Question: I’m planning to purchase a navtex receiver (NASA model, made in UK), so your comments about your experiences with navtex captured my attention. I wouldn’t want to purchase something that didn’t have a good track record where it counts. We considered the Furuno, but based on [magazine] reviews, the NASA model would suit us OK for size, power consumption, dual frequency, etc. Of course, if this is the brand that proved unsatisfactory for you, then I’d sure like to figure that experience into my purchase plans.
Answer: You are safe! It was not a NASA model navtex, but an ICS. We don’t have any information on the NASA, positive or negative, but would be interested in hearing your experience with it since we are often asked about navtex equipment.
While we are not sure of this, it is our guess that part of the secret of good navtex reception is in having an active (preamplifier in the antenna) antenna rather than passive, although the ICS did not work well with either for us
A potential drawback of magazine reviews is that the authors very rarely have real experience with the units offshore and so they tend to concentrate on features like where the buttons are and what they do, rather than actual functionality, as in does it get the information you need.