What's this blog all about?
Improve safety at sea for yachtsmen, power and sail cruisers, and cash-strapped boaters from all walks of life.
Easy-to understand guides and information on AIS reception, weather satellites and many more radio-related topics.
This is a non-profit blog. No subscriptions, no payments required. All info here is free. Free software used.
I've written a book for those who wish to know more, buying it on Amazon supports this blog.
AIS: Knowing what other vessels are doing helps you not hitting them.
Weather Satellites: Knowing what the weather is doing, or what it may possibly do, might help you in passage planning, aid whether you have to leave harbour, or simply give a clue that you need to double-up on mooring lines.
Shortwave: improves morale on board, or just plain fun listening to far-away tunes.
Rest (Airplanes and other comms): it's fun to listen to different stuff, also helps developing an "ear" for voice communication over radio.
Police and emergency frequencies: not detailed here, nor will be, info might be used for nefarious purposes and I'm too grateful for the exceptional service they provide to ordinary folks.
"I went to the Sea because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" - Henry David Thoreau
Graduated from the Maritime College of Ireland, I drive big ships for a living, drive yachts for fun and support Spinal Cord Injuries Ireland whenever I can.
If it helps you to ascend the unsurmountable mountain of trust I currently hold an Officer of the Watch 500+ Unlimited licence and a GMDSS General Operator Certificate.
It matters not: info here speaks for itself.
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