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Old 13-10-2015, 21:18   #1
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Icom 802

I have installed an Icom 802 on my boat with a Pactor 3 USB modem,I am using a Mac Pro laptop with Parallels and Windows XP.I downloaded Airmail but can't seem to be able to send emails or download weather fads.I entered my Ham call sign but nothing goes through.HELP.I watched all your videos John but can't seem to get the data side working.The radio seems to be ok on Voice so it must be something I am not doing or doing wrong in data.


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Old 13-10-2015, 22:10   #2
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Believe Airmail is a subscription service, have you joined?? Your Ham call sign doesn't mean anything to them. The Ham program is Winlink. Unfortunately, been too long since I used it and can't remember what's needed to log in. The Pactor people are located in Sausalito and have an app to make logging in easy. Hopefully someone who's more on top of it will come along.

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Did you download RMS Express or Winlink? When I switched to a new computer and from Vista to Windows 8 now 10 - I could not get RMS Express to run so switched to Winlink and it worked well. Why the difference? I have no idea but it works and works well.
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Re: Icom 802

To use sailmail you must subscribe ... go to SailMail
This NOT a Ham service, it is a general user paid service.
Your boat's call sign will be your ID, but it must be approved by Sailmail admin
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Old 14-10-2015, 06:52   #5
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Re: Icom 802

I'm assuming that you're planning on using Winlink via the ham radio bands, rather than Sailmail via the maritime frequencies?? (if not, then you will need a maritime callsign for Sailmail...)

But, in any case, you should read (and download) the Sailmail it is the definitive guide to making the PACTOR Modem, radio, and computer, all work together properly..
SailMail Primer


After you've read the Primer, and the Winlink supporting info as well....and have looked at / confirmed your settings...then post some specific issues/problems here, and there are folks around that are very familiar with this and/or are current Winlink (and Sailmail) users, that will be able to help you...
(but, alas it will not be me...'cause while I've set a few of them up, it's been a while...and I don't personally use either...)

I hope the push to read the Sailmail Primer helps!

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Re: Icom 802

OK Airmail 3 is a software program designed to send and receive your Email and Weather Gribs... You now need a email communication system to connect to

You have two options to do this:

Winlink - Which is free and available to ALL HAM OPERATORS WORLDWIDE. When I was cruising I found this unreliable, because there were just too many people using the system and it is ALL volunteer.

Sailmail - Which is a paid service. We used this the entire three years we were cruising and NEVER had a problem sending or receiving emails or Weather files.

Here is the link to Winlink How To PDF:

Here is the link to the Sailmail site: SailMail

Finally, here is the link to the most current version of Airmail 3.4.062: Airmail Version 3

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