I have been away from packet for a long time. Thought I would give it another try.
I set packet back up for one reason. Winlink, however, I found that packet radio is still very much alive in N.C. I never thought that after 20 + years the network would be so large and busy outside of just Winlink email. Even the good ole days of Packet BBS is still going strong and now you can do it without any extra hardware. I set my new connection up with the Soundmodem software modem to start, and now I have pulled the old hardware out of storage. I hope to set up a packet node on 2 meters, 70 cm and 220 by next year. I have an old KPC-3 and a PK-232 I plan on using with the original radios I used all those years ago. I even found the old PC they were running on. I'm not sure the PC will even startup, but it might. Hopefully I can integrate a packet BBS into the Broad Band Ham Net I have running as well. Using the Software modem is great, but it has its problems. Good for checking the Winlink and logging into the BBS but it currently isn't something I would want to run all the time. The problem I have is with changing between the Winlink client and the terminal program. Once I use either one the other will not work until I restart the modem.
If you need any help contact me and I would be glad to help you get going on Packet Radio.