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GRIB files from SSB receiver

Last year I met a guy who received grib weather files on his sailboat using a Grundig 800 SSB receiver. He had no transmit capability, just receive only, connecting the output of the Grundig to the microphone input on his laptop. Does anyone know what software is used for this application?
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Not sure if this is the same software and I've never used this, but it looks like it can be used for what you described. Mscan Meteo Let us know if you try it.
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Possibly JV Comm. I use an ICOM but no Tx.
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Thanks for the replies; spent a lot of time searching the net and realize I probably mean weatherfax via ssb, and have found so much info that it's hard to comprehend in one sitting. Actually, wikipedia has some good info, and links, under weatherfax or radiofax. I will be figuring it out for my needs (Bahamas for now) and trying to decipher the info.
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Yes, your right, "weather fax" If you have a radio that can pick up the weather fax frequencies, then you can purchase the software and "soundcard type receiving modem" for your laptop that can take the audio output from the radio (ear phone jack). Give Ham Radio Outlet stores a call, they can help you with what you need.
However if your budget allows, the best is a real SSB transciever and a Pactor type modem then you can request and receive grib files and much more, plus send and receive E-Mail via sailmail or winlink. I know that the expense will be around $4,000 new. Good Luck, Carl
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Check out Xaxero SkyEye Weather Fax, Satellite Weather and offshore communications . I've run Weatherfax 2000 onboard for years .
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