SHIP-ROUTING and WEATHER
FORECASTING for Vessels on the HIGH SEAS
Herb Hilgenberg - "SOUTH BOUND II" (VAX498)
HF/SSB 12359.0 (Alternates 8294.0 & 12359.0)
TIME: Begins @2000UTC
THIS IS THE BEST WEATHER
INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR THE ATLANTIC & CARIBBEAN
From Herb's web-site:
"South Bound II", Herb, provides a daily ship-routing/weather forecasting service
, as a hobby, on marine
HF/SSB frequency 12359.0, starting at 2000 UTC until 2200 UTC or until completion of traffic.
8294.0 and 16531.0 are used as alternate frequencies as announced from time to time, subject to propagation.
Vessels are welcome to check in between 1940 and 2000 UTC, and should then stand by, until contacted again once their area gets covered.
New check-ins should provide a short description of their location on checking in for the first time.
At 2000 UTC, Herb will acknowledge all readable check-ins.
Once on the South Bound II log, stations are encouraged to check in and stay in contact daily, until completion of passage
. As part of the service
each vessel is requested to provide current
latitude and longitude to the nearest minute, when called back; also to provide true wind
speed and wind
direction, the barometric pressure, sea state and other pertinent data, such as sky conditions/squalls. Each vessel will receive daily, an extended four to five day route forecast
, including way points, if necessary, to assist in avoiding potentially unfavorable conditions.
Individual vessel forecasts are prepared in advance of air time, utilizing and editing numerical forecast
models and other available data and products.
Forecasts are provided as value added information, not as a copy or duplication of otherwise available or published offshore/high seas forecasts.
NOTE: It is recommended that mariners on the High Seas regularly monitor
official marine forecasts as issued by the U.S. National Weather Service, CFH Halifax
, Bracknell-UK, and other official governmental forecast centers on published frequencies.
AREA OF COVERAGE
Primary area of coverage is the North Atlantic, between the Eastern Seaboard and Europe
, including the Caribbean
Sea, the Bahamas
Islands and the Gulf of Mexico
. Limited coverage is available for the South Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific, subject to HF propagation.
Due to time constraints and the nature of the hobby, forecasts are not available via E-mail, fax or telephone, except in the event of lack of propagation for a logged on vessel, or in case of an emergency
This service is intended for extended offshore