Ham Radio

Monday, February 02, 2009
Latest Weather FAX Images Received from Northwood Region VI
Today the U.K is battling with the inclement weather and as many of the nation face heavy down pours of snow, I decided to take a look myself to try determine what we could be expecting our glorious British weather to bring us.

As usual I fired up the radio equipment and computer which I regularly use to receive images from Earth orbiting weather monitoring NOAA satellites.
I also like to receive weather faxes from Northwood, which show detailed pictures of changeable weather fronts intended for Ships/sea bearing vessels within our ocean - region 6 (Europe). click on any image to enlarge
Northwood's facsimile transmissions are scheduled throughout the day every day and include:

Fronts Centres Winds.
Surface Analysis.
Gale Summary.
Milli Bar (MB) Height/Thickness.
Surface Prognosis.
Signal Wind Areas.

Frequencies used to receive the Fax transmissions are: 11.084.600 USB, 8.038.100 USB, 4.608.100 USB, & 2.616.600. USB. (HF - LF).

Software: Radio Com 5.2 or any Fax decoding software.

Radio and antenna used: Yaesu FT-847 and random length of wire.

Here is the Decoder (Radio Com 5.2) used on my computer.
Here you can see the program's vast choice of pre-programmed receiving/decoding options.
This is the first image received showing Surface Prog.
Image no 2 Surface Prog
Image 3 Surface Prog ( You can compare the extent of movement of the weather front from Image 1 to 3 ).
This Image Shows Thickness and Potential Height. (Tomorrow Feb 3rd, Prediction)
650 Milli Bar Wind prediction (Feb 3rd, Tomorrow)
I will let you decide for yourself tomorrow's WX, Good Luck
and look out for more Weather (WX) images/Fax in the up and coming future.
Till then keep warm and tnx for passing by!
posted by Simon Davison @ 8:28 pm  
2 Comments:
  • At 9:21 am, Blogger M6ODC said…

    Hi Simon,

    Im new to Amatuer radio (M6ODC) and love all weather things..

    You mention Radiocom is that a free program? as im interested in having a look see what it can do.

    73 Glenn de M6ODC

     
  • At 11:00 am, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Hi Glenn, congrats and welcome to the hobby. I am sure you will have years of enjoyment to come.

    Unfortunately RadioCom software is not free, I bought my copy via waters and stanton plc.

    you can go to the RadioCom site and look under the Amateur Radio section to download it. copy the link below into your browser.

    http://www.bonito.net/frames/en_ham_index.htm

    All the best 73 de Simon

     
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