Tuesday Sept 10. Storm bound in Ymuiden

Written by Jack van Ommen on September 10th, 2013

I had hoped to be on my way today, but the EPIRB is still bouncing around the Netherlands. Last report is that it will be delivered to the ┬ámarina here in IJmuiden tomorrow. But this might have been a blessing in disguise. If I had left this morning I would be in a heap of trouble out in the North Sea now. The weather forecast was decent, with a chance of stronger winds in the afternoon. But from noon on the winds built and right now it is blowing a full gale, from the W.N.W. The boats are straining on their mooring lines. I feared for the worst and put a line from the mast step to a dock cleat. The waves are blowing horizontally over the docks, very noisy. My sister just called me and from where she is just 60 miles to the east of me there is no wind at all….

I worked on hooking up the shortwave radio to the Pactor modem and the laptop but am having trouble figuring out the connections. I have not used the setup since 2009 and then used a different laptop. Can anyone tell me to where the wire with the 15 pin male serial port connection hooks up? It has a USB connection to the laptop but the modem and the radio both have the female 15 pin ports. I had a manual but have not found it yet.

My well heeled Hamburger dock neighbor, straining at the bits in the storm.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Matthias says:

    If your old laptop had a 15pin serial port and that is how you connected the modem to it, and your new laptop has only a USB port then you will need to get a USB to serial port adapter to be able to plug that modem to the laptop. It should go laptop to modem to radio. Hope this helps.

  2. jackvanommen says:

    Thank you Matthias. I have some other questions for you on my mast and rigging that I will send by e-mail.