Cruising World - - Underway - —Barb Hart, SSCA

This past spring, the Seven Seas Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( launched the Transat­lantic Cruis­ers Net to pro­vide those cross­ing the At­lantic with check-ins, weather in­for­ma­tion from Marine Weather Cen­ter’s Chris Parker ( and com­mu­ni­ca­tion as­sis­tance dur­ing emer­gen­cies. This net will be op­er­a­tional dur­ing the spring cross­ing sea­son and pick up again in late fall when boats sail west to the United States and Caribbean.

Four Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion coastal high-fre­quency ra­dio sta­tions col­lab­o­rated to form the new Transat­lantic Cruis­ers Net: Chris Parker on WCY in Lake­land, Florida, rep­re­sent­ing the Marine Weather Cen­ter; Glenn Tut­tle on KPK in Punta Gorda, Florida, rep­re­sent­ing SSCA; Dick Gid­dings on KNC in Dover, North Carolina, rep­re­sent­ing the Cruise­heimers and Doo Dah nets; and Jim West on KJM in El­li­jay, Ge­or­gia, rep­re­sent­ing Mar­itime Mo­bile Ser­vice Net.

The pur­pose of the Transat­lantic Cruis­ers Net is to lis­ten for any emer­gency or pri­or­ity traf­fic, to pass marine safety in­for­ma­tion and to as­sist any ves­sel with land-based ser­vices, such as ra­dio checks, float plans, tele­phone con­tact with fam­ily and friends, boat-to-boat re­lays, ac­cess to med­i­cal or me­chan­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, or calls to mari­nas. All mem­bers of this net are ex­pe­ri­enced in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the U.S. Coast Guard Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­ter in Mi­ami. Tut­tle is also an ac­tive mem­ber of the USCG Aux­il­iary as a high-fre­quency telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tor.

The Transat­lantic Ra­dio Net uti­lizes SSB fre­quency 12.350 at 2130 UTC (1730 East­ern Time) and will im­me­di­ately pre­cede Chris Parker’s sched­uled weather broad­cast on fre­quen­cies 8.137 USB and 12.350 USB at 2200 UTC. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing more de­tails on net times and fre­quen­cies, visit cruis­ing­world .com/1808net.

Glenn Tut­tle, of KPK, Dick Gid­dings, of KNC, and sev­eral other coastal sta­tions are col­lab­o­rat­ing to help cruis­ers.

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