following outlines the various services offered by ShipCom.
These services may be billed to Visa, MasterCard, Discover or
American Express. AAIC billing is available. For more information call our toll free number at 1-800-633-1312.
ShipCom is the United States only 24 hour provider of HF
SSB radiotelephone and VHF radiotelephone Ship to Shore voice service.
ShipCom stations WLO WCL KLB and KNN are all remotely controlled from
Mobile, Alabama where operators are on duty 24 hours per day 7 days per
week for radiotelephone Ship to Shore and Shore to Ship calls.
The ShipCom operators can provide vessels with weather information and are
always available should an emergency ever arise while you are at sea. Using
ShipCom is simple. Simply tune your radio to the appropriate channel as
listed on our frequencies page. Call one of the ShipCom stations by
depressing your microphone and saying WLO WLO WLO this is the M/V MyShip
calling on channel 824. The operator will ask you for your position and
will optimize the radio circuit before placing your call. For Shore to Ship
calls, the calling party should give the operator the name of the vessel
and radio callsign. ShipCom will broadcast a list of vessels that we are
holding calls for at the top of each hour following the weather broadcast.
provides radio email service via HF SSB radio. The ShipCom
system supports SITOR, AMTOR, PACTOR and PACTOR II. No
special software is needed to access the ShipCom email
system. Vessels equipped with GMDSS HF SITOR may send email
via the ShipCom system using the SITOR terminal. Crew members on any vessel may
setup an account with ShipCom which will allow them to access
Internet email via the ship's SITOR system without any
charges being incurred by the vessel. Vessels equipped with
Pactor and Pactor II modes of transmission enjoy faster
throughput and the full ascii character set. The ShipCom
email system also offers weather, news and sports
To access the ShipCom email system,
simply tune your radio to the appropriate frequency as found on the frequencies page. For SITOR/AMTOR modes
place an ARQ call to 1090 (XVSV). For Pactor modes, call WLO-1. .
Digital Selective Calling(DSC)
ShipCom can provide automated radio TX acknowledgements via
your DSC equipment on frequencies 8414.5
and 12577.0. WLO's MMSI is 003660003.
Send a "Safety Test" and you will get an automatic acknowledgement.
may send AMVER and OBS messages through WLO/KLB free of charge using
the SITOR system or via the Marine Operator. For SITOR use the command
AMV+ . For OBS use the command OBS+ . Be sure and end your report with
KKKK . To send via the Marine Operator call on one of our voice channels.
transmits hourly weather and traffic list on selected ITU HF
SSB voice channels. For a schedule of the weather products
and broadcast times see the frequencies page. Virtually any
weather product is available via ShipCom's HF SITOR / Pactor
system on demand. All ShipCom weather products are
automatically updated from the National Weather Service.
Vessels sending AMVER and OBS messages are entitled to
receive free weather products via SITOR.
using ShipCom's SITOR or Pactor systems may send text
messages to any fax machine world wide. Messages are composed
on the ship's SITOR terminal and are sent to any fax machine
using the send fax command. While it is possible to send a
fax message from Shore to Ship on suitably equipped vessels,
ShipCom does not recommend this practice as delivery is
usually difficult and the sender is charged for failed
ShipCom can send
messages to any satellite terminal in the world. Messages may
be billed to Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express or
to your home or business telephone. Messages to satellite
terminals should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
and must include the Vessel name, radio callsign, MMSI and
the satellite number if known.
Mobile, AL 36619