Pacific Maritime Radio

Watch Schedule

My HF/SSB maritime coast station is available to receive calls from your vessel whilst at sea provided you contact me at peter@passageguardian.nz prior to departure.

Callsign: ZMH292
Location: Canterbury, New Zealand
Effective: 20 Nov 2022 - 01 Apr 2023

UTC NZDT KHz  Service Area
0633 19:33 6230 NZ Coastal
0703 20:03 8713 South Pacific
0733 20:33 12353 South Pacific
0803 21:03 4149 NZ Coastal
0933 22:33 12353 Australia Coastal

 

About

Established in 2016 originally as Northland Radio, Pacific Maritime Radio is a New Zealand registered private maritime coast station.

My inspiration for creating the coast station goes as far back as the 1994 Queens Birthday Weekend Storm and the selfless dedication of Jon and Maureen Cullen of Kerikeri Marine Radio spanning many years, and more recently the SV Nina tragedy in June 2014 resulting in the loss of seven crew.

Every season, hundreds of cruising yachts have called into my daily HF radio nets while on passage in the Pacific.

Exploiting the power of collective security, where every vessel can hear each other as well as my coast station, live weather information at sea is shared, new friendships are made, and encouragement provided when it gets tough.

The location of my home in Russell (Bay of Islands) New Zealand had salt water on three sides, and was an excellent HF radio site.  I spent hundreds of hours optimising and testing antennae for the station, using designs that date back to before the Second World War.

The final installation allowed me to talk to vessels as far away as Dutch Harbour Alaska, the entire length of the west coast of the Americas all the way south to Cape Horn, as well as popular cruising areas in the South Pacific.

Funded by myself and the occasional donation, I have been able to provide this service every day through until the COVID-19 pandemic commenced in 2020 when cruising came to an abrupt standstill.

This presented an opportunity for my wife Angela and I to move to my home town of Christchurch, where I have established Pacific Maritime Radio from a new remote controlled site in Canterbury.

The photo below is myself (Peter Mott) with weather guru Bob McDavitt in the Russell Ops Room.