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The Seven Seas Cruising Association has obtained a NEW FCC license!

Seven Seas Cruising Association

When Glenn Tuttle was asked to join the Board of Directors of the SSCA, he thought to himself, “How could he combine his passions; cruising and radio communications and serve SSCA?” He realized that perhaps he could make useful contributions to the organization and the cruising community by promoting the use of radio communications among cruisers.

A full-time live-aboard for over 30 years, who’s cruised 10 years in remote areas of the Southern and SW Caribbean, spending months at a time at anchor without cellular or Internet access, Glenn realizes the importance of the HF/SSB radio aboard cruising vessels. Although a satellite phone is a great resource, and he used an Iridium phone during his cruising in the Caribbean, it is not a replacement for a HF/SSB radio. This was proven last summer when he was involved in The rescue was recounted in detail in SSCA publications and those of other cruising groups including the Waterway Radio Cruising Club.

Glenn suggested to the Board that they establish an SSCA Voice Service (not a formal net) on the HF radio band to assist cruisers in remote locations who are without cellular and Internet access, in order to relay priority and emergency information and to provide any vessels needing assistance with additional resources. The assistance could include radio checks, float plans, telephone contact with family/friends, boat to boat relays, access to medical or mechanical professionals, marinas, Internet searches, or other assistance that he might be able to provide to cruisers in remote locations. All vessels are welcome to participate in this service provided by the SSCA.

However, in order to reach the far corners of the Caribbean and beyond, a land based radio and antenna system is needed, similar to the excellent system used by Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center. Such a radio station, operating on the marine bands from a land station requires a “Public Coast License” from the FCC. The SSCA is pleased to report the SSCA was successful in obtaining such license, and is now authorized to operate under the call sign “KPK” from my residence in Punta Gorda, Florida. Glenn has erected a 70’ tower with a rotatable directional beam antenna tuned for the 8 Mhz marine band which will effectively reach the entire Caribbean and beyond.

Currently, we are involved in discussions with Chris Parker, Dick Giddings, Rick Medero and other cruisers active on SSB nets regarding the most effective time and frequency to conduct this service. Just the other day, contact was made with the S/V Banjo and the S/V Southern Mist. Both vessels are offshore, headed to the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, and requested assistance in making marina reservations, etc. The marina and the ship’s agent in Guatemala were reached via Skype and their reservations were made! This is exactly what we envisioned as the purpose of this net, and we are excited to help them.

We would welcome any comments and suggestions from cruisers regarding this proposed service. The FCC license authorizes us to operate on 8.104, 8.137, and 8.152. 

At this time, we are considering standing by between 0700 DST (1100 UTC) And 0730 DST (1130 UTC) on frequency 8.104 for any vessel needing the assistance of land based resources. Additionally, we are considering standing by after the Cruiseheimers morning net on 8.152 is concluded (except days when they have a tech net, etc), and after the Doo Dah evening net on 8.152, to assist any vessel with land based resources.

We are also authorized to operate on 12.350 and are considering expanding my antenna array to include that frequency. Please send any suggestions and comments to

We hope to hear you on the air!

Scott Berg, President/BOD, SSCA


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