1) Others have given you good info, especially El Pingunio's succinct and direct answer...
And, just to be clear, except for the inability to use with a PACTOR modem
....using an SSB receiver for receiving weather
info is a VERY practical approach!!
FYI, for Med cruising, you may find receiving NAVTEX (at 518khz) using your new receiver, to be all that you need on a regular basis....and then occasionally connect the receiver to your laptop to decode some wefax charts, when needed!!
And, FYI there are many threads here-abouts, on this subject...(see below for links)
Originally Posted by fupisana1
I haven't found a threat for this topic. Small boat, limited resources cruising in Turkey
. Would like to purchase
a SSB receiver and, hopefully, interface with a pactor modem or weather fax printer.
Is this practical?
2) As long as you've already gotten a direct answer to your question, perhaps I should also point you to where you can find a wealth of both "weather" info, and "radio" info???
--- For "offshore weather":
a) Have a look at these videos....
b) Have a look at this thread...
Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts
--- For lots of "radio" info (including "SSB Receivers"):
a) Have a look at these videos..(especially the first, third and fourth, videos in this playlist....as they apply to "ssb receivers" very well!!)
b) Have a look at this "Sticky"
...where you find many links to many different pages/threads about HF / SSB Radios, including "ssb receive only" info...
Marine SSB Stuff (how-to better use / proeprly-install SSB, & troubleshoot RFI, etc.)
3) And, here are some discussions/threads directly on point, of "ssb receivers"...
Obtaining Accurate Offshore/Hi-Seas Weather data/forecasts, while at sea
SSB Receive Only
SSB Receiver Only? Is it practical?
SSB receiver recommendation for Pacific
Best Way to Receive Weatherfax?
Ron, I do hope this helps...and FYI, if you give some more details, we can give you more specific info about the Med, etc. weather info....and more info about NAVTEX, etc..