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PACTOR-3 PTC-III USB MODEM MID SPEED FOR EMAIL VIA MARINE SAILMAIL AND HAM WINMAIL NETWORKS (includes optional bluetooth module)

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PACTOR-3 PTC-III USB MODEM MID SPEED FOR EMAIL VIA MARINE SAILMAIL AND HAM WINMAIL NETWORKS (includes optional bluetooth module)

Product Information

 

Send and receive email via your HF SSB radio. Receive weather data via GRIB or fax files. Plot your vessel location on the web by simply sending an email to any recipient.

Simple connectivity with your PC or laptop via a single standard USB cable (or via bluetooth). Airmail email client software is provided on CD but is also a free download from the web.

Plug and play cabling is provided for all Icom branded transceivers (connection with other brand transceivers may also be possible - email us with the specifics of your radio model)

Written Quick Install Guide provided, will have you sending and receivng emails within minutes

PACTOR-II & PACTOR-III compatible, Compact unit, Low power consumption, GPS interface for NMEA data. The Multimode-Controller is also capable of PACTOR-I, AMTOR, NAVTEX, RTTY, CW, FAX, SSTV, AUDIO-Filter, Packet-Radio and PSK31 data transmission

The PTC-IIIusb is equipped with a radio transceiver control port, which allows remote control of the connected radio via software.

(Please note it is not possible to upgrade a Pactor 3 modem to Pactor 4 speeds - if you require the fastest data speeds available then consider upgrading to our Pactor 4 modem package described on our webpage here)

The Hardware

  • Fully compatible to existing software by using a virtual COM port assigned by the USB driver.
  • One single connector to the HF/VHF transceiver  for all modes (2nd cable connection required for radio remote control via software).
  • Transceiver control for ICOM, YAESU, SGC, KENWOOD and Rohde&Schwarz, including RS232 for modern transceivers.
  • Supported by Airmail/GetFax software packages.
  • Packet-Radio with 300, R600, 1200, 9600 and 19200 baud with built-in DSP.
  • Dimensions: 125 W x 43 H x 138 D mm, 1.69 H x 4.92 W x 5.43 D inches.
  •  Weight: 450 g
  • Power Supply:  +10 to +20 V DC, 300 mA max. Reverse polarity protected.
  • Fuse self resetting.

 

Whats included

 Kit contains everything you need to plug and play with an Icom HF SSB radio: PTC-III usb Pactor modem with bluetooth module, interconnecting cables, 6  FairRite snap-on RF chokes (for each end of the USB, Interconnecting, & Frequency Control cables), Airmail Program CD, & a copy of the Sailors' Quick-Start Guide to Sailmail/AirMail/WL2K, Quick Start Installation Guide (will have you sending and receiving your first email within minutes)

Note: when comparing prices with other dealers make sure they have included the traditionally optional bluetooth module in their package. Bluetooth functionality - wireless is not only convenient and tidier but less cabling minimises the chance of radio frequency interference to your pactor modem)

Using AirMail Freeware for Windows XP/Vista/Win 7,8,10

PACTOR-3USB Professional System for use with HF radios that have remote frequency control (this all modern Icoms such as the M710, M802, M801e, Icom 78, Icom 718, Icom 706mk2g etc).

Listed price IS inclusive of the bluetooth upgrade.

This system allows AirMail 3 to control both the modem & radio frequency selection using a single USB Port or BLUETOOTH on the associated computer.

Each System includes AirMail-3 for SailMail and Winlink, GetFax, Viewfax and ViewGrib on CD. The package also includes the following:

1 PTC-III usbt3 USB & Blue Tooth accessed Pactor-3 Modem

1 PTC/TRX 1.5m cable, Audio to (for Icom model radios only)

1 PTC/Freq 1.5m cable, Freq. to (for Icom model radios only)

1 Ferrites - set 6 clip-on cable ferrite filters

1 set-up and operations manual on CD

1 standard 1.5M long USB cable

1 68-page Sailors' Quick-Start Guide to SailMail / Airmail / Winlink 2000

* IC-M802 / M801e installations and other “remotehead” radios may require longer than 1.5m cables – See Options below

Note: Annual SailMail Membership is payable to the USA at a current cost of US$250 at the applicable rate of the day. This membership due is not included in our package price and must be paid separately.  You can apply for Sailmail membership via the web at this link: http://www.sailmail.com/FormAppl.htm

The current Airmail software, USB modem and USB cable offered, all work well under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7,8,10. Although operation with other older windows operating systems (ie Win 98, 2000 etc) is possible, performance can be erratic and no technical support is provided. Airmail also runs on MAC systems running Windows with Boot Camp, Parallels, or similar programs (we do not provide support for Apple Mac systems).

Although a CD with detailed help files is provided with each modem purchase, sometimes you just cannot beat the convenience of having a physical reference booklet sitting by your pactor modem installation (to look up those not so often used features of the Airmail software).  The 68-page Sailors' Quick-Start Guide to SailMail / Airmail / Winlink 2000 is chock-full of detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and more than 70 screen shots to quickly get you sending e-mail and receiving Weather FAX. This booklet is included with your modem purchase

If you require cabling longer than 1.5 metres or if you are using a non Icom branded radio we can make up custom cables for you - the usual cost for this service is $85 per cable. Conditions apply. Please email us for details.

1 year warranty applies to all modem products

If you require additional clip on fairites (note 6 are already included with your package) then these can be purchased at additional cost under options below.

THE PACTOR MODEM PACKAGE CANNOT BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE SHOPPING CART AS WE NEED SPECIFIC TECHNICAL INFORMATION IN RESPECT TO YOUR HF RADIO INSTALLATION TO COMPLETE YOUR ORDER. PLEASE CONTACT US BY PHONE AT 07-41257700 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

 



Pactor-III (P-III) or Pactor 4 - What is it and why do I need it:

Pactor-III is a real-world 4x* increase in throughput over Pactor-II. Weather maps that take 7-8 minutes to download with a modem only licensed to operate in the Pactor-II mode, take two minutes or less to download with P-III - saving time and battery power. The speed increase of P-III is permanently unlocked with a license key entered into the modem at the time of purchase. Note this unlock fee is approx $150-$200 and is already included in our pactor modem package price. When comparing prices with other dealers make sure that this cost is already embedded in their advertised price.

Pactor 4 is a real world 1.5-3 times faster than Pactor 3. Please note that it is not possible to upgrade a Pactor 3 modem to Pactor 4 speeds.

 

 

Why have a Bluetooth modem!
The data stream signal of a USB interface is located in the middle of the shortwave HF radio bands. Therefore, the USB data signal cannot be separated from the shortwave signal being transmitted or received by  your HF radio via traditional filtering arrangements. 

Mutual interference is thus possible, especially where the antenna is located close to the modem/PC setup (ship borne installations). Mutual interference in this case means that the transmitted HF-signal can disturb the USB data stream between PC and modem, as well the USB data stream can disturb the radio reception of  HF SSB radios.

Bluetooth can help solve this problem, as Bluetooth and shortwave radio signals don’t interfere with one another. Additionally, if eliminating the USB cable connection, the danger of ground loops and parasitic currents distorting the radios signal modulation are removed, which will lead to a better transmission quality.

 

Frequency Control via Computer - How Important is it?

Why remote frequency switching with your radio is so important:


 Currently there are seventeen shore-side Sailmail Coast Stations worldwide to which you can connect. Each of these stations scans from five to twelve frequencies, making a maximum total of around 115+ frequencies to be monitored. So just how important is the ability to control the radio with your computer? The short answer is it's really important - Here's why:

  • The transmitting frequency and station call sign must be associated with each other in order for radio-based e-mail to work. AirMail must send a connect request to a Sailmail network coast station using both the correct station call and frequency. Radio memory is organized serially, beginning at location 00 and counting up, so the programmed list of frequencies becomes one long onerous series of frequencies. 
  • The Pactor II/III Radio Modem/SSB system makes an excellent weather FAX (WEFAX) receiving system using the GetFAX/ViewFAX applets that run under Sailmail/AirMail. GetFAX supports 59 additional frequencies for 14 WEFAX stations worldwide, This, added to the 88 Sailmail frequencies, makes a total of about 123 Sailmail & WEFAX frequencies to keep current and access.

  • For safety while underway, it is important to keep the ships systems as simple to use as practical while maintaining necessary functionality. Pushing one single computer key (up/down arrow), to select a station and a frequency is both easier and more error-free than finding the radio channel guide, looking up the correct radio channel, and turning channel selector knobs to the appropriate channel number. If the desired station can't be heard on the selected frequency, then the whole lookup process must be repeated again, and again, until a station is heard. Yes, the manual look-up system can be used, but it's a "pain", and with any kind of sea running it's totally impractical.

The Solution
Ensure you purchase a HF marine radio that is capable of having its frequency switched via software on your laptop. Computer control of the radio is then easily achieved with  all but the cheaper PTC-II ex modem, using the Airmail program and your laptop. All Icom model HF radios sold by us have remote frequency switching capability.

Key Downloads

Pactor Modem Firmware

Windows 7, VISTA, & XP
64-bit & 32-bit Drivers

How easy is the pactor modem to install and operate?  (install help file)

 version 4.0
 Firmware update
 

(All Modem Models)

PTC-IIusb
WHQL  Certified
32 & 64 bit Driver


 
Edgeport Driver
Go to: www.digikey.com
for support

ICEPAC Propagation Forecast (ITSHF)

ViewFAX
 (ver 5.0.xx)

More than a GRIB viewer, ViewFAX now fetches GRIB files (Internet connection required), and  displays them in colour

 

Shipping Weight:  4.01

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Price: $1599.00


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