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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.

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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.

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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')
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Plumper is right! Get that book! It has all the freqs!

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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.

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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).


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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

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