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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...
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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

Here is a good site:
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Looks like they do receive their weather via SSB (per link called BLU in France). Not seen video so not shure what their equipment looks like (could you post). As far as I know there are no marine rated hand held SSB units. There are some portable battery powered ham radio units that work SSB that could be used (although not legally for transmission on the Marine Bands due to no type acceptance by FCC)
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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

Here is more information. I have not read it all so do not fully understand, but the type ssb receivers is mentioned:

http://www.minitransat650.com/simple...p?topic=1999.0

Looks like they use Icom:

http://www.icomuk.co.uk/IC-R20/Handh...ceiver-Scanner

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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

Sony has one

ICF-SW7600GR | FM Stereo World Band Receiver&trde; Radio | Sony | Sony Store USA

Type portable SSB receivers into ebay and you'll find lots of manufacturers models
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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

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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?

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Apparently the used SSB voice transmission of the weather data over these hand held receivers. They need to listen to the broadcast that is sent a certain hours at certain frequencies. They do not get a fax map of the weather.

Here is link to freqs they use:

http://www.minitransat650.com/simple...p?topic=2615.0

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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

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Sony has one

ICF-SW7600GR | FM Stereo World Band Receiver&trde; Radio | Sony | Sony Store USA

Type portable SSB receivers into ebay and you'll find lots of manufacturers models
Been using the Sony for years and the model before that too. Wonderful little job, weather usually booms in with just the telescopic antenna.
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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

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Apparently the used SSB voice transmission of the weather data over these hand held receivers. They need to listen to the broadcast that is sent a certain hours at certain frequencies. They do not get a fax map of the weather.[/QUOTE]


Yes, here's one guy who's been transmitting since 1987. I picked him up each day bound for bermuda

South Bound II VAX498 - Ship routing and weather forecasting

Though I've seen rumors that he's retiring.
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Apparently the used SSB voice transmission of the weather data over these hand held receivers. They need to listen to the broadcast that is sent a certain hours at certain frequencies. They do not get a fax map of the weather.

Yes, here's one guy who's been transmitting since 1987. I picked him up each day bound for bermuda

South Bound II VAX498 - Ship routing and weather forecasting

Though I've seen rumors that he's retiring.[/QUOTE]

Yes, Herb. I have read he has aided the coast guard (provided communications) for many vessel rescues. Hope someone can fill his shoes.
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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

Here's one of the videos:


So the NOAA isn't broadcasting the reports via audio, it is some private individual or else the race committee that transmits to these guys? One of the forums above mentioned a bbc shipping forecast?

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Re: Handheld SSB's for weather updates?

It looked like this Icom handheld briefly shown in the video..

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-007157

note: the recording feature with this model can be useful....

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