My "FUNcube Dongle Pro+
" arrived, and within 15 minutes I had it receiving WFAX. I downloaded and installed the SDR# control program, and JVComm32
, then attached my ham radio
dipole to the Dongle. I found the WFAX frequencies, and tuned in Point Reyes on 12.7841 MHz (remember, you have to tune the receiver 1.9 KHz below the published frequency). I couldn't get JVComm32 to auto-start, so I listened to the received signal and pushed the "start" button when the fax began. I do recall
that the last time I used JVComm32 it took some tweaking to get the auto-start working.
Here is the dongle:
And here's what my computer screen
I started the WFAX reception
on 12.7841 MHz, but when the signal started fading I switched to 8.6801 MHz. I don't have the "skew" fine-tuned yet, so the image is a little slanted. Note that in the SDR# control panel
I have the "Swap IQ" box checked. For some reason the radio has upper and lower sideband reversed, but swapping the I and Q take care of that.
You can receive SSB WFAX more cheaply, but this is looking quite useful. It's sure easier to tune the signal properly than when using a Kaito SSB receiver.
[Edit: The auto-start is working. I didn't do anything, so perhaps it was just a signal/noise issue?]