Monday, 11 December 2006

VMW Wiluna Australia Meteo HF-Fax

A quick VOACAP run indicated that around 1000z it is a good time to check for HF-Fax transmissions from Australia. I tuned my receiver to 18060 kHz and got four charts. I can't say I'm impressed with the quality of the reception, but at least it is possible, and my decoding software manages to recognize the beginning and end of the charts.

The best one is presented below. According to schedule, it is supposed to be "S.H. 500 hPa Prog (H+48) Valid 0000". You can find how the original chart looks like in the same web page. Unfortunately, the current chart isn't available online, only an older one.

18060 kHz 1032z

Wiluna is located at 26° 35' S, 120° 13' E, about 12000 km from me! Not a bad signal for such long path! Boston is about 8000 km, so it must be the most distant Fax image in my blog!

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