Response from NOAA + Boston WeFax

After my last blog – Weather Fax from Honolulu – I decided I’d drop the Weather HF Operations in Honolulu an email to see if they could confirm whether it was them that I received or not.

After a few hours I got back the following response from one of their Ops staff:

Aloha Tony!
In reviewing the schedules looking for that particular chart (Honolulu’s 24 hr Wind/Wave), I believe that is only transmitted from Hawaii. While there are Wind/Wave charts sent on all of the stations, the 24 hour Wind/Wave that is produced by WFO Honolulu is only broadcast on the Hawaii frequency.

From this, I’m happy to say it was Honolulu that I received and have noted it as such.

At the time they replied I was actually listening out on one of the NOAA Boston frequencies to see if I could get anything from them.

It was static on 9108.1 kHz (9110 kHz) when I started and was about to give up, when all of a sudden a transmission started part-way through a chart – just like they’d flicked a switch on that frequency transmitter. As you can see below, the chart just started.

Part-way through chart at 2222z on 12th May 2020.

I received a further two charts before the end of that days charts and the service stopped.

Quality not too bad, 4880 km away from here.

Again, all received on my Icom IC-R8500 and Wellbrook Loop, using JWX 3.0 software.

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