Originally Posted by goboatingnow
I had the ICS printing one on the last boat , fab piece of kit , interfaced to the GPS
it switched stations automatically, The paper is a great energy saver. Pity they discontinued the model.
I think you may have confused things, To my knowledge real time Navtex is not available over the internet
and therefore cannot be picked up using your Pactor modem
. What you are comparing may be weather
fax. That is available digitally and therefore I would question the need for standalone weather
fax. ( though again the printer is great).
What I use on my Navtex is the shipping forecast
, which for UK and Atlantic Europe
waters you can get word for word off the Met Office website. It is also read out periodically by the Coast Guard over VHF
, and probably on HF as well.
I try to listen to the weather underway over VHF
, but it's hard to keep up and remember if you don't write it down. I find the Navtex to be very useful for having the latest updated forecast
right at hand.
What you don't get from the Met Office are navigational warnings and Notices to Mariners. I'll bet they're available online somewhere, too, in real time.