Sound Card Packet  with AGWPE

Translations of this site
Most recent AGWPE version is:  2013.415  15 Apr 2013

Introduction
Overview
Computer requirements
Packet Engine Pro

Configure AGWPE
Download and Install
Basic AGWPE Setup
2 Radio Setup
2 Card Setup

Sound Device Setup
Basic Device Settings
Rename Sound Device
Additional Settings
Using the Tuning Aid

Problems?
Program Behavior
Receiving
Transmitting
Connections
Firewalls

AGWPE Features
AGWPE on a Network
Baud Rates & Modes
Remote Control
TCP/IP Over Radio
Tips and Tricks
Traffic Parameters

Compatible Programs:
Setup Help

Radio Interface
Getting Started
Kits and Pre-assembled
USB SignaLink
Receive Audio Cable
Transmit Audio Cable
PTT (TX Control) Cable
2 Radio Modification

About Packet
Packet Overview
Exchange Modes
TNCs and AGWPE
What To Do with Packet
Common Frequencies
Frame Headers
Further Reading
 

Introduction

This amateur radio website explains how to use the free AGWPE utility program to send and receive packet data using the sound card of your PC. Note that AGWPE is a Windows-only program.

This website, which is hosted on SV2AGW's web site, focuses on support for the sound card packet features of AGWPE. Although it does not attempt to provide support for other sound card packet programs, it has general information which is applicable to all sound card packet operations including:

  • some ideas for interfaces to connect sound devices to ham radios
  • resolving problems with packet operations
  • ways to use packet today
  • information about packet programs (clients) that can use AGWPE as a host for sound card packet operations

<---  Use the menus in the left  margin to navigate this site.

AGWPE was created by a talented ham from Greece, George Rossopoulos SV2AGW. Since AGWPE's groundbreaking development, other sound card packet programs for Windows have appeared. They include:

  • Packet Engine Pro, a more advanced but "pay for" version of AGWPE, also written by SV2AGW
  • The UZ7HO Soundmodems which works with all programs that work with AGWPE
  • Dire Wolf,  designed especially for APRS functions
  • And several multi-mode sound card programs, including MixW and MultiPSK

Note that Thomas Sailer, HB9JNX/AE4WA developed a sound card packet capability for FlexNet before AGWPE came along, but it would only work with the FlexNet program.


This website began in 2001 soon after the release of Windows XP. In 2015 it was updated to reflect changes for Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.0 /8.1, but little was done to update older pages dealing with older versions of Windows or older hardware  -- so you may find vestiges of outdated or inapplicable information. The web site was last updated just before Windows 10 was released and will be updated for Win 10 as users gain experience with it. Please let me know if you do; or if you wish to suggest any improvements, corrections or addtions to these pages.

If you encounter problems with AGWPE, you can e-mail me NM5RM.  Remember I am not the software author and I don't pretend to be the complete AGWPE sound card expert, but I will try to answer your questions.  For the best troubleshooting help, I suggest you subscribe to a special AGWPE Yahoo Group email list to ask for help from the AGWPE user community, which includes the AGWPE author, George SV2AGW.

 

Last Updated:
18Aug2015

by Ralph Milnes NM5RM

 

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