Quote:>>Agree 110% Bill ....I operated pactor et al for about 14 years until my
>>PK232 bit the dust ....I should get another as I really enjoyed the digital
>>modes ...have been using the sound card stuff but I guess I am used to the
Send it to Timewave = they revive and upgrade 232s very nicely.
Mine was done about three years ago, when they added DSP detection
and replaced the DCD sensitivity control (at no cost) which they
said was damaged when I shipped it to them.
Quote:>Since your PK-232 bit the dust, why not try a KAM-Plus next? Mine is
>10 years old and showing no signs of "age" whatsoever, except maybe
>it's EPROM firmware version. It's a heckuva lot smaller than a PK232,
>does everything the 232 does,
Does it do NAVTEX and TDM ? Does it have a Signal Analysis
mode to determine data type, polarity, and baud rate ?
Quote:>and I think it's a lot simpler for somone new to digital modes to master,
>since it can be controlled directly from >the keyboard with a dumb-terminal
>or terminal emulator program (I use >QModem).
I rum my 232 from a terminal emulator and control it directly from
the keyboard. I use it mainly for (non-ham) MF/HF monitoring. Were
I on HF (I am licensed for all ARS bands and modes but I haven't had
a HF rig for over 25 years) I would run PACTOR.
The fancy (and expensive) packet program runs a PK-88 on 2-m.
I recently acquired a KAM-3 (not the plus) which I may set up
on a second packet channel (our ARES/RACES operations here are
heavily into packet) or use it for APRS - I haven't decided
which. The antenna connected to that transceiver went sour
(20+ dB down compared to an identical antenna on the other
mast) and the safety officer that I've been married to all
these years has declared that I have to wait until it's drier
and warmer to climb up on the roof (I agree).
It's taken me a while to shift gears to the Kantronics command set
after using the AEA for over 10 years. It is smaller than the PK-88
and the PK-232 but I do miss the tuning indicator and DCD sensitivity
control that the 232 has.
But learning new stuff is part of the fun of ham radio.
73 de K2ASP - Phil Kane
From a Clearing in the Silicon Forest
Beaverton (Washington County) Oregon