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Old 09-04-2015, 17:56   #1
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Pactor Modem

Having paid a kings ransom for high speed modems and Ethernet cards in the 80's and watched the prices go down to a fraction of the cost, I have not been able to bring myself to pay what I see as an outrageous sum for a Pactor.

Has anyone had any luck with other options?


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Old 09-04-2015, 18:43   #2
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Weather Fax on SSB

Good thread here. It may be just what you want.
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Old 09-04-2015, 19:09   #3
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Re: Pactor Modem

Keep your eye's open for a later Pactor 3. There are quite a few out there that were modified by the factory and are "licensed to Pactor 4" most people don't know about them. I found one on e bay that nobody wanted cause it was a "3" I e mailed the seller, got the s/n and called pactor, turned out it was licesed/modified to a pactor 4. Got it for $125.00. Great investment.

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Re: Pactor Modem

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Having paid a kings ransom for high speed modems and Ethernet cards in the 80's and watched the prices go down to a fraction of the cost, I have not been able to bring myself to pay what I see as an outrageous sum for a Pactor.

Has anyone had any luck with other options?


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You can mess about with a sound card in your laptop. If your just getting started you'll learn a lot taking this approach.

My Pactor 3 is reliable and is one of our safety critical systems so we consider the cost worthwhile. The price of the proprietary Pactors hasnt changed much in years.

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Old 09-04-2015, 21:54   #5
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Re: Pactor Modem

Black Cat's weather fax app works well on my iPads.

A modem would be a nice addition to my SSB.

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Black Cat's weather fax app works well on my iPads.

A modem would be a nice addition to my SSB.

Thanks for the replies.


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Tell me more about Black Cats weather fax. Sounds interesting. We have an SSB and an IPad air.
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hf-w...394199597?mt=8


It is a good program. I have used it for a few years.


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Re: Pactor Modem

The price of the Pactors isn't going to change for a pretty long time, because they are a proprietary design, manufactured by only one company.

There is an alternative, called WINMOR. It does the same thing as a Pactor modem, but it uses your computer and its soundcard. It is a little slower, and a little bit less reliable, than the latest Pactor hardware modems, but the big difference is... IT IS FREE!

See information here... http://www.winlink.org/content/winlink_book_knowledge
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