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Cruiser's Maritime Mobile HF Nets (Times and Frequencies)

Basic Radio Procedures

Routine Calls

When making a routine call to another boat or limited coast station, state clearly:

  • The boat/group you are calling (spoken three times if communications are difficult)
  • This is - name of your boat (spoken three times if necessary)
  • Message
  • Over

The standard phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, etc) is useful if you're having difficulty being understood

Distress Calls

The distress call 'mayday' may be used only if the boat is threatened by grave and imminent danger and immediate assistance is required. For example, the boat is sinking or on fire. This distress call has absolute priority over all other transmissions and may only be transmitted on the authority of the skipper or the person responsible for the safety of the boat. Calls are made on distress frequencies (VHF 16, 27.88 MHz or HF 4125, 6215, 8291 kHz). Call procedure:

  • Mayday Mayday Mayday
  • This is - name and radio call sign of boat in distress (spoken three times)
  • Mayday
  • Name and radio call sign of boat
  • Details of boat's position and heading
  • Nature of distress and assistance required
  • Other information including number of people on board, boat description and intentions

Urgency Calls

The urgency call should be used when use of the distress call cannot be justified but a very urgent message concerning the safety of your boat or the safety of a person needs to be transmitted. For example, your boat is disabled and drifting onto a lee shore or a crew member is seriously ill. You may make an urgency call only on the authority of the skipper or person responsible for the safety of your boat. Distress call frequencies (above) may be used for these calls. Call procedure:

  • Pan pan, pan pan, pan pan
  • Hello all stations hello all stations hello all stations
  • This is - name and radio call sign of boat (spoken three times)
  • Details of the boat's position and heading
  • Details of assistance required and other information

Safety Calls

The safety call should be used if you wish to broadcast an important navigational warning to other stations. For example, you have sighted a large floating object that could damage the hull of a boat. A safety call is more likely to be made by a coast station or a limited coast station operated by a marine rescue group and may include important weather warnings such as severe thunderstorm, gale and cyclone warnings. Call procedure:

  • Say-cure-e-tay say-cure-e-tay say-cure-e-tay (the French word Sécurité is standard)
  • Hello all stations hello all stations hello ail stations
  • This is - name and radio call sign of boat or shore station (spoken three times)
  • Details of the warning

You may make the initial safety call to ail stations on a distress frequency. However, you should change to a working frequency to make the broadcast of the safety message.

Equipment Check

  • Is the correct frequency/channel selected?
  • Is the volume adjusted correctly?
  • Is the squelch adjusted correctly?
  • Is the RF gain set to maximum sensitivity?
  • Power supply - is the battery fully charged?
  • Antenna - are the leads and whip intact, not corroded, have proper earthing and connections in good order?
  • Listen before transmitting to ensure you have a clear channel

Cruiser's Maritime Mobile Radio Nets

Marine radio nets are set up and run by "controllers" all over the world (Indian Ocean, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific, etc.) to handle and co-ordinate this traffic from vessels sailing the oceans. It is important for cruising yachts to know these radio net frequencies and times so as to pass message traffic, log positions, receive weather information, etc.

Amateur Radio Net Listing

All times are UTC (Greenwich = Zulu = UTC) unless otherwise noted Please listen first to note the procedures of each net.

Net Name HQ Covers Frequencies Times (Zulu)
MARITIME EMERGENCY NETVariousUniversal14.340MHz0400hrs and 1800hrs
Swedish MM Net  ?  ? 14.303MHz 0530, 1630 & 2030hrs
Mediterranian Maritime Mobile Net ? Med7.085MHz 0700hrs
U.K. M/M NetU.K.UK waters, Med & Atlantic14.303 +/-QRMHz 0800hrs & 1800hrs
Intnl. MM Net  ? Atl., Med., Caribb. 14.313MHz 0630hrs
TransAtlantic Maritime Mobile Net ? Med, N & S Atlantic and Caribbean21.400MHz1300hrs
South Atlantic Roundtable  ? South Atlantic 21.325MHz 2330hrs
German Maritime Mobile Net ? Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Med, (worldwide)14.313kMHz1630hrs
Micky Mouse Connection  ? S Atlantic & S Pacific 14.113MHz 2100hrs
Mississauga Maritime Net (VE stations with relays) ? Europe, Med, Atlantic, Caribbean and Central America14.122.5 MHz1245hrs
Mobile Maritime Net - South East Asian WatersS.E.A MobileJapan to Seychelles - Hong Kong to N & W Australia. (Specifically: Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, N Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, The Andamans & Nicobars, Chagos14.323MHz 0025hrs & Wx @ 0055hrs
South Africa Maritime Mobile NetS AfricaIndian Ocean & S Atlantic14.316MHz & moves to 7.120MHz @ 0630hrs1130hrs (both freqs)
Italian M/M Net. (Italian & English)?Wx for E & N Atlantic and S Atlantic between Africa and Brazil14.297MHz2000hrs
'Le Reseau Du Capitaine' NetMontreal, Bi-LingualAtlantic, Caribbean & Pacific14.118MHz0700 local & 1830loc. for Wx
Caribbean M/M NetSt CroixCaribbean7.237/241MHz1100hrs
Caribbean Weather Net  ? Caribbean Wx 7.163MHz 1030hrs & 2230hrs
Caribbean Wx Net  ? Caribbean Wx 3.185MHz 1030hrs & 2230hrs
Puerto Rico Wx Net  ? Puerto Rico & Virgins 3.030MHz 2310 & 1110hrs
Barbados Info Net  ? Caribbean 7.185MHz 1230hrs
Partyline Net  ? Caribbean & Central America 14.260MHz 2000hrs
Gulf Coast Hurricane Net  ? Gulf Coast 3.925MHz 0100hrs
Carribus Net  ? US E. Coast, Caribb 14.283MHz 1100hrs
Maritime Mobile Service Net ? Atlantic, E Pacific & Gulf of Mexico14.300MHz 1700hrs till 0200hrs
Panama Canal Connection Net ? Pacific - Mexico to Galapagos, Atlantic from Belize - Colombia ?  ?
Manana M/M Net ? US West coast to Hawaii14.340MHz1200 PDT
California M/M Net
Jack VE3EED/W6
 ? Coastal Baja & California7233.5MHz0800hrs (local)
Sandia Net  ? US W.Coast, Baja 7.294MHz 0330hrs
Happy Hour Net  ? W.Mexico, Baja 3.968MHz 0000hrs
Gerry's Happy Hour  ? Pacific, Baja 21.402MHz 0200hrs (M-Fri)
Chubasco Net ? Mexico West coast7.192MHz1530hrs ST & 1430hrs DST
Waterway Radio & Cruising Club ?  ? 7.268MHz0745 EST
Intercon Net  ? N.Am., S.Am., Central Am. 14.300MHz 0700ET to 1200ET
Bejuka Net  ? Central Am. 7.240MHz 1700hrs
Cal Hawaii Net  ? E Pacific 14.340MHz 1700hrs
Hawaii AM Net  ? content 7.285MHz 1900hrs
Pacific Inter-Island Net ? Micronesia & up to Hawaii - daily roll-call14.315MHz0800hrs
Pacific Seafarers Net ? Pacific - roll-call14.300MHz0300hrs to 0325hrs
Pacific Maritime Mobile Service Net ? Pacific & worldwide21.412MHz2100hrs
Harry's Net  ? W & S Pacific 7.095MHz 2000hrs
Confusion Net  ? Pacific 14.305MHz 1900hrs
Arnold's Net  ? South Pacific 14.318MHz 0400hrs
N Zealand Wx Net  ? N Zealand 7.080MHz 2000hrs
Roy's NetPerth, OzWx warnings & then covers boats in N & W Indian Ocean14.320MHz1115hr
Comedy Net ? Oz - Southwest Pacific. Position reports, Wx, local inter-yacht traffic7.087MHz2040hrs
Tony's Net N Z Positions from S Pacific & Oz region, Wx14.315MHz2100hrs
South China Sea Net  ? South Pacific 14.320MHz 1000hrs
Okera Net Ogasawara Is.
Japan and the Pacific 21.437MHz 03:20hrs zulu
Seagull Net Hokkaido Is. Japan and Pacific 21.382MHz 22:00hrs zulu

Marine Nets

Greenwich = Zulu = UTC
Net Name HQ Covers Frequencies Times (Zulu)
Radio Peri-Peri (now run by Roy)East AfricaIndian Ocean & S Atlantic8.101Mhz @ 0500hrs (Wx) & then 12.353hz after Wx1500hrs (both freqs)
East Caribb Net  ? East Caribb (uncontrolled) 6.215MHz 1000hrs till 1200hrs
Mistene  ? Caribbean Wx 4.003MHz 1215hrs
Mistene  ? Caribbean Wx 8.104MHz 1230hrs
NW Caribbean Net  ? NW Caribbean 6.209MHz 0800hrs local
NW Caribbean Cruiser's Net ? Mexico to San Andres Island, Colombia8.188Mhz1400hrs
Weather Check-in  ? Caribb., Atlantic & Ease Pacific 12.359MHz 1920hrs
Cruiseheimer's Net ? US East coast & E Caribbean8.152Mhz (Summer)
6.227Mhz (Winter)
0830 EST
Coconut Telegraph  ? Eastern Caribbean, from south of Bahamas to Trinidad, VZ, and ABCs 4060 Mhz USB 0800hrs AST
Herb Hilgenberg's Southbound ll Net
Note: Herb 'retired' on June 1 2013 and is no longer broadcasting
 ? Wx for Atlantic & Caribbean - into Pacific later12.359Mhz (SSB)2000hrs check-in 1930
Patagonian Cruisers' Net Villarica, Chile Chile, Sthn Argentina,Falklands/Malvinas, S. Georgia,Antarctic Peninsula 8164 MHz USB 1300 hrs (Winter) 1200 hrs (Summer) eg. 0900 Chilean Time
Mediterranean Cruisers' Net
Maiko (Jacques) can follow-up on weather and help with phone calls
Sicilia Central Med. T-2': 22.174 Mhz
T: 18.834 Mhz
T+2': 16.543 Mhz
T+5': 12.356 Mhz
T+7': 8.297 Mhz
T+10': 6.231 Mhz
T+12': 4.042 Mhz
Summer: 12:00 UTC & 16:00 UTC
Winter: 12:00 UTC & 17:00 UTC
Russell Radio (SSB) N Z South Pacific to Easter Island, Australia, N Zealand6.516 Mhz
4.445 Mhz
4.417 Mhz
0600 - 0630hrs
0630 - 0700hrs
0700 - 0730hrs

Additions & edits for the Net's table above

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Ham Radio Nets

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Clever Brazillian amateur "skywriting" on the spectrum display - click for larger view

This is a useful selection of Ham Radio Nets extracted from the listings in the Marine Electrical & Electronics Bible. Since the list is old the frequencies and services are in the process of being personally checked for accuracy as of mid-June 2011. Cross-checks with internet sources are conflicting and unreliable.

If you are not a licensed operator, invest in a receiver only and listen in to the nets, the information can be invaluable. Alternatively for casual listening you can use an internet streaming ham radio tuner online. What a cool idea!

Times in UTC followed by frequency in MHz and Net Name. Mode used is generally Upper Sideband (USB) above 7.3MHz (30m band up) and Lower Sideband (LSB) below 7.3MHz (40m band down). Personally verified operational networks will be commented and marked in RED. Note that some of these transmissions (e.g. Russell Radio) are on Marine bands and may require a different license.


  • 0025 - 14.232 - Mobile Maritime Net
  • 0100 - 21.185 - Travellers Net - Novice Ham License (Australia-wide outback emergency network, includes marine.)
    • Controller: Varies. Could be run from SA or WA.
  • 0100 - 21.407 - Pacific Indian Ocean Net
  • 0200 - 14.116 - Travellers Net - Full Ham License (Australia-wide outback emergency network, includes marine.)
    • Controller: VK6BO Roy
  • 0200 - 14.300 - Pacific Seafarers Net
  • 0300 - 14.300MHz - Pacific Seafarer's Net Pacific informal 'warm-up' session
    • Controller: N6HGG Robert
  • 0325 - 14.300MHz - Pacific Seafarer's Net Pacific Roll Call
    • Controller: N6HGG Robert
      • Network was on 14300.30kHz today (18 Jun 2011) and audible from Melbourne. Session start announced by VK4DBJ John.
  • 0400 - 14.115 - DDD Net (Pacific to Canada)
  • 0400 - 14.340 - MARITIME EMERGENCY NET
    • Nothing heard
  • 0500 - 08.297 - Peri-Peri Radio East Africa
    • Past controller: Fred Meyer (Silent key, 2007)
    • Controller: VK6BO Roy
  • 0500 - 14.303 - Tony's Net (Red Sea & Indian Ocean)
    • Controller: ZL1ATE Tony in New Zealand
  • 0530 - 14.316 - Peri-Peri Radio East Africa (after wx)
    • Controller: VK6BO Roy
  • 0630 - 14.316 - South African Maritime Mobile Net
    • Past Controller: Alistair Campbell (Silent key, Feb 2011)
    • Controllers: ZS2ABK Graham and ZS1SAM Samuel
  • 0700 - 07.085 - Mediterranean Maritime Mobile Net
    • Nothing heard
  • 0700 - 14.220 - Pacific Net
    • Heard only local ham VK3BR in a QSO with W7BY on 14222kHz (18 & 25 June 2011)
  • 0700 - 14.303 - International Net
    • Nothing heard
  • 0800 - 14.303 - UK Maritime Mobile Net
    • Nothing heard (UK and Austria)
  • 0800 - 14.315 - Pacific Inter-island Net
    • Nothing heard (Hong Kong and Australia)
  • 0830 - 08.152 - Cruiseheimers Net (Eastern Canada to Caribbean)
    • Frequency is 6.227MHz or 6.516MHz during Spring/Fall season change.
    • Controller: Varies, ad-hoc.
    • Nothing heard (VA and PA)
  • 0900 - 14.313 - Mediterranean M/M Net
    • Nothing heard (Austria and Spain)
  • 1000 - 14.315 - Robby’s Net (Australia)
    • Nothing heard (Melbourne)
  • 1030 - 07.080 - Caribbean Weather Net
    • Nothing heard (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1030 - 14.265 - Caribbean Weather Net
  • 1100 - 07.230 - Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net
    • +10kHz if frequency noisy
  • 1115 - 14.320 - Roy’s Net (Western Australia)
    • Controller: VK6BO Roy
    • Nothing heard (Melbourne)
  • 1130 - 14.320 - South African Maritime Mobile Net
    • Controllers: ZS2ABK Graham assisted by ZS1SAM Samuel
    • Nothing heard (Melbourne)
  • 1200 - 14.118 - Le Réseau Du Capitaine Net (Montréal)
    • Heard French being spoken (via the GlobalTuners station in Lexington, KY) but don't understand it! Pierre and René were certainly enjoying themselves anyhow, even if they didn't use callsigns. Gotta love that laid back French-Canadian style.
  • 1200 - 14.340 - Mañana M/M Net (Hawaii, West Coast US) - Offshoot of Baja Net
    • Heard very perfunctory weather report, didn't catch the callsign. Dude, it was over in—like—20 seconds! I was totally bummed!!
  • 1230 - 07.237 - Caribbean Net
    • Nothing heard (via Kentucky) but local ham nets were swamping the band.
  • 1245 - 14.121 - Mississauga Net (Atlantic, Med, Caribbean)
    • Controller: Wynn in Halifax.
      • Network was on 14122.75kHz tonight (16 Jun 2011) and audible from Virginia. I picked up the controller and also Noel VA3NBL on Kalinka-1 marine mobile in the Hudson River. He's starting out on an Atlantic Crossing.
      • (18 Jun 2011) Nothing heard from Vancouver or Atlanta.
  • 1300 - 21.400 - Transatlantic Net
    • Controller: 8P6QM Trudi in Barbados, assisted by G4FTO Rudi and VE3AGS George
    • Nothing heard (Lexington, KY)
  • 1330 - 08.107 - Panama Canal Connection Net
  • 1400 - 07.292 - Florida Coast Net
  • 1400 - 08.188 - Northwest Caribbean Cruisers Net
  • 1500 - 07.2335 - Baja California Maritime Net (winter)
    • +5kHz at 1600UTC (summer)
  • 1530 - 07.294 - Chubasco Net
  • 1545 - 14.340 - Marquesas Net
  • 1600 - 14.331 - US Coast Guard Net
  • 1630 - 13.101 - Russell Radio (New Zealand to Pacific)
    • Past controller: Ritchie Blomfield (Silent key, 2005)
    • Controller: Rostered.
  • 1630 - 14.313 - Intermar (German) Maritime Mobile Net - Worldwide
    • Controller: Rostered.
    • Nothing heard (Melbourne)
  • 1700 - 14.300 - Maritime Mobile Service Net
    • Controller: KE4AMW Dave assisted by WB3FOX John
    • Operational but a lot of land-based net traffic checking in, so be patient. (26 July 2011)
  • 1700 - 14.329 - Skippers Net
  • 1700 - 14.340 - California Hawaii Net
    • Controller: WA6RZW Ed
  • 1730 - 14.115 - DDD Net (Pacific to Canada)
  • 1800 - 06.516 - Russell Radio (New Zealand to Pacific)
  • 1800 - 07.076 - South Pacific Cruising Net
  • 1800 - 14.282 - South Pacific Net
  • 1800 - 14.303 - UK Maritime Mobile Net
  • 1800 - 14.340 - MARITIME EMERGENCY NET
  • 1830 - 04.445 - Russell Radio (New Zealand to Pacific)
  • 1900 - 04.417 - Russell Radio (New Zealand to Pacific)
  • 1900 - 14.305 - Confusion Net (Pacific)
  • 2000 - 12.359 - Herb Hilgenberg's Southbound Net
    • Controller: Herb in Ottawa
  • 2000 - 14.297 - Italian Amateur Radio Maritime Service
    • +10kHz if frequency in use. UTC 1900 during DST.
  • 2030 - 14.303 - Swedish Maritime Net
  • 2040 - 07.087 - Comedy Net (Pacific/Australia)
  • 2100 - 14.315 - Tony’s Net (South Pacific, Aust & NZ)
    • Controller: ZL1ATE Tony in New Zealand
  • 2130 - 14.290 - East Coast Waterways Net
  • 2200 - 21.412 - Pacific Maritime Mobile Net
  • 2300 - 14.315 - Robby’s Net (Australia)
  • 2400 - 14.320 - SE Asia M/M Net

Government Agencies and Frequency List websites


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