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2018 Annual WRCC Picnic - November 11   (Info below)

The Waterway Radio and Cruising Club is an association of amateur radio operators who also share an interest in recreational boating.

The Waterway Net, which is sponsored by the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club, meets on the air every morning of the year for about an hour starting at 0745 ET on a frequency of 7.268 MHz LSB. The main purpose of the Waterway Net is to encourage amateur radio communications to and from boats with an emphasis on safety and weather information. Position Reports help keep live-aboards and cruising boats in touch with families and friends and Float Plans provide a strong measure of safety for off-shore passage makers.

Sunset at Normans

Begun in the early sixties, the Waterway Net is one of the oldest, continuously operating nets in amateur radio. Today the WRCC has around four hundred dues paying members and anyone holding an Amateur Radio License of any class is eligible to join. Membership in the WRCC is not a prerequisite for participation in the Waterway Net, but a general class or higher license is required.

The Waterway Net is a controlled net. It is recommended that one listen for a while to learn the Net Procedures, but anyone with a general class license or above is invited to check in at the appropriate time or to join in on the special interest nets that often follow.

In an emergency, FCC rules permit anyone, licensed or not, to use any frequency to summon help. All boaters with high frequency SSB radios aboard should know that the 20 meter amateur frequency of 14.300 MHz is active for about eighteen hours a day and is always available for emergency assistance.



  •     New Officers:

    Congrats to our new 2018 Officers!

    Commodore: Brian Hunsaker, W5YE
    Vice Commodore: Bill Turney, WS4Y
    Rear Commodore: Mike Charavell, W8CGA

  •     A very nice honor bestowed upon our club by Bobby Graves, KB5HAV and the Hurricane Watch Net. As always, we are glad to help when needed.


    This year we are again providing a catered barbeque dinner with all the trimmings.  The menu includes Pulled pork, BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, beans, rolls, tea, beer, cake and water.  We would also like to extend an invitation to attend to anyone who may be interested in membership in the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club, sponsor of the Waterway Net.  Come join us.

    When:  Sunday November 11 at 11:00; lunch will be served at 12:00.  This is the same weekend as the SSCA Gam.

    Where:  Wickham Park, Pavilion #4, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935.

    Cost:  We are asking for $18.00 per person to cover expenses.  For convenience, this may be paid via PayPal, below.  Payment may also be made by check to the WRCC Secretary, Jeanie Schreiber, N4WFM, 27 Cheyenne Ct, Palm Coast, FL 32137.  Other payment options may be arranged by contacting the WRCC Secretary.

    Very Important:  The deadline for all payments is Saturday, November 3.  This is necessary to allow ordering time for the caterer.  We cannot guarantee that food will be available if not reserved by the deadline.  Please don't miss this opportunity to register early for this special event.

    For more information on our annual picnic, click HERE to go to our News & Events page.

    To make picnic payment via PayPal, click button, below.

    Call Sign(s)

    Be sure to check "Quantity" box and put your call sign and name(s) on the PayPal form.

  •   Club Related Gear: WRCC members should fly the club's burgees whenever possible. This lets other members know if you're in their anchorage, marina, etc. Flying the burgee also is a means of showing others that you are a member of a very special group of boaters/ham radio operators.
    Burgees, embroidred shirts, caps and other club merchandise can be found on our WRCC Store page.

  •   How and Where to Check in to Customs: For those of you who are returning to the states from the Bahamas, etc., here's information of how and where to check in if you're departing from or returning to Florida. This also includes the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS).

  •   BoatUS Foundation's Top Picks For On-the-Water Weather Services:

    A Look at Cell Phone, Smart Phone, Chartplotter, and Computer-based Weather Service

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 12, 2010 - On the afternoon of July 25th, a fast moving storm packing 70 mph winds, rain and lighting swept across the Chesapeake Bay. Over the next two hours, US Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, MD, received 37 calls from mariners in distress. Unfortunately many boaters and anglers, unaware of the supercell's fury, were caught unprepared. But it didn't have to be this way.

    Today there are dozens of hi-tech ways to receive up-to-the-minute weather information aboard your boat. The BoatUS Foundation recently reviewed 28 products and services to see which provided mariners with the best information and has issued its recommendations for its top "picks."

    "Sometimes bad weather can approach with few visual signs," said Program Manager David Carter. "Having these resources available can complement your VHF radio's weather broadcast."

    The review, which covered satellite and phone-based weather services for the coastal inshore and inland boater, included free cellular phone text messaging services to fee-based subscription services that display weather information on a chartplotter. Each weather service includes hardware, such as a standard flip phone, smart phone, computer or chartplotter, as well as the software designed to present the information.

    Foundation staff limited their focus to the actual content and depth of weather information provided. This included the ability to deliver local, land-based weather information (current conditions such as temperature, wind or barometric readings), hazardous weather warnings, radar imagery, land and marine forecasts, and NOAA buoy reports.

    The BoatUS Foundation's weather service "picks" are:

    Best Free Flip Phone Option: NOAA's mobile.weather.gov
    Best iPhone App:   MarineCast
    Best Blackberry App:   Mobile Mariner
    Best Free App:   WeatherBug
    Satellite Weather:   XM WX Weather

    To view the full report and details on each pick's features, Foundation Findings #49 - Weather to Go, go to BoatUS.com/foundation/Findings/49.

  •   Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning: A person who is drowning doesn't usually look like the typical 'drowning victim' that you see on TV. A crew member who falls overboard and appears to be OK, could actually be drowning! An excellent article by Mario Vittone that explains this can be found here.

  • Just not right!
    Now this just isn't right!

  •   USCG CFL Lamp Warning: The US Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Alert on the newer CFL fluorescent lamps, saying that they could cause RF interference with certain communication and navigation equipment. The USCG alert is not clear, whether it refers to the AC or 12v DC type of lamp (or both). The type of lamp in question should have the following statement printed somewhere on the packaging: "This product may cause interference to radio communications and should not be installed near maritime safety communications equipment or other critical navigation or communication equipment operating between 0.45-30 MHz."

  •   New Florida Anchoring Provision Is Now Law!: House Bill #1423 and other related information can be found HERE.

  •   Next time, let's try it my way!

  •   Lake Okeechobee Water Levels:
    You may still want to check with lockmasters, etc., to determine local conditions.

    Okeechobee Water Levels. (Army Corps of Engineers)

    WRCC Flyer
  •   WRCC Recruitment Flyer: Download this flyer (right), print it out, and post it at your nearest marina, marine supply store (West Marine, Boat U.S., etc.,) even Radio Shack. You could also use it as a handout at your local ham radio club. The Waterway Radio & Cruising Club is conducting a recruitment campaign for new members and this flyer is just another way to get the word out. With the recent dropping of the morse code requirement, more and more boaters will be getting their licenses; we need to let them know what services the Club provides. You will need Acrobat Reader to view and print this flyer. Download pdf flyer (236kb).

  •   Join the fun! The Waterway Radio & Cruising Club is holding a membership recruitment campaign. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a member, please go to the Club Info page and download a membership form. Only requirement is that you hold a valid amateur radio operator's license. Of course, to participate on the Net, you must have a General class or above, license. Owning a boat is not required; only the love of boating. Waterway Net members are known for their love of the water, boating and ham radio. For the cruising boater, the Net is also a great way of keeping in touch with other boaters while offering a safer transit, through our daily weather reporting and position reports. Also, every fall, we hold a combination picnic/flea market in Melbourne, FL.

  •   Notes from the Webmaster - N4UMS
    Members: Your input is necessary to keep our web site current and interesting - please feel free to send news items, articles for the Technical Corner, corrections, updates, suggestions, problems and complaints to the
    73, Bill - N4UMS

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