Join Date: Sep 2011
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Handheld SSB's for weather updates?
I watching some videos about the mini 650 sailors and their boats. I noticed that they use a handheld SSB, hooked up to a masthead antenna, to receive weather reports while at sea. I believe that the rules they race under don't allow weatherfax though.
First of all, I have googled all over and can't find a single handheld SSB receiver or radio. Am I misunderstanding the videos, do these exist?
Second, how can you get weather reports on an SSB without a computer? Is there some kind of dedicated audio weather transmission only for these particular races, or is there something similar to the VHF WX channel only for SSB?
I'm just curious, as I love the minimalism of these race boats and it is interesting to see how they handle weather reports at sea or if they even receive detailed reports at all...