Windows Packet Radio Software

Graphic Packet Windows. Ardop Amateur Radio Digital Open Protocol Software Ardop 0.9.0 Full install Ardop0.9.0 (X)net software Ntnet windows (x). PacketWin2.1 or WinPack below will run on Windows 10 or Windows 7 (64bit). Newer versions of packet software are getting hard to come by for the newer operating system due to the decline in popularity of packet radio in general. This is the best packet program out there if you are running Windows 95 and above. Even runs under Vista. Winpack Packet Terminal Program The Winpack terminal program is a nice Windows program that is easy to set up and use and a big improvement over Hyperterminal and the older DOS based programs such as Pacterm. Go to web site www.winpack.org.uk. Download the latest version 6.8. Install the program and start.

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Windows Applications that Work with Packet

These fall into several categories:

  • GPS related applications

  • Applications that use a TCP/IP network server (Mail, Web, FTP etc)

  • Terminal Emulators

  • User to User Network applications (Peer to Peer)

  • Applications that need high speed packet (> 25K bps)

GPS Related Applications

Many Windows applications that work with a local GPS (Global Positioning System) handset can work using APRS over packet, or be a source of GPS information for APRS on packet. Some of these can connect by Serial port (COM Port) or TCP/IP networking (on the same machine or elsewhere on Internet or LAN). Real COM ports are not required. The MixW virtual multiport loop back adaptor can be used.

UIView and Radio Mobile are two popular programs. UIView is a GPS mapping system. Radio Mobile is primarily a radio system planning and prediction system. While MS Mappoint can connect direct to a GPS unit, it can't use Packet or APRS.

Lil wayne duffle bag boy download. Applications using a TCP/IP server (Internet type applications).

Originally the Internet used 300 Baud and 1200 Baud dialup connections, so if 'Plain Text' is used for Email and Newsgroups and fairly basic HTML files without pictures and Scripts are exchanged on FTP and browsed via a Web Browser (HTTP), it can be similar on 1200 packet to modern 'bloated' Attachments and Multimedia Webpages on a 28K dialup Internet. Certianly setting up a Web, News, Email and FTP 'virtual server' as a 'Server Packet node' is easier than configuring most packet BBS systems. Free software exists for server side for Mac, Linux and Windows. The Windows, Mac and Linux users already have all the client or user applications needed! (Outlook, Intyernet Exporer). You just start the Packet software and connect to the Rig and the applications work as if on broadband or LAN, just a LOT slower at 1200 Baud. But faster than Broadband speed Packet could easily be installed in Ireland quite cheaply.

Terminal Emulators

Hyperterminal and Telnet etc can be used. AWGPE and MixW both come with 'Terminals' for basic text QSO and BBS access. Some remote Digipeaters outside Ireland do use 'Telnet Servers'. Also a user to user TCP/IP link can be made. In these two cases Telnet or Hyperterminal can be used. Note that earlier versions of Hyperterminal only work on a serial port and not on TCP/IP telnet mode.

User to User Applications

This can be anything really, even some network games! The only requirement is that TCP/IP or AX.25 can be selected for communication. A few programs that use serial ports can even work via virtual COM ports once a regular packet connection is made. The main limitation is the speed of 1200 Baud packet.

Applications that need High Speed packet (> 25 K bps)

Unfortunately we are 10 to 15 years behind many countries in Packet. While we still discuss if an upgrade to 9600 Baud is worthwhile others are routinely using 38,400 bps (38.4K) and 1.2M (Approx 1,200,000 Baud) or even higher. Images, program file exchange and multimedia including Voice over IP (like Echo Link) or video streaming needs 28K to 200K bps. EchoLink and IRLP CAN run over packet, but not the packet system currently in Ireland. We will separately consider WiFi links.

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Winpack Packet Terminal Program

The Winpack terminal program is a nice Windows program that is easy to set up and use and a big improvement over Hyperterminal and the older DOS based programs such as Pacterm.

Windows Packet Radio Software

Go to web site www.winpack.org.uk. Download the latest version 6.8. Install the program and start. It may say there are no tnc’s connected, but just go past there or ignore. When loaded, drag the icon onto the desktop. Start the program and go to options munu and Personal/BBS. Put in your call and any other info you want. The call is the important item.

Windows Packet Radio Software Radio

At this point, you can setup to run either via radio and tnc or via telnet over the internet. You cannot do both. However, you can set up the program twice in two different directories and run one on the radio and one on telnet, but only one at a time.

Windows Packet Radio Software

To set up on the radio, go to options and comm setup. Input the baud rate that is usually 9600 and the comm port that is usually com1. Then put the cursor in the bottom transmit line. Turn on the tnc. You should see a sign on message followed by a cmd:. If the tnc was on, a control C will bring up the cmd:. The program is now ready to change parameters in the tnc or make connections.

To set up on the intenet via telnet, go to options and comm setup. In the lower right under host mode, chose ‘telnet’ instead of the default ‘none’. Then make sure you are connected to the internet via DSL, cable, or dialup, go to the bottom transmit line, and type ‘c n0mr-gw.ampr.org:23’ to connect to the N0MR gateway packet station.

Jerry, NØMR