Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by rx80.. » Thu, 10 Feb 1994 19:34:59

I downloaded Rad-Fax-09.hqx from wuarchive.wustl.edu last night.
I have a Panasonic RF-45B which is cabable of tuning in side bands.
My Macintosh is a Powerbook 165C.

First with the Mac, I had trouble at first getting the program to
load. Rad-Fax wants 3 mB of memory. I restarted my Mac and turned
the extensions (Inits) off and got the few more bytes I needed.
I thought I might need to rig some sort of connector to get
the audio from the radio to the Mac. The Rad-Fax program used
the built-in microphone on the Mac. So I was set to recieve.

I tuned into 3355, close to 3357, one of the recommended frequencies
on the list. As also recommended, I listened for the "Squeaky
Wheel." At first I just saw a lot of noise. As I played more with
fine tuning, soon I was getting something that looked like a map.
My best capture for the night was a map of the East Coast of the
US.

My capture was not the highest quality. But after all I was just
using a portable reciever and relying of the computer's internal
microphone. Rad-Fax is certainly worth taking a look at!

Kris Eckols
Lilly Research Labs
Eli Lilly & Co.
Indianapolis, IN

 
 
 

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by George C. Rybick » Fri, 11 Feb 1994 03:36:24




>I downloaded Rad-Fax-09.hqx from wuarchive.wustl.edu last night.
>I have a Panasonic RF-45B which is cabable of tuning in side bands.
>My Macintosh is a Powerbook 165C.

WU is a very large server. Where did you find this program, is it a
macintosh directory,
a ham radio directory or something else?  Could you provide the path
information?
Thank You
 
 
 

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by rx80.. » Fri, 11 Feb 1994 22:31:54

Quote:>>I downloaded Rad-Fax-09.hqx from wuarchive.wustl.edu last night.
>>I have a Panasonic RF-45B which is capable of tuning in side bands.
>>My Macintosh is a Powerbook 165C>

To find rad-fax-09.hqx FTP Wuarchive.wustl.edu

systems/mac/info-mac/comm/rad-fax-09.hqx

It is also available at sumex-aim.stanford.edu in the info-mac
files (comm). I never can get an connection here because the
anonymous user's access is always at capacity.

Kris Eckols
Lilly Research Labs
Eli Lilly & Co.
Indianapolis, IN

 
 
 

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by sys_lederma » Sat, 12 Feb 1994 21:15:45


>>I downloaded Rad-Fax-09.hqx from wuarchive.wustl.edu last night.

    I don't know where it is there, but I found it on
 sumex-aim.stanford.edu in /info-mac/comm.

--
B. Z. Lederman.   My personal opinions.

 
 
 

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by Geoffrey S. Mendels » Mon, 14 Feb 1994 00:43:48


Quote:>Forget the path.  Here's the copy I got (uuencoded).  I haven't
>gotten it to work for me yet.  I can find the WEFAX station, but
>when I start up the Mac, it's noise drowns out the signal (*sigh*).
>I haven't done much except complain about it so far, though.

OUCH!!!!!!  

Those of us who pay for our news feed DO NOT APPRECIATE 200K FILES.

Please limit your postings to discussion except in groups where
posting of files is permitted by the charter.

Since the average news article is close to 2k, I could of gotten 100 articles
(several days traffic) for the cost of this one. I pay out of my pocket for my
news feed, I don't get it for free "as part of the job".

I specifically avoid groups where source code or binaries are posted to keep
my costs down.

I also do not have 200k to spare on my spool disk.

I decided to post this instead of emailing it to discourage those who
saw the original posting and would post something of their own of the
same size or larger.

If you have not read the instructions for new users (whether or not you
are a new user) that are posted in the news.groups hierarchy, I suggest
that you do.

Thanks,  Geoff.

--
"I am number six. Others come and others go, but I am always number six."
(From the movie "Eminent Domain".)


 
 
 

Review Rad-Fax for Mac

Post by sys_lederma » Mon, 14 Feb 1994 00:10:35

    I got RAD-FAX a few days ago from Sumex, and just tried it
 out.  I think additional information will be needed for success.

    I happend to have an old article from "Nuts & Volts" magazine,
 which said that weather fax was a good way to spot conditions
 where tropospheric propagation will occur, and gave the following
 frequencies for various maps:

  8,680.1 kHz Pacific Coast
 23,329.4 kHz Continental U.S.
  9,155.6 kHz Gulf of Mexico
 10,863.1 kHz Atlantic Coast

    I don't know where they are broadcast from, but I picked up
 10,863 (or something close by) very well where I am on the North
 Short (the area north-east of Boston, MA).  I fed the recorder
 output from my old Panasonic RF-2800 to the microphone input of
 my Macintosh through a pad (an adapter made by Apple to reduce
 line levels to microphone levels) and ran the program.

    What I got didn't look like much.  There are some sliding
 diagonal lines which make be think that the default rep. rate
 in the program isn't the rate these images are sent with.

    Does anyone have more information on these broadcasts, such as
 the Fax parameters (height, width, rep-rate, etc.), and on the
 broadcasts  themselves (are they upper or lower sideband, and
 should I hear what sounds like the sync pulses at a high or low
 audio frequency)?

    Any suggestions for other Facsimile stuff I can receive now
 that I have some software to do it?

    (By the way, the program itself comes with no instructions,
 but is quite easy to operate.)

    Bart Z. Lederman