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Southbound Net Is Alive and Well

Mark Schneider of the Valiant 40 SolMate writes in to quash a nasty rumor:

"For years West Coast cruisers (especially along the Pacific side of Mexico) have counted on the Southbound Net for nightly weather, maritime bulletins, and contact opportunities. Today I heard a cruiser say that the Southbound Net had disappeared . . . not true!

"As the net coordinator for Southbound, I can faithfully report that we meet nightly at 0145 UTC on 4054 kHz. This is a singlesideband frequency on the upper sideband. We are a helpful, cruiser-friendly net and look forward to all dropping in. For more information (including contact coordinates) please visit"


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