CSSN News April 28, 2018 – SSCA Trans-Atlantic HF Net is operational


CSSN is proud to announce that our longtime partner the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has added to their sponsorship of HF nets for the cruising community. The daily “KPK” net on 8104 kHz at 0815 Atlantic Standard Time, managed by Glenn Tuttle, continues to provide much appreciated assistance to the cruising community in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and along the US coast with the assistance of land station KJM.

CSSN is Proud to partner with SSCA and KPK (SSB 8104 12:15 Daily)

They have added an evening Trans-Atlantic Cruisers HF net, frequency 12350 kHz, to support those yachts making transatlantic passages. This valuable resource operates at 2130 UTC (1730 Eastern Daylight Time). Four US based FCC Coastal Maritime Stations support this effort.

The net controllers are:
Chris Parker, Coastal license WCY, Lakeland, FL;
Dick Giddings, Coastal license KNC, Dover, NC;
Jim West, Coastal license KJM, Ellijay, GA;
Glenn Tuttle, Coastal license KPK, Punta Gorda, FL (Net Manager)

The purpose of this new net (and the daily “KPK” net) is to pass emergency and priority traffic as well as traffic related to safety and security but focused on vessels making long ocean passages.

This net can assist with radio checks, float plans, telephone contact with family & friends, boat to boat relays, access to medical or mechanical professionals, Internet searches, or any other assistance that they can provide.

They have coordinated their efforts with the afternoon Doo Dah Net, managed by Dick Giddings, to include check-ins for the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net. The Doo Dah Net is considered a follow-up net to the Cruiseheimers morning Net, passing traffic to cruisers from family members, and taking position reports from vessels on passage and recently arrived.

The Doo Dah Net begins daily at 2100 UTC (1700 Eastern Daylight Time) on 8152 kHz. The Doo Dah Net will continue the same way it has always been run by with the exception of now welcoming any vessel wishing to check into the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers’ Net. Any vessel needing specialized help, like a phone patch, internet search, etc., can be taken to 8104 kHz to allow the Doo Dah Net to continue uninterrupted.

At approximately 2130 UTC (1730 Eastern Daylight Time), or upon the conclusion of the Doo Dah Net, the Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will become operational on 12350 kHz. The net controller(s) will monitor this frequency until approximately 2200 UTC (1800 Eastern Daylight Time) when Chris Parker, WCY comes on with his regularly scheduled weather broadcast.

All involved collectively anticipate that this new net will serve the needs of the cruising community more effectively. As before, all vessels are welcome to utilize these nets and relays are always welcomed.

Chris Parker announces daylight savings time schedule changes


On Sunday, March 13, 2016 the US undergoes its semi-annual ritual of changing time. As a result Chris Parker’s Weather Centers daily SSB Voice Nets change slightly.

Beginning Monday, March 14:

  • 6am AST/EDT (1000 utc) 4.045 & 8.137 USB, Synopsis = E Caribbean
  • 6:30am AST/EDT (1030 utc) 4.045 & 8.137 USB, Synopsis = Bahamas & Florida
  • 7:30am AST/EDT (1130 utc) 8.137 & 12.350 USB, Synopsis = US E Coast/W Atlantic
  • 8:30am AST/EDT (1230 utc) 8.137 & 12.350 USB, Synopsis = E Caribbean
  • 9am AST/EDT (1300 utc) 8.137 & 12.350 USB, Synopsis = W Caribbean/E Pacific
  • 6:00pm AST/EDT (2200 utc) 8.137 & 12.350 USB, No Synopsis – just traffic with any Subscribing Vessels anywhere in Atlantic & Pacific (anywhere you can hear us).

NOTE: Evening Net (2200 utc) is geared to vessels on offshore passages…propagation at this time of day is LONG, allowing us to work vessels all the way To/From Europe, and well into Pacific (Galapagos, Marquesas and probably beyond). When this Net is busy, we’ll start 15 minutes prior to Net (at 2145 utc) taking a list of vessels who wish traffic with Marine Weather Center. We can then group vessels by area to operate more efficiently and ensure antennas are pointed toward you.

Chris Parker Announces New Schedule for SSB Voice Nets & Simultaneous Internet Webcasts

This just in from Chris Parker:

“New schedule for SSB Voice Nets & simultaneous Internet Webcasts,
October 31 2015, the US undergoes its semiannual time change ritual, so beginning Monday, November 2, there will be a few minor changes to timing of SSB Voice Nets:
Chris Parker logoPlease visit the following link to download pdf files with the schedule and map:

In plain text, here’s the scoop:

E Caribbean & offshore vessels S of 30N moving toward E Caribbean: 7:00am AST (6am EST / 1100 utc) on 4.045 USB & 8.137 USB.
Bahamas, Florida, and other areas within 200mi of Florida: 6:30am EST (1130 utc) on 4.045 USB & 8.137 USB.
US E Coast & offshore vessels N of 30N (Georgia & SouthCarolina may do better on Bahamas/Florida Net): 7:30am EST (1230 utc / 8:30am AST) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.
Caribbean W of 72W into E Pacific: 1330 utc (9:30am AST / 8:30am EST) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.
After traffic is finished on the W Caribbean Net, I’ll make a final sweep to the ESE / E / NE from Florida to pick-up any traffic missed earlier in the morning.

Any Subscribing Vessel to our SSB Voice Nets is welcome to participate in our new evening Net at 2200 utc (5pm EST / 6pm AST). However, the protocol will be different for this Net, since it’s not targeted at any specific group of Islands as are our morning Nets.

Sometime between 2145 utc – 2200 utc, on either 8.137 USB or 12.350 USB, please say your vessel name & approximate location (name an Island you’re close to, or Lat/Lon rounded to the nearest degree). When I hear you, I will acknowledge you, and let you know I have you on the list for traffic. If I do not acknowledge you, then I don’t hear you, so try the other channel or ask for someone to relay your vessel name & location.

At about 2200 utc I’ll start working vessels on my list, grouped logically, and with my antennas pointed in your direction.

One bit of confusion for the first 2 weeks of November is I’ll have to handle Salty Dawg vessels on 8.152 USB & 12.350 USB for maybe 30 minutes beginning at 2200 utc…but as soon as I’m done with them, I’ll begin working my list of Subscribing Vessels on the traffic list on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.

FOR NOW, all the above schedule remains 6 days/week (Daily except Sundays).”

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