Last week, a vessel cruising north of the Panama Canal
reported via ship's radio
that the Southbound Net was no longer functioning. Untrue!
The Southbound Net is alive and well - the problem is it has moved frequencies. Here are the coordinates:
Time: 0145 UTC
Frequency: 4054 kHz SSB (Upper Side Band)
Net Coordinator: Mark Schneider SV SolMate (KI6UPS or WDE2635)
If you are in our cruising neighborhood, please stop by and let us know your location and conditions!
Southbound Net Coordinator
Southbound Net is a volunteer operation dedicated to improving the safety
of mariners especially those traveling south of San Diego
, CA and north of Panama
. Every night we take check-ins from cruisers, record
their coordinates, facilitate ship-to-ship radio
traffic, and share relevant and interesting information.
How to Check In:
Southbound Net is a controlled net which simply means that the conversation is coordinated by a “net controller” or host who facilitates things by making sure only one boat
is talking at a time. When the controller calls for check-ins, please come with your boat
name only. When you hear the controller call your name, come back with your boat name, ship’s call-sign, number of persons on board, location, destination
and local weather
speed, direction and sea state. If you have anything of general interest to the fleet, please let us know.
If you would like to call someone else during the net, inform the controller that you have “traffic”.
How the Net Is Organized
At the beginning of the Southbound cruisers’ net, the net controller will first identify herself and then call for emergency
traffic. At this point it is important to listen for very faint signals that may indicate a remote
station requires assistance. If you hear something and it is clear the net controller is not receiving it, please inform her immediately.
Fortunately we rarely receive emergency
calls and the net moves on with the controller calling for check-ins from vessels that are currently underway.
When all underway vessels have checked in, the controller will then call for “general check-ins”, which includes folks that are at anchor
or in marinas
Currently Southbound Net is not providing weather
information. This may change in the future.
NOTE: We have recently changed frequencies from 6516 kHz USB (this is a Single Sideband channel) to 4054kHz . Please change your information and pass it along to other cruisers.
If you would like to contact any of the volunteers on the Southbound Net, please visit our temporary website for more information.