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SCS Pactor modem installation and operation: This seminar includes understanding the SSB system operations and options such as Winlink and Sailmail with a focus on weather FAX, email, Grib files etc. This is an essential seminar for those with the SSB basic radio understanding so you are then able to use your radio for all your offshore communications.

When: Sunday Oct 22, 2017
10 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery room
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Presenter: Martin Dunsmuir, White Squall Consulting
Contact: Shannon Rae

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PACTOR MODEMS: SCS Pactor modem installation and operation

Sunday, October 22, 2017       Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery Room

Understanding, Installing and Operating SCS Pactor modems

Do you understand the benefits of the computer programs for an HF SSB radio system for off-shore cruising?  This presentation is specifically designed for the non-technical off-shore cruiser that has the basic understanding of using an HF SSB system, and now wants to learn how to optimize the system for email, grib files, weather fax and SailMail.

Todays' Digital Communications: E-mail using High Frequency Single Sideband Radio (SSB)

Are you wishing to cruise off-shore and still keep in touch with your friends and family using e-mail from anywhere in the world?  How does a system like this work and how reliable is it?  What basic hardware and software do I require to set up this system?  Can this system be used for anything other than to send text e-mail?  This presentation is designed for the non-technical off-shore cruiser and will answer the above questions in a clear and concise manner. 

This seminar covers how these modems are used on the Sailmail and Winlink radio systems with a description of both systems.  Since the modems are employed in the same manner on both systems, the installation and setup is discussed complete with screen captures so later setup is simplified.  This discussion will include receiving weather fax, Grib files and setting up the GPS interface. 

About our Presenter  

Martin Dunsmuir, AScT, VE0MD, VE7BDF


Martin has been registered as an Applied Science Technologist in the electronics discipline with the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of B.C. (ASTTBC) for over 30 years and has held an advanced amateur radio license for over 40 years.  He has an extensive background in HF, VHF, UHF, microwave and satellite systems and has experience with Canadian Motorola, Telus, ITT and 10 years with Teleglobe Canada at their west coast satellite earth station near Lake Cowichan.  He was a faculty member in the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Camosun College for 14 years, teaching communication systems theory and applications.  On retiring from Camosun College in 2001 Martin set up White Squall Consulting Inc. and has combined his love of sailing with his passion for communication systems, providing HF and data communications consultation for off-shore sailors.  He lived and worked from his home-built 60 foot ketch for 25 years and only recently moved ashore.


Date and Time


Saturday, October 22, 2017   10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch time: there is a seafood-themed food truck available for all to purchase great food!




Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery Room




BCA Members   $50


Non-Members   $65


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