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I am going to sail to the Bahamas and south.
I would like to purchase a ssb/hf small, portable receiver, so that I could tune to weather forecasts sent by sailors and formal marine weather forecasts
would anybody have an idea of a good receiver (receiving only) that is compact enough and practical for my purpose?
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Hi here in the uk we have a company selling just the thing for you. They are called NASA and I have been using their radio for years, it comes with the software to download weather fax with it. Have a look online and see if would suit you. Good luck . Bob
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Hello
I am going to sail to the Bahamas and south.
I would like to purchase a ssb/hf small, portable receiver, so that I could tune to weather forecasts sent by sailors and formal marine weather forecasts
would anybody have an idea of a good receiver (receiving only) that is compact enough and practical for my purpose?
thank you and have a great holidays season
Take a look at the Grundig G3 offered by (click on) http://www.celestaire.com/vmchk/Worl...-products.html



These are nice, compact and reasonably inexpensive units.
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Re: hf/ssb receiver

thank you very much
it looks like the right thing
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Re: hf/ssb receiver

Not inexpensive, but the hands on probable 'best' portable SW(SSB)/AM/FM is the Sangean-ATS-909X:
Amazon.com: Sangean ATS-909X BK AM/FM/LW/SW World Band Receiver - Black: Electronics Amazon.com: Sangean ATS-909X BK AM/FM/LW/SW World Band Receiver - Black: Electronics



This teeny SW radio has probably the best signal to noise ratio of all portables .... meaning the 'faint' signals will be much clearer and with minimum 'noise'. Do consider the 'reel' type 'long wire' antenna for best SW/SSB reception ... and for boat reception get that 'wire' as high into the rigging as possible.

In the Bahamas and 'south' cruisers nets (local VHF) for weather are OK but are usually only a repeat of 'formal' predictions which are general, cover a very broad area and are easily misinterpreted.

'The' weather guru for these waters is Chris Parker at "Caribbean Weather". Here's a list of frequencies and times for Caribbean wx (Chris Parker), although this is a paid 'weather router' service, you can 'listen in':
Marine Weather Center - Marine Weather Center Services

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If you will be including a 'laptop' during your travels, with the proper WeFax software, a simple computer to HF/SSB radio audio 'patch' cord, you can download via FAX the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center Charts for 24,48 & 96 hours.
Here's a sample of what you get: Ocean Prediction Center - Atlantic

The 'mother' of all WeFax websites (hardware and software discussions, recommendations, etc.) is WeFax.de

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Not inexpensive, but the hands on probable 'best' portable SW(SSB)/AM/FM is the Sangean-ATS-909X:
Amazon.com: Sangean ATS-909X BK AM/FM/LW/SW World Band Receiver - Black: Electronics

This teeny SW radio has probably the best signal to noise ratio of all portables .... meaning the 'faint' signals will be much clearer and with minimum 'noise'.
Compared to what? Need data..
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Hi here in the uk we have a company selling just the thing for you. They are called NASA and I have been using their radio for years, it comes with the software to download weather fax with it. Have a look online and see if would suit you. Good luck . Bob
Be aware that if you buy it from the UK it could be positive ground ... been there, had some fried wiring to show for it.
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Compared to what? Need data..
such as:
Amazon.com: shortwave portable radio Amazon.com: shortwave portable radio

... and MANY of these inexpensive SW portable radios have NO - upper/lower SIDEBAND function control which is needed 'listen' to SSB/Ham broadcasts... you only get 'national' AM shortwave broadcasts, which are dimiinshing because or the popularity of 'internet radio'. Shipboard SSB frequencies are usually found on 'upper side band'.
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such as: Amazon.com: shortwave portable radio

... and MANY of these inexpensive SW portable radios have NO - upper/lower SIDEBAND function control which is needed 'listen' to SSB/Ham broadcasts... you only get 'national' AM shortwave broadcasts, which are dimiinshing because or the popularity of 'internet radio'. Shipboard SSB frequencies are usually found on 'upper side band'.
First your URL doesn't work...
Second need data such as S/N ratios and sensitivity measurements to make a more legitimate comparative statement...
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Re: hf/ssb receiver

Go to Amazon.com, etc. fill in the query: "Shortwave portable" and compile your own comparative listing of signal to noise ratios, sensitivities etc.
Then read the 'customer testimony' of possible narrowed down choices.

You can also websearch HAM and "DX" etc. forums, etc. for such discussions and 'comparisons', etc. A start for such info as I already listed is: www.WeFax.de

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