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Old 25-01-2014, 22:33   #1
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Weather fax plugin with my old VHF?

Hey everyone. I've got my Linux/OpenCPN based navigation system up and running and I'm really happy wig it so far. I'm pretty much at the eend of my budget for now but if I can make the Weather Fax plugin work with the radio I've already got that would be awesome!

I have a Standard Horizon Intrepid GX1260S and the manual says it has a plug for an auxiliary speaker and GPS. Here's the manual: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/542...page=12#manual (I hope it links right... I'm on my phone). It says there should be 8 pins but only 4 do anything. Mine only has 4 pins. If I could take the wires for the auxiliary speaker and splice them into a 3.5mm plug, could I then just plug that into the microphone jack on my computer? I'm not 100% sure that the external speaker is meant to play what the radio is receiving because it also says something about using it for an intercom system.

Anyway, I'm a little confused by all this but a big part of that is that it seems like it can't really be that easy! Lol. Could I make thus work?
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Old 25-01-2014, 22:52   #2
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Re: Weather fax plugin with my old VHF?

Unless there is something new I'm not aware of you need a high frequency receiver to get the weather fax transmissions, your VHF is not the radio for this.
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Old 25-01-2014, 23:22   #3
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I thought I read something that said they started to broadcast weather faxes over VHF, you just couldn't get it very far out due to the limited range. That'd be really disappointing if it's just not even possible...
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Old 26-01-2014, 01:47   #4
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Re: Weather fax plugin with my old VHF?

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I thought I read something that said they started to broadcast weather faxes over VHF, you just couldn't get it very far out due to the limited range. That'd be really disappointing if it's just not even possible...
Something like a degen 1103 would work, have a look on ebay, they don't cost much.
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Old 26-01-2014, 04:45   #5
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Re: Weather fax plugin with my old VHF?

Youban you may be thinking of something you read about using an old vhf to get ais. There's a website that details how you modify the radio to use it for the vhf ais signals. - do a search to find out more.

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Old 26-01-2014, 20:03   #6
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Re: Weather fax plugin with my old VHF?

you need a ssb reciever, I have a tecsun pl-600
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