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Old 09-25-2007, 11:01 PM   #21
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Does anybody have insight into the ICOM PCR2500 PC Controlled Receiver?
Hi Ken,

Good receiver - bit expensive ! But can buy for around 630 $ US for factory recon. guaranteed. Check outfit called HamAv Electronics.

Also a forum discussing this model :-

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pcr2500/

The speakers are too small to give really sound. However, connecting to PC's audio system via USB then on to a good amplifier would be an answer.

Depending what HF Marine transceiver you have on board, most have access to AM frequencies reception of which you can also route to a good amplifier.

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Here is what I'm really looking at buying right now...the Icom M802. What I need to know is what are all the addition systems and cables that I need to buy. I just installed my new back stay antenna, so I know I need the AT140 automatic tuner...what cable do I need between the M802 and the tuner.

Also, what software and cables will I need to get weather fax and send email from my laptop connected to the M802?

I'm presently working on cabling my two stainless steel water tanks together as couterpoise
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Ah...just found this great bit of information online that answers all my above questions and then some!

http://www.marineelectronicsjournal.com/ho...i?article_id=81
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Ah...just found this great bit of information online that answers all my above questions and then some!

http://www.marineelectronicsjournal.com/ho...i?article_id=81
The Icom M802 is a complex piece of gear - it requires an external tuner . There are issues when it comes to email via this radio :- "The front panel also contains a button for e-mail. The equipment is sold as “e-mail ready.” Several sailors spotted the twin computer DB9 jacks on the black box front and were all set to plug in for e-mail capabilities when they discovered something was missing—the SCS PTC II PACTOR data controller. The ICOM M802 does not offer e-mail capabilities by simply plugging in your computer. ICOM dealers will offer the SCS PTC II data controller for either regular speed or high-speed access, so plan on an additional $1,000 investment in addition to your supplied laptop computer." (this comment from marineelectronicsjournal )

An excellent Icom is the 737 , relatively simple to use - has a built in tuner - Check this review :-

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1026?eh...bbe4d278dd41b83

The Kenwoods with built-in tuners worth looking at are the TS 480SAT (excellent for cruising)

and the larger TS 2000 series .

The cable from the backstay to the tuner is a well Rubber and PVC insulated tinned copper stranded wire :-

S.W.G. Wire Number A.W.G. or B&S A.W.G. Metric

0.2120 Inches # 5 0.1819 inches 4,621mm

NB. If the tuner is built-in to the radio follow installation instructions.

When connecting the tanks use W - I - D - E strips of copper

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That is the information that I was looking for! I heard someone mention something about the M802 not being exactly Email ready as you p[ointed out, but nobody mentioned that it needed an addition $1000 worth of hardware.

Thanks Richard!!!!

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What additional equipment is needed with the TS480SAT in order to get weather fax and send email?
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That is the information that I was looking for! I heard someone mention something about the M802 not being exactly Email ready as you p[ointed out, but nobody mentioned that it needed an addition $1000 worth of hardware.

Thanks Richard!!!!

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What additional equipment is needed with the TS480SAT in order to get weather fax and send email?
As far as Weatherfax is concerned - many cruisers obtain weather using grib files by email instead :- have a look at , http://www.franksingleton.clara.net/grib.html

I will send rest of your question to The expert on the subject by email - he normally doesn't take long for an answer, depending how he returns I will probably forward his response to you by email .

Richard

PS :- http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0480.html
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As far as Weatherfax is concerned - many cruisers obtain weather using grib files by email instead :- have a look at , http://www.franksingleton.clara.net/grib.html

I will send rest of your question to The expert on the subject by email - he normally doesn't take long for an answer, depending how he returns I will probably forward his response to you by email .

Richard

PS :- http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0480.html
Hi Ken,

My Expert (who is in Sydney - Australia) gave me the following Contacts for Pactor installation and Sailmail (also Winlink for HAMs) in your neck of the woods :-

Alameda CA, HF Radio Onboard +1 510 814 8888 Don Melcher <info@hfradio.com>



Sausalito CA, Farallon Electronics +1 415 331 1924 Eric Steinberg <pactor@yachtwire.com>

Sausalito CA, Maritime Electronics +1 415 332 5086 Brian Backer <brian@maritimeelectronics.com>

Santa Cruz CA, Maritime Electronics +1 800-582-1333 Terence M. Boland <MESCUSA@att.net>

Dana Point Harbor CA, RadioDana Maritime +1 949 275-5514 Paul Robert <radiodana@bellsouth.net>

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Mukilteo WA ,Windward Communications +1 425 353 6520 Chip Adams <windward@wpfae.org>

Anacortes WA, Anacortes Marine Electronics +1 360 293 6100 Bryan Hennessy <info@anacortesmarine.com>

Seattle WA, Offshore Store, +1 206 632 3025 Brian Rickard sales@offshorestore.com

Seattle WA, Radio University, +1 206 384 1201 James Willis sales@radiouniversity.org

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Also I will send a pdf file which shows the schematic for connecting a Kenwood TS 480SAT to a pactor - But I will need your email address via PM .

The Pactor info is to be found in this website :- http://www.scs-ptc.com/

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