If you are interested in using HF Packet as a keyboard mode, look around 14.105 MHz. Try the low end of 40 meters, too. Evenings and mornings work best.
The best setup for keyboard Packet connects in MixW, as the waterfall display makes tuning particularly easy. It takes out all the guesswork and gives you better performance.
You can use MixW to help tune a regular TNC too:http://www.uspacket.org/hfpkt.htm
As a keyboard mode, Packet was never wildly popular but some amateurs still enjoy it quite a bit. It is all a matter of personal taste, I suppose. - My favorite keyboard mode is PSK31, but that's just me. I won't diss somebody who prefers RTTY, Packet, MFSK, or whatever. The idea is to have fun.
To me, wide modes like Q15x25 or PACTOR III are questionable for keyboard use, but only because they are so wide. Packet is preferable over either of these, for that one very good reason.
Most HF Packet activity today is network related, conducted within narrow slices of spectrum set aside for that purpose. For this purpose, nothing has been developed which works better than Packet, which goes far in explaining why Packet is still in use.
It is fashionable to downgrade HF Packet, but note that despite this common wisdom, no better-performing alternative has ever been developed or put forward for use by HF networkers.
Charles Brabham, N5PVL
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