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jimh posted 01-04-2009 11:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The original article describing how to use remote NOAA Weather Radio broadcast stations as a test of the performance of your VHF Marine Band radio and antenna has been moved to the REFERENCE section. See
jimh posted 01-11-2009 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
RADIOWorks is available as a free download from its author's website at

It runs on the Windows operating system.

Marlin posted 01-11-2009 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Jim, thanks for the reference to RadioWORKS. I just finished a line-of-sight analysis at work for a couple hundred thousand square miles out west using DTED data (which is a wonderful resource, but a pain in the neck to translate into something really useful). RadioWORKS might be very useful if I have to do some follow-up analysis on specific locations.


Jefecinco posted 01-12-2009 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Thanks for that useful article. Your procedure will work well for me. My primary will be Mobile, AL with a solid white area signal, seconday will be Pensacola, FL with a green signal with a little scatter at home, and finally Gulfport, MS provides a red signal zone but not far out of the green area.

I believe I'm now getting two solid WX stations and one weak station. I'll verify the next time I have the cover off. But even if it's only two solid stations that says a lot for my ten year old GAM steel whip antenna.


Chuck Tribolet posted 01-12-2009 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Do be a bit careful with these maps. is
WX1, general SF Bay Area weather, and comes in just fine in
Monterey. is
WX5, Monterey Marine, is more or less unreceiveable in

They are located on the same tower and have maps that look
almost identical. There is clearly some difference.


jimh posted 01-13-2009 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Chuck--Call the local NOAA weather office and ask them if WWF64 is really on the air. It seems odd that there would be two transmitters on the same tower broadcasting the same information. I suspect that WWF64 might be a standby transmitter in case the primary KEC49 fails.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-13-2009 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Both are on the air. WX1 has land info and marine info,
WX5 has only marine info, so you get to what you want quicker.

BTW, thanx for the pointer to RadioWORKS. It's explaining
why I get some of the SF Digital TV stations (xmit from
San Bruno Mtn.) and not others (xmit from Sutro Tower). I'd
thought it was because San Bruno Mountain was blocking
Sutro Tower, but no, there's no blockage at that end, it's
a little hill near my house called El Toro.


jimh posted 01-24-2009 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I moved the initial article of this thread to the REFERENCE section to make it easier to find. There is a link back to this discussion so additional comments or questions can be handled.
jimh posted 07-05-2011 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I added an addendum to the article to give details of some further reception reports from Leland, which included a spectacular signal from WGN684 from the upper peninsula of Michigan on a 78-mile path.

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