Start from square one....not from square nine, etc....and you'll have this all figured out in no time!
First off they are USCG freqs, not NOAA....but that's not really important...
1) What is important is learning
how to use an HF radio
....and using one on VOICE reception
first is ALWAYS the best thing to do!!
2) Assuming you have verified some local (you're in Stuart, FL...yes???) AM radio
, such as 850khz, WFTL (50,000 watts from West Palm), or 1450khz, WSTU (1000 watts from Stuart), or 640khz WMEN (7500 watts from Royal Palm Beach), or 1590khz, WPSL (5000 watts from Port St. Lucie)???
Once you've done that, you can switch on the BFO (turn on the "SSB function"), and try to listen to some single-side-band Voice...
3) Now, once you have done the above, and pressed the "SSB button", you're ready to look for some SSB VOICE broadcasts....BUT...
But, understand that HF radio
reception these days is hindered by the plethora of interfering devices that surround us daily, whether on-board or ashore! (this is what everyone refers to as "RFI", or Radio Frequency Interference)
And, this interference
is sometimes mistaken for "static" by laypersons....so, they say "I can't hear anything but static"...
Since you have a basic portable radio, there is no way for you (or I) to know what "noises" you hear, and whether or not they are "natural" or man-made!
But, you should never try to receive WeFax signals, until you know how to use the radio, how to tune it, and what you are listening for...
And, all those things are easy to do with regular VOICE broadcasts, but not so with digital signals (like WeFax, etc.)
Originally Posted by Gregoryulrich
I realize this is an old thread but I'm not hearing what I expect to hear on the NOAA frequencies. I just received a brand new Kaito KA1103 and have tuned into the NOAA stations for Boston and New Orleans (I live in the West Palm Beach Florida
area). I press the SSB button and use the fine tuning wheel
. Nothing but static. I'm tuning 1-3 kHz below the carrier frequency with the external antenna
hoisted up my mast
, narrow/wide band switch in either position, on DX etc.
Maybe it's a bad unit?
Your switch positions sound good, and using an external antenna is good (but many times not needed, if you choose the correct freq, for the time-of-day and distance)
Start with the USCG (and WLO) VOICE weather broadcasts from NMN and NMG (Virginia and New Orleans) and WLO (Mobile, AL)....
You'll find the 8mhz channels to be best in early mornings / late afternoons (and even in evenings), with some 13mhz in midday being good (but 8mhz still being good as well)....later at night, it will be 6mhz and 4mhz that will work well...
Use the HIGHEST freq that allow communications
at that time, which will have less noise
, and typically stronger signals....although using too high of freq will mean deep fading and loss of signal, and too low will mean low signal levels and way too much noise
Here are their schedules:
USCG HF Voice
HF SSB Radiotelephone, Telex and Email Frequencies and Channels
4) I have very detailed LIVE, real-world examples of these, using both the USCG and WLO, SSB VOICE broadcasts....please have a look...
Watch these videos in their playlists, in order....
They will help!!
Please have a look at the entire Marine
Weather youtube playlists, where you'll learn a lot about HF radio (and interference
/ noise), and receiving offshore
weather forecasts / WeFax charts
...(I show you LIVE, real-world WeFax reception)
(please be sure to watch the 3rd and 4th video in this playlist in their entirety, as they show/discuss natural atmospheric noises and RFI...)
5) Once you've done all the above (watched the videos, and gotten good reception from USCG and WLO SSB VOICE broadcasts), then try tuning in some WeFax signals...
In addition to my videos, here is a .wav file that shows you what to listen for...
And, here are the Boston and New Orleans WeFax schedules...
Of course, there is more to all of this....but, this should get you 90% there....just come back and let us know of your progress..