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Old 04-12-2010, 07:28   #1
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I just got a Grundig G3 receiver to pick up weather in the Bahamas. I have been trying to get Chris's broadcasts here in Florida but can barely pick his broadcasts up. Is there another receiver which would be better suited for this? Would an external antenna help much (I guess these are just a wire about 23'). Can't afford a full ssb setup right now but need something to receive weather.
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Would an external antenna help much (I guess these are just a wire about 23').
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A SHORT WAVE RADIO IS ONLY AS GOOD AS IT'S ANTENNA.

Iíve heard good reports on the Sony SW7600GR.
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does the insulated backstay work for antenna for shortwave????
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hello, I have a cheap SSB reciver it came with a antenna and a exterior cable as a hoist antenna which is a grade 16 electrical wire about 50 feet long and connets to a female jack in the radio, I downloade a weather program free TTY and conneted a cable to the head phone jack of the ssb to my labtop microphone jack and I down loaded were I can get weather fax's in map screen of the area I am in. I used it a lot in Haiti for 3 months it gave me a lot of information and written information too, its cool
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I just got a Grundig G3 receiver to pick up weather in the Bahamas. I have been trying to get Chris's broadcasts here in Florida but can barely pick his broadcasts up. Is there another receiver which would be better suited for this? Would an external antenna help much (I guess these are just a wire about 23'). Can't afford a full ssb setup right now but need something to receive weather.
it works I have the same ssb get the correct station and time use exterior cable, see Casique
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We have a Degen 1103 ($65 on Ebay) and used it last winter in the Exumas. Some days we could get Chris Parker loud and clear without even using the 30-foot wire antenna -- just the 3-foot telescoping metal antenna. Other days, even with the extra wire antenna, we couldn't hear him at all, or only faintly.

We wound up relying more on GRIBs and NWS text forecasts sent to our email by Saildocs, via an old Iridium 9500 phone. And when in the vicinity of Highborne Cay you can get weather on VHF, ditto for Staniel and George Town.
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Yes, well I have a Grunding G6 $99.00 from radio shack, and it worked, if it was not cloudy, it becomes a lead blanket and the signal will not enter, so Canadian stations and New Orleans weather news worked good and there fax images too, time and frequency and weather its the trick.
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