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Old 14-04-2009, 22:42   #1
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Hello everyone, I would like to get weather faxes on my laptop via my SSB. I've beard there are free downloads out there, are they completely free as in:- no costs involved?? do you know of any free ones that are limitless on time as apposed to free trials for only so many days etc??
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Old 15-04-2009, 04:54   #2
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Hi, Paul, and welcome to the Forum.

Here's a link to a list of past threads on the topic. I think you'll find a lot to help you there. Don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions.

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I pull my weather faxes down in a few minutes using ham radio and pactor. I use Winlik with the catalaogue feature which gets me weather faxes from around the world. It was the easiest and most reliable system for me to use.
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Receiving NAVTEX Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts With Your Macintosh

You can apparently use any radio tuned to 518 / 490 kHz to connect to a laptop using the audio jack. You then need a program to decode the weather fax / satellite images for your computer. You don't need a Pactor modem / SSB setup.

The link above describes the process for Macs - there are similar programmes for PC's. The beauty of the above is that you just need any old radio receiver which will tune to the Navtex frequency so it's pretty cheap to set up (multimode is $89). It isn't free though!!!
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