehr report fro Culebra. Thin overcast with trades 10-12. Many bikinis from spring break. :-)
03-18-2007 10:51 AM
sevseasail Thank you guys !!

That's all very valuable info.
It looks that by having a ssb on board I'll have a couple of ways to get weather info which is a good thing.
Now all I need is a second ssb just in case.
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