HF Fax is similar to the RTTY mode with a
shift of 800 Hz, the white at 2300 Hz and the black at 1500 Hz, except it
concerns RX/TX of pictures either in black and white or in gray levels.
This mode is included into the software MULTIPSK by Patrick F6CTE, there is the description of this mode and its
variants as well as the specifications coming from his software :
In HF Fax, such stations as meteorological transmissions of official stations exist, for example:
* Bracknell Meteo on 2618.5, 4610 or 8040 Khz,
* RN London on 3652, 4307 or 6446 Khz,
* Hambourg Meteo on 3855, 7880 or 13882.5 Khz.
There are two types of fax: "black and white" or with 8 grey scales, but only the first seems to be used.
In " black and white" fax, two AF frequencies are transmitted: one at
low frequency (1500 Hz), the other at high frequency (2300 Hz), the
first tone corresponding to black and the second to white. These two
frequencies, separated by a shift (800 Hz in SW), can effectively
modulate the RF when transmitted (AFSK) or be artificially produced by
a simple shift of RF frequency (FSK). For the listener, they both sound
The listening is on USB, the user must adjust the receiver frequency
1900 Hz ((1500+2300)/2) below the transmitter frequency (for example,
BRACKNELL METEO on 2616,6 KHz).
In grey scales, frequencies are located between 1500 and 2300 Hz.
The scan speed or number of lines produced per minute (lpm) may be of
60, 90 ou 120. In Western Europ, the speed is 120 lpm. In Eastern
Europ, the speeds are 60 and 90 lpm.
The indice of co-operation (IOC) is an exploration characterictic of
the transmitted picture. This indice corresponds to the ratio between
the cylinder diameter to the scan step (between two successive lines).
In practice, the IOC defines the maximum transmission duration. For
example, for 120 lpm, the duration will be of 9.4 minutes for an IOC of
288 and 18.8 minutes for an IOC of 576. For 60 lpm, durations would be
The official stations use IOC of 288 and 576 and rather this second
value, but as the maximum duration is rarely used, an IOC of 288 may be
Hams use an IOC of 288 and a speed of 120 lpm. Pictures are transmitted either in "black and white" or in grey scales.
The fax transmissions are preceded and followed by "APT" signals
(alternation of black and white). The first "APT" signal could be used
to determine the IOC but MULTIPSK does not do it. After the first "APT"
signal, there will be a phasing signal (30 sec. of white band alone).
This signal allows to synchronize and to determine the sweeping speed
in lpm. MULTIPSK allows to synchronize but not to determine the
Recommanded frequencies for Fax (Ham) (USB)
3730-3740, 7035-7045, 14230, 21340, 28680, 50550, 144700
U.S. hams are allowed image transmission on 80 m from 3750 kHz and up,
7150 kHz and up for 40 meters, and 21200 khz and up, commensurate with
the license class: Extra Class = 14150 kHz and up ; Advance Class =
14175 kHz and up ; General Clas = 14225 kHz and up - (Dave N4EF
Recommanded frequencies for Fax (commercial) (USB, 120 lpm, examples)
Hambourg Meteo: 3855, 7880, 13882.5 Khz
Bracknell Meteo: 2618.5, 3289.5, 4610, 4782, 8040, 9203, 11086.5, 14436, 14582.5 Khz
RN London: 2374, 4307, 6446, 8331.5, 12844.5, 16912 KHz
NMG New Orleans, LA 8503 kHz