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Old 31-10-2012, 21:42   #1
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SSB Weather info

We have an SSB on board and I want to use it to get weather info specific to cruisers.
I've heard there are a few highly regarded weather gurus who provide specific weather advice to cruisers on a fee for service basis, but also broadcast general forecasts that anyone can tune in to.
I've heard of 'Herb', and Chris Parker.

What time do they broadcast and on which frequensies, and are there any others?

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Re: SSB Weather info

Communications — Noonsite

Bahamas Cruiser Net
VHF Channel 68

08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.

Bahamas Weather (BASRA)

4003 kHz at 1100 UTC

Caribbean

6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).

Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net

Run by Lou, call sign KV4JC, on 7241 kHz at 1100 UTC. At 1115 UTC weather forecast from St. John (USVI). Following this report on 7086 kHz FAX, Slow Scan TV and other weather info etc.

Caribbean SSB Weather Net

Controller Dave. 8104 kHz at 1230-1300 UTC and 12362 kHz at 1300-1330 UTC. Comprehensive Weather for Caribbean region.

Caribbean SW Net

8107 kHZ at 1330 UTC. Weather and information Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia.

Caribbean Safety and Security Net
Welcome to the Caribbean Safety and Security Net , SVSecondM@aol.com
An interactive high frequency radio network of cruising yachts which meets each morning on SSB 8104.0 at 1215 UTC for the purpose of exchanging information with regard to safety and security concerns while cruising in the Eastern Caribbean. More info. at their website.

Marine Weather Centre
Chris Parker
Tel:+1 863-248-2702
Marine Weather Center - Bahamas & Caribbean Marine Weather Services , info@mwxc.com
Opening hours: Telephone Best times 10am-2pm EST (except Weds 10-1)
Custom weather reports for the Carribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.

Maritime Mobile Service Network
Maritime Mobile Service Network ,
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Salty Southeast Cruisers Net
Cruiser's Net ,
Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

Southbound II - Herb's Weather
South Bound II VAX498 - Ship routing and weather forecasting ,
12C (12359) kHz at 2000 UTC. Covering the N. Atlanic and the Caribbean. Limited coverage is available for the South Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific subject to HF propagation.
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Old 31-10-2012, 22:01   #3
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Re: SSB Weather info

have you got jvcomm32 set up on you laptop as well?

you will need a headphone to microphone jacks and cable

http://www.jvcomm.de/index_e.html
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Re: SSB Weather info

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Communications — Noonsite

Bahamas Cruiser Net
VHF Channel 68

08:15 local time for Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas.

Bahamas Weather (BASRA)

4003 kHz at 1100 UTC

Caribbean

6215 kHz at 1000 UTC (Uncontrolled 1000-1200).

Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net

Run by Lou, call sign KV4JC, on 7241 kHz at 1100 UTC. At 1115 UTC weather forecast from St. John (USVI). Following this report on 7086 kHz FAX, Slow Scan TV and other weather info etc.

Caribbean SSB Weather Net

Controller Dave. 8104 kHz at 1230-1300 UTC and 12362 kHz at 1300-1330 UTC. Comprehensive Weather for Caribbean region.

Caribbean SW Net

8107 kHZ at 1330 UTC. Weather and information Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia.

Caribbean Safety and Security Net
Welcome to the Caribbean Safety and Security Net , SVSecondM@aol.com
An interactive high frequency radio network of cruising yachts which meets each morning on SSB 8104.0 at 1215 UTC for the purpose of exchanging information with regard to safety and security concerns while cruising in the Eastern Caribbean. More info. at their website.

Marine Weather Centre
Chris Parker
Tel:+1 863-248-2702
Marine Weather Center - Bahamas & Caribbean Marine Weather Services , info@mwxc.com
Opening hours: Telephone Best times 10am-2pm EST (except Weds 10-1)
Custom weather reports for the Carribbean, Bahamas and Eastern Atlantic Ocean via SSB, phone or web. See website for more details.

Maritime Mobile Service Network
Maritime Mobile Service Network ,
The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 Eastern Time during Daylight Savings, on a frequency of 14.300 MHz., in the 20-meter amateur band. The network also operates on the alternate frequency of 14.313 MHz. The Maritime Mobile Service Network immediately follows The Intercontinental Traffic Net. Coverage extends via relay stations to most of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Salty Southeast Cruisers Net
Cruiser's Net ,
Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

Southbound II - Herb's Weather
South Bound II VAX498 - Ship routing and weather forecasting ,
12C (12359) kHz at 2000 UTC. Covering the N. Atlanic and the Caribbean. Limited coverage is available for the South Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific subject to HF propagation.
Thanks Alex.

Plenty to keep me busy here for a while.

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have you got jvcomm32 set up on you laptop as well?

you will need a headphone to microphone jacks and cable

JVComm32 - FAX SSTV RTTY SYNOP NAVTEX program
No I haven't. What is it?
We've got very patchy internet at the moment and the page for the link won't open.

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No I haven't. What is it?
We've got very patchy internet at the moment and the page for the link won't open.

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if you look on cf there should be other links ,but basically it works as a modem on your computer,converting an analogue radio signal into a weather fax picture.

transmits from various stations on ssb radio frequencys.

from the synoptic chart you can do your own weather.
very usefull if no satphone for grib files.

cf thread here or cf search weather fax
Awfully Stupid Question re SSB Reciever/WeatherFax

frequencys for the usa here
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml


another jvcomm link
http://www.jvcomm.de/dlframee.html
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Re: SSB Weather info

Great topic!

We are installing a Fleet One Sat but I'm considering getting a SSB Receiver just so I can listen in. We are leaving for a one year cruise to the Carib in September.

This one has come recommended in other threads:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...990_em_1p_0_ti

Curious if you folks think it's worth the trouble.

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Re: SSB Weather info

Herb retired a couple of years ago. We used Chris Parker for the years we sailed the east coast of the usa and western and eastern Caribbean. In addition Chris gave us a lot of weather advise as we crossed the atlantic. He is great but as he told us he is wrong some times and it is up to us to do our own forecasting with the tools available.

assume you do not have a ham license so look into sailmail (I think) and you can download the gribs along with other things and combine that with Chris is a great way to go.
In the Med we use the gribs almost everyday along with non ssb or paid for forecasts ie internet data. On good days I look at maybe 2-3 forecasts - if it looks not to good I may check at least 3-5 and hope some of them do not use the gfs model as a starting point
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