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Reviews Categories | Ham Software/Apps - Other than logging | Pacterm '98 Help

Reviews Summary for Pacterm '98
Pacterm '98 Reviews: 5 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $99.95
Description: Pacterm 3.0 for Windows host mode software has 30 day demo mode
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KD7DGK Rating: 5/5 Jan 16, 2011 12:55 Send this review to a friend
great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently purchased this software and I think it is great and real easy to use.
N4CQR Rating: 5/5 May 8, 2008 07:12 Send this review to a friend
Pleasure to Use  Time owned: more than 12 months
Purchased this software in the '90s and still use it off and on. Works great with my Kam+ and never had a system lockup due to software. Very very good support.

I also have KAWin and switch between the two depending on situation or mood. Happy customer.
WC0D Rating: 5/5 Nov 2, 2001 09:03 Send this review to a friend
Excellent general use KAM software  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using PACTerm 98 for the past few years and I have to say, that for ease of installation, operation, and support that this is one of the best products around. To install this product and get it on the air all you need to know is what serial port you will be using and where is your CD for call sign look up. It is a windows program so it operates just like all your other Microsoft programs and the developer has automated most of the tasks. If you would like a new feature added just send it in as a suggestion and CSS will look at it, they usually will work with you on it.
And speaking of CSS they are a very customer (Ham) orientated company and if you have a problem they will help get it fixed even if its a heaven forbid, a operator problem.
W8PFT Rating: 3/5 May 2, 2001 13:05 Send this review to a friend
OK Software for the KAM98  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought Pacterm98 a couple of years ago and upgraded it to ver 1.4. for use with my Kantronics KAM98.

First, let me say that the technical support from CSS is outstanding. My startup problems were immediately addressed by Rick Ruhl himself. Rick is W4PC and the President of CSS.

Pacterm98 has been designed (for better or worse) using Microsoft's Windows design guidelines. Most everything that you need to access is somewhere on the menus. More frequently accessed items can be found on the tool bar. If all of that fails there is a readily accessed command window for keying in control commands by hand.

I'm not a Microsoft fan and I found the user interface not to be as intuitive as I would have liked. However, It can be learned quickly by the average Microsoft Windows user who understands the KAM98's functions and features.

One of the Microsoft Window's design-guideline artifacts is the transmit on (CR) control. In my case, I use (CR)'s to start a new line and end a paragraph. Rick says that he will address this issue in future releases. In ver 1.4 a soft (CR) can be entered by pressing (CRTL-ENTER) to achieve the desired result. I would have personally preferred soft keys echoing Kantronics (CTRL-E) for the End-of-File/End-of Message marker and the (CTRL-T) for transmit and not have assigned (CR) to the transmit function. Rick points out that (CTRL-E) and (CTRL-T) have been reserved by Microsoft in the guidelines for other uses. I will not be relearning to type anytime soon and unfortunately for me, this characteristic is a fatal flaw. I will have to wait until an upgrade solves this problem before I can make use the software.

A missing feature is a user programmable tool bar. Pacterm98 has user macros which create text in the transmit buffer window which can be used to assemble QTH, WX data and include call signs, time of day, etc. They cannot include KAM98 control codes. A user programmable tool bar would be a great addition. It could be used to insert (CTRL-E) type characters, automate PBBS controls and in general permit the user to customize and automate direct control of any aspect of the KAM98's functions to suit his/her personal operating habits.

The $80 price seemed a bit stiff, but you get what you pay for. Pacter98 is a good piece of bug-free software with excellent documentation accompanied by outstanding and in-depth technical support from CSS.

N4GDO Rating: 5/5 Apr 25, 2000 20:55 Send this review to a friend
Pacterm '98, Host Mode Software for Kantronics TNCs  Time owned: more than 12 months
Pacterm '98 was designed in conjunction with Kantronics and with the assistance of the Microsoft Style Guidelines, created a 32 bit Windows program for the Kantronics TNC line. Free 1.x upgrades, phone, email and newsgroup support allow 24/7 support for the product for all hams.

Features Include:
-G-TORŪ and G-TOR monitoring
-Multi-stream, multi-port support
-Stream selection with a click of the mouse
-Text and binary file transfers
-Separate window for non-packet HF modes, from CW through NavTex
-Multiple monitor windows (including network traffic window)
-Built-in and customizable macros
-Support for CD-ROM based call books (Sams, QRZ, Buckmaster, Flying Horse)
-Mini logging program using Microsoft Access database compatibility
-Interoperability with LogWindows and DX4Win
-File level compatibility with the Microsoft Office suite of products
-User defined colors and fonts for received, transmitted and command text
-HF mode selection (KAM only) with the click of a mouse
-Cut/Paste between other Windows and DOS applications
-Basic radio control accessible off of the HF window
-Multiple file selection for ASCII files in the HF window
-ASCII transfer in UNPROTO packet
- Macro for contest serial numbers
- Settings for 300/1200 or 9600 baud packet based on the TNC

-Supports KPC-1, KPC-2, KPC-2400, KPC-3, KPC-3P, KPC-4, KAM, KAM-E, KAM PLUS, KANTRONICS DATA ENGINE, KPC-9612, KPC-9612P, KAM 98


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