WeatherFax, how to get weather in the middle of the ocean,...Cheap?? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Electronics
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 04-21-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 526
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
CapnBilll is on a distinguished road
WeatherFax, how to get weather in the middle of the ocean,...Cheap??

I have heard about weatherfax systems, but I have never seen one. The google searches I've done show a receiver hooked to a computer with some decidedly howbrewed conections. Are there affordable commercial units off the shelf?
How about Sat weather. Other than buying a sat phone subscription again is there something cheap, and boat ready I.E. a chartplotter?
__________________
The Sun has Risen on a New Day filled with the Promise of Adventure.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-21-2011
RichH's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,818
Thanks: 9
Thanked 72 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 15
RichH will become famous soon enough
All you really need is a SSB or Ham *Receiver* that enables USB (upper side band), a laptop, etc.' computer loaded with decoding software, a patch cord from the sound output of the radio to the sound input of the computer ---- download WeFAx from 'world'.
good source for WeFAx ..... History ....the *mother* of all WeFAx websites ..... covers ALL operating systems and software available.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-22-2011
tomperanteau's Avatar
Crotchety Old Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Pedro Harbor, California
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tomperanteau is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichH View Post
All you really need is a SSB or Ham *Receiver* that enables USB (upper side band), a laptop
That's about it. I have an old Satellit 800 (yea, that is how they spelled it) that is connected to my laptop. I use a connector that plugs into the headphone output of the radio to the mic input of the laptop. You have to watch your levels, but it works great and it is cheap.

I have two software packages that I use. One is SeaTTY, which is really easy, but you have to pay $45 to own it and it isn't the best at decoding (clear fax), and the other is MultiPSK. It is more complex, free and produces the best and clearest fax.
__________________
Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Footprints

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Youtube

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


1969 Crealock/Columbia 36 Sloop completely refitted in 2000 and new Yanmar in 2006.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-23-2011
labatt's Avatar
I'd rather be sailing
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
Posts: 1,901
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 9
labatt will become famous soon enough
We use Sirius weather on our Chartplotter when we're within a few hundred miles of the coast (not sure what the exact coverage is i.e. how far out in the ocean you can go and at what degree before you lose signal)... and our Iridium satphone when we can't get the Sirius signal (to download GRIBs and other weather info).
__________________
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"Don't dream your life, live your dream" - Bob Bitchin'
"I'll see it when I believe it" - Me
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-23-2011
frankdrebin's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Eastern Washington
Posts: 69
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
frankdrebin is on a distinguished road
And there is navtex on longwave/mid wave ssb. I have used a PK-232 TNC to either minicom or Hyper term. Dedicated navtex receivers spit out continuous hard copy of these ascii broadcasts.

Pactor email (ssb) a request within Airmail (software) for weather maps/sat pics via ssb, and receive them later via pactor email. (Sailmail or Ham bands) One can use the internet to request/retrieve these files sans radio using Airmail when wifi is available. NOAA's ftp site have these pics/forecasts. SCS pactor modems are not cheap. Airmail is free. Sailmail service is affordable. Ham Freqs are restricted to Hams of sufficient privilege.

As mentioned earlier, Radio fax direct to software via soundcard.

WWV at 10.000 Mhz, or 5.000 Mhz, or 2.500 Mhz, broadcasts GPS outages, and Weather Once per hour.

There is talk of land based radio fax weather broadcasts going away as being redundant as these files are also available via NOAA satellites. Have not yet tried to down load from satellite. One would need sat pass predictive software, and a schedule of broadcasts to grab those radio fax files pertinent to ones location.

Sat phone internet.

Probably other ways I have not discovered. I like navtex and radio faxes. These are receive only modes, so they would not be as battery intensive as pactor email jpeg attachments.

73
__________________
Venture 17
It's not a MacGregor, It's not.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 04-23-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 118
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
chuck711 is on a distinguished road
WeatherFax

Icom makes a black box. The old unit # is PCR 1000. There are newer units available. $200
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 04-26-2011
MacGyverRI's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Providence, R.I.
Posts: 360
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
MacGyverRI is on a distinguished road
This Weatherfax popped up on Craigslist in R.I. today $400

Weatherfax
__________________
Ken, East Prov., R.I. Bootlegger, PY26 Paceship

If you like my posts, or they were helpful, please click the "scales" icon on top right to add Rep points.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 04-26-2011
tomperanteau's Avatar
Crotchety Old Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Pedro Harbor, California
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tomperanteau is on a distinguished road
You want to get out REALLY cheap? Buy a netbook, go into Ebay and pick up a radio capable of SSB (and that has an audio out, earphone out...), download the frequency list and download faxes.
__________________
Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

S/V Footprints

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Youtube

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


1969 Crealock/Columbia 36 Sloop completely refitted in 2000 and new Yanmar in 2006.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
If someone gets killed in the middle of the ocean.... radioguy General Discussion (sailing related) 43 09-15-2010 10:25 AM
At Sea. Volvo Ocean Race: ABN AMRO One experiences extreme weather changes @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-16-2006 01:15 PM
At Sea. Volvo Ocean Race: Meteorologist forecasts complicated weather ahead @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-13-2006 09:15 PM
At sea. Volvo Ocean Race: ABN AMRO One still in the lead despite hitting a weather front first @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-13-2006 09:15 AM
Southern Ocean Weather for The Race Bill Biewenga Racing Articles 0 01-28-2001 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:26 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.