PAST  SHIP-ROUTING and WEATHER FORECASTING
For  Vessels on the  HIGH SEAS
                                                             FIXED HF MARINE LAND STATION VAX498

                                                                                       Herb Hilgenberg PEng, MBA.     VE3LML,  ex  VP9LM
PAST AREA OF COVERAGE

Primary area of daily coverage, seven days a week was for the North Atlantic between the Eastern Seaboard and Europe, including the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. Limited coverage was available for the South Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific subject to HF propagation. Due to time constraints forecasts were not available via E-mail, fax or telephone except in case of an emergency. This service was intended for extended offshore passages.
E-mail  hehilgen@sympatico.ca

                     HAVE A GOOD WATCH
                            Herb Hilgenberg
                     209-5220 Lakeshore Rd, 
                   Burlington Ontario, Canada, 
                               L7L1C6  
                                                                (SOUTH  BOUND II COASTAL)
COAST GUARD
Meritorious Public Service Award

                   Citation
September 24, 1987 to June 30, 2013
BACKGROUND -BIO

LETTER FROM U.S COAST GUARD, DISTRICT 5, RCC NORFOLK
HIGHLIGHTS OF NET OPERATION SINCE 1987
            INVITATIONS TO

U.S. NAVAL METEOROLOGY CENTER,


U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY


U.S. COAST GUARD RCC NORFOLK




RECIPIENT of  RCC NORFOLK OAR /PLAQUE June 2013

                                         NET IS CLOSED
                                                                FAQ
               by Professionals and Sailors, who submitted several nominations for
            Canada Orders, Decorations and Medals for his Voluntary Achievements
                                           
                                                        THEIR RESPONSE
                   "Canada's Honour System does not have the means to      
                      recognize Herb's contributions and achievements"

               "Canada's Honours Administration recommended that if
                 not already done so, to seek recognition at the
                              provincial or regional levels."
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            Over 25 years of daily voluntary service to Mariners via marine HF Radio,
            sailing the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans for the purpose of providing
            accurate weather information and safe routing advice, not otherwise available
            and to maintain direct links with the United States, Canadian, UK and Australian
            Coast Guard Rescue Co-ordination Centers, involving many rescue operations

                                 Meritorious Public Service Award
                   The second-highest Public Service Award is given to recognize:

                      Unusual courage in advancing a Coast Guard mission

                Substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that produced tangible result

                 Specific individual accomplishments that provide unique benefits to the public
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                   The United States Coast Guard is a Military Organization,
                 twice the size of the Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force
                 and the Civilian Operation of the Canadian Coast Guard, combined.
                     Has responsibility for Maritime Atlantic Search and Rescue
                     Operations, for the area south of Nova Scotia/Nfld to the
                     Caribbean and between  40W (Azores region) and the Gulf
                                                                  of Mexico.