I wanted to update you on this topic.
Flexnet32 in itself is a network package similar to TheNet node
software that runs on the regular packet network that we have in our area.
BUT, There is software that is available on the Flexnet32 software
site, called SoundModem for Windows, that works just like AGWPE sound
card software with a few exceptions.
I downloaded the needed files by following directions on this website:
I followed the instructions for downloading the soundmodem for windows
software and flexnet software, and it works great with my soundcard
interface. In just a few minutes I was able to do some regular packet
with one of our packet nodes for testing, and it worked flawlessly. In
fact AGWPE runs my processor on this old machine (300 Mhz, 256 ram) at
nearly 50% all the time it is running, where this soundmodem software
ran it at about 3%. So the computer is working a LOT less running this
I did NOT use UIView with this software, although it WILL support it
directly. I downloaded and installed Paxon which is a fairly robust
packet terminal software package. The main reason I used this was to
test the interface and software combination quickly. I didnt want to
go through the UIView setup just to do some quick on air tests. Like I
was saying, this pc that I use for testing some of this is rather
slow, so I dont have a lot of software installed. I may change my mind
now that the processor isnt being dragged down so bad by AGWPE.
With Paxon installed, once I told it that I had flexnet/soundcard
software installed, a little flexnet control panel icon pops up near
the clock, and that tells you that it is being called up by your
packet/aprs software. I was then immediately decoding packets on my
screen. The flexnet panel also has a scope function so you can see
your actual audio to see if its too high or low or clipping, etc..
A few notes about soundmodem/flexnet software. I couldnt figure out
how to use it (if its possible) for remote connections. I use AGWPE
strictly for that purpose, to connect to my tnc over 30 miles away via
the internet and let me run software that way without having to have 3
or 4 radio/tnc/soundard combinations sitting around running all the
time. AGWPE allows multiple connections, so I can use UIView32 at
home, friends can connect to my tnc remotely, and I can use other
software like monitoring and regular terminal programs to do digi
maintenance all AT THE SAME TIME.
There appears to be a lot fewer applications (windows based) that are
compatible with soundmodem/flexnet, so check with your aprs or packet
software before going through the trouble of installing and setting
One final note about AGWPE. It only runs my processor at 50% when
using it with a soundcard. If I use it as a tnc manager, meaning I
have actual tnc's connected to the pc, it runs at about 5%.
So, if all you need is to run UIVIew (or other compatible software)
with a soundcard, then I would HIGHLY recommend this as an alternative
My plans are to install UIVIEW32 and soundmodem/flexnet and make sure
they do work as advertised. I see no reason why they should not, as in
COMMS SETUP, HOST MODE drop down box, there is FLEXNET as an option.
I hope this info helps out,
Let me know if you install it and get it working (or not), as I would
like to hear about your setup.