Originally Posted by jdoe71
I know little about SSB but want to learn more, thought perhaps purchasing
an inexpensive SSB receiver would be a good way to start learning
what this is all about. Questions:
1./What's a decent make and model inexpensive SSB receiver? Seems like there is a lot of brand names I've never heard of that are probably Chinese and possibly junk?
2./Can an SSB receiver be connector to a notebook computer to download and view weather
faxes and grib files? It seems to me this is done through a sound card input (microphone input??) and some specialized software
3./Do these units need a complex antenna like a Ham/SSB transceiver uses or will they work OK for a starter unit with the antenna built into them?
4./Are there any good beginner websites on this subject? Google
provided nothing that contains tutorial. Are there any websites that list content available on SSB frequencies?
Thanks in advance for any info on this.
1. The Degen receivers found on eBay have gotten very good reviews
. They sell for about $80 and, yes, they're Chinese-made, but they're not junk. A good place to begin.
2. Yes, you can take the output from any SSB receiver -- usually via the headphone or external speaker jack -- and connect to a laptop
computer. With appropriate software, you can download WX faxes, etc. There is a learning curve to this; it takes practice, but is do-able.
3. A simple antenna should suffice, depending on your location.
4. A good place to begin is Pactor-II/III Radio Modem sales/support, FCC License filing, Marine SSB & HAM Radio Net schedules/frequencies.
They list a number of net frequencies and times. All marine
SSB is upper side band (USB), while most amateur (ham) communication below 10 mHz is lower side band (LSB). Above 10 mHz it is USB, just like marine
You might also wish to pick up a starter book on SSB.