2015 Boating season
The Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net will be active again this coming sailing
season on the times and frequencies as specified above.
All other times, Please check in to the Waterway Radio net preceding
this net on the same HF frequency, i.e. 7.268 MHz LSB.
The Midwest Amateur Radio Net (MIDCARS), is available to handle any emergencies during the course of the morning on 7.258 MHz LSB.
The 68 Group net is available during the afternoon back here on
7.268 MHz LSB.
Listen to the net via Remotehams.com
Listen to the net via our VHF link to the WA9ORC 2M FM repeater in downtown Chicago. Frequency 146.760 MHz, PL 107.2 This repeater transmits with 200W from the top of the AON (old AMOCO) building, giving us a range of about 50 NM into southern Lake Michigan. This covers all the Greater Chicago area marinas with about 7000 boats. Various receive sites are spaced around the Lake.
Download the free RCForb client software from Remotehams.com and connect to the Great lakes Marine Mobile Net.
Listen to the net on HF SSB via Web SDR
Listen to the net from your computer or IPad via this Web Software Defined Radio in Michigan.
No license needed.
Enable http://blerp2.dyndns.org:8901 in your Java App.
Click on the "Mobile version" for your smart phone or IPad.
Click on iOS Audio Start.
Spread the waterfall.
Type in 7268.
Slide the waterfall or cursor if necessary to achieve clear speech audio.
Port Huron area Marine VHF scan.
Detroit River area Marine VHF scan.
Lake Michigan South shore marine VHF scan.
St Mary's River and Soo Locks Marine VHF scan.
Sailing the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.
The topic on The Joy Cardin Show this morning on Wisconsin Public Radio was great places to go sailing in and around Wisconsin. Joy talked with Capt. John Thiel, who runs Dream-catcher Sailing in the Apostle Islands. You can hear it online at the WPR audio archives here: http://www.wpr.org/webcasting/audioarchives_display.cfm?Code=jca (Search for "sailing".)
All Stations please monitor 7.268 MHz LSB
Good suggestion from Art, NK8X:
We are requesting all stations to please monitor both Marine VHF Channel 16 (156.800 MHz FM) and Ham HF 7.268 MHz LSB after the net - 24/7 over weekends while on the boat or at home.
Local Ch 16 emergency traffic can then be relayed long distance via Ham HF.
This will greatly enhance boating safety on the Lakes by providing more listening ears.
Great Lakes Marine/Maritime Mobile Net (www.GLMMNet.org) Radio Net for all boaters.
Great Lakes Marine/Maritime Mobile Net.
Great Lakes Ham Radio Net. A Good Samaritan weekend HF SSB and VHF amateur radio net for all mariners on the Great Lakes.
HF SSB : Weekend mornings 08:30 Eastern - 7.268 MHz LSB. (Alternatively 7.245 MHz LSB)
All frequencies are +/- interference.
VHF FM : Simultaneous session on the WA9ORC 2M Chicagoland Echolink-enabled repeater on 146.760 MHz FM (PL 107.2), node # 62478, during the net. One of the antennas is on top of the AON (old Amoco) Building. Please disconnect after the QSO.
We also have Skype for worldwide HF phone patches and Echolink, for full coverage VHF communications. In addition we are fully conversant and proficient with WINMOR HF email, and can enter position reports into the Winlink 2000 system.
Connect to our Net Control Stations during the net via VHF Echolink or IRLP. (See the Echolink and IRLP maps.)
KC9SGV, Echolink node# 528436 or 516288
IRLP node is Reflector # 9619 (Great Lakes Reflector), or # 8053 (our very own node at KC9SGV)
KG9B, Echolink node# 302936
All stations are requested to loosely monitor 7.268 MHz LSB after net hours 24/7 on weekends for any emergency calls.
Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net
Echolink and IRLP nodes around the Great Lakes.
Download Google Earth here:
Download these APPS:
Open Google Earth.
Scroll to the Great Lakes.
Click on the markers for more information.
Click on "View">"Make this my start location".
Save to "My places".
The Echolink APP can be used to connect to us right here in the shack via KC9SGV-L. (Ham license is required.)
Use the Echolink and IRLP repeater position APPS for Iphone and Android phones.
Use the Skype APP for Iphone and Android to connect to us - KC9SGV Remote. (No license required.)
3G and 4G range on the Lakes is about 3 to 5 miles offshore.
For longer ranges, Ham VHF/UHF and HF is required.
Use the free Scanner Radio APP on your iPhone or Android device to listen to the net and to monitor the radio after the net.
We also webcast the whole net (with all audio feeds) live on www.Ustream.com
Additionally, you can also use the free Iphone or Android APP for Ustream on your mobile phone.
Or you can use your computer with Flash.
Search on Ustream for KC9SGV or Great Lakes Ham Radio.
GLMMNet simulcast and podcast - Click here
Other Radios around the Great Lakes
See these additional radios and radio nets around the Great Lakes.
These work in co-operation with the Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net to effect total communications.
S.S. Keewatin Ham Radio station - VA3VGC.
S.S. Keewatin - Click Here
Columbia Yacht Club Amateur Radio Society by W9LT and others:
COLYC Radio Station - Click Here
Ebay transceivers and antenna tuners.
For those boaters who are hesitant to buy new Ham Radio equipment in this economy, consider auctioned equipment from Ebay and Ham fests (Ham flea markets.)
Follow these links below. "Caveat emptor", as always...=) I.e. read the ads carefully.
Ham HF Transceivers
HF Antenna Tuners
Ham VHF Radios
Ham UHF Radios
Eham.net Product Reviews
How to become a Radio Amateur (Radio Ham).