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Hi there, we are outfitting our boat in preparation for the long sail back to New Zealand from California (the casual way of course, down the coast to Panama over a couple of years and then across the Pacific) . We are running out of money and the last thing on our list is the SSB. We do not plan to use sailmail as our budget will not allow this and we do not intent to connect to the computer via modem. We do however want to get weather reports somehow while we are away from the coast and out of vhf range and when not in english spaeking countries.

Is it possible to use a short wave radio to get good forecasts and do away with the very costly purchase and install of an ssb?

If so, where can you get them from?

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I bought the other day a Kaito KA1103 Digital AM FM SSB shortwave radio off of ebay for $49.00. It will receive the weather nets with the help of an EXTERNAL ANTENNA.
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Many shortwave receivers, like the Grundig Yatchboy 400, will allow you to get weather data off the SSB frequencies.. See this thread, as most of the questions you have are answered there.

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Yes...from your note I assume you will have a working SSB transciever and a pc but do not wnat to get a pactor or go for a sailnet e-mail.
Here are some of the maritime nets that can help you.
http://www.cruiser.co.za/radionet.asp

Furthermore...you CAN get weather text and fax's from the NWS with the simple addition of some wefax software and a sound card cord from your SSB to your PC.
You can also tune into new zealand radio for ocean forecasts:
http://www.coastradio.info/ZLM_MSI.pdf (see chart at bottom of page)
Go to cnet.com downloads and search for weather fax programs to get the software.
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Comraderie, we do not have a working ssb. We do have a mac laptop however. Just interested in receiving short wave weather forecasts via a simple receiver.
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Myself and sailingdog bought gave you suggestions for a simple ssb receiver. You can also google and come up with maybe 10 more ........
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