Underway The Ocean Cruising Club Caribbean Long Range (SSB) Radio Net

John Lytle OCC Caribeean SSB NetAt 0730 (1130 GMT) on 6227khz USB every weekday from December until May/June many OCC members cruising in the Caribbean tune their radios to the OCC Caribbean Net. The format is simple and friendly. After a short introduction the net controller asks for members to “check in”. Firstly priority traffic for members with safety or security issues and then each member has an opportunity to give briefly their location, share information about their passage, weather or anchorage, ask for help or advice or anything else they wish before the net controller moves on to the next “check in”.

Members wanting to make contact with another member can announce this and either wait till the net is over or move to another frequency.  The Net has become the voice of the Club and many members participate on a daily basis and over the last winter season approaching 100 members used the net.

The net has served many functions since its inception by Mike Pocock in 1999 during his Commodore’s Millennium North Atlantic Cruise.  It allows members to know who is in their area so they can meet, arrange social events, or discover what other members are doing.  Those with medical or technical or other problems can seek assistance, and there is usually another member who can help or will know where help or advice can be found.  Single handers or those on long passages can check in daily and weather routing has been organized.

The importance of the Net cannot be over emphasized and having a good SSB radio transceiver is an enormous asset for any ocean cruising yacht.  Anyone planning a long cruise would find an SSB radio an enormous asset and should seek expert advice about choice of set and installation.  For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Lytle,  Roving Rear Commodore