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Re: Weatherfax audio file for testing

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
Tell me about that "big hunk of copper wire".

I am thinking about a similar setup to use on my trips around Vancouver Island. Few of the boats have SSB.
My big hunk of copper wire carried on delivery is the end of a spool I bought in the mid-70s from Lafayette Radio Electronics. It was sold as "antenna wire."

Any 12 gauge (+/-) wire will work. Insulated is probably better for our application. I'd get something tinned for a permanent installation but for a go-bag it doesn't make much difference.

I run it up as high as I can and try to get 50 or 60 feet out straight(ish).

For the Kaito 1103 you connect the wire to the tip of a 1/8" male mono plug, insulating it from the ring. Just plug it into the external antenna connector. Watch the audio connectors -- most laptops have a mono mic input and the headphone jacks on shortwave radios including the Kaito are often stereo.

I use JVCOMM32 for weather fax demodulation and display.

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