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Meteofax32 is compatible
with any SSB receiver with 0.1 kHz or less synthesizer
wich can receive under the proper conditions bands 4-12
MHz (3.5 to 14 MHz) with a headset or external speaker
The choice of the receiver used with MeteoFax32 therefore
arises at several levels:
Fixed or portable receiver alone or transmitter /
1: Portable devices (receivers only): The use of portable
devices such as Sangean909 quality is sufficient in areas
well covered by stations such as northern Europe or the
United States areas. Some boats have been around the world
with this type of receiver and MeteoFax32. The performance
of this type of receiver is still less good than those of
fixed receiver and results may be less constant in poorly
covered such as the Indian Ocean areas. Moreover, these
devices are much more sensitive to local disturbances
generated by the boat operated devices: converters,
refrigerators etc. (and sometimes the computer) it is
sometimes necessary to treat the wiring on the boat to
avoid excessive radiation by it. The new modem MeteoFax32
is designed to avoid any disruption to reach the receiver
thanks to its insulated input. This feature is very
important for the use of some particularly sensitive to
disturbance receivers .
2: Fixed installation:
Single receiver: You can use traffic receivers amateur as
the IcomICR 8500 or Yaesu FRG5000 but the price and the
degree of sophistication of this type of device is not
justified compared to the price of a transmitter /
receiver even if you use it only as a receiver. Another
interesting solution is the remote receiver PCR1000 or
1500 controlled by the computer. The price is reasonable
and power consumption is low (the PCR1500 can be equipped
with a facade in addition to control by pc). This choice
is interesting for use with MeteoFax32.
Transmitter / Receiver: The ideal solution for offshore
navigation safety and comfort provided by the ability to
communicate reliably at sea or with shore stations or
other boats. All devices in this category are compatible
with MeteoFax32 and guarantee global coverage at sea You
can choose a unit designed for amateur radio and generally
less expensive (ICOM IC718 etc. ..) or marine range (ICOM
ICM802 ICM710 etc. ..) if you absolutely need a maritime
HF radio callsign. ICOM, KENWOOD and YEASU brands offer an
extensive range where you can choose a device according to
your budget. Consider the size and weight of the
device (some devices have a remote facade others
not), the ability to control the device by the PC using
software provided by the manufacturer (if the unit is
installed away from the computer).
3 devices unsuitable for their known defects:
TARGET HF3W or NASA HF3W: inefficient appliances with many
models are defective. Low sensitivity but very sensitive
to intermodulation. No headphones or external speaker
output, the only output available is an output originally
designed to use an old DOS software that is not compatible
with today's computers. However, a simple change is
possible to adapt the output and allow it to connect a
modem (without improving the performance of the device) Click here.
SONY SWxxx: Devices usable only with good reception
conditions and in a clean eclectric radio environment.
Hope these few information in commercial independence can
help you in your choice. Do not hesitate to contact us for
further information, compatibility of a particular device
for a special installation tips etc. ...