Glenn Tuttle, Tothill
Nominated by the SSCA Board of Directors
Glenn Tuttle is the founder and net controller for SSCA’s High Frequency Radio Service, KPK. When Glenn Tuttle was asked to join the SSCA Board of Directors in 2014, he thought to himself, “How could he combine his passions--cruising and radio communications and serve SSCA?” He realized that perhaps he could make useful contributions to the organization and the cruising community by promoting the use of radio communications among cruisers.
A full-time liveaboard for over 30 years, who’s cruised 10 years in remote areas of the Southern and SW Caribbean, spending months at a time at anchor without cellular or Internet access, Glenn realized the importance of the HF/SSB radio aboard cruising vessels.
Glenn established an SSCA Voice Service (not a formal net) on the HF Marine radio band to assist cruisers in remote locations who are without cellular and Internet access, in order to relay priority and emergency information and to provide any vessels needing assistance with additional resources. The assistance includes radio checks, float plans, telephone contact with family/friends, boat-to-boat relays, access to medical or mechanical professionals, marinas, Internet searches, or other assistance that he might be able to provide to cruisers in remote locations. All vessels are welcome to participate in this service provided by SSCA.
Since 2015, Glenn has broadcast every morning and developed KPK into an internationally recognized safety net and service for cruisers by utilizing his unique investigative skills, and coordinating the assistance of multiple organizations. Glenn developed a partnership with the Caribbean Safety and Security Service, regularly coordinates with the US Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Miami, FL as well as with Chris Parker’s Weather Service, Dick Giddings’ Do Dah Net, and is often a relay station on the Cruiseheimers Net. In April of this year, he implemented the seasonal Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net with three other FCC Coastal Maritime Stations, Chris Parker, Dick Giddings and Jim West.
This has resulted in the rescue of persons and boats lost at sea, the location of stolen vessels, emergency communications provided during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and assistance to cruisers with emergencies at sea. Glenn’s KPK has received coverage in Ocean Navigator, Cruising World, The Compass, Harbor Magazine and the news media. Glen represents SSCA’s best qualities with the international cruising community on a daily basis. We are proud to honor him with this recognition.