Sound Card Packet  with AGWPE

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Most recent AGWPE version is:  2013.415  15 Apr 2013

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

Program Behavior

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
What To Do with Packet
Common Frequencies
Frame Headers
Further Reading

HamScope and AGWPE

HamScope is a digital communications interface that supports many modes including PSK31, RTTY, MFSK16 and packet (both HF and VHF). To run packet, HamScope 'connects' to an AGWPE 'port'. AGWPE does all the communication with the sound card or TNC for HamScope. HamScope is simply the terminal program that lets you "see" what is being received and transmitted.

HamScope is different from most client applications in that it requires that the AGWPE files be located within the HamScope folder. They can't be in an AGWPE folder within the HamScope folder, and they can't be in a folder outside of the HamScope folder. The key AGWPE files  -- AGW Packet Engine.exe, agwpe.sys, agwpe.ini, and all port*.ini files -- must reside with the other HamScope files in the HamScope folder.  If you prefer, you could install AGWPE both in the HamScope folder (to work with HamScope) and in a second, separate folder (to work with other client programs.)

To make it work:

1. Download and install HamScope:

2. Install the AGWPE files in the HamScope directory. Configure AGWPE and then test that it works with another program, such as AGWTerm.

3. In HamScope, from the Setup menu, select General Setup to bring up the General Setup screen. In the far right column enter the following:

  • For AGWPE Address, enter the IP address of the computer where AGWPE is running. The default is, the IP address for the computer where HamScope is running. If AGWPE is running on a different computer, enter that computer's IP network address.
  • For AGWPE Port, select the AGWPE port that is controlling the sound card, but note that you would select 0 for the port AGWPE calls 1; or 1 for the port AGWPE calls 2.
  • Click on the OK button.

You do not need to change any other values on this screen, such as PTT Control Setup or Sound Card selection. Those values are only used for other modes, such as PSK31. Since AGWPE controls those values for packet, changing them in HamScope will have no effect.

4. Back on the main HamScope screen, on the bottom half of the screen there is a Mode field. Use the drop down list to select Packet. HamScope should then start AGWPE.

5. If HamScope successfully hooks to AGWPE:

  • in HamScope's top receive window, the words 'Registered callsign' will appear next to the CMD: prompt
  • and at the bottom of the screen, in the Data Synch tab, you'll see information about the AGWPE port (the port description you entered in AGWPE).

Screen shot <-- Click on image for larger view

To see the commands to which AGWPE responds:  at the "cmd: " prompt in HamScope , type in help and press enter. 

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