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Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

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Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:18 pm

After answering a query over in the "Underway" section, regarding Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data and forecasts for the Caribbean, N. Atlantic, and Pacific, I thought maybe I should start a thread and post most of that info here as well, since it is just as much a "communications" issue as it is a "weather" issue....
So here goes....

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-- As for offshore / hi-seas weather data and forecasts, etc...
1) For most of the N. Atlantic, all of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico (including US East Coast, Bermuda, Azores, Bahamas, Caribbean, Central America, etc.), as well as the Eastern and Central Pacific, etc.... you have easy / FREE access, via HF-SSB Radio, to the "gold standard" in offshore marine weather data/forecasts (the US NWS/NOAA Marine Weather, broadcasts in voice, text, and WeFax, from the USCG...)


a) Here is the general Marine Weather page.....with all the links on it...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm


b) Here are the pages, showing the WeFax (weather charts / sat images) broadcasts....
Have a look at all these pages to get an idea of what charts are transmitted, etc...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/radiofax.htm
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml

c) For the North Atlantic...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfmarsh_links.htm
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marsh.shtml
{I use NMF/Boston...for most of the N. Atl...}

d) For the Tropical Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Tropical East Pacific...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfgulf_links.htm
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/gulf.shtml
{I use NMG/New Orleans...all the time....for SW N. Atl. / Carib / Trop N. Atl....}

e) For the North Pacific and Tropical East Pacific....
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfreyes_links.htm
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/ptreyes.shtml

f) For the Central, Southeast and North Pacific...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfhi_links.htm
http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/hawaii.shtml

g) For the rest of the Atlantic, Med, Pacific and Indian Oceans....
Here is a page with worldwide WeFax broadcast schedules...
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/rfax.pdf
{note that I use GYA, from the UK, for eastern N. Atl. WeFax...}



h) Also, for the past 25 years, Herb Hilgenberg provides excellent offshore weather forecasting and routing advice, via Maritime HF-SSB Radio....(for FREE!!), for the whole N. Atl., Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and areas further on request....
http://www3.sympatico.ca/hehilgen/vax498.htm
EDIT: Please note that as of July 2013 Herb has retired....

And, as of Oct 2013, there is a new Offshore/Hi-Seas Net in the planning stages...tentatively planned for late 2013, using Herb's old freqs 12.359mhz, 16.528mhz, and 8.294mhz, covering the whole N. Atlantic, W. Med, Caribbean, Golf of Mexico...(as well as E. Pac / S. Atl. / E. Med / S. Pac / Indian Ocean on request)....


i) For subscription fee, Chris Parker also provides offshore weather and routing advice via Maritime HF-SSB Radio, for the Caribbean, Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico...
http://www.caribwx.com/



2) For offshore and hi-seas Voice and Text weather broadcasts....
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfvoice.htm
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfsitor.htm

{Note: For hi-seas / offshore voice (and/or text) weather broadcasts further along your route, there is Aus, Brunei, NZ, etc... have a look at a thread here..
http://forum.ssca.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=8301
For worldwide offshore/hi-seas text weather data and forecasts, there is always INMARSAT C....
And, for near-offshore broadcasts, don't forget NAVTEX!!!! ]




3) As for how to "get" the above weather data / forecasts...it is all transmitted for FREE over HF radio (i.e. "Marine SSB Radio"), by very powerful (4000watt) transmitters....
You can access all the above by:

a) a Standalone, dedicated HF WeFax receiver/chart printer....such as a Furuno FAX-408...at about $2200 (street-price) it is pricey, but VERY reliable, and used worldwide on many commercial vessels (and some pleasure craft, such as mine)
http://www.furunousa.com/products/produ ... eather+Fax
{ This is what I use, and used an Alden MarineFaxIV for many years before I installed my new Furuno FAX-408 a few years ago....
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47003.htm using a 22' long vertical "random-length" wire antenna, and have excellent reception and crystal-clear charts....}


b) a dedicated WeFax receiver-only networked to a Furuno NavNet display or PC/laptop...(if you already had a Furuno NavNet display, the FAX-30, at about $900 is a good choice...but unless you've got the Furuno NavNet system, this is also a bit pricey, as you can use your SSB radio to do the same thing....)
http://www.furunousa.com/products/Produ ... duct=FAX30


c) a Marine SSB transceiver (such as Icom M-802/AT-140) for voice broadcasts, and for WEFax (and text) broadcasts, connected to a PC/laptop, using FREE software (such as JVComm) allows for WeFax (and text/SITOR) reception....typ. prices are about $2400 for transceiver/tuner/etc....
http://www.docksideradio.com/Icom%20SSB%20Radios.htm
http://www.docksideradio.com/wefax.htm


d) an inexpensive HF/SSB receiver (such as a Sagean 909 or Sony 7600, etc.), using a good antenna, for voice reception....and for WeFax (and text) reception, connected to a PC/laptop (and again using JVComm, etc)
Typical costs here are from $150 to $500, depending on receiver and antenna set-up....
{this is usually considered a "back-up" system, with the vessel's primary Marine SSB Tranceiver being used as the "primary" HF receiver for WeFax, Voice, etc..}


e) should you also find the need for e-mail access while offshore / out on the hi-seas (many simply use e-mail / internt in port only, using Wi-Fi and/or G3 aircards, etc.), then you'd certainly have a PACTOR modem (~ $1200) attached to your Marine SSB Transceiver (~ $2400, plus installation)....and using this set-up, you could request the WeFax charts that you desire to be sent to you via e-mail, using saildocs, etc.
http://www.docksideradio.com/Pricing%20&%20Ordering.htm
http://www.sailmail.com/
http://www.saildocs.com/


f) Also, note that you can use your Marine SSB for telephone calls as well, at 99 cents/min.....
http://www.shipcom.com/
And in addition to telephone interconnects and traffic lists, WLO / KLB also provide NWS/NOAA Offshore and Hi-Seas Voice weather broadcasts....as well as high-quality / hi-power PACTOR modem interconnections / e-mail...
http://www.shipcom.com/frequencies.html


g) You can also use a satellite terminal (or fixed-mount sat-phone), with typical costs from $2500 - $6000+, plus lots of $$$ for airtime/data....to gain access to these "free" (US Tax Dollars Paid For!) weather charts / images....
http://www.ocens.com/Cruising.aspx
http://www.saildocs.com/



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Please note, that while there are many cruisers who use laptops on-board, you're not likely to find too many that use them on long passages....as the difficulty of use (hanging onto them, yourself, etc.) when offshore can be a pain!!!
So, dedicated weather reception, such as a FAX-408 when ofshore / hi-seas (or NAVTEX equipment for coastal/near-offshore, out-to ~ 200 miles) is usually much preferred!!!
For those utilizing computers, many find a dedicated, low-power fixed PC to be much easier to use, and more reliable, than trying to use a laptop...
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4) Should you decide that some type of satellite communications is desireable for your planned cruise (such as for a bit easier or more private telephone calls when offshore / on the hi-seas...or if medium-to-hi-speed / broadband data and internet connections are desired in far flung/remote locales and/or when offshore...etc. etc...), there are 3 or 4 "basic" types of sat comm systems....and a few "advanced" types...

--- "basic" types are:
a) Handheld sat phones, such as Iridium 9555 (or IsatPhonePro), usable above decks only and need clear view of sky at all times (which can be difficult when in a decent seaway)...usually only used for brief voice contacts when offshore in good weather.....and aren't very effective for data connections (trying to rig/wire things up, in the cockpit!!!)
$600 - $1500....(plus airtime costs of about $1/minute...)


b) Handheld sat phone (as above), with a fixed-mount external antenna and below decks "docking station".....(these allow use of phone below decks and also allows LOW-SPEED / E-MAIL ONLY data connections...typically about the same speed as PACTOR 3 on HF-SSB / Sailmail...)
Adding appox. another $1000 to the basic handheld sat phone....(giving you typical costs of $2000 - $2500...) plus airtime costs of about $1/minute...
Data compression software is also an absolute requirement, whether you use airmail, or OCENS, or X-Gate....

{This set-up has similar up-front costs compared to Marine SSB, but without the versatility...plus sat phones have the added costs of daily/monthly airtime....as well as added complexity....
And, of course a sat phone does NOT have the emergency (or Distress) communications ability of a HF-DSC-SSB Radio (such as the Icom M-802)....
Further a sat phone cannot connect you with weather nets, cruisers nets, ham radio nets, merchant vessels, etc. as a marine HF-DSC-SSB can...}

http://www.ocens.com/Cruising.aspx


c) Fixed-mount / Portable (non-marinized / non-stabilized) satellite terminals...such as INMARSAT B-GAN....
Allows for medium-speed (~ 64-128k) data connection / internet access, when in port, in remote areas...
Typical costs are $3000 and up....(plus lots of $$$ for airtime/data...)

There is also INMARSAT C, which is a low-speed (~ 600 buad) text / telex system, which provides SafetyNet weather and warnings (for free)....
It is VERY ROBUST and RELIABLE, and like the MF/HF-DSC-SSB radio is part of the GMDSS....(great for those sailing the world via the great capes, etc..)
Typical costs here are also about $3000 - $4000....


---- "advanced-types" are:
d) Iridium Pilot / Openport....allows medium-speed (128k) data connection / internet access, worldwide at sea, in all weather conditions.....
Typical costs are $4500 - $5000 (plus lots of $$ for airtime/data...)


e) INMARSAT Fleet Broadband (FB).....allowing medium-speed (128k - 500k) data connection / internet access at sea and in remote areas....
Typical costs are $5000/$6000 to $15,000/$20,000 (plus lots of $$$ for airtime/data...)


f) Maritime VSAT systems....allowing hi-speed (500k - 1.5Mb) data connection / internet access at sea and remote areas....
Typical costs are $15,000/$20,000+ and UP....(plus LOTS of $$$$$ for airtime/data...)


For more details on sat comm equipment and data services see:
http://www.ocens.com/Cruising.aspx
http://www.iridium.com/products/iridium-pilot.aspx
http://www.globalmarinenet.com/xgate.php
http://www.kvh.com/Leisure/Marine-Syste ... ernet.aspx




5) As for specific equipment....and its usefullness for weather / communications, when offshore and in remote areas...
First off, in my opinion, a maritime HF-DSC-SSB Radio (such as the Icom M-802) is an almost necessity on all offshore cruising boats / ocean-going pleasure craft of all types....as it is the ONLY way to directly signal "Distress" to other vessels past VHF range (anything past 20-25 miles)....
Secondly, a marine HF-DSC-SSB radio would allow very effective and cheap (aka free) access to offshore/hi-seas marine weather...(see details above)
Third, a marine HF-DSC-SSB radio allows you to contact/stay-in-touch with both other cruising boats and those back on-shore (should you desire to do so...)...not to mention the great addition that having a ham radio license will allow...
NOT having a well-insatlled and properly working marine SSB on-board is a big mistake that can be easily avoided!!!


So, my recommendations, in order of preference and usefullness/performance....

a) My first recommendation is easy....an Icom M-802/AT-140 Marine MF/HF-DSC-SSB Transceiver/Tuner, properly installed and tested.....

b) Next, I'd add either a dedicated wefax receiver (such as a Furuno FAX-408), or a low-power dedicated PC attached to your M-802, using free software to decode the WeFax charts (and text forecasts)....

c) Third, would be the addition of a PACTOR modem (SCS P4 Dragon) and AirMail software in your dedicated PC....along with a subscription to sailmail (and/or Shipcom).....

d) Fourth and Fifth, would be a combination of a dedicated NAVTEX Receiver, and an INMARSAT C termina, for SafetyNet / hi-seas weather forecasts....
Along with MF/HF-DSC Signaling, these are both part of the GMDSS, and make excellent dedicated text-only weather receivers, where data is transmitted for FREE, no subscription is needed!!!! And, they make excellent additions to any offshore sailing boat!!
(I'm already in the process of adding a separate, dedicated NAVTEX unit....and will be considering a Sat C unit before any circumnavigation plans...)

[Note that 4 of these first 5 systems require NO subscription fees, and are FREE to all users....and with the US, UK, Aus, NZ, Japan, China, etc. etc. etc. all recently stating their continued commitment to hi-seas weather forecasting / broadcast, these tax-payer support services will be here with us for many, many years to come....]


e) And, further down the list would be an Iridium 9555 phone, fixed ext. antenna, and docking station....
f) And, then maybe an Iridium Pilot (OpenPort) or INMARSAT FB.....



6) Tieing it all together, isn't necessary at all...and usually not even desired, as keeping your systems separate or at least able to work pretty well without being "tied-together" is a BIG part of the Keep-It-Simple-Stupid (KISS) approach!!!

There are some more advanced computer-type cruisers that do weather chart overlays, on top of their electronic charts....but, this usually requires pricey displays/computers (not something that is easy to keep working reliably offshore and in remote locales) and specific software (such as MaxSea) and pay-for charts/services....AND does require all things to work well together....(not really the best for long-range / offshore cruising, as it is a bit gimmicky....but is used by some)

Note, that you'll find that when offshore you'll not be using a chartplotter much at all....and in many popular cruising areas (Caribbean, etc.) you'll not need radar much either....
Although, radar is VERY nice to have when offshore, in "unsettled conditions" (esp useful in the ITCZ)....to find and weave-thru squals and storms....in many areas, you're not likely to use the radar too much....(but do make sure it works well, before you shove off for far flung locales...)
So, even if desireable to do so (it is NOT), worrying about chartplotter and radar integration, into your on-board weather forecast receiving systems is a rather moot point.....and shouldn't figure much into your decisions....



A few last thoughts....
7 ) Please do not forget that in addition to refrigeration, autopilot, etc. you'll need the electrical power to run all of the stuff on-board...so whatever you can do to use as little power as possible and/or for as short period of time as possible, is always a good idea....and you'll need to take into account the power used by different systems / equipment on-board, AND make sure you have enough electrical generation (solar) and storage (batteries) to use what you desire.....
Have a look here at what I've done....
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47004.htm
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47074.htm
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47145.htm



8 ) Here's my Nav Station, Cockpit, etc....it's all worked great for almost 6 years now, including two Atlantic crossings, 12,000+ miles offshore, multiple full Gales, severe T-Storms, etc...
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47003.htm
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47002.htm
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47148.htm


9 ) For some more info on using HF-SSB Radios, have a look here...
http://forum.ssca.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13306
http://forum.ssca.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13270
http://forum.ssca.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13490




10 ) Note that no mention is made above of GRIB charts (Gridded Binary charts), which are raw computer model data.....these are not nearly as accurate/reliable as profesionally prepared (by humans) weather charts, and are best suited to those rare individuals that are better forecasters than those professionals at the NWS, Ocean Prediction Center, Tropical Precdiction Center, National Hurricane Center, etc...
(although in some remote parts of the world, GRIB charts are about the best you can do for offshore weather charts....for most cruisers, they are NOT needed and fall way short of the "gold standard" of offshore marine weather forecasts, but unfortunately some new cruisers are easily "sold" on them by marine electronics dealers/installers/vendors.....)





I do hope this helps, but doesn't overwhelm...

Fair winds..
John
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by Paul L » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:40 pm

John,
So do I detect an ever so slight bias against GRIBs?
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:03 pm

Paul,
No, not at all...

The original poster (new to cruising and never done offshore passsages) was looking for info about "easy", "reliable", and "inexpensive" offshore weather, without hf radio, etc. and I simply wanted to inform him of the options (Including GRIB's), and my opinion that not equiping with hf radio was a mistake, so I was showing what options are available without spending too much money (sort of a cost-benefit analysis)....

But, I will not argue the point... :)
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by Goudurix » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:04 am

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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by Auspicious » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:46 am

I generally agree with John/KA4WJA

One of the items buried in his list of resources is rfax.pdf. This is a hugely valuable document. I have paper copies in my boat notebook and in the nav station and electronic copies on the boat computer, the backup, and my phone.

I've had good luck with laptops aboard. On delivery an appropriately sized piece of non-skid does fine in all but the worst conditions. On Auspicious I bought a laptop that has a docking station I can fasten to the nav table. I do agree that the 12VDC-powered computers available from places like IslandTimePC are attractive and certainly easier to upgrade.

I do not like the Furuno FAX 408. The thermal paper is fragile (high humidity and sunlight destroy it) and not readily available in some places. I think a computer-based solution is more robust and most cruisers (probably all but one or two worldwide *grin*) have computers anyway. Since weather is mission critical using a computer solution means a back-up of some kind is important.

I don't like GRIBs at all. Although NWS is working on meteorologist value-added products to deal with the problem, for now you won't see fronts in the widely available GFS model GRIBs. I don't know about you, but artifacts like fronts and waves are important to me.
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:55 am

1) Yes, WeFax paper is not readily available everywhere, many Furuno commercial dealers in/near commercial ports, have the paper, and a few odd chandleries do stock it as well, but not very many....(although a call or e-mail to Furuno anywhere in the world can get you paper in a couple days, it ain't a cheap way to do it!!!)
I buy mine from Furuno, sent via mail, in a 5 or 6-roll pack....one roll should get you thru a couple Atlantic crossings or an entire season.....prior to my FAX-408, I used the Alden MarineFaxIV (and before that an even older Alden MarineFax), and bought paper directly from them as well..


But, intelligent people can disagree....and here Dave and I respectfully disagree...
Auspicious wrote: I do not like the Furuno FAX 408. The thermal paper is fragile (high humidity and sunlight destroy it).

The paper that is used these days is not fragile at all, but can tear if it is wet....(no it is not as tough as NGA chart paper, but much tougher then notebook paper..)
And, even in high-humidity FL, Bahamas, etc. I've never had problems with humidity and the paper...
But, to be honest I've not thought about the sunlight issue, as I've never had a problem with it....and I store my paper in a locker (in the bag/boxes they come in)....but Dave may be correct that storing paper outside its protective covering and/or on a shelf, exposed to the UV would be a bad thing....
(years ago, the Alden paper came in a clear plastic tube with instructions to store away from sunlight...and I've always done so, and I've never had an issue...)

And, as for the paper / image quality lasting.....that is not an issue either...
I currently have a couple of sat images and surface charts that are a few years old, in a file folder on-board, and the paper has NOT degraded at all and the images have only fade a slight amount....
If you haven't seen/used the newer paper in these things, and are rmembering from the old days, please have a look, as they are much improved....




2) Okay, yeah I'm a bit too old fashioned...and while I've sailed across oceans, I've not used a laptop when doing so....but I do own one!!! :)
Auspicious wrote: I think a computer-based solution is more robust and most cruisers (probably all but one or two worldwide *grin*) have computers anyway. Since weather is mission critical using a computer solution means a back-up of some kind is important.

More recently, I have sailed along the coast and to the Bahamas, with my laptop....but never use it at sea, only in port...
And, I'll be taking it with me on my next sail...and I do have some extra non-skid pads, so I will give it a try...
And, I do have AirMail, JVComm, Viewfax installed on it...and have a cable to run from the M802 (or other receiver) to my laptop....



Fair winds...
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by Auspicious » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:04 am

ka4wja wrote:The paper that is used these days is not fragile at all, but can tear if it is wet....(no it is not as tough as NGA chart paper, but much tougher then notebook paper..)
And, even in high-humidity FL, Bahamas, etc. I've never had problems with humidity and the paper...
But, to be honest I've not thought about the sunlight issue, as I've never had a problem with it....and I store my paper in a locker (in the bag/boxes they come in)....but Dave may be correct that storing paper outside its protective covering and/or on a shelf, exposed to the UV would be a bad thing....
(years ago, the Alden paper came in a clear plastic tube with instructions to store away from sunlight...and I've always done so, and I've never had an issue...)


My humidity experience is older. Sunlight issues are pretty recent.

I wish someone made a laser wefax receiver. Avoid the paper issues of thermal and the clogged jets on inkjet.
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:46 am

Just yesterday I saw a 20+ year "auto-feed" dot-matrix printer being used at a client's office (it's used 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year), and their only complaint was that they need to order paper weeks in advance, as their paper supplier doesn't stock that old paper anymore (they said the US Gov't is currently the biggest user of that paper...)

Compared to that printer, my Furun FAX-408 is state-of-the-art 21st technology!!!

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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:36 pm

It's getting to close to Atlantic Crossing season and US East Coast-to-Caribbean passage time....and I thought some might find this thread helpful...

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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:45 pm

Although not specifically on-point of getting weather while offshore, I made some recent videos on-board that show not only the basic operations of the Icom M-802, but also specifically how-to choose the correct frequency/channel for the distance you wish to communicate, etc...

In demonstrating this, I used some offshore weather broadcasts from the USCG, NMN....and from Coast Station WLO....

Please have a look at this thread...read the descriptions of the videos and follow the links...
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16779&p=79472#p79472


And, specifically for the freq/channel choice videos...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-1LgNioO6w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4jm2Kk3niw



Please enjoy and fair winds...


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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:00 pm

With the spring outfitting season starting, and with Atlantic-Crossing season starting in the next 6 - 12 weeks, I thought some may find this information helpful...


Fair winds...

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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:29 pm

With the fall outfitting season starting, and with Atlantic-Crossing season / US-to-Caribbean passage season both coming up, I thought some may find this information helpful...

And, with the new "sat-fi" systems being touted as the newest whiz-bang gizmo to have on-board, I thought many would like to see what still works very well, and is much cheaper and more reliable!!

Fair winds....

John
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Re: Offshore / Hi-Seas Weather data / forecasts

by ka4wja » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:12 pm

Here you'll find videos showing LIVE demonstrations and real-world access / use of Offshore Weather information / forecasts, both Voice broadcasts and WeFax broadcasts....


Offshore Weather....procedures, sources and applications

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... JjHlChruyY

(which currently consists of 7 videos explaining and showing/demonstrating, exactly what weather sources are easily available to sailors/cruisers when at sea or in remote locales, showing/demonstrating both SSB Voice Weather Forecasts and WeFax Charts, worldwide....)



I hope some find these videos useful...

Fair winds...

John
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