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Old 28-02-2010, 20:35   #1
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Oceanic Weather

Who is up to speed with some relatively low-cost, simple to operate, weather charting programme/service/dingus?

The requirement is for oceanic weather.

I have an Icom HF radio, if that helps.

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Use the custom Google search function in my signature link to search for GRIB and "Weather Fax". You'll come up with a fair amount of info from past threads to get you started on the subject.
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Hud, has pointed you in the right direction (grib and weather fax).

Since you have the radio let me narrow that down a bit further - if you can do e-mail with that radio look at saildocs and viewfax, combined they give you all the weather you could want for free. And you should have them anyway for planning a departure when you have shore internet (cyber cafe).

If you can't/don't do e-mail aboard then Mscan or Jvcom weatherfax are the answer for you.

Also almost every passage has a specific HF net you should listen to, as the most accurate weather info you will ever get is from a boat 200 miles up weather from you reporting his actual conditions.
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Also almost every passage has a specific HF net you should listen to, as the most accurate weather info you will ever get is from a boat 200 miles up weather from you reporting his actual conditions.
Has anyone put together a "master" listing of all the HF net frequencies and times?
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Where's your area of interest? Most of the lists are regional. Here's one for the Caribbean, published by Caribbean Compass magazine.
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Thanks Hud! No particular geographic area- just a general interest in knowing where this sort of reference material lies.
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Has anyone put together a "master" listing of all the HF net frequencies and times?
The main ones are listed here (maintained by the cruising club of america)

http://www.bethandevans.com/pdf/com_...s_nets_wxsched[1].pdf
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US govt gives full listing of radiofax stations and timetables as a pdf file here:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/rfax.pdf

With an SSB radio already in place you can invest into a modem and get e-mails (thus: radiofax and gribs) easily. The modem is not very cheap though.

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