Sunday, 25 March 2012

SSB Radio frequencies for yachties

Radio communications can be a great way of staying in touch but also a good way of finding out what is in  the local and world news?

You will need a suitable AM radio reciever, if the bands you want to listen to are amature bands, the choice of upper and lower side bands will be required.

Local News, Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Talk 567, which is an AM band on 0.567khz.

The Yaesu FRG7700

A communications receiver like this is great but it may be too bulky for your own use, a small programable portable should do the job just as well.

Amature bands, South Africa, there is a Durban net run at 13.30hrs and 17.30hrs, you will need upper side band and the frequencies 14.316khz and 07.120khz. There is a general call in for yachts heading for or traveling the coast. Plus a weather service thats worth listening to.

They may also use the Marine Band on 8.101khz and upper side band, that is one of the many programable marine bands.

BBC bands, lots of those, used for the Southern Africa service, you will need to try which ever band works best at the time of day or place your listening from.

AM bands

 3.255khz  6.190khz 7.385khz  9.740khz 11.940khz  12.095khz 15.400khz  17.640khz   21.470khz

You will need to try the various bands yourself to see which works for you, plus search the dial and discover the other world services programs.

SA Maritime Net

06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7120 kHz. (New frequency). 11:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 minutes and then moves down to 7120 kHz. (New frequency).

SA Maritime Net (unofficial)

My thanks to Justin of the HBYC for the last two paragraphs of info, as lifted from the HBYC radio pages.