I spent a bit of time rigging a long-wire antenna at home today to see what sort of range is practical for HF Weatherfax reception:
- The antenna is now about 20 metres long, made entirely from inexpensive hookup wire.
- The antenna is L-shaped, with one leg oriented East-West and the other North-South.
- I’ve also connected an earth wire to a copper stake just outside my window, significantly reducing background noise.
To my delight the little Degen DE-1103 receiver pulled in the Wellington MetService broadcast on two of the four frequencies! That’s 1,000 nautical miles! Local weatherfaxes from Charleville (WMC) are now clean and crisp.