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Old 03-03-2015, 13:14   #1
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Question Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

We have been in the Rio Dulce for the last year. HF reception is poor inside of the canyon and lake area. So we haven't used the HF radio & pactor since we were last in the Bay Islands.

We are currently in Roatan. The HF radio reception and transmitting is working fine. But when I connect the Pactor and click on the Propogation list I get a pop up message that reads: "NO READY SIGNAL (CTS) FROM COM 5 - CHECK CONTROLLER CONNECTION & TRY AGAIN". When I connect the other PC I get the same message, but it refers to "COM 3". I've checked the connections, they seem to be okay. It was working the last time we were here in Roatan and nothing has been changed in the radio/pactor installation.

I do notice that the red light bar on the Pactor stays fully lit all the way across and none of the lights on either side of the light bar come on.

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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

What model Pactor??
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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Lightning strike while you were away...?
Hope not.
Were the antennas uncoupled..?
Batteries and ground uncoupled...?

Try a soft reset or hard reset.
See the manual.

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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

What manual? for the Pactor or the Radio?
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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

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What model Pactor??
It is the Pactor SCS PTC-IIex, upgraded to the Pactor III
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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Try changing the com port in the settings. Confirm it matches the active com port on your PC.


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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Is the Pactor a USB version? - or older serial port requiring a serial port to USB converter? Those converters are notoriously problematic.

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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Reset the Pactor TNC per the SCS manual.
Should be in there somewhere.

This could also be the USB to RS232 serial converter dongle blocking data flow between the Pactor and the computer, as stated here.
The Prolific chipsets give problems...

Try another converter, or try to re-install the original USB to serial converter dongle.
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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Hello, since the IIex does not control the radio you need two serial connections (and therefore COM ports) from your computer - one connecting to the modem to receive data and one connecting to your radio to control the radio. If you use USB rather than DB9 ports (9 pin male serial ports used on older computers) on your computer, the software included with your USB-DB9 converter creates virtual or software COM ports, usually numbered 3 or higher and whose number can change if you move the converter to a different USB port. It sounds as if Airmail trying to control the radio using different virtual COM port than is created by the USB-DB9 converter.

Go into your device manager (assuming Windows 7/8) and see what COM ports are configured for which USB-DB9 adapter, and make sure Airmail is set up to use the correct port for the converter that is used to connect to the radio.

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Re: Icom 802 & Pactor Modum PTC-IIex

Here is a real ham idea...testing and experimenting...always.
Try another computer with RMS Express or Airmail newly installed.
Now try to initialize your Pactor TNC.
If it works, it is just the com ports acting up on the old computer.
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