Originally Posted by mutualfun
I have downloaded Wxsat but we are not yet in the water. I got the cable to go from the m802 to my laptop. Is there more I will need or will that do to get me started out for now .
1. WXSat is for the VHF
weather satellites I referred to earlier. As conachair pointed out the frequency coverage of the 802 doesn't support the 137 MHz signal of those satellites. You will need a small VHF receiver, preferably with a discriminator output and a small demodulator feeding the sound card in your computer.
When you do that, you'll only get imagery. Imagery is of limited utility to cruisers.
As conachair pointed out weather fax is of much higher value. The rfax.pdf document I linked to above has schedules and frequencies all within the coverage of the 802.
The software for weather fax is different. There are a number of commercial
packages. JVComm, fldigi, and multipsk are free. I have used all three but recommend the simplicity of JVComm for new starts.
2. The 802 headphone jack is mono. The mic jack on the overwhelming majority of laptops is mono. If you use a stereo cord between them there is often no connection. If you can't find a 1/8" mono to 1/8" mono cord you will find a stereo cord with a 1/8" stereo to mono adapter on one end will solve most problems.