PACIFIC MARITIME MOBILE NET

MARITIME MOBILE

HISTORY

 

THE PACIFIC MARITIME MOBILE SERVICE NET WAS ESTABLISHED NOVEMBER 1 1979. ITS MISSION WAS TO SERVICE BOATS AT SEA IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. IT HAS SINCE BEEN EXPANDED TO COVER ANY BODY OF WATER WORLDWIDE.

 

I AM NOT AWARE OF THE ACTIVITY BETWEEN 1979 AND 2003. I CAN ONLY SPEAK OF THE MARITME MOBILE ACTIVITY SINCE MAY 3, 2003.

 

IN MY BEGINNG THERE WERE GENERAL CALLS MADE BY EACH STATION ON AS DIRECTED BY NET CONTROL. IF A BOAT RESPONDED IT WOULD BE MORE LIKE A QSO. WE WOULD ASK FOR THEIR NAME, THE BOATS NAME AND WHERE THE WERE HEADED. AT THAT TIME I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS AVAILABLE TO US ON THE INTERNET. I NEVER GAVE IT A THOUGHT. I WAS THE NEW KID ON NET. I THOUGHT THIS WAS THE WAY IT WORKED. SO I WENT WITH FLOW.

 

IT WAS NOT UNTIL LATE 2006 WHEN I WAS CONTACTED BY KMGD ABOUT REORGAIZING THE NET UNDER THE LEADESHIP OF W1VDE. GARY AND JIM (NQ6P) HAD DISCUSSED IT PRIOR TO CONTACTING ME.

 

WE REORGANIZED AND ON JANUARY1, 2007 WE KICKED IT OFF WITH OUR NEW NET MANAGER. STILL WE WERE NOT AWARE OF WHERE WE WERE AT OR WHERE WE WERE GOING IN TERMS OF THE MARITIME COMMUNITY. THIS WOULD TAKE SOME TIME.

 

THE FIRST THING WE NEEDED TO DO WAS TO GET OURSELVES RECOGNIZED AS A VIABLE NET. I APPOINTED MYSELF AS NET SECRETARY AFTER TRYING TO CONTACT THE OLD ONE WHO NEVER CHECKED IN. HE NEVER EVEN SENT ME AN E-MAIL.

 

I FOUND SEVERAL SITES ON THE INTERNET AND PLACED OUR NAME ON THOSE SITES. THIS WAS JUST A SMALL STEP.

IN THE MEANTIME WE WERE STILL TALKING TO BOATS NOW AND THEN, BUT WITH MORE CONCERN FOR LIFE AND PROPERY. IN 2007 I SET UP A LOG ON THE VESSELS THAT CHECKED IN. IT WAS CRUDE AS BEST. WE JUST LOGGED THE CALL SIGN, BOATS NAME, DESCRIPTION, PEOPLE ON BOARD AND COMMENTS. LATER THAT YEAR WE BEGAN TAKING GPS.

 

ROGER EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT TAKING GPS. HE RECOGNIZED THE PIRATE ACTIVITY AROUND THE WORLD. HIS CONCERN WAS THAT THE BOATS IN THOSE AREAS MIGHT NOT WANT TO GIVE GPS. HIS CONCERN WAS VALID. YET THE BOATS WERE STILL WILLING TO GIVE GPS DATA. THEY MUST HAVE FELT THAT THEIR OVERALL SAFTEY OUTWEIGHED THE CONCERN FOR PIRATES.

 

I HAVE REVISED THE LOGS SEVERAL TIMES SINCE EARLY 2007. NOW I HAVE GONE TO A TRACKING DATA FORM. THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS I HAVE TRANSFERRED ALL THE DATA FROM THE OLD LOGS TO THE NEW FORM, THE FORM IS MUCH THE SAME AS THE INTERNET FORM USE TO ENTER DATA. AFTER DOING SO I NOW HAVE 273 PAGES ON FILE. I DO NOT HAVE ALLTHE DATA ON FILE AS THERE ARE REPORTS THAT I NEVER RECEIVED OR RECORDED OR DAYS I WAS NOT ON. THEN THERE IS PAGE 2 ON THE SV MOLODA THAT IS MISSING FROM MY COMPUTER. MUST HAVE BEEN A SENIOR MOMENT!!!

 

MARITIME HISTORY BY BOAT

 

NORTHERN LIGHT N1CCA

 

DEBORAH AND ROLF WERE DOCUMENTARIANS WHO SPENT THE BETTER PART OF 30 YEARS EXPLORING THE COAST OF ANARCTICA.

 

DEBOAH (N1CCA) CHECKED INTO THE NET MANY TIMES OVER THOSE MANY YEAR AND SHE AND ROLF ARE GOOD FRIEND WITH KEVIN (KA1SC) AND SUE. WE HAVE NO TRACKING DATA ON THE NORTHERN LIGHT. MANY OF THE OLD TIMERS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THEIR MANY CONTACTS WITH DEBORAH.

 

 

SV DHARMA K7KFI

 

SUSAN BEGAN CHECKING IN WITH THE NET OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO IN 2010. HER DESTINATION WAS HAWAII. HER PLANS WERE THEN TO HEAD WEST TO THE MARSHALS, BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENED. SHE CHECKS IN WITH ROGER ON CW. AT 80 SHE IS IN A RETIREMENT HOME FOR THE MILITARY IN WASHINGTON DC.

 

SV MARCY KD7OKO

 

THE MARCY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WE BEGAN TRACKING IN EARNST. THE TRACKING WAS SKETCHY AT BEST AS WE WERE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF REORGANIZING AND DID NOT HAVE A TRACKING PLAN IN PLACE. I ONLY HAVE 15 ENTERIES. HOWEVER, GINGER AND PETER WERE THE FIRST WE TRACKED AROUND THE WORLD. ALONG WITH DEBRAH AND ROLF, PETER AND GINGER BECAME FAMILY.

 

SV MOLODA VE7BHJ

 

WE BEGAN TRACING GARY AND LI ON NOVEMBER 25, 2012 AND AS YOU WELL KNOW WE CONTINUE TO DO SO. WE HAVE MORE TRACKING DATA ON THEM THAN ANY OTHER VESSEL. I HAVE 146 ENTERIES. THEY TOO HAVE BECOME FAMILY.

 

SV NANNA KI6NYJ

 

MANGUS AND HIS WIFE WERE ON THEIR WAY TO THE GAMBIERS. I HAVE 29 ENTRIES FOR THEM. ONCE THEY REACHED THE GAMBIERS WE LOST CONTACT WITH THEM.

 

SV PACIFICA KI6EWS

 

GREGS DESTINATION WAS OAHU. I HAVE 17 ENTERIES.

 

 

 

SV KATIE LEE KD7KMO

 

I HAVE 10 ENTERIES

 

SV OASIS K3DVB

 

THEY WERE ENROUTE TO JAPAN. WHEN WE LOST CONTACT I THINK THEY STARTED CHECKING IN TO THE SEA GULLNET.

 

MV STEPHEN L BENNETT

 

JEREMY WAS ABOARD AN EX AIR FORCE CONTAINER SHIP. HE HAD EVERY MODE ALLOWED BY THE FCC. I HAVE 7 ENTRIES.

 

SV VANILLE VA2NKN

 

JEAN PIERRE SENT IN HIS OWN DATA VIA WINLINK IN FRENCH. I DO HAVE 6 ENTRIES IN ENGLISH.

 

SV SPIRIT OF ULYSIS

 

I HAVE 5 ENTRIES

 

SV KANDU KJ6MCX

 

ERIC IS A MORE RECENT CHECK IN TO THE NET. HOWEVER, I THINK RECENT BAND CONDITIONS HAS LEFT HIM OUT THE LOOP. WE LOST HIM JUST AFTER HE LEFT THE GALOPAGOS. I HAVE 5 ENTRIES.

 

SV SAND DOLLAR N4KS

 

KEN SENT HIS OWN TRACKING DATA IN VIA WINLINK. THE BOAT IS NOW DOCKED IN GRENADA AND KEN AND KATIE ARE NOW BACK HOME IN FLORIDA. I HAVE 5 ENTRIES

 

 

 

 

 

SV OASIS KGZC

 

THE SKIPPER OF THIS VESSEL WAS INJURED BY A SPLINTER FROM A BROKEN MAST. IF HE DID NOT SEE A DOCTOR SOON HE MAY HAVE LOST HIS LEG. OUR HAWAII RELAY WAS ABLE TO LOCATE A DOCTOR ON A NEARBYE ISLAND. AS FAR A WE KNOW HE IS OK. I HAVE 3 ENTRIES.

 

SV ANGEL OF LONDON KB1RWZ

 

TOM SAILS FROM NEW ENGLAND TO THE BAHAMAS. HE CHECKS IN OFTEN, BUT I ONLY HAVE 3 ENTRIES.

 

SV RITIKI VK3LLA

 

I HAVE 3 ENTRIES

 

SV OCEN FEVER N3ILR

 

THEY HAVE BEEN SAILING THE EAST COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA FOR YEARS AND SEND IN THEIR OWN REPORT. LAST CHECK IN SAID THEY WERE DOCKED IN ECUADOR. I HAVE 2 ENTRIES.

 

SV ELFRUN KB1YSD

 

I ENTRY

 

SV SWEET DREANS KG7HJU

 

1 ENTRY

 

SV TOZIUGGVITA KB3TUZ

 

1ENTRY

 

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL OTHERS, BUT THEY DID NOT WANT US TO TRACK THEM OR ENTER DATA ON THE WEB. OTHERS JUST WANTED TO QSO.