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new PC/USB Navtex receiver!

For those of you cruising coastally this new NAVTEX receiver that needs nothing other than a USB slot in your PC may be pretty exciting for your weather needs. No price listed. Any of our Euro cruisers like GIU know how much these cost or have an info on these guys?? Needs no antenna and powered by your PC
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One other I forgot to post.
Look like about 250Euros.
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So what is that ...about $5K US these days?? (G)
Actually that sounds pretty reasonable.
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I'm a little weak in knowledge in this department: is NAVTEX the text weather updates for a given area, or does it include the sort of synoptic charts you get over Weatherfax?

Is this basically world-wide Weatherfax in a small box on a USB cable? Because that is something I could really use: large scale weather maps without the need for an internet connection.

What are the ranges of such units? While I will have SSB and therefore the ability to receive data most places, this is frankly more convenient as my nav station outputs will be laptop-displayed.
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Valiente...just text and only available in limited coastal areas typically 100mi from land at MAX. Here's the map:


If you have SSB then you can get your weather charts through fax software with no internet connection necessary. But navtex is quite nice to have as well. Here's a typical forecast from Europe:

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231100 NAVTEX-HAMBURG (NCC)
WEATHERFORECAST FOR GERMAN BIGHT UNTIL 24.06.207 06 UTC:
WEST TO NORTHWEST 3 TO 4, LATER SHIFTING SOUTHWEST TO SOUTH,
SCATTERED THUNDERY GUSTS, LOCALLY MISTY, SEA 0,5 TO 1 METRE.
975)99( 7,58) 24.06.2007 18 UTC:
SOUTHWEST TO SOUTH ABOUT 4, IN THE EVENING VAR 2 TO 3.
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So what is that ...about $5K US these days?? (G)
Actually that sounds pretty reasonable.
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Actually, it's about .5 big boat bucks, or 5 medium boat bucks... USD 500 otherwise.

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The Euro is at 1.34 USD. 250 Euro is 330 USD... plus tax.
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Valiente...just text and only available in limited coastal areas typically 100mi from land at MAX.
Still handy in a lot of situations, and I assume it's available 24/7 unlike waiting for scheduled broadcasts of weather data/charts on SSB.

I have much to learn here. Thanks.
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Val...yes...and a lot easier to decipher than some scratchy weather fax! I used it a lot.
I got my navtex from SSB broadcasts to my fax software which is another way to get it but the little box at this price is pretty attractive!
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