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Old 22-09-2005, 04:36   #1
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Question Pactor III modem

We are considering the purchase of a Pactor III modem. Does anyone have a good source for good pricing on this piece of equipment?
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Old 22-09-2005, 12:06   #2
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Here is a deal if you are quick...

There are a couple of others listed as well.

The Pactor II and III modems (really the same modem as it's just a firmware upgrade to use pactor III) are a bit like diamonds, they are a monopoly and over priced. But, that doesn't stop my wife from wanting a nice diamond, and it doesn't stop me from buying a Pactor modem. SCS is the ony maker, and so the only big discounts available are from buying used. I was lucky to get a used Pactor Pro with the III firmware for about half the price of new. If buying new, I would concern myself more with service. I bought a cable from dockside radio and they were very helpful. I think their kits look like a good deal.

If you are using a modern SSB radio with computer control, I recomend the the pro model. It is very handy to just select a station and frequency from a drop down menu and have the radio change to the right settings. This is really nice when searching for an clear station/frequency. In my case I have an Icom 706 ham radio.

Good Luck, Woody
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