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Old 12-10-2021, 05:14   #1
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SSB Net, Central America/South Pacific

This is a query for interest in establishing a SSB Net, (not amateur/ham) for the Central America and South Pacific in the December, January, February, time frame. There does not appear to be any active SSB nets for this area at this time.
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Old 15-10-2021, 14:37   #2
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Re: SSB Net, Central America/South Pacific


You didn't say WHERE you are located? (Panama?) Nor what exact comms you desire? (local? regional? en route/during passage? passage planning/before departure? trans-pacific comms? etc.?)
So, I can only offer you some generalized recommendations...

1) Well, since I'm not in C. America, nor the Pacific, and I'm assuming you're looking to start / join a "local" / "regional" net?
Covering the general region and during a Pacific crossing (~ 100-500 miles, out to ~ 1000 miles), where 8mhz would work good...(4mhz and 6mhz, can work for shorter ranges and/or during early AM or late afternoon/evening...rule-of-thumb is to always use the highest freq that supports the, having a higher "primary" freq, with the "secondary" freq lower, is a good idea!)

And possibly on into the S. Pac, with comms back to N. America? 500/1000 to 5000 miles, where 12mhz and even (daytime) 16mhz would work well, with 12mhz and 8mhz at nighttime (and even 6mhz / 4mhz, late at night)

2) Some of the existing nets, primarily on 4mhz and 6mhz, mainly covering Mexico might not be good for you? (Picante Net at 1330z, on 6212khz; Amigo Net at 1400z, 4149khz or 4146khz; Papagayo Net at 0430z, on 4030khz or 4024khz0

But, just-in-case, have a look at the current schedule.

3) But, of course, there other Nets already there for you....have you checked-in?
a) The Pacific Puddle Jump (PPJ) unofficial net / The Puerto Vallarta group net:

Primary Freq: 8294.0khz ("8A" or "8-001"), at 0100z.

{with 8297.0khz ("8B" or "8-002"), and/or 6224.0khz ("6A" or "6-001"), as secondary/back-up channels, also at 0100z}

FYI, if you are in Panama, the 1900 mile path up to Puerto Vallarta (at 0100z), in general, is going to be on the fringes, but might work well for you....give it a try, and see? (if no joy, you could try another freq)

b) Once out in the Pacific and/or nearing French Polynesia, there is The Polynesian Magellan Net.
Primary freq: 8173.0khz at 0400z and 1800z.

c) There is the "Southbound Net" (primarily those heading south, from US to Mex/C. Amer) is on 8122.0khz at 0200z.

d) There is the "Westbound Net" (primarily for those heading west) is on 8104.0khz, at 1600z.

e) There is the CanMex Net, that changes freqs every 5 minutes, so that they cover a wide area, from Canada, US, Mexico, Hawaii, and out into the Pacific....they start at 1430z thru 1500z, and start on 4146khz (4A); then to 6224khz (6A); then to 8294khz (8A); then 12353khz (12A); then 16528khz (16A)....switching every 5 minutes (or so?)...

f) The "Bluewater Net", on 6516khz at 0200z

g) Not sure which freq the Baja Ha Ha uses....sometimes these "Rallies" like to keep things "close hauled", but the info is out there somewhere? (perhaps the Southbound Net?)

4) Of course, if none of these Nets are to your liking....and/or there is some reason you cannot simply use one of their freqs after their Net Time (or before?).....then you are free to start you own Net, and see who will join, etc...

5) And, finally....I know you specifically asked about maritime Nets, not those on the amateur radio bands....but, I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend you at least consider listening to the ham bands, and who knows, you may find yourself wanting to attain your ham license and have fun as well as communicate?

Hope this helps?

Fair winds.

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