Radio confusion... SSB? HF? Shortwave? - Page 3 - 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 > General Interest Forums > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #21  
Old 04-10-2008
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,878
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 14
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
MJ...I thought we answered the OP's question already and he acknowledged that in post #4...and were responding to Beej67's request for more info on the fax software and how to access them.
__________________
No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #22  
Old 04-10-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 87
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
mjrogers is on a distinguished road
Cam, I get your point. So, well then... nevermind.

I just wanted to be certain he got what he needed. I'd hate to see him pop for a shortwave when a NOAA weather radio or a cheap VHF would be better.

Thanks, Michael

Last edited by mjrogers; 04-10-2008 at 02:31 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #23  
Old 04-10-2008
KeelHaulin's Avatar
STARBOARD!!
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,662
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 10
KeelHaulin will become famous soon enough KeelHaulin will become famous soon enough
Just another note; an SSB or HAM radio goes along very well with offshore sailing or cruising. As soon as you are beyond 20 miles or so out your VHF is almost useless because it is line-of-sight. The non-HF frequencies on HAM are the same but if you have an SSB or HF radio you will almost never be out of radio contact if you know how to use the equipment properly.

Of course there is also a Sat Phone (and EPIRB if you are in trouble); the sat-phones are expensive for everyday communications; an SSB or HAM is free airtime.

I was posting about SSB/HAM because the title of the thread was "Radio Confusion SSB/HAM/SW"; so it's always good to provide extra info on threads like this when people search or have a similar question. (sorry if I 'hijacked')
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #24  
Old 04-18-2008
Father Goose
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cecil, PA
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
fathergoose is on a distinguished road
All great information but ..... what about frequencies, USB and LSB. Does anyone have a list of station locations, frequencies, times etc. that provide information, weather and most of all entertaining broadcasts. I have been an SWL for many years and frankly it seems there are fewer and fewer stations to listen to. I used to listen to the BBC all the time but they don’t seem to broadcast as much as they used to. I’m looking for a list of favorite stations, frequencies and so on. Thanks, any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #25  
Old 04-18-2008
Plumper's Avatar
Sailor
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 845
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Plumper is on a distinguished road
You need the "Passport to Shortwave Listening". It's like a TV guide for SW Radio.
For the working signals like weather etc you need the Admiralty List of Radio Signals.
__________________
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #26  
Old 04-18-2008
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet that I can see... If you do get an SSB radio, you should register for an MMSI, or if you already have an MMSI, add it to your SSB set. Most modern SSB radios support the HF version of DSC, and if connected to your GPS will broadcast your location in the event of a distress call.

Also, satellite phone was mentioned previously.... but I recommend using SSB and VHF in an emergency rather than satellite phone. The main reason is that SSB and VHF are broadcast technologies and will reach far more people than satellite or cellular phone, which are point-to-point technologies.
__________________
Sailingdog

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

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #27  
Old 04-18-2008
hphoen's Avatar
"Nevis Nice"
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 224
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
hphoen is on a distinguished road
Plumper is right! Get that book! It has all the freqs!
__________________
Hud
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #28  
Old 04-18-2008
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,878
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 14
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
Fathergoose...you are correct about entertainment. The BBC has just announced they are discontinuing in the Caribe. Armed Forces radio is spotty but there is still lots out there and Plumper's suggestion is the right one.
Weather net and cruisers net frequencies have been posted here before so a search should turn those up.
__________________
No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #29  
Old 04-19-2008
bobwebster's Avatar
vagrant
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Pryor
Posts: 115
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
bobwebster is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by fathergoose View Post
All great information but ..... what about frequencies, USB and LSB. Does anyone have a list of station locations, frequencies, times etc. that provide information, weather and most of all entertaining broadcasts.
Here are some coast guard frequencies.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/rfax.pdf

MarComms - HF Distress and Safety Watchkeeping Schedule

The automated voice in the weather broadcasts is very entertaining (provided you are rip-roaring drunk).
__________________

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
  #30  
Old 06-26-2009
Livia's Avatar
Vagabond in Training
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 213
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Livia is on a distinguished road
Hello folks,

I realize (this time, finally I notice!) that this is a year old thread but I had a relevant follow-up question that I can tell the posters on this thread have the answers to.

How far off shore are you going to get reception with one of these short wave receivers? I know the answer is "it depends" but anyone know a ballpark.

Would it make sense given the cost to get a $120-ish handheld HAM* transceiver like this: universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0440.html

And then use that handheld for voice weather?

We are installing an SSB but want to do a shakedown off the West Coast of Vancouver Island (VICE 2009 coordinated by Bluewater Cruising Assoc) at the end of July and don't know if we'll get the installation finished in time. We will be far enough that we can't rely on VHF weather although believe me, we'll see how far it lasts. We were thinking that a handheld HAM transceiver could be a great thing to have even after we install the SSB.

Thanks in advance for any advice. Livia

*Given that the person purchasing is either a HAM or will be listening only
__________________
A l'eau, c'est l'heure
s/v Estrellita 5.10b, Wauquiez Pretorien 35

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

Last edited by Livia; 06-26-2009 at 10:44 PM.
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
High-Frequency Radio Basics Kathy Barron Seamanship Articles 0 10-14-2000 08:00 PM
High-Frequency Radio Basics Kathy Barron Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-14-2000 08:00 PM
High-Frequency Radio Basics Kathy Barron Her Sailnet Articles 0 10-14-2000 08:00 PM
Choosing and Installing an SSB Radio Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 09-28-2000 08:00 PM
Choosing and Installing an SSB Radio Sue & Larry Cruising Articles 0 09-28-2000 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:15 AM.

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