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    Well I use it, but I wrote it and am not a...

    Well I use it, but I wrote it and am not a singlehander, so that probably doesn't count! I'm happy to answer any questions about it though.
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    Temerity is showing up via AIS on...

    Temerity is showing up via AIS on Marinetraffic.com now. David is currently about halfway between Pt. Reyes and the South Farallon Islands, doing 6.9 kts. Way to go Temerity!

    This should be a...
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    Yay David and Temerity! By my reckoning, he is...

    Yay David and Temerity! By my reckoning, he is crossing the turn-around line about now.
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    Hi Rick, You can try just running a ground...

    Hi Rick,

    You can try just running a ground wire (from a through-hull, or keel bolt, etc) to the radio's ground terminal, and a wire (any wire) from the backstay to the radio's antenna terminal. ...
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    I asked around and the answers I've gotten range...

    I asked around and the answers I've gotten range from "perhaps on a very calm day with no current" to "Hell no!" I'm not going to try it myself...
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    My "local knowledge" consists of sailing into the...

    My "local knowledge" consists of sailing into the strait of Juan de Fuca one time, from the northwest! I've got friends who have some serious local knowledge though, and I will ask them.
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    SSB Radio Check

    Would you like to test your marine SSB? While VALIS is sailing from Friday Harbor Washington to San Francisco to prepare for the Pacific Cup we will be conducting a twice-daily SSB radio net. All...
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    This is great stuff. Thanks! The last time I...

    This is great stuff. Thanks!

    The last time I checked, the NOAA .tif files can be found through saildocs.com, and are about half the filesize of the NOAA versions. Saildocs obviously compresses...
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    I just got a reply from The Great Ocean Race, and...

    I just got a reply from The Great Ocean Race, and yes, the rowboats carry AIS Transponders, as well as Radar Target Enhancers. The rowboats also have VHF DSC radios, and should be monitoring channel...
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    Do the rowboats carry AIS transponders? I can't...

    Do the rowboats carry AIS transponders? I can't tell from their rules document, but I am trying to find out. The Pac Cup honchos have talked with the Great Pacific Race folks, and we will have some...
  11. I've used the small Kaito KA1103 receiver,...

    I've used the small Kaito KA1103 receiver, plugged into a computer microphone input jack with some luck, but recently I tried a USB "Funcube Dongle Pro +" Software Defined Radio receiver. I love it!...
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    As Pogen mentioned, After the 2012 Pac Cup we...

    As Pogen mentioned, After the 2012 Pac Cup we sailed home to Friday Harbor. It was a great sail, with a fair bit of motoring. The first 1000 miles or so are much like to San Francisco return: ...
  13. FYI: Pac Cup Radio Schedule (changed time)

    The Pacific Cup morning SSB radio check-in has moved to 1000 PDT. As in previous races, our informal afternoon net starts at 1700 PDT. Our frequencies remain 4A (primary), 4V, 6A, and 8A (backup)....
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    I couldn't hear anything from my house (near...

    I couldn't hear anything from my house (near Bodega Bay).

    I will try to arrange another test before the SHTP start.
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    SSB Test - Saturday May 26

    The good people at the Vic-Maui race are conducting a SSB test net during the Swiftsure race, and all interested boats are invited to participate. They will be testing on several frequencies, and I...
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    Actually, in the past several races, the Pac Cup...

    Actually, in the past several races, the Pac Cup comms boat has also been a racer. In 2008 and 2010, (and 2012) VALIS was volunteer comms boat. In some previous races the comms boat was a...
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    Definitely try the ferrites on the autopilot...

    Definitely try the ferrites on the autopilot wires, as close to the control box and to the motor as you can get them. Is this a tillerpilot or do you have separate brain and drive units? Do your...
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    I seem to have slightly better results than Jeff,...

    I seem to have slightly better results than Jeff, but it's definitely not a high-speed connection. I've used the 9505a during my last three Hawaii trips (there and back), and in the south pacific. ...
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    I recall that we discussed this, but I don't...

    I recall that we discussed this, but I don't actually use one on VALIS. Here is a link to one that is recommended by the SailMail people: http://www.radioworks.com/ct-4.html (their 500-Watt unit...
  20. No, the last I heard they hadn't hammered out the...

    No, the last I heard they hadn't hammered out the details. You might contact Michael Wealick (at the bottom of this page: http://www.vicmaui.org/contact) to get the latest info. If I hear anything...
  21. You might also try checking into the test net...

    You might also try checking into the test net that will be held by the Vic-Maui folks during the Swiftsure race, May 26-27. The details are TBD, but they welcome all interested participants.
  22. 2012 SSB Test Net - Sunday April 29, 3:00-4:00 PM PDT

    2012 SSB Test Net - Fire up the rig and get on the air!

    Sunday April 29, 3:00-4:00 PM PDT (2200-2300 UTC)

    3:00 3:15 PM : 4A (4146 kHz)

    3:15 3:30 PM : 6A (6224 kHz)

    3:30 3:45 PM : 8A...
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    Hi John, Here's a link to a pdf with my slides...

    Hi John,

    Here's a link to a pdf with my slides and notes: http://www.sailvalis.com/presentations/SHTP%20Communications%202012.pdf

    I'm pretty sure that we're not going to want to spend much time...
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    I'm looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of...

    I'm looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you folks, sorry you can't make it. Sail safe and have fun!

    My plan is to have the PowerPoint slideset plus some fairly extensive notes and details...
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    Bob and Paul, thanks for the great feedback --...

    Bob and Paul, thanks for the great feedback -- these are excellent topics and they typically aren't discussed in the usual SSB how-to presentation.

    I still get confused by the two channel-selector...
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