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post #5 of Old 01-30-2008
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Kantonrics "TNC"s are still very much used by ham radio operators. You can find information about them on the web, try some ham radio sites like and ask.

The "proctor" is a PACTOR modem, used for digital communications. Pactor-II is one step back form the current and fa$ter Pactor-III devices, some can be upgraded. If you call Farallon in CA, they'll be glad to tell you what the device is, how it is used, and your options if you choose to upgrade to Pactor-III.
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The Icom radio is just as good as any newer model, you can contact ICOM-US to find out what the differences are between it and the latest model, or to have it checked over and tuned if necessary. (Not a bad idea, since radios do "age out" over time.) You'll find the new ones ain't cheap, it is probably wirth keeping yours. Ditto the antenna tuner, the same model would be used today.

If the system was working reliably for the last owner--it probably still will. If you take anything apart for service, make sure to label the connectors and wires, or color code them, for re-assembly.

If you browse on "ham radio sailing" and the like, you'll find plenty of information. Probably the trickiest part is setting up an antenna on a boat, because while many things work--every boat is different and what works well on one boat, may be only mediocre on the next. Boat antennas are something that if you really want them to work well, you've got to experiment a bit with them. And the antenna IS the final word in whether your system works well, or not.
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