Radio Reference Folder

The Radio Reference Folder was a fat orange folder that sat by the Nav Station. In the front of it there was a Table of Contents to help us find the information we needed while using the SSB. Here is the Table of Contents that we put on the cover of the folder.

  1. Using the SSB was a printout of the checklist from our set of Emergency Procedures
  2. Propagation Diagram. This was the inside front cover of Frederick Graves book "Marine Guide to Single Side Band", which has a great diagram of propagation by frequency, time of day, and season.
  3. Radio Distress Signals This was the checklist taken from our Emergency Procedures
  4. Channel Reference - Group List This was a spreadsheet printout of all 160 User and some ITU Channels, in frequency order within Groups. The Groups were:
    1. Get Help: Channels for Coast Guard, Distress and Safety, WTO Radio Operator, etc
    2. Government: Channels for FEMA, WWV, etc.
    3. Air: Channels shared by marine and air users, air distress channels
    4. Ham: Channels programmed for commonly used ham frequencies and radio nets
    5. Winlink: Channels programmed for connecting to Winlink PMBOs (we program all Pactor III frequencies for 8 PMBOs)
    6. Weather: Channels for picking up voice weather broadcasts
    7. Weather Fax: Channels for picking transmissions of Weather Fax
    8. Ship to Ship: Channels commonly used by cruisers for talking to each other
    9. World Band: Channels to pickup the BBC, Radio Canada Internationale, Voice of America, Radio Netherlands, etc.
    10. ITU Channels: A summary of the marine ITU groups.
  5. Channel Reference - Frequency List. This was the Group List, except sorted in frequency order to show quickly all the frequencies programmed for a particular wavelength
  6. Radio Schedule A lengthy listing of weather broadcasts, weather fax, nets, and news broadcasts--their times and frequencies. Sorted in UTC order. Regular transmissions were highlighted, and the daily radio schedule was developed from this list.
  7. ITU Channels A printout of all the ITU channels that came with our SSB radio.
  8. World Band Schedule A comprehensive list of world band transmissions that were of interest to us in English, in UTC order. Taken from the book "Passport to World Band Radio"
  9. The ARRL Band Plan showed which frequencies can be used for what purposes with which class of Amateur Radio License.
  10. CCA Memorandum: Offshore communications information including how to operate the ICOM M710 and 710RT. Much better than ICOM's instruction manual. Also gives instructions for rigging an emergency SSB antenna in the event of a rigging failure.
  11. WX Comm and Navigation written by Jack on Whoosh describing experience and lessons learned on passage from the Azores to the UK and Northern Europe
  12. Instruction Manual that came with our ICOM M710 SSB radio (not helpful to novices)
  13. Winlink PMBO List A printout of the Airmail PMBO (station) frequency list
  14. Ocean Prediction Center Guide to Radio Fax printed off the Internet
  15. Waterway Net Guide the procedures issued by the Waterway Net--a handy guide to Ham Radio Net methods

We intended to put all of this stuff into a three-ring binder at some point, but we never did because the folder arrangement worked quite satisfactorily.

It was a lot of work to become familiar with the SSB and figure out how to effectively use it--but the payoff was great.

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