Marine Radio Nets & Broadcasts

In addition to government marine weather broadcasts, cruisers can listen to any of the numerous volunteers who spend a significant portion of their time managing a number of radio "nets" which provide useful--even essential--information to cruisers. Radio nets also help cruisers keep in touch with friends and family. Many of these nets are activated during emergencies and will broadcast boat-watches for overdue vessels. Nets also help find cruisers whose families urgently need to make contact with them.

Note that the times given are in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and some nets move forward an hour when daylight savings time goes into effect in their main area. For additional nets, see the Appendix at the back of Jim Howard's excellent Handbook of Offshore Cruising, where there is a list of over a hundred ham radio maritime mobile nets around the world.

This list of nets and broadcasts was current to the best of our knowledge as of the end of our cruising period (summer, 2004). However, nets do change frequencies (usually up or down a few Hz) and times so we don't guarantee the accuracy of this list and are no longer actively maintaining it. However we do make changes when people email them to us.



Table of Contents for this Article
1. Weather Nets 2. Weather Broadcasts 3. Other Nets
4. Netiquette    

 

1. Weather Nets

Net Name
Frequency
Time
Comments
Caribbean Emergency and Weather (Ham) 7162.0 LSB 1030 UTC Trinidad, Rosemond, J69BB
East Caribbean Weather Net (Ham) 3855.0 LSB 1030 UTC Eric Mackie 9Z4CP, Trinidad
BASRA Weather 4003.0 USB 1100 UTC Carolyn, Nassau
Caribbean Weather (Ham) 7241.0 LSB 1115 UTC George Cline, KB2G, St. John
Bahamas Weather (Ham) 7096.0 LSB 1120 UTC Bahamas
Caribbean Weather (Ham) 7086.0 LSB 1130 UTC George Cline, KB2G, St. John
Caribbean Weather Center -- Bahamas/East US coast 8137.0 USB 1130 EST or EDT Chris Parker, Bel Ami, Miami/Tortola.
French Cruisers and Weather Net 6945.0 USB 1200 UTC Maurice
Caribbean Weather Center-- Caribbean) 8104.0 USB 1230 UTC Chris Parker, Bel Ami, Miami/Tortola.
Waterway Net (Ham) 7268.0 LSB 1245 UTC Florida
Caribbean Weather Center -- Caribbean/Atlantic 12359.0 USB 1300 UTC Chris Parker, Bel Ami, Miami/Tortolai
Caribbean Weather Center -- Atlantic 16531.0 USB 1330 UTC Chris Parker, Bel Ami, Miami/Tortola.
Southbound II 12359.0 USB 2000 UTC Herb Hilgenberg
Caribbean Cocktail Weather (Ham) 7068.0 LSB 2030 UTC George Cline, KB2G, St. John
East Caribbean Weather Net (Ham) 3855.0 LSB 2230 UTC Eric Mackie 9Z4CP, Trinidad
Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (Ham) 3815.0 USB 2230 UTC Trinidad
Trinidad & Tobago Amateur Radio Society (Ham) 7159.0 LSB as needed during active hurricane or emergencies
Hurricane Net (Ham) 14325.0 USB as needed during active hurricane

 

2. Weather Broadcasts

[NOTE: since this page of our website is no longer actively maintained, cruisers are advised
to check with the weather service for changes to this listing.]

The US National Weather Service broadcasts marine weather forecasts on 4426 kHz, 6501 kHz, 8764 kHz, 13089 kHz, and 17314 kHz. Offshore and high seas forecasts for the Atlantic and Caribbean begin at 0330 UTC, 0500 UTC, 0930 UTC, 1530 UTC, and 2130 UTC. Weather forecasts are also transmitted continually over the VHF (Weather Channels 2-5) along the east coast of the US. Storm warnings are broadcast on WWV (5000mHz, 10000mHz, 15000mHz, and 20000mHz) at 8 minutes past each hour.

BBC Radio 4 shipping forecasts are broadcast at 0048, 0535, 1201, and 1754 local time on 198 kHz (1515m).

Radio France International broadcasts a 24-hour weather forecast at 1140 UCT daily on 6175kHz (English Channel, North Sea, Bay of Biscay), on 11700kHz, 15530kHz, 17575kHz (North Atlantic east of 050 degrees West), on 11845kHz (West Africa to Gibraltar), and 15300kHz (Equator to 27 degrees North).

For a complete list of worldwide weather broadcasts, see NOAA's Worldwide Marine Weather Broadcasts or the British Admiralty List of Radio Signals.

 

3. Other Nets

Net Name
Frequency
Time
Comments
Local Cruisers Net VHF 68 7:30am local time Grenada (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Local Cruisers Net VHF 14 7:30am local time Sint Maarten (daily)
Local Cruisers Net VHF 72 8:00 am AST

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela (Mon - Sat)

Local Cruisers Net VHF 68 8:00am local time Trinidad (daily)
Local Cruisers Net VHF 68/72 8:00am local time Luperon (Sunday, Wednesday)
Local Cruisers Net VHF 68 8:15am local time Abaco Islands, Bahamas (daily)
Seafarer's Net (Ham) 14313.0 USB 0300 UTC Pacific
Pacific Seafarers (Ham) 14300.0 USB 0325 UTC Pacific Ocean
S. African Maritime Mobile Net (Ham) 14316.0 USB 0630 UTC South Atlantic
Med Maritime Mobile Net (Ham) 7085.0 USB 0700 UTC Mediterranean
Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net (Ham) 7241.0LSB 1100 UTC Lou Bean, KV4JC
Maritime Net (Ham) 3770.0 LSB 1100 UTC NE Canada
S. African Net (Ham) 14316.0 LSB 1130 UTC S. Africa/Indian Ocean
S. Atlantic Net (Ham) 21325.0 LSB 1130 UTC South Atlantic
Maritime Mobile Net (Ham) 14300.0 USB 1600 - 0200 UTC Worldwide (1700 - 0200 in the winter)
Canadian Cruisers Net 8182.0 USB 1200 UTC Caribbean
Mississauga Net (Ham) 14121.0 USB 1200 UTC E Canada and Atlantic
Caribbean Safety & Security Net 8104.0 USB 1215 UTC Melody on S/V 2nd Millenium
Trans-Atlantic Net (Ham) 21400.0 USB 1300 UTC Trudi, 8P6QM. This net is for daily checkin by boats crossing the Atlantic.
German Cruisers 8140.0 USB 1300 UTC Caribbean
Central American Breakfast Net (Ham) 7085.0 LSB 1300 UTC Central America
Panama Connection 8107.0 USB 1330 UTC Central America
Cruiseheimers 8152.0 USB 1330 UTC Bahamas and Caribbean
South African Cruisers 8116 USB 1330 UTC Caribbean
Sonrisa Net (Ham) 3968.0 USB 1400 UTC Mexico
Baja Net (Ham) 7233.5 LSB 8am Local Pacific time California and Baja
Chubasco Net (Ham) 7192.0 LSB 1530 UTC Mexico
The Kids Net 8122.0 USB 1800 UTC West Atlantic and Caribbean
Manana Net (Ham) 14340.0 USB 1900 UTC Mexico to Hawaii
Pacific Maritime Mobile Net (Ham) 21402.0 USB 2200 UTC Pacific/Indian Oceans

 

4. Netiquette

Users of radio nets should be aware of the generally accepted etiquette for using and participating in radio information and contact nets. While there are no hard and fast rules, the following suggestions may be helpful.

 

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