Passage Guardian Radio
My HF/SSB maritime coast station is available to receive calls from your vessel whilst at sea provided you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to departure.
I’m only on watch when I have at least one vessel that has committed to call me. The watch times below are selected due to them being the best times for radio propagation into each area, and not for convenience.
Location: Canterbury, New Zealand
Effective: 19 Jan 2023 - 01 Apr 2023
|0733||20:33||12353||South West Pacific Ocean|
|0803||21:03||8713||Pacific & Southern Oceans|
|0833||21:33||12353||Pacific & Southern Oceans|
|0903||22:03||8713||Tasman & Coral Seas|
Established in 2016 Passage Guardian 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 Passage Guardian 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.