Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by KA1BSZ, Dec 16, 2020.
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Hi Rob - If you are still looking for PK-232 software, drop me a note and I will email you the source. The catch is, you have to run the software in DOS. I can help you with that as well....
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No worries, I have copies of the old software. Getting it to run has been a challenge, I tried DOS Box for a while but found it a bit fiddly. I would guess a DOS partition might be an idea but the notion of drivers for a newer machine might be a problem. I have found and am experimenting with LanLink Lite. http://therightrequirement.com/sfar/Lanlink/LLwindows.htm and have gotten it to send the basic commands to the PK-232 for all the operating modes. It had a problem with the PK-232 .ini file in that one command seems to hold up the process. That was DCD, I didn't find any info on it, my Eprom dates to March 1993, and put a hash tag in front to block it. (#DCD) Thanks for the offer.
The most reliable piece of gear I have is my Kam Plus. I bought it new just under 25 years ago and it's been in daily use since then. Now it's limited to vhf and hf packet, but it has been used a lot on AMTOR and PACTOR back in the day.
And during a stint in Navy MARS we sent MARS Traffic via Pactor. Anyone wanting to do a keyboard to keyboard PACTOR QSO on HF, email me for a sked.
A number of my NEOH-area ham friends are starting to drag those old KAMs and PK-232s out again...we're playing with legacy modes such as Pactor on 10M. Look for them around 28.120 +/- QRM when the band is up.
Sounds good, I joined a Pactor group on the book of faces; though, most of their activity is in Europe.
Great to hear the news. Pactor is a very fun mode for conversational qso's.
Another rarely known feature is that with a Kam+, and probably the 232's as well, your bulletin board is accessible in Pactor mode. In my case, my packet BBS call on the Kam+ is K8BZ-1. If I switch to Pactor mode on a 10 meter frequency another station could link with K8BZ-1 in Pactor mode and access the BBS just as if they were on packet.
ETA: The problem with the DCD command seems to be related to the fact I am using a USB (FTDI Chip) adapter to the RS-232 port on the PK-232. I have since started running the PK-232 on a WIN 7 machine with a real serial port and the DCD problem has gone away. I'm still using LanLink Lite btw.