I am a child of the internet
, I get my weather
from the www. Outside of VHF
the world of radio
is a mystery. But, in the interests of redundancy and curiosity I've picked up a Degen 1103 and downloaded SeaTTY onto my nav-netbook with a view to getting weatherfax, navtex etc whilst offshore
. So far, from the comfort of home, I've picked up one noisy and barely legible pressure chart on 2616khz. I just got a good signal on what sounded like a fax tone (at 5020khz) but it didn't appear to make sense as either an image or rtty.
I've been looking around for some info on the dark arts of radio
and have come up with nothing to fill the gap between the very basics and arcane, blood of a racoon smeared on your antenna
during a new moon kind of level. Can anyone point me in the direction of a 'weatherfax for halfwits' webpage?
One thing I'm particularly curious about is the button marked SSB
on my de1103. When I press it most of the static disappears and around what I assume are transmitting stations a constant tone is received which I can vary the pitch
of with the fine tuning knob... What's goingon there?