Reminder… no change for daylight savings time, KPK still follows coconut at 1215 UTC on 8104.
Beginning on January 3, 2016, Radio “KPK” representing the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) and the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN) will begin broadcasting at 1215 hours UTC (0715 EST or 0815 AST) “KPK will continue to broadcast on SSB frequency 8.104.
This change is to avoid conflict with other nets and we hope the later time will find better propagation to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
The purpose of this service is to:
Pass emergency & priority traffic, as well as traffic related to safety
Provide current news updates of interest to cruisers from such
sources as the Caribbean Safety & Security Net, Noonsite, The
Salty Southeast Cruisers Net, Caribbean Compass, Bahamas
Chatter and others.
And to provide any vessels needing assistance with land based
Through a partnership with the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (www.safetyandsecuritynet.org) , any report of a safety & security nature occurring in the Caribbean will be immediately provided to the CSSN. Likewise, any recent incident posted on the CSSN website will be announced during the broadcast.
The Coconut Telegraph will resume their net on 8170 at 1200 hrs UTC on Nov 2.
Previously announced, CSSN and SSCA partner to provide KPK, a service of SSCA on SSB 8104 to enable cruisers to use land based resources and receive the latest safety and security information for the Caribbean Basin, complements of CSSN.
Glenn Tuttle, Vice President of SSCA and operator of the KPK service reports, “In order to be a good neighbor and operate in conjunction with the Coconut Telegraph (CT) … KPK will begin our service… at 1145 hrs UTC. This will allow the CT users to tune into KPK for the latest news, safety items and current events happening throughout the Caribbean, then tune into the CT to stay in touch with their friends.”
Here is the announcement from the Coconut Telegraph Facebook Group Page:October 19 at 7:22
Important Notice for those in the Caribbean, the Coconut Telegraph Single Side Band Net (8170 at 8 am AST) – Starting Monday, November 2, the Coconut Telegraph will resume full time, 7 days a week, operation on 8170 at 8 am AST. Everyone is welcome to check in and get acquainted. We will be looking for a few net controllers as well.
Anyone wishing to help out by being a net controller would be greatly appreciated. They should reply to this post. We will get in contact and provide a script.
(DATE: 2015-09-30) The SSCA -The Seven Seas Cruising Association has just announced a new SSB service available to all cruisers – “KPK” (Kilo Papa Kilo). The SSCA Radio Service stands by 8104 at 0700 hrs Daylight Savings Time OR Eastern Standard Time, depending on the season. So it is 1100 hrs UTC in the summer and 1200 hrs UTC in the winter.
Purpose: According to Glenn Tuttle, SSCA VP and Amateur Radio enthusiast, “The purpose of this service is to pass emergency and priority traffic, as well as any traffic related to safety and security matters, and to provide any vessels needing assistance with land based resources.”
Partnership: The SSCA will partner with CSSN so that any voice reports of a safety & security nature occurring in the Caribbean will be provided to the Caribbean Safety & Security Net. Likewise, when CSSN posts an alert involving a safety & security matter in the Caribbean, it will be announced at the beginning of the broadcast when the antenna is pointed toward the Caribbean.
Kim White, CSSN Executive Editor and Coordinator said, “CSSN is providing its full resources via special links and search tools to “KPK” so all information is available to Glenn with just a click or two. This includes the Online Incident Reporting link and instant access to the CSSN database which holds almost 10 years of incident reports of crime against yachts in the Caribbean.”
Glenn goes on to say, “”KPK” can assist with radio checks, float plans, telephone contact with family & friends, boat to boat relays, access to medical or mechanical professionals, marinas, internet searches, or any other assistance that I may be able to provide.”
Schedule: The SSCA Radio Service stands by 8104 0700 hrs Daylight Savings Time OR Eastern Standard Time, depending on season. So it is 1100 hrs UTC in the summer and 1200 hrs UTC in the winter. “KPK” will also be available following the Cruiseheimers and Doo Dah Nets on 8.152.
License: The SSCA has obtained a Public Coast License from the FCC allowing them to broadcast on the marine SSB frequencies from a land station. SSCA VP and Amateur Radio enthusiast Glenn Tuttle will be operating The SSCA Radio Station “KPK” from a land based station in Florida.
Coverage: Although the service is primarily intended to provide land based resources and assistance to vessels in the Caribbean and out Islands of the Bahamas, all vessels are welcome to contact the Station. Glenn emphasized, “I have a very good signal south into Panama, and north to Nova Scotia, so all vessels are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the SSCA to utilize this service.”
CSSN is proud to work with The SSCA and “KPK” via SSB to help all vessels in the Caribbean and to benefit the entire cruising community.