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.
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ANNOUNCEMENT 

NET  IS CLOSED

In November of 2011 Herb lost all of his dedication/enthusiasm and commitment to continue operating his daily Net, over 25
years, Call Sign VAX498, (South Bound II Coastal).  This was triggered by unjust negative media assessments of Herb's
advice to yachts, participating in the 2011 NARC event.
His inclination was that it would be best to start reducing his level of service beginning 2012, by requesting that skippers
pre-register, and that he would cease coverage of any yachting/cruising races.
While this helped to reduce traffic down to about 325 vessels up to May 31, 2013, covering: Tall Ships, Fishing Vessels,
Motor Yacht, experienced Yacht delivery Captains, past contacts as far back as 25 years, experienced Racers/Cruisers, as
well as responding to requests from Rescue Coordination Centers, his heart is no longer in it, to continue.
He is unable to regain the energy, dedication, interest and commitment he once had, before November 2011, and it gets
more difficult climbing up antenna towers at age 76, in order to repair/replace antenna storm damage.  




The time has come to sign off and spend more time with family and friends. Herb is prepared to assist in any distress
situations, when possible.

Herb wishes to express his sincere thanks for the many letters and emails of congratulation and support received on his
retirement . He would like to wish everyone a safe watch and fair winds








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E-mail  hehilgen@sympatico.ca




       Updated  March 2, 2014
                     HAVE A GOOD WATCH
                            Herb Hilgenberg
                     5468 Hixon Ave, Burlington, 
                      Ontario, Canada, L7L 3S2
                                                                (SOUTH  BOUND II COASTAL)
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    United States Coast Guard
                
                      Citation

Meritorious Public Service Award
       Awarded  October 19, 2013
Began September 24, 1987
BACKGROUND -BIO
QGJM 2002
RECIPIENT of  RCC NORFOLK OAR /PLAQUE June 2013

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

U.S. NAVAL METEOROLOGY CENTER, NORFOLK

U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY

U.S. COAST GUARD RCC NORFOLK