WinPack and AGWPE
WinPack, written by Roger Barker, G4IDE/SK, is a great Windows-based packet terminal program. You can download it at http://www.apritch.myby.co.uk/uiv32.htm (or do a web search for other download sites).
Since Roger's death in September 2004, registration is now free, however, in lieu of the former registration fee of £10, you are asked to make a suitable donation to a cancer organization of your choice. Registration gives you the right to upgrade from UI-View 16 to UI-View32, the 32-bit version which has some additional features. To register, do not contact Roger's address as the program may suggest. Instead go here to find the name of someone who can issue you a registration number:
Simply state your request in an email that includes your first and last name on a separate line, plus your callsign on another line.
To configure WinPack to work with AGWPE:
If you will be using AGWPE as your input source, then you don' t need to worry about setting the normal TNC parameters such as baud rate, parity, etc in WinPack. AGWPE handles all that! In fact, the TNC parameters on this screen will 'gray out' (become inaccessible) since there is no need for them when you use AGWPE host mode.
AGWPE should be running before you start WinPack in AGW mode or try to toggle to AGW host mode. If you start AGWPE after WinPack, WinPack won't recognize AGWPE -- unless you toggle WinPack's host mode to NONE and then back to AGW. (Or you can close WinPack, start AGWPE, and restart WinPack.)
For specific help about using AGWPE with WinPack, read the Winpagw.txt file located in the main WinPack directory. You'll also find more information in WinPack's Help: select the Help Contents option from the Help menu and then, in the right index under Fundamentals, click on the third item down, Host Mode Support. On the resulting page, you should also look in the right index for additional topics about AGWPE and host modes in general.
Finally, be sure to read the AGTNCHLP.TXT file (on this site or in the WinPack folder). It provides information about the various "TNC" commands that can be used by WinPack with AGWPE.
Disable Sounds in WinPack
It's possible that the speech and sound options in WinPack could create a conflict with AGWPE's use of the sound card, so you should disable all the sound/speech options in WinPack (unless you're using two sound cards in the PC).
Using WinPack with Different AGWPE radio ports
The following information only applies to users who have radios on more than one AGWPE radio port.
If no port number is specified in the connect command, WinPack will transmit on AGWPE port #1 to attempt the connection, e.g. C NM5RM
To transmit on another AGWPE radio port, put the AGWPE port number between the connect command "C" and the target station's callsign, for example:
Likewise, by default, WinPack receives packets from all AGWPE ports (according to the . AGTNCHLP.TXT file). To change this, use the MMASK command at the WinPack "CMD:" prompt. For example, to receiver only packets from AGWPE radio port #2, use a MMASK 2 command. Use the MMASK ALL command if you want to again monitor all AGWPE ports. (Help for MMASK can be found in WinPack's AGTNCHLP.TXT file; or type ?MMASK at the CMD: prompt in WinPack.)
Custom MMASK commands need to be entered each time WinPack starts.
WinPack always starts with the default of monitoring all ports; it does
not remember MMASK settings from a prior running.
Known Problems & Limitations of WinPack
1. WinPack uses a Windows DDE protocol to link to AGWPE and not the TCP/IP protocol. As a result, you can not link WinPack to an instance of AGWPE running on a different computer.
(One workaround, albeit a bit expensive; purchase Packet Engine Pro ($49 US) for both the WinPack computer and the distant computer. PE Pro's Radio Port Sharing feature will let the two PE Pro instances exchange radio port data, including ports linked to WinPack.)
2. WinPack is not able to send "unconnected"/<UI>/APRS-style packets.
3. If you execute the MHeard (MH) command in WinPack to request a list of stations heard, AGWPE will shut down if no stations have been heard. So enter the MH command only after you have seen AGWPE successfully decode a packet; or use the AGWMonitor program instead of WinPack to check MHeard.
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|Last Updated: 07/05/2012|