Short Wave Radio and Weatherfax
You can probably make your old SW receiver work, provided you install a JVComm or similar program in your laptop but only IF you can get a decent consistent signal from the receiver. Even with an external antenna, this can be quite a challenge. The more important question to ask is: how will you use the info? If you''ll be in coastal waters and have other wx info sources - and hooking this up is for its learning value - have at it! If you are planning on this being a primary source of wx info while island hopping or offshore, you should probably consider a more viable, dependable option. As one example, you can pick up a used, serviced/bench tested ham transceiver from a place like AES and, even if you only use it in receive mode, you''ll have a more sensitive receiver with better filtering capability. Choices should exist for any pocketbook, starting with a used Icom 50.