I will be utilising two systems for tracking en route. The first will be my deloreme in reach, which enables me to update my blog at sea, send emails and text, also has a tracking feature, so you can see my boat speed, direction and position. Brian also has the same device, so you can track us both this way. I will upload the link shortly.
I will be using the pacific seafarers net, to call in and give my position, wind speed, state of ocean etc, via amature radio. They then upload that information for free on the web, all you have to do is put in my call sign and my track will show up. You can use this link
which takes you to the shiptrak website, and just put my call sign in WH6EKB.
also YOTREPSs, has the same information as well,
Two great services, put together for amateur radio users and offshore cruising. Thanks to all who volunteer their time to keep these services up and running and manning the pacific seafarers net. Check out the link below to give you more information about these fantastic services, and read in their words what this fantastic services is about and how it works.
The Pacific Seafarer’s Net is an amateur radio communications net organized to provide support, assistance and daily tracking for maritime operators. This net tracks and assists vessels worldwide – All licensed amateurs with USB phone privileges on 14.300 MHz are welcome to participate. However, in an emergency we will assist with all radio communications from any station.
The net is in two parts, beginning with an informal 25 minute ‘warm up’ session at 0300Z to exchange news, answer questions, conduct phone patches and otherwise assist with information exchange. Also, at this time we are gathering additional vessels for the Roll Call as well as the Relay Stations located around the Pacific Rim and else where from the Amateur Radio community
At 0325 Z, the Roll Call begins, where boats are called in turn to give their position and weather observations. These details are shared with other boats and forwarded to Voluntary Marine Observation Program (MAROB) and other weather forecasters around the world where they are used to improve forecast accuracy. In return, they post back special forecasts such as Passage Weather and Marine Point Forecast for boats in their coverage area; paturelease see the YOTREPS postings page for details of how to receive them.