We don't have, and can't foresee having, a SSB transceiver. We do have an older Grundig Yachboy that we have used for voice weather forecasts from NOAA with good success. We have now added the software, actually two pieces of software, to the Acer laptop that will allow us to receive weather faxes where ever we might be. The only hardware purchase we needed was a mono 3.5 mm sound cable to attach the radio ear phone jack to the microphone jack on the computer.
The software we are testing are JVComm 32 and SeaTTY v2.37. Our preliminary testing is showing that both are very good but we are leaning towards the SeaTTY due to its less expensive registration.
We will need to work up a better antennae and will be assembling a wire in a rope antennae to run up a burgee halyard. It would be nice to have the antennae inside the mast but this is only possible with wooden masts, not our aluminum masts.
We saw a rig such as we have now a number of years ago while circumnavigating Cuba. It worked very well using a lead from an old extension cord as an antennae.
Another slide down the slippery slope of technology now that we have electricity. What will the next item be? I have some ideas!