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Amendment to the Sportfishing Regulations in the Bahamas:
Update from Nick: (11-16-07) "They have relaxed the conch so you can now have six aboard at any time; also ten crawfish, but that depends on you having your fishing permit endorsed to allow spearfishing. That has always been the case, with no changes - Customs mostly did not bother to even ask, when you cleared in, but I believe they now do. It's not clear about demersal fish (60lb or 20 fish, as one grouper could be over 60lb!)
DIY GPS Position Encoder: Sam, N4UAU, suggests using the "TinyTrak3" as an inexpensive way to transmit your position, connected between a serial GPS and your radio transmitter. You can purchase PCB, case and all parts, cables and assemble it yourself. Click image for details.
TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 22, 2012 - Since it was first made available at no cost two years ago, some boaters have called it one of the most helpful documents to have aboard when anchoring in waters across the Sunshine State. Others are saying it's a great educational tool when they are confused about local and state anchoring regulations. Now, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers an updated "2013 Florida Anchoring Information" sheet to clarify for everyone, from the boating public to government agencies, the current status of the 2009 passage of Florida House Bill 1423 and the five pilot mooring field projects. Most importantly, the 2009 law gave relief to many boaters and meant they no longer had to fear their boat "overstayed its welcome" and needed to move on.
Latest Florida Anchoring Information:
"Every boat owner wants to follow the law, but in Florida, some boaters, anglers and sailors may still fear a visit from law enforcement that will force them to move on from an anchorage," said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich.
Four of the five pilot project areas include the City of St. Augustine, Monroe County (Key West, Marathon), City of Sarasota and City of Petersburg which have established mooring fields and passed local anchoring ordinances. These areas will be used to test policies that promote public access, enhance navigational safety, protect maritime infrastructure and the environment, and deter improperly stored, abandoned, or derelict vessels. As of press time, the fifth pilot area, Martin County/City of Stuart, was still drafting an ordinance likely to come on line in 2013.
The 2009 law also clarified the meaning of "live-aboard": Full time, active cruisers who sleep on their boats with no permanent residence on land are no longer considered live-aboards under this law and, as a result, their anchoring cannot be regulated by local governments, other than in pilot project areas. (For more: FLHB 1423, Chapter 2009-86, Section 6)
BoatUS has been monitoring the pilot program and investigating its impact on boaters. "We recognize that there are still boaters who have not heard of the legislation but continue to arrive and enjoy Florida's gorgeous waterways," said Podlich. "They should know it is illegal to restrict anchoring of non-liveaboard vessels in Florida outside of mooring fields, except in the jurisdiction of the five pilot projects. In 2014, the anchoring ordinances of these five localities will expire unless renewed by the Florida Legislature. In the meantime, boaters should know that anchoring close to the any of the five pilot program mooring fields today can be limited by these participating local governments."
BoatUS encourages boaters to become familiar with these local regulations and provide the association with feedback on how they are working. To download and print a copy of the Anchoring Sheet, go to: www.BoatUS.com/gov/flanchoringsheet, or for more on this issue and to provide comment, go to www.BoatUS.com/gov/floridaanchoring.asp
CQ100 Virtual Radio: Read Terry's, K1LCH article about a new way to receive the Waterway Net over the Internet using VOIP technology. This could be of great help when you are traveling without your rig, or when propagation is poor. ARTICLE
Waterway Net Annual Picnic to be held Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2012
The 15th Annual Waterway Radio & Cruising Club picnic will be held in Melbourne, FL at Wickham Park. Above is a photo of the pavilion, while immediately below is a map showing where the pavilion is located. Note that the pavilion is located in the park, not right off Wickham Road as was the case in the past few years. Below that is an area map showing where in Melbourne the park is located, with interstate exits numbered.
Provisioning: Please bring a covered dinner dish to share. The following will be provided: soft drinks, water, beer, ice, paper plates, cups, napkins and utensils. Drinks in cans are permitted, but no glass bottles.
Update (2-24-2007): It's Official! Morse Code Requirement Has Been Dropped! -- As of Friday, February 23, the requirement to know Morse code has been dropped. That's when the 5 WPM Morse code requirement disappeared from the Amateur Radio Service Part 97 rules in accordance with the FCC's Report and Order. See ARRL site for more information.
Coast Guard to discontinue use of *CG: The U.S.C.G. has announced that they are asking all cell phone providers to stop allowing the sequence, *CG to be used to contact the Coast Guard. 911 will still be allowed as a secondary option, but VHF radio is highly recommended. Using VHF makes more sense anyway: if there are other boaters in your vicinity that can offer help, they're not going to know you have a problem if you use your cell phone! Also, using marine VHF gives the rescuers a chance to triangulate your position, saving valuable time in an emergency.
Weather Reporters Guide - Marti, KF4TRG has published her Weather Reporters Guide for Net reporters and any other interested parties. The Guide is in pdf format (Acrobat Reader required) and can be downloaded HERE.
Marinas with Wi-Fi Service. Listings of marinas that offer Wi-Fi service around the world.
For WRCC shirts, pins and burgees, check our new WRCC Store page .
Note: Membership in Boat U.S. increased from $19 to $25 on Jan. 1, 2006. WRCC members can get a 50% discount by using our group ID number when applying. The number is published in the current Scuttlebutt.
New U.S.C.G. SSB Emergency Hailing Frequencies
Florida Antenna Statutes and FCC ruling pertaining to amateur radio (pdf file)
New National Weather Service Offshore & Highseas Times for HF
Voice broadcasts of National Weather Service marine forecasts from NMN Chesapeake, VA and NMG New Orleans, LA were modified on June 15, 2005 to accommodate a greater range of products and reduce mutual interference between these and other stations.
NMG/NMN HF voice starting times were: 0330, 0500, 0930, 1130, 1600, 1730, 2200, 2230 UTC
NMG/NMN HF voice starting times are changing to: 0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315 UTC
Frequencies for these stations are:
Chesapeake (NMN) 4426, 6501, 8764, 13089, 17314 kHz (USB)
New Orleans (NMG) 4316, 8502, 12788kHz (USB)
List of possible NASA Space Shuttle listening frequencies.
To check for any upcoming launches, try this NASA site.
Latest News On Bahamian Cruising Fees (12/09/2003) - According to
Noonsite.com, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism released the following information: