You need an SSB receiver with USB/LSB ability, a laptop and a piece of software. NOAA gives the world schedule on their website (a pdf download).
The alternative is to use a dedicated wefax machine that works just like any other fax machine minus the wire ;-). E.g. Furuno
The third option is via a black-box SSB receiver (like e.g. ICOM).
- NASA receiver (the one with sound out is the better buy),
- JVComm software (we also used MSCan Meteofax), they will also take NAVTEX btw.
Start the receiver and tune into the frequency at the allocated time, make sure you are on the proper side of the band. Start the software and receive the fax. Some experimenting required initially but this is not a big deal since the properly tuned in signal sounds like - well - fax signal.
We never printed ours, just reviewed them on screen
. Weather Wizard apparently overlays wefax on (cartography?). Very welcome feature if it delivers, but we have not tested this option yet.
Personally, I would hold on and wait / see what data transfer can be gotten of the newish Inmarsat handheld (as well as from the Globalstar
expected this year). Given the negligent price
difference it might be much more practical to download your wefaxes from the Internet