Sound Card Packet  with AGWPE

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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
 

WinFBB and AGWPE on Windows XP

WinFBB is F6FBB's popular packet Bulletin Board System (BBS) software for Windows. WinFBB is not capable of linking directly to AGWPE, but it can link to AGWPE using the TF2AGW utility written by Pedro LU7DID.

Art Bertheaume N9ZZK kindly provided these instructions for setting up everything in Windows XP. If you plan to install WinFBB, print out this page for reference since you will be rebooting at least once.

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F6FBB Software

F6FBB Doc's

The installation procedure below pertains to running a F6FBB Bulletin Board on Windows XP only. Installation procedures differ with earlier versions of Windows. The installation calls for F6FBB, version E. Do not try to substitute other versions of F6FBB with these instructions. At the conclusion of this installation procedure, your BBS will have one RF port that will access your TNC via AGW. You must have AGW installed and running correctly. This procedure does not address AGW installation and configuration.


  1. To begin, your computer will need to be prepared by setting a PATH statement. Follow these steps to accomplish:
    1. Open Windows Control Panel
    2. Double click to open the "System " Icon
    3. Click on the "Advanced" tab
    4. Click on the "Enviromental Variables" button
    5. Highlight "PATH" in the "System Variables" area. Once highlighted, click the "Edit" button
    6. Very carefully, insert the following text at the end of the existing PATH staement. Note the leading semi-colon. It is needed to seperate your existing PATH statement from the text you are adding.
        ;C:\FBB;C:\FBB\BIN;C:\FBB\SYSTEM;C:\FBB\SYSTEM\WP

    7. Click "OK" to save your changes and exit the Windows/System area

 

  1. Create a temporary download folder. Download the F6FBB 7.00e software into this file by visiting the download section at  www.F6FBB.org or by clicking the links for direct access to the five needed files:


    1. File download site in 3.5 disk format from F6FBB.org
      Disk 1   Disk 2   Disk 3   Disk 4   Disk 5

      or
    2. download from this Sound Card Packet web site

      Disk 1   Disk 2   Disk 3   Disk 4   Disk 5

  2. Create another temporary folder to unzip your download too. It is from within this folder you will begin the installation process.
    1. Example:  C:\FBBTEMP

  3. Create a folder "C:\FBB"
  4. Unzip your downloaded files in numerical order into your C:\FBBTEMP folder. When extracting files contained on disk 5, you will be prompted to overwrite existing files. Please do so.
  5. You are now ready to begin the installation process. Navigate to the C:\FBBTEMP folder. Locate the INSTALL.exe file and launch it. Do not launch the INSTALL32.exe at this time. You will be prompted to install the 32 bit components during installation.

  6. During the installation process, you will be prompted to install the 32 bit operating components, please do so now. You will also be prompted to configure your BBS parameters. Click "YES" to begin the configuration process.

    1. The first of eighteen set up screens address identy and location. You must use a unique Call sign/SSID combination that is not in use with AGW. It is also beneficial to set your H-route to reflect your geographical area. An example for Northwest Illinois would look like this:  #NWIL.IL.USA.NOAM. If you have other operating BBS's in your area, consult with the Sysop for a recommended H-route setting.

    2. Screen two and three can be left at their default values.

    3. Screen four addresses Sysop call sign and name, self explanatory. Insert your call sign in the "SysOp msgs to" field. Leave the "WP msgs via" blank until you establish yourself into a forwarding network.

    4. Screen five and six sets parameters for first time Users and Users that have registered with your BBS. To begin, leave all fields unticked.

    5. Screen seven will address Sysop security for those users you have "flagged" as Sysops. Tick "SYS command allowed" and "Remote Sysop commands. Leave all other fields unticked.

    6. The eigth screen address security privilages after successful entry of assigned password. The seetings are at your discretion as to what privilages you will grant your co-sysops. You will have full Sysop privilages from the BBS console regardless of what you set these options to.

      • Refer to C:\FBB\System\Password.sys for details regarding passwords.

    7. Screen nine address various adminstrative messages your BBS will produce. If you will be forwarding into an established network, you may wish to untick the bottom two fields.

    8. Forwarding protocols are set in screen ten. Tick the top four fields. Ticking "Forwarding only from declared BBS" will keep unauthorized stations from forwarding into your BBS. If ticked, you must "flag" your forwarding partners as a BBS.

    9. Screen eleven addresses miscellaneous settings. Untick "Test mode". You might want to consider ticking the "Users must give information" option as well. Ticking that option forces users to provide information about themselve the first time they connect to your BBS. They will be prompted to provide their name, QTH, Zip code, and Home BBS information.

    10. Screen twelve, thirteen, and fourteen can be left at their default values at this time.

    11. Set your UTC offset in screen fifteen. Default values for the remaining fields are acceptable.

    12. Leave screen sixteen at default values.

    13. Screen seventeen will set your com port and interface. Cycle through all of the radio buttons for each com port and insure they are set to "none". Now tick the radio button for Com8. Check the radio button for the TFWIN interface. This sets a virtual com port for FBB to interface with AGW.

    14. The last screen to deal with is the Port configuration.

      1. Tick Port 1
      2. Choose Com 8 form the drop down menu
      3. Choose MUX 0 from the drop down menu
      4. Set Nb ch to 8
      5. Set Paclen to 236
      6. Set Max Blk to 10
      7. Set Maxframe to 7 or less
      8. Set FWd min to 0, (thats a zero)
      9. Set Nb Fwd to 1
      10. Set Fwd per to 30
      11. Tick the WA8DED radio button
      12. Tick the User radio button
      13. Ui List, Yapp, Gateway, and RD-Only are optional settings

    15. Save your configuration edits and exit, the installation process will continue.

  7. When the installation process is complete, navigate to C:\FBB\UTIL. Select all the files in the folder. copy all the files to C:\FBB\BIN.

  8. While in the C:\FBB\BIN folder, right click on file "RunFBB32.exe and choose properties. Click on the compatibilty tab. Tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode". Choose "Windows98"

  9. This completes the installation process of F6FBB. However, several files packaged with the original download of F6FBB are outdated and will need to be replaced. The files to be replaced:
    • C_filt32.dll
    • TFwin32.dll

  10. A replacement C_Filt32.dll is available from the download secton at www.CX2SA.org, or by clicking this link: Unzip this file directly to C:\FBB\BIN. Overwrite the existing copy of the file.
  11. .


  12. Replacing TFWin32.dll is a bit more involved. You will need to create a temporary directory and download the TF2AGW package from LU7DID. You can access LU7DID's web page by clicking  HERE. Alternatively, you can download the package directly by clicking  HERE  or from this site

    1. After downloading and unzipping the package, move the TF2AGW.ini file into your C:\WINDOWS directory

    2. Copy TF2AGW.dll into your C:\FBB\BIN directory Now rename TW2AGW.dll to TFWin32.dll. You will be prompted to overwrite an existing copy of the file. Select "Yes" when prompted. Once the remaning is complete, COPY the new TFWin32.dll file to your C:\WINDOWS\System32 directory. When complete, you will have a copy of the file in C:\FBB\BIN and C:\Windows\System32.
    3. Creating TSTHWIN.prt and configuration
      1. Create a follder C:\TSTHWIN
      2. Create a second folder inside of TSTHWIN, Name this foler "System. (ie:C:\TSTHWIN\System)
      3. Create a new text document in C:\TSTHWIN\System. Name this text file TSTHWIN.prt.
      4. Enter the follwing text in the newly created text file. If you intend on having more than one AGW port available to your F6FBB, edit the 3rd digit to reflect the number of ports you will be using.

          # TYPE: 4=TF2AGW.DLL for AGWPE driver
          # Port: Ignored, use 0
          # NumIntface: Set the number of tnc running under agwpe engine
          #
          # tfwin/tf2agw example : 4 0 1
          #
          #
          4 0 1


This concludes the set up of your BBS. After a computer reboot, it will be ready to "go on the air". When your computer has finished rebooting, start AGW and then click Start FBB for Windows/WinFBB32. With F6FBB being the active application on your desktop, hit your "F5" key. Doing so will open a monitor window. If the installation was successfully installed, you will see text and data flowing in the monitor window indicating such. Test your set up by opening the FBB gateway via the F9 key. Attempt to connect to any station and monitor your TNC. The TX LED should indicate that the TNC is transmitting.

You may wish to clean up files created during the installation process by deleting the C:\FBBTEMP folder and the folder that contains the zipped files at this time.

73 and good luck!!

Art, N9ZZK

Last Updated:
18Aug2015

by Ralph Milnes NM5RM

 

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