Originally Posted by Mendana
I have an old Barrett SB 250 (may be 20 years old) in good working order and I had the tuner replaced last year.
I am keen to be able to download weather faxes (I assume these are just pdfs?), and I would like to get email if possible -Both on my macbook air.
Firstly, what add-ons (I have heard the words pactor modem banded about) do I need and cables etc?
Secondly, how do I do the downloads and send/receive emails?...Is there some software or a web site I go to etc....
First up I'm not familiar with the Barrett but it would appear that you can program in the Wefax and Sailmail frequencies.. so far so good.
However whether you can hook them up to a Pactor I know not. When funds become available I would be thinking of moving up a bit to -at least- a second hand IC-710 ...that would make life a bit simpler.
Moving right along Weather fax by HF using you macbook air is simple.
Idealy you can connect radio to computer by connecting and using 'line out' on the radio and 'sound in' on the mac. Failing that just put computer near the radio speaker... not perfect but will work.
Then download CocoaModem2 cocoaModem
... free ... and away you go... tune up a Charleville(VMC) frequency HF Marine Radio Services
at the appropriate time.. run program...job done.
In Melbourne you will always be able to receive at least one of the VMC transmissions... but be aware that there are quiet periods between the end of one fax transmission
and the start of the next. http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/radio-s...schedule.shtml
For Sailmail on your macbook you will need something like VMware Fusion Run Windows on a Mac: VMware FUsion Features | VMware Australia
that can run Windows which in turn will let you run the Sailmail software SailMail
Given the cost of a pactor modem I would also be looking at a new radio once you get that far....
I just found this... interesting stuff at many levels.. Planning the 1st voyage | Berrimilla
Edited to add..... you will need to tune your radio 1.9 below the listed frequencies..ie 13918.1 on the dial to receive 13920.... just the way it is...