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Firmware

The packages are available in different formats:
  • self extracting archive
  • standard ZIP

FIRMWARE Version 1.3 for the Tracker / DSP TNC

Download the SCS Tracker / DSP TNC FIRMWARE (fw13_trk.zip - )

New Features in V1.3:

  • New functions.
  • New commands.
  • The usual bug fixes

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-IIusb

Download the PTC-IIusb FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_ptu.exe - )

Download the PTC-IIusb FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_ptu.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-IIex

Download the PTC-IIex FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_pex.exe - )

Download the PTC-IIex FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_pex.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-IIpro

Download the PTC-IIpro FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_pro.exe - )

Download the PTC-IIpro FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_pro.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-IItrx

Download the PTC-IItrx FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_ptx.exe - )

Download the PTC-IItrx FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_ptx.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-IIe

Download the PTC-IIe FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_pte.exe - )

Download the PTC-IIe FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_pte.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

For the new Firmware version 4.0 you need 2 MB RAM !

FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-II

Download the PTC-II FIRMWARE as self extracting archive (fw40_pt2.exe - )

Download the PTC-II FIRMWARE as ZIP file (fw40_pt2.zip - )

New Features in V4.0:

  • The usual bug fixes
Entire update information. From version 2.0 up to version 4.0 !

Tiny FIRMWARE Version 4.0 for the PTC-II (no Robust-PR but runs with 512kB RAM)

Download the PTC-II Tiny FIRMWARE as ZIP file (tiny40_pt2.zip - )


Beta Firmware for the PTC-II series and the Tracker/DSP TNC.

Manuals

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Installation Guide for the SCS Tracker / DSP TNC:

Tracker Installation Guide ()


Installation Guide for the SCS PTC-II series:

Installation Guide ()


Manual for the Professional Firmware Features (the PACTOR-III manual):

EnglishEnglish ()

DeutschDeutsch ()

SpanishSpanish ()


Bluetooth:

DeutschAnleitung Bluetooth Modul ()

DeutschBluetooth einrichten mit BlueSoleil ()

EnglishManual Bluetooth Module ()

EnglishBluetooth setup with BlueSoleil ()


Tracker / DSP TNC:

For Firmware Version 1.3

DeutschGerman Manual (tracker_manual_13_deutsch.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (tracker_manual_13_english.pdf - )


PTC-IIusb:

For Firmware Version 4.0

DeutschGerman Manual (handbuch40usb.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (manual40usb.pdf - )


PTC-IIex:

For Firmware Version 4.0

DeutschGerman Manual (handbuch40ex.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (manual40ex.pdf - )


PTC-IIpro:

For Firmware Version 4.0

DeutschGerman Manual (handbuch40pro.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (manual40pro.pdf - )


PTC-IIe:

For Firmware Version 4.0

DeutschGerman Manual (handbuch40e.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (manual40e.pdf - )


PTC-II:

For Firmware Version 4.0

DeutschGerman Manual (handbuch40.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (manual40.pdf - )


PTCplus:

For Firmware Version 1.1

DeutschGerman Manual (PTCplus_ger.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (PTCplus_eng.pdf - )


(Z80-)PTC:

For Firmware Version 2.02

DeutschGerman Manual (Z80_PTC_ger.pdf - )

EnglishEnglish Manual (Z80_PTC_eng.pdf - )

Books

SCS PACTOR Technical Manual
"Installing And Operating SCS PACTOR Modems"

This book is published January 2007 by White Squall Consulting. For more information about this book go directly to their web site.

HF Radio E-mail For "Idi-Yachts"

IDI-YACHTS A Guide For Setting Up and Using Wireless E-mail Through Ham/Marine SSB Radio, by Captain Marti Brown.

This guide includes information on everything you need to send and receive E-mail through an HF (Ham and/or Marine Single Sideband) Radio. Setting up an HF radio E-mail system can be very intimidating and confusing. The author simplifies the equipment selection process, equipment setup, service provider selection, software setup and all of the steps involved in sending and receiving E-mail through your HF radio.

The guide is written in easy to understand English as the author assumes that you are not an electrical engineer! Downloading weather reports, animated GRIB weather forecasts, FTP servers and troubleshooting are also covered.

Spiral bound, 200 pages packed with information and INCLUDES A FREE CD ROM LOADED WITH OVER 100 SOFTWARE, RADIO SOUND FILES AND INFORMATIONAL ARTICLES.

The Sailors Quick-Start Guide To Sailmail/AirMail/Winlink2000

SM Quick-Start If you're looking for a clear, understandable guide to aid you in quickly getting SailMail up and running this is the book for you. The Sailors Quick-Start Guide to SailMail / Airmail / Winlink2000 contains more than 55 screen shots and detailed step-by-step instructions. The Sailors Quick-Start Guide to SailMail / Airmail / Winlink2000 guides you through:

  1. Downloading and installing Airmail, GetFAX, ViewFAX, & ICEPAC.
  2. Configuring Airmail for the Sailmail or Winlink networks.
  3. Writing and posting an e-mail message.
  4. The five steps for sending and receiving e-mail.
  5. Selecting the best Sailmail station and frequency.
  6. Reading your e-mail.
  7. Building an address book & group mailings
  8. Operating Tips,
  9. Downloading Weather Maps from the Internet using e-mail
  10. Receiving WeatherFAX directly off the air using your SSB and GetFAX
  11. Requesting and receiving GRIB Files.

SCS Software

June 18 2009:

This is the configuration program for the SCS Tracker / DSP TNC.

SCS Tracker / DSP TNC configuration program (TRConfig.exe - ).


June 18 2009:

A small IGate software for all SCS controllers (PTC-II and Tracker).

SCSgate (SCSgateInstaller_1.2.0.4.exe - ).


June 18 2009:

A firmware update program for all SCS PACTOR modems.

SCS Update (SCSupdate.exe - ).


December 9 2008:

How to use SCS PTC-IIusb and/or the Tracker with Linux.

Linux USB HowTo (ptc2usb-linux.txt - ).


April 21 2008:

EasyTransfer

EasyTransfer (for Win98 and above) is a program developed for binary file transfers between two computers connected via PACTOR. The graphical user interface is similar to some well known FTP clients, which are used for file transfers via the Internet. The left side of the user interface shows the content of the local hard drive, the right side shows the content of the remote directory of the distant station. Files can easily be moved between the two sides using standard drag-and-drop actions. In addition to the file transfer, EasyTransfer has a chat mode to exchange hand typed messages. With that, EasyTransfer is the ideal tool to exchange computer data over unlimited distances via HF.

EasyTransfer

EasyTransfer (ET4_12.exe - ).


April 16 2008:

This is the USB driver for the SCS PTC-IIusb and the SCS Tracker/DSP TNC.

This is a new driver fixes some compatibility issues with Windows Vista.

NOTE: Do not use the update function of the device-manager to update the driver! Remove the old driver first using control panel: Open Control-panel, select Add/Remove programs, and find either "FTDI serial-drivers" or "Windows-drivers for SCS PTC-IIusb". Then re-install the new driver.

ATTENTION: this driver is not Microsoft certified! During installation you will see a message box complaining about that. Please click on "Continue Anyway" to proceed.

SCS USB Driver (SCS-USB-Driver-0408-noWHQL.zip - ).


March 28 2008:

The Linux section of the PTC-IInet is based on µClinux. For interested users we provide patches against µClinux and the complete source code of the web interface for download.

All Linux source code devoloped by SCS are released under the GNU GPL.

Changes of the µClinux kernel and the web interface are documented in the CHANGELOG.

BUGS informs about bugs and things to do.


March 28 2008:

NetDetect is a small tool to detect any PTC-IInet in your local network.
Your PTC-IInet should at least have uClinux Version 0.1.3, Config Version 0.3.34 and Firmware Version 3.8.5.

NetDetect Windows Executable (NetDetect_exe.zip - ).

The source code of NetDetect is available free of charge and without any warranty.
You can use it in your own applications without any restrictions.

NetDetect Windows Source (NetDetect_winsrc.zip - ).
Compile with MS Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition.
Tested on WinXP.

NetDetect Source for Linux & Mac OS X (netdetect_src.zip - ).
Compile with standard gcc.
Tested on OpenSUSE 10.2, 10.3 and Mac OS X 10.5.2.


December 27 2006:

This is the Win98 USB driver for the SCS PTC-IIusb and the SCS Tracker/DSP TNC.

SCS Win98 USB Driver (SCS-USB-Driver-Win98-1206.zip - ).


August 14 2006:

To use the SCS PTC-IIusb or the SCS Tracker / DSP TNC with Linux you need to install the following kernel patches:

Patch for Linux kernel 2.4.33 (patch_scs_2.4.33.bz2 - ).

Patch for Linux kernel 2.6.17.8 (patch_scs_2.6.17.8.bz2 - ).

The patches only add the PIDs for the SCS modems to the ftdi_sio.c and ftdi_sio.h in driver/usb/serial.

To apply a patch, copy the file to the root of your kernel source tree and issue the command "bzcat patch_scs_2.4.33.bz2 | patch -p 2" or "bzcat patch_scs_2.6.17.8.bz2 | patch -p 2" respectively (without the quotes).

For other kernel versions the patch may not apply properly!


June 14 2006:

This is the USB driver for the SCS PTC-IIusb and the SCS Tracker/DSP TNC.

This is a new driver version which fixes some problems with the handshake lines.

NOTE: Do not use the update function of the device-manager to update the driver! Remove the old driver first using control panel: Open Control-panel, select Add/Remove programs, and find either "FTDI serial-drivers" or "Windows-drivers for SCS PTC-IIusb". Then re-install the new driver.

SCS USB Driver (SCS-USB-Driver-0606.zip - ).

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September 10 1999:

PlusTerm is the terminal program for the SCS controllers, and supports all PTC's, from the Z-80 up to the PTC-IIe, and is the successor of the popular MT.
PlusTerm version 2.3 is mainly a bugfix release.

FREEWARE!

DOS Version (plt23.exe - ).

OS/2 Version (plt23os2.exe - )


July 1 1998:

PTCFAX

Version 1.6 with Bugfix for PENTIUM-II (ptcfax16.exe - )

PC Software

The following list is a compilation of third party software available for the SCS PTC family. This software was not developed by SCS and therefore you will receive NO support from SCS for these programs. Please contact the respective authors if you have any questions!

Alpha
is a windows based program for the PTC-II series.

Here are some of the major functions
of Alpha:

  • Available in German, English and French!
  • Support for PACTOR, AMTOR, RTTY PSK31, CW, Audio and simultaneous Packet Radio operation
  • Split screen operation
  • Quick help with "fly over help"
  • Text output in different colors (Rx, Tx, Mon, PR port1, PR port2,...)
  • Play WAV files an various events (PACTOR connect, AMTOR connect, PR connect, ...)
  • Auto-CQ with timer
  • Comfortable editor for macro texts
  • Preview of macro expansions (without activating your transmitter)
  • Monitoring function for DX clusters (only when PR modules installed)
  • Most functions available on short cuts
  • Comfortable "phone book"
  • Configuration manager
  • Built in text editor
  • Saving of Rx data
  • Firmware update with PTC type detection
  • TRX control with QRG display and Scan on/off control
  • PACTOR Duplex support (split Rx/Tx scrren)
  • PACTOR-III support
  • Channel manager (create and edit your personal frequency list)
  • Full and semi automatic Log book with ADIF export
  • Data transfer of binary files in UUE format
  • ID-Card function for easy exchange of your station description

TrackOn
is a windows based program for APRS.

Here are some of the major functions
of TrackOn:

  • Available in German, English and French!
  • Clear and straight forward program layout
  • Simple Setup
  • An integrated GPS-module offers the possibility to send out the position beacon in real time via the program. For this action to take place, you need the optional GPS receiver.
  • TCP/IP Connection to the international APRS network worldwide, and yet it is certainly possible to operate APRS without HF
  • Separate display of beacons with multiport modems PTC-II or PTC-IIpro
  • Separate indication of TCP beacons
  • Your own primary and secondary beacon can be sent out at manually or at predetermined times.
  • Great looking design, even under Windows 9x
  • For an optimal display, many functions are only shown when needed
  • The station information can be limited to basic announcements, simplifying thereby the overview.
  • Fast and simple help through hint text
  • Acoustical alerts to announce important actions, like new beacons received, news etc.
  • Call signs can be spelled

Simple32 Gold
(by Paul Harrison - DJ0CU)

Simple32 is designed to work only with the PTC-II, PTC-IIe and PTC-IIpro and best with PACTOR Level III.

With two exciting new features InstantPix and InstantSound. Pictures can be seen building up as they arrive live, and with InstantSound you can send a melody which plays instantly on arriving.

Plus many other features too numerous to mention.

The program has gone through a rigorous testing phase and many loyal PTC fans have helped in this process, the result of which is program that is very stable.

A demo of the program can be obtained by visiting Paul Harrison's website at: www.simple32.com


SIMPLE for Windows 95
(by Paul - DJ0CU)

Version 6.5. Windows 95 based terminal program.


Mscan Meteo and Mscan SSTV is done by:
Mike Versteeg, PA3GPY
CombiTech, PO Box 8041, NL-4330EA Middelburg, Netherlands
Fax +31 842237781, E-mail combitech@mscan.com

Mscan Meteo v3.01

The revolutionary new program, combining the ability to decode FAX, NAVTEX and RTTY signals, make VOICE recordings and view GRIB files in a single program! Never before has it been so easy to receive every piece of vital information you need for safe passage: all you need is Mscan Meteo, an SSB receiver, a simple audio cable and a laptop. An article in the Dutch magazine Boot Bits concluded that Mscan Meteo is "highly recommended for the serious yachtsman!".

Mscan SSTV

Mscan SSTV is used by radio amateurs world wide to receive and transmit colour images in slow scan television (SSTV) mode. The program takes full advantage of all Windows' features like running in the background, multitasking (even receiving and transmitting at the same time!), various fonts and resizable receive and transmit windows. Mscan SSTV is very popular among contesters as it is the only available SSTV program that supports a WYSIWYG screen editor that can be used while transmitting! Easy to use as everything is automated. High quality thanks to built-in DSP.


PTC-II Update utility for Linux!

This is a small utility to perform PTC-II updates with Linux.

OPEN SOURCE!


Kptc
the PTC for penguins ;-)

Kptc is a comfortable user interface for the PTC using Linux and KDE3.

OPEN SOURCE!

NcWinPtc
(by Roel Davids, PA0NC)

Here is a small feature list:

  • Double window screen for transmit and receive
  • Changeable colors and fonts.
  • Receiving and transmitting diskfiles.
  • ScrollBack buffer and afterwards Reading and Saving of the buffer.
  • Help window with all commands.
  • Statusline with status of the controller and the LINK.
  • Installation of new parameters with help screen or text editor.
  • Connect a station with a keystroke or from a list on the disk.
  • Calling CQ with 1 key.
  • All Modes Available for the PTC-II.
  • And many other features!

WinUpdate
(by Roel Davids, PA0NC)

WinUpdate is a small windows based update utility for the PTC-II, PTC-IIe and PTC-IIpro. It is very easy to use. There is no need to fiddle around with IRQs and base addresses. And the best of all: Updating of the wrong firmware (eg. updating a PTC-IIe with a PTC-II firmware) is almost impossible.
Go to the download section of Roel's homepage to get this nice piece of software.


Paxon

Excellent Packet Radio program which supports the SCS PTC-II's

The home page is in German only. :-(


AIRMAIL for Windows
(by Jim Corenman, KE6RK)

AirMail is a Windows PACTOR mail program, for sending and receiving messages via the ham radio digital mailbox (MBO) system.


XPWin
(by KF7XP)

Here is a small feature list:

  • Multiple connects in separate sizeable windows
  • ANSI Color capable in separate windows (one per port or stream)
  • Graphic Capable (with user definable viewer)
  • Extensive Insertion and Typeover Macros (the most in the game)
  • One Key Brag Text Line and Files
  • Voice or CW (user Selectable) Callsign announcements
  • User definable wave files for various program controls
  • DX Cluster Monitor with Voice or CW Annoucements
  • HF Transceiver Support
  • Binary File Transfer Capability
  • Callsign Database Support
  • Internal Logbook

JVComm32

A multipurpose program for the reception of HF-FAX weather charts, weather images from low earth orbiting satellites (e.g. NOAA), and geostationary weather satellites such as METEOSAT. Furthermore, JVComm32 can be used for the reception and transmission of amateur-radio SSTV (Slow Scan TeleVision). In SSTV mode, JVComm32 receives and transmits all the modern popular free run modes including the new high resolution "Pasokon" modes P3, P5 and P7.


Download Verion 7.1 (jvfax71.exe - 467k)


RCKRtty
(by Walter Dallmeier, DL4RCK)

RCKRtty is a comprehensive program for logging and administration of RTTY, PSK31, Pactor, Amtor and CW-QSO's with simultaneous control of tranceiver and real-time operation with Packet-Radio. RCKRtty supports "normally QSO-operation" and a "full Contest operation", with maximum data security.
It runs on any IBM PC or compatible with Windows 95/98 and Windows NT.


CRISTAL

An automatic e-mailer software, for sending text messages and attached PC formatted files (with all their DOS/WINDOWS attributes like a carbon copy) by radio HF-SSB. CRISTAL was conceived for government use, NGOs, International commerce, forestry, mining and oil works etc. in countries where wired means of communication are poor or non-existent. CRISTAL is available from: GES, Generale Electronic Services 205, rue de L´industrie F-77176 Savigny-Le-Temple, France - Phone: +33(1)64417888, FAX: +33(1)60632485


FBB

is a bulletin board software for amateur packet-radio. This software has been developed to be compiled on different architectures including MsDos (DosFBB), Windows 16 (WinFBB-16), Windows 32 (WinFBB-32) and Linux on PC hardware (LinFBB).


NBF is a packet radio terminal program for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/NT/2000/..). NBF is mainly intended for those people, who use packet daily and do not want to spend their time separating interesting messages from the bulletin flood. NBF is not a suitable toy for those who want to play mailbox or twiddle with countless settings.


The GLN-Mail Program is middleware linking a POP3 mail program through a SCS modem to the GLN network. The program scans the relevant GLN channels as defined by the user and receives the traffic lists. The algorithms to scan many popular marine radio transceivers are included in the program. Salient features are:

  • User friendly interface to a POP3 email program (Outlook, Outlook express, Thunderbird, MS Vista mail program)
  • Runs on the Microsoft XP and MS Vista operating system
  • Interfaces to Pactor Modems (II pro, IIe, IIex, II USB)
  • Scan algorithms to many popular marine transceivers are included
  • Scans GLN channels around a position (manual or GPS input) within a user selected radius
  • Selects best available channel of scanned channel
  • User can select bands to be scanned
  • Frequency list can be corrected or augmented manually
  • Receives traffic list automatically and indicates occurrence of own call sign
  • Includes a dumb terminal program to monitor the Pactor modem
  • Includes the ability to update firmware in the Pactor modem