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Ocean-Pro Contact information:
 
Ocean-Pro, Capt Bob Cook
....Phones: Office: 239-775-7435, Cell: 239-877-4094, Skype: "CaptCookUSA"
....Email: Attention Capt Bob Cook, "oceanpro.weather @ gmail.com"
....Postal mailing address: 3012 Sandpiper Bay Cr. D-301, Naples, FL 34112
....HF SSB Private Marine Coast Station: WQCN860 aka "Ocean-Pro Weather"
....HF SSB Amateur Radio Station: Callsign: K9KKY, (14,300 khz, MMSN daily)

Emergency: (Scroll down to the bottom of this page for emergency contact resources, USCG, MMSN, etc)

Conventional telephone, Skype and Email: At our office in Florida, we maintain a Skype account for international voice & video conference calls. When Capt Bob is out of the office away an answering machine will answer incoming calls. Calling the office, cell number above or the Skype name above are the most reliable ways to reach Bob quickly. Incoming Skype calls if unanswered are automatically transferred to the cell phone number. If you are unable to reach Bob via any phone of the above numbers please leave a message on the office or cell phone with your name, situation, position report, contact info, etc.

Cellular telephone: Having cellular telephone service at sea or internationally is very unpredicatable. Having cellular service is dependent on several factors. 1. The user must be within range of a working cell site. For today's cell phones this is about five miles. 2. The cell phone itself must be compatible with the cell service offered in that country, (TDMA, CDMA, GSM, etc). And 3. The user must have a service agreement, (local or roaming), with that country's cell phone company. Seldom are all these factors in place during an offshore passage.

Marine Coast Station: Ocean-Pro operates an FCC licensed "Private Marine SSB Coast Station" at our office location in Southwest, Florida. The station and office are located at 26 08N, 81 48W, just east of downtown Naples, Florida. The station is licensed to operate on all marine bands from 4 mhz thru 18 mhz with a power of 150 watts. The HF antennas are six directional dipoles limiting operation to 6 mhz, 8 mhz, 12 mhz, 16 mhz and 18 mhz. With good propagation from our south Florida location, we can usually have reliable two- way ssb communications with vessels over a cruising region within about 1500 nm of south Florida, in the Western North Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the entire Caribbean and the Eastern North Pacific. Our primary operating frequencies are: 6224, 8294, 12353, 16528 and 18840 khz, (simplex). We can provide SSB comms by pre-arranged schedule only. If you would like to communicate with us by SSB, it's best is to email or call us by phone ahead of your planned passage or need to pre-arrange the best times and frequencies.

Amateur Radio Station: Capt Bob has been a licensed General Class amateur radio operator, (lic K9KKY), since 1958. The equipment and six directional dipole antennas operate with 100 watts SSB on three amateur radio bands, 7 mhz, 14 mhz and 18 mhz. Bob very often is monitoring the US & Caribbean based 14.300 mhz nets, (Intercon and the Maritime Mobile Service Net). There are US and international laws and net procedures governing the use of HF SSB ham and marine radio. Be sure to make yourself aware of them.

Thank you,

Capt Bob Cook

 

  Emergency Communications: If you have an emergency and need to get in touch with a vessel, Capt Bob or a crew member aboard ship we have listed several useful resources below. See the web links for these safety organizations and radio nets below. The linked web pages contain the names and phone numbers of many regular net operators. A simple phone call or email to any one of the services or operators is usually sufficient to start an effort by that service to provide help. Often a call to one service initiates efforts by several services.
  USCG & Emergency contacts:   US Amateur Radio Emerg contacts:  
   

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