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post #10 of Old 06-10-2011
tomperanteau
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Here's what I use:

I have an old Satellit 800 (misspelling intentional). I connect the headphone audio out from that into my laptop's microphone input. Microphone input adjusted, and Satellit 800 volume at a low level, I load SeaTTY software on my laptop. I can leave it running over night have have the received faxes waiting for me in the morning. SeaTTY will detect the start sequence when a fax is sent and start receiving/saving the fax image. You can also use SeaTTY's scope function to keep an eye on the audio levels to ensure that you don't overload the microphone input.

You can pick up an inexpensive shortwave receiver that is capable of SSB reception on Ebay and an audio cable from your local computer store. Do a bit of research before you buy the receiver to ensure that it will receive the frequencies that the faxes are transmitted on and that the receiver is decent quality.

Total cost for receiver, cable and software will probably be less than $200.

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