Originally Posted by smurphny
Thanks H2Oman. As mentioned in post, I have an ICOM SSB (700pro) with an AT140 tuner already and have always accessed Wfax this way. It works quite well. Thought it would be great to be able to pull in satellite
data for free, without installing an entire separate satellite system. Your idea about a small HF radio
which uses less power, is one worth investigating. The ICOM system pulls in nice clear images. I my doubts as to whether a small portable receiver could pull in and tune stations from afar without a high level of interference
I do use the stereo jack in that radio, and it works.
I know that others claim to have problems with a stereo jack to some other radio line out. In this case, with this kit it works.
I think that I was focusing also on your use of the PACTOR
for weatherfax, with the appropriate program you can pull it off with just audio.
As to reception
. I have tried the portable radio as a backup, and was surprised to see it working when I was surrounded by interference (on land). The signal was/is actually easy to decode (without interference) as it is treated as a binarry black or white spot...
The earliest broadcasts of weather maps via radiofacsimile appear to have been made in 1926 by American inventor Charles Francis Jenkins in a demonstration to the United States Navy
I think that todays equipment
makes it even better...
Since the noaa uses high power (10KW) transmitters, I think that there should be no problem pulling in a weatherfax using a portable SSB.
The key will be to tune into frequencies that should be accessible for the distance you are from the transmitting station....
(Blast, reading my reply, I see that this is all not so simple really, but... if you are a sailor and you sail, you use your brain more then many landlubbers... and this should not be a difficult thing to deal with........)