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  • Eric Carling
    Thanks Roger – I have posted to the AR Cluster Group as well so hopefully Ron will eventually see it. I did figure out point 1) below by trial. From:
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 9 3:58 AM
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      Thanks Roger – I have posted to the AR Cluster Group as well so hopefully Ron will eventually see it. I did figure out point 1) below by trial.

       

      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Cooke
      Sent: 09 August 2008 10:30
      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [BPQ32] new installation help

       

      Hi Eric.

        I am just off to my son's in London to help him for a couple of weeks, but thought I would just answer you quickly. I am no expert but do use BPQ32 and two of the best people to help me set it up were Mike, N9PMO and Ron, N5IN.  Both know the software very well.

      Regards from Roger, G3LDI
      Swardeston, Norfolk.


      --- On Fri, 8/8/08, Eric Carling <eric@...> wrote:

      From: Eric Carling <eric@...>
      Subject: [BPQ32] new installation help
      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, 8 August, 2008, 4:58 PM

      I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few questions. I would appreciate any advice.

       

      My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.

       

      1)      Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3  BPQ ports defined – loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?

       

      2)      In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF port? Or doesn’t it matter?

       

      3)      I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe – it crashes periodically, sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to possible causes would be appreciated.

       

       

       

      Thanks

      Eric G0CGL.

       

       

       


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    • Mike Melnik
      Eric G0CGL Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would have addressed Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I
      Message 2 of 10 , Aug 9 4:35 PM
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        Eric G0CGL

         

        Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would have addressed

        Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don’t have any experience with

        The AR-Cluster.

         

        Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn’t needed, the agwtobpq.exe

        Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to continue running AGWPE?

         

        I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista Error message,

        I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 is compatible with Vista

        Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista also?

         

        The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the same in the ARC

        And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.

         

        I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will talk direct to your

        TNC via the bpq port section,

         

        The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:

         

        With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:

         

        PORT

         PORTNUM=1                        ; Optional but sets port number if stated

         ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz         ; Displayed by PORTS command

         TYPE=ASYNC                       ; Port is RS232 Com

         PROTOCOL=KISS                  ; TNC is used in KISS mode

         FULLDUP=0                          ; Only meaningful for KISS devices

         IOADDR=1                             ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.     Computer Serial Port

         SPEED=9600                          ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED             Computer Serial BAUD Rate

         CHANNEL=A                         ; Address if multichannel TNC           Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)

         

        It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need to setup the

        Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.

         

        Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run the agwtobpq.exe

        In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,

        TCP Port is the same as the ARC,

        Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20

        Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask 0x1

        Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart, NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE

        Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that require BPQ)

         

        The AR-Cluster doesn’t give you a choice of application positions, if on local machine, it must be the application

        APPLICATIONS=DX.  

         

        APPL1CALL=G0CGL

        APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX

        APPL1QUAL=255

         

        The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=

         

        Your Ctext could look like the following:

         

        CTEXT:                                  ; The CTEXT text follows:

        Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.

        Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD

        ***                                          ; Denotes end of CTEXT text

         

        In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:

         

        HOSTINTERRUPT=127      ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support

        EMS=0                                   ; Doesn't use EMS RAM

        DESQVIEW=0                       ; DesqView unused

        NODECALL=N9PMO          ; Node callsign

        NODEALIAS=WIRAC         ; Node alias (6 characters max)

        ; BBSCALL=                          ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used overrides BBSCALL      Comment out or delete

        ; BBSALIAS=                         ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used overrides BBSALIAS        Comment out or delete

         

        ; Network System Parameters:

         

        ; BBSQUAL=255                   ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256), relative to           Comment out or delete

                                                        ; NODE. Used to limit spread of BBS node info through

                                                        ; the network to your required service area. [0,255].

                                                        ; APPL1QUAL if used overrides BBSQUAL.

         

        Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ, Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,

         

         PERSIST=64                         ; PERSIST=256/(# of transmitters-1)

         SLOTTIME=100                  ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds

         TXDELAY=300                    ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds

         TXTAIL=30                          ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at packet end

         QUALITY=192                     ; Quality factor applied to node broadcasts heard on

                                                        ; this port, unless overridden by a locked route

                                                        ; entry. Setting to 0 stops node broadcasts

         MINQUAL=168                   ; Entries in the nodes table with qualities greater or

                                                        ; equal to MINQUAL will be sent on this port. A value

                                                        ; of 0 sends everything.

         MAXFRAME=7                  ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)



        (Message over 64 KB, truncated)

      • Eric Carling
        Hello Mike, Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now. I m forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its
        Message 3 of 10 , Aug 10 1:09 AM
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          Hello Mike,

           

          Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.

           

          I’m forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 as it is the current version and had no idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have found out that if I have stop Vista’s DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs without problem.

           

          Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles and its now looking good.

           

          In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I’d like to have the node table, as displayed in response to the ‘N’ command, ordered by callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.

           

          Thanks,

           

          Eric G0CGL.

           

           

          From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Melnik
          Sent: 09 August 2008 23:35
          To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

           

          Eric G0CGL

           

          Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would have addressed

          Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don’t have any experience with

          The AR-Cluster.

           

          Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn’t needed, the agwtobpq.exe

          Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to continue running AGWPE?

           

          I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista Error message,

          I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 is compatible with Vista, 

          Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista also?

           

          The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the same in the ARC

          And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.

           

          I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will talk direct to your

          TNC via the bpq port section,

           

          The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:

           

          With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:

           

          PORT

           PORTNUM=1                        ; Optional but sets port number if stated

           ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz         ; Displayed by PORTS command

           TYPE=ASYNC                       ; Port is RS232 Com

           PROTOCOL=KISS                  ; TNC is used in KISS mode

           FULLDUP=0                          ; Only meaningful for KISS devices

           IOADDR=1                             ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.     Computer Serial Port

           SPEED=9600                          ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED             Computer Serial BAUD Rate

           CHANNEL=A                         ; Address if multichannel TNC           Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)

           

          It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need to setup the

          Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.

           

          Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run the agwtobpq.exe

          In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,

          TCP Port is the same as the ARC,

          Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20

          Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask 0x1

          Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart, NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE

          Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that require BPQ)

           

          The AR-Cluster doesn’t give you a choice of application positions, if on local machine, it must be the application

          APPLICATIONS=DX.  

           

          APPL1CALL=G0CGL

          APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX

          APPL1QUAL=255

           

          The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=

           

          Your Ctext could look like the following:

           

          CTEXT:                                  ; The CTEXT text follows:

          Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.

          Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD

          ***                                          ; Denotes end of CTEXT text

           

          In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:

           

          HOSTINTERRUPT=127      ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support

          EMS=0                                   ; Doesn't use EMS RAM

          DESQVIEW=0                       ; DesqView unused

          NODECALL=N9PMO          ; Node callsign

          NODEALIAS=WIRAC         ; Node alias (6 characters max)

          ; BBSCALL=                          ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used overrides BBSCALL      Comment out or delete

          ; BBSALIAS=                         ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used overrides BBSALIAS        Comment out or delete

           

          ; Network System Parameters:

           

          ; BBSQUAL=255                   ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256), relative to           Comment out or delete

                                                          ; NODE. Used to limit spread of BBS node info through

                                                          ; the network to your required service area. [0,255].

                                                          ; APPL1QUAL if used overrides BBSQUAL.

           

          Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ, Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,

           

           PERSIST=64                         ; PERSIST=256/(# of transmitters-1)

           SLOTTIME=100                  ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds

           TXDELAY=300                    ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds

           TXTAIL=30                          ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at packet end

           QUALITY=192                     ; Quality factor applied to node broadcasts heard on

                                                          ; this port, unless overridden by a locked route

                                                          ; entry. Setting to 0 stops node broadcasts

           MINQUAL=168                   ; Entries in the nodes table with qualities greater or

                                                          ; equal to MINQUAL will be sent on this port. A value

                                                          ; of 0 sends everything.

           MAXFRAME=7                  ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)

           FRACK=5000                       ; Level 2 timout in milliseconds

           RESPTIME=1000                 ; Level 2 delayed ack timer in milliseconds

           RETRIES=5                           ; Level 2 maximum retry value

           PACLEN=236                       ; Default max packet length for this port

           UNPROTO=BPQP1             ; BTEXT broadcast addrs format: DEST[,digi1[,digi2]]

           BCALL=N5IN-5                   ; BTEXT call. unstated defaults to APPL1CALL

           L3ONLY=0                           ; 1=No user downlink connects on this port

           DIGIFLAG=1                       ; Digipeat: 0=OFF, 1=ALL, 255=UI Only

           DIGIPORT=0                       ; Port on which to send digi'd frames (0 = same port)

           USERS=0                               ; Maximum number of L2 sessions, 0 = no limit

          ENDPORT

           

          The UNPROTO=Call or Alias will be associated with the BTEXT you have entered in the Global Section, (Before Ports Section)

          This is what my BTEXT looks like, my UNPROTO=NODE

           

          BTEXT:                                  ; UI broadcast text from BCALL to destination UNPROTO=

          Racine WI

          DIGI Call:       WIRAC

          AR-CLUSTER:      N9PMO-3

          CC-CLUSTER:      N9PMO-4

          WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10

          ***                                          ; Denotes end of BTEXT text

           

          So the above BTEXT will be sent out,

          [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE

          Racine WI

          DIGI Call:  WIRAC

          AR-CLUSTER   N9PMO-3

          CC-CLUSTER   N9PMO-4

          WINLINK-Gateway:  N9PMO-10

           

          BCALL= is associated with the BTEXT as well, mine is BCALL=N9PMO-2 so the combination of UNPROTO= and BCALL=

          Looks like the following:

          [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE

           

          The AR Cluster BTEXT will be associated with the Call Sign you use for the Cluster, I Run WFBB7.00e 32 Bit

          My first APPL1CALL=N9PMO when the Beacon from WFBB is sent out:

          [1] fm N9PMO to NODE

          Followed by the BTEXT you have selected for your AR-Cluster, in my case Is the following:

           

          [1] fm N9PMO to NODE ctl UI pid F0 (123)

          N9PMO Racine, WI BBS 656 Active Messages  http://n9pmo.dyndns.org

          Temp: 66¦F  Wind:  NNE 9 mph

          Messages For  None

          SVR WX:

           

          So as you can see how my Applications work this is my setup:

           

          APPLICATIONS=BBS,DXAR/C N5IN,DXCC/C N5IN-2,RMS

           

          APPL1CALL=N9PMO

          APPL1ALIAS=PMOBBS

          APPL1QUAL=255

          APPL2CALL=N9PMO-3

          APPL2ALIAS=DXAR

          APPL2QUAL=145

          APPL3CALL=N9PMO-4

          APPL3ALIAS=DXCC

          APPL3QUAL=145                    

          APPL4CALL=N9PMO-10

          APPL4ALIAS=RMS

          APPL4QUAL=145

           

          The two Cluster’s are Remote connections to N5IN, and BBS, is handled by a DLL to BPQ, these are not true Applications,

          The only real Application is RMS that requires AGWPE, or the AGWtoBPQ.EXE, my APPL Mask is 0x8 RMS being the

          4th position.   

           

          As far as AGWPE unless you need it for a sound card TNC it is just one more program running you don’t need how ever

          I do keep AGWPE on my computer only used to take one or more of my TNC’S out of Kiss if needed, but not used with BPQ.

           

          So you will need to change your RF Port section from the BPQtoAGW.DLL to TYPE=ASYNC and PROTOCOL=KISS

          Place your MFJ TNC in Kiss Before running the AGWtoBPQ.exe.

           

          Again Start the AGWtoBPQ.EXE First:

           

          I hope I haven’t confused you, and that this helps your setup, and mostly I hope I am not wrong on this setup,

           

          Feel free to contact me at any Time.

           

          73-Mike N9PMO

           

          Web Site: http://n9pmo.dyndns.org

          mmelnik1@...

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          Mike Melnik

          -----Original Message-----
          From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Eric Carling
          Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 10:59 AM
          To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [BPQ32] new installation help

           

          I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few questions. I would appreciate any advice.

           

          My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.

           

          1)      Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3  BPQ ports defined – loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?

           

          2)      In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF port? Or doesn’t it matter?

           

          3)      I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe – it crashes periodically, sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to possible causes would be appreciated.

           

           

           

          Thanks

          Eric G0CGL.

           

           

        • Mike Melnik
          Good Morning Eric I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much experience with AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger
          Message 4 of 10 , Aug 10 8:26 AM
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            Good Morning Eric

            I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much experience with

            AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger G3LDI, and Ron did most of the work.

             

            As you saw in my BPQCFG.TXT example, I cheated, rather then having the cluster programs

            I just make a simple remote connection to both of Ron’s Clusters.

             

            If I understand correctly you are no longer using (AGWPE) only the AGWtoBPQ.exe? this

            Is what I was trying to recommend, I did away with AGWPE back when BPQ32U_409 was released

            My one concern on your system running Vista was that AGWPE may have been causing a problem as

            Well.

             

            As far as the Node Alias being displayed first followed by the Node Call that is something John

            G8BPQ would have to answer, John has been quite busy lately and still may be out sailing, I am sure

            John will reply as soon as he can, May be Ron N5IN can shed some light on this subject.

             

            I do talk with Ron quite often by phone, I will make it a point to ask his opinion about this, how ever

            John is the software writer, ultimately John would have to be the one to make changes if they could

            Be done.

             

            Let me know if I can be of any more help.

             

            73

             

            Mike Melnik

            -----Original Message-----
            From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Eric Carling
            Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 AM
            To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

             

            Hello Mike,

             

            Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.

             

            I’m forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 as it is the current version and had no idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have found out that if I have stop Vista’s DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs without problem.

             

            Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles and its now looking good.

             

            In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I’d like to have the node table, as displayed in response to the ‘N’ command, ordered by callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.

             

            Thanks,

             

            Eric G0CGL.

             

             

            From: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Mike Melnik
            Sent: 09 August 2008 23:35
            To: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
            Subject: RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

             

            Eric G0CGL

             

            Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would have addressed

            Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don’t have any experience with

            The AR-Cluster.

             

            Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn’t needed, the agwtobpq.exe

            Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to continue running AGWPE?

             

            I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista Error message,

            I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 is compatible with Vista, 

            Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista also?

             

            The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the same in the ARC

            And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.

             

            I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will talk direct to your

            TNC via the bpq port section,

             

            The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:

             

            With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:

             

            PORT

             PORTNUM=1                        ; Optional but sets port number if stated

             ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz         ; Displayed by PORTS command

             TYPE=ASYNC                       ; Port is RS232 Com

             PROTOCOL=KISS                  ; TNC is used in KISS mode

             FULLDUP=0                          ; Only meaningful for KISS devices

             IOADDR=1                             ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.     Computer Serial Port

             SPEED=9600                          ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED             Computer Serial BAUD Rate

             CHANNEL=A                         ; Address if multichannel TNC           Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)

             

            It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need to setup the

            Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.

             

            Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run the agwtobpq.exe

            In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,

            TCP Port is the same as the ARC,

            Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20

            Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask 0x1

            Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart, NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE

            Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that require BPQ)

             

            The AR-Cluster doesn’t give you a choice of application positions, if on local machine, it must be the application

            APPLICATIONS= DX.  

             

            APPL1CALL=G0CGL

            APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX<

            (Message over 64 KB, truncated)

          • Mark Harloff
            Eric and Mike, I m pretty sure the problem with UI beaconing is within ARC. I have tried several different approaches to get the UI s to port out from ARC
            Message 5 of 10 , Aug 10 10:03 AM
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              Eric and Mike,

              I'm pretty sure the problem with UI beaconing is
              within ARC. I have tried several different
              approaches to get the UI's to port out from ARC
              though BPQ32 to no avail.

              Ron and John are usually watching the group
              posts here but I don't think they can solve
              this. I am thinking that Terry AB5K will have to
              address this in Version 5 when (or if) it is
              released.

              - Mark K2CAN


              Mike Melnik wrote:
              >
              >
              > Good Morning Eric
              >
              > I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much
              > experience with
              >
              > AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger G3LDI, and Ron did most
              > of the work.
              >
              >
              >
              > As you saw in my BPQCFG.TXT example, I cheated, rather then having the
              > cluster programs
              >
              > I just make a simple remote connection to both of Ron’s Clusters.
              >
              >
              >
              > If I understand correctly you are no longer using (AGWPE) only the
              > AGWtoBPQ.exe? this
              >
              > Is what I was trying to recommend, I did away with AGWPE back when
              > BPQ32U_409 was released
              >
              > My one concern on your system running Vista was that AGWPE may have been
              > causing a problem as
              >
              > Well.
              >
              >
              >
              > As far as the Node Alias being displayed first followed by the Node Call
              > that is something John
              >
              > G8BPQ would have to answer, John has been quite busy lately and still
              > may be out sailing, I am sure
              >
              > John will reply as soon as he can, May be Ron N5IN can shed some light
              > on this subject.
              >
              >
              >
              > I do talk with Ron quite often by phone, I will make it a point to ask
              > his opinion about this, how ever
              >
              > John is the software writer, ultimately John would have to be the one to
              > make changes if they could
              >
              > Be done.
              >
              >
              >
              > Let me know if I can be of any more help.
              >
              >
              >
              > 73
              >
              >
              >
              > //Mike Melnik//
              >
              > -----Original Message-----
              > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
              > Of *Eric Carling
              > *Sent:* Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 AM
              > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
              > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
              >
              >
              >
              > Hello Mike,
              >
              >
              >
              > Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.
              >
              >
              >
              > I’m forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its
              > unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not
              > via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened
              > that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 as it is the current version and had no
              > idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have
              > found out that if I have stop Vista’s DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs
              > without problem.
              >
              >
              >
              > Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles
              > and its now looking good.
              >
              >
              >
              > In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I’d like to have the
              > node table, as displayed in response to the ‘N’ command, ordered by
              > callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered
              > for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it
              > much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than
              > wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.
              >
              >
              >
              > Thanks,
              >
              >
              >
              > Eric G0CGL.
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
              > Of *Mike Melnik
              > *Sent:* 09 August 2008 23:35
              > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
              > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
              >
              >
              >
              > Eric G0CGL
              >
              >
              >
              > Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would
              > have addressed
              >
              > Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don’t have
              > any experience with
              >
              > The AR-Cluster.
              >
              >
              >
              > Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn’t
              > needed, the agwtobpq.exe
              >
              > Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to
              > continue running AGWPE?
              >
              >
              >
              > I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista
              > Error message,
              >
              > I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 is compatible with
              > Vista,
              >
              > Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista also?
              >
              >
              >
              > The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the
              > same in the ARC
              >
              > And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.
              >
              >
              >
              > I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will
              > talk direct to your
              >
              > TNC via the bpq port section,
              >
              >
              >
              > The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:
              >
              >
              >
              > With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:
              >
              >
              >
              > PORT
              >
              > PORTNUM=1 ; Optional but sets port number if stated
              >
              > ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz ; Displayed by PORTS command
              >
              > TYPE=ASYNC ; Port is RS232 Com
              >
              > PROTOCOL=KISS ; TNC is used in KISS mode
              >
              > FULLDUP=0 ; Only meaningful for KISS devices
              >
              > IOADDR=1 ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.
              > Computer Serial Port
              >
              > SPEED=9600 ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED
              > Computer Serial BAUD Rate
              >
              > CHANNEL=A ; Address if multichannel TNC
              > Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)
              >
              >
              >
              > It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need
              > to setup the
              >
              > Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.
              >
              >
              >
              > Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run
              > the agwtobpq.exe
              >
              > In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,
              >
              > TCP Port is the same as the ARC,
              >
              > Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20
              >
              > Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask 0x1
              >
              > Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart,
              > NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE
              >
              > Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that
              > require BPQ)
              >
              >
              >
              > The AR-Cluster doesn’t give you a choice of application positions, if on
              > local machine, it must be the application
              >
              > APPLICATIONS=DX.
              >
              >
              >
              > APPL1CALL=G0CGL
              >
              > APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX
              >
              > APPL1QUAL=255
              >
              >
              >
              > The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=
              >
              >
              >
              > Your Ctext could look like the following:
              >
              >
              >
              > CTEXT: ; The CTEXT text follows:
              >
              > Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.
              >
              > Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD
              >
              > *** ; Denotes end of CTEXT text
              >
              >
              >
              > In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:
              >
              >
              >
              > HOSTINTERRUPT=127 ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support
              >
              > EMS=0 ; Doesn't use EMS RAM
              >
              > DESQVIEW=0 ; DesqView unused
              >
              > NODECALL=N9PMO ; Node callsign
              >
              > NODEALIAS=WIRAC ; Node alias (6 characters max)
              >
              > ; BBSCALL= ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used
              > overrides BBSCALL Comment out or delete
              >
              > ; BBSALIAS= ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used
              > overrides BBSALIAS Comment out or delete
              >
              >
              >
              > ; Network System Parameters:
              >
              >
              >
              > ; BBSQUAL=255 ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256),
              > relative to Comment out or delete
              >
              > ; NODE. Used to limit
              > spread of BBS node info through
              >
              > ; the network to your
              > required service area. [0,255].
              >
              > ; APPL1QUAL if used
              > overrides BBSQUAL.
              >
              >
              >
              > Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ,
              > Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,
              >
              >
              >
              > PERSIST=64 ; PERSIST=256/(# of transmitters-1)
              >
              > SLOTTIME=100 ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds
              >
              > TXDELAY=300 ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds
              >
              > TXTAIL=30 ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at
              > packet end
              >
              > QUALITY=192 ; Quality factor applied to node
              > broadcasts heard on
              >
              > ; this port, unless
              > overridden by a locked route
              >
              > ; entry. Setting to 0
              > stops node broadcasts
              >
              > MINQUAL=168 ; Entries in the nodes table with
              > qualities greater or
              >
              > ; equal to MINQUAL will
              > be sent on this port. A value
              >
              > ; of 0 sends everything.
              >
              > MAXFRAME=7 ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)
              >
              > FRACK=5000 ; Level 2 timout in milliseconds
              >
              > RESPTIME=1000 ; Level 2 delayed ack timer in milliseconds
              >
              > RETRIES=5 ; Level 2 maximum retry value
              >
              > PACLEN=236 ; Default max packet length for this port
              >
              > UNPROTO=BPQP1 ; BTEXT broadcast addrs format:
              > DEST[,digi1[,digi2]]
              >
              > BCALL=N5IN-5 ; BTEXT call. unstated defaults to APPL1CALL
              >
              > L3ONLY=0 ; 1=No user downlink connects on
              > this port
              >
              > DIGIFLAG=1 ; Digipeat: 0=OFF, 1=ALL, 255=UI Only
              >
              > DIGIPORT=0 ; Port on which to send digi'd frames
              > (0 = same port)
              >
              > USERS=0 ; Maximum number of L2 sessions,
              > 0 = no limit
              >
              > ENDPORT
              >
              >
              >
              > The UNPROTO=Call or Alias will be associated with the BTEXT you have
              > entered in the Global Section, (Before Ports Section)
              >
              > This is what my BTEXT looks like, my UNPROTO=NODE
              >
              >
              >
              > BTEXT: ; UI broadcast text from BCALL
              > to destination UNPROTO=
              >
              > Racine WI
              >
              > DIGI Call: WIRAC
              >
              > AR-CLUSTER: N9PMO-3
              >
              > CC-CLUSTER: N9PMO-4
              >
              > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
              >
              > *** ; Denotes end of BTEXT text
              >
              >
              >
              > So the above BTEXT will be sent out,
              >
              > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
              >
              > Racine WI
              >
              > DIGI Call: WIRAC
              >
              > AR-CLUSTER N9PMO-3
              >
              > CC-CLUSTER N9PMO-4
              >
              > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
              >
              >
              >
              > BCALL= is associated with the BTEXT as well, mine is BCALL=N9PMO-2 so
              > the combination of UNPROTO= and BCALL=
              >
              > Looks like the following:
              >
              > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
              >
              >
              >
              > The AR Cluster BTEXT will be associated with the Call Sign you use for
              > the Cluster, I Run WFBB7.00e 32 Bit
              >
              > My first APPL1CALL=N9PMO when the Beacon from WFBB is sent out:
              >
              > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE
              >
              > Followed by the BTEXT you have selected for your AR-Cluster, in my case
              > Is the following:
              >
              >
              >
              > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE ctl UI pid F0 (123)
              >
              > N9PMO Racine, WI BBS 656 Active Messages http://n9pmo.dyndns.org
              >
              > Temp: 66¦F Wind: NNE 9 mph
              >
              > Messages For None
              >
              > SVR WX:
              >
              >
              >
              > So as you can see how my Applications work this is my setup:
              >
              >
              >
              > APPLICATIONS=BBS,DXAR/C N5IN,DXCC/C N5IN-2,RMS
              >
              >
              >
              > APPL1CALL=N9PMO
              >
              > APPL1ALIAS=PMOBBS
              >
              > APPL1QUAL=255
              >
              > APPL2CALL=N9PMO-3
              >
              > APPL2ALIAS=DXAR
              >
              > APPL2QUAL=145
              >
              > APPL3CALL=N9PMO-4
              >
              > APPL3ALIAS=DXCC
              >
              > APPL3QUAL=145
              >
              > APPL4CALL=N9PMO-10
              >
              > APPL4ALIAS=RMS
              >
              > APPL4QUAL=145
              >
              >
              >
              > The two Cluster’s are Remote connections to N5IN, and BBS, is handled by
              > a DLL to BPQ, these are not true Applications,
              >
              > The only real Application is RMS that requires AGWPE, or the
              > AGWtoBPQ.EXE, my APPL Mask is 0x8 RMS being the
              >
              > 4^th position.
              >
              >
              >
              > As far as AGWPE unless you need it for a sound card TNC it is just one
              > more program running you don’t need how ever
              >
              > I do keep AGWPE on my computer only used to take one or more of my TNC’S
              > out of Kiss if needed, but not used with BPQ.
              >
              >
              >
              > So you will need to change your RF Port section from the BPQtoAGW.DLL to
              > TYPE=ASYNC and PROTOCOL=KISS
              >
              > Place your MFJ TNC in Kiss Before running the AGWtoBPQ.exe.
              >
              >
              >
              > Again Start the AGWtoBPQ.EXE First:
              >
              >
              >
              > I hope I haven’t confused you, and that this helps your setup, and
              > mostly I hope I am not wrong on this setup,
              >
              >
              >
              > Feel free to contact me at any Time.
              >
              >
              >
              > 73-Mike N9PMO
              >
              >
              >
              > Web Site: http://n9pmo.dyndns.org
              >
              > mmelnik1@...
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > //Mike Melnik//
              >
              > -----Original Message-----
              > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
              > Of *Eric Carling
              > *Sent:* Friday, August 08, 2008 10:59 AM
              > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
              > *Subject:* [BPQ32] new installation help
              >
              >
              >
              > I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few
              > questions. I would appreciate any advice.
              >
              >
              >
              > My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several
              > AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode
              > on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and
              > both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.
              >
              >
              >
              > 1) Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from
              > the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3 BPQ ports
              > defined – loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the
              > loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?
              >
              >
              >
              > 2) In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I
              > set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port
              > for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF
              > port? Or doesn’t it matter?
              >
              >
              >
              > 3) I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe – it crashes periodically,
              > sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours
              > running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that
              > says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my
              > configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to
              > possible causes would be appreciated.
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Thanks
              >
              > Eric G0CGL.
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
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            • Eric Carling
              Hello Mark Yes you are right - I was reminded of this by Dave W9ZRX. It does beacon if I use the AGWtoBPQ method but not via OCX. Version 5....I still hope
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                Hello Mark

                Yes you are right - I was reminded of this by Dave W9ZRX. It does beacon if
                I use the AGWtoBPQ method but not via OCX. Version 5....I still hope
                oneday....

                Tnx
                Eric.


                -----Original Message-----
                From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark
                Harloff
                Sent: 10 August 2008 17:04
                To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                Eric and Mike,

                I'm pretty sure the problem with UI beaconing is
                within ARC. I have tried several different
                approaches to get the UI's to port out from ARC
                though BPQ32 to no avail.

                Ron and John are usually watching the group
                posts here but I don't think they can solve
                this. I am thinking that Terry AB5K will have to
                address this in Version 5 when (or if) it is
                released.

                - Mark K2CAN


                Mike Melnik wrote:
                >
                >
                > Good Morning Eric
                >
                > I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much
                > experience with
                >
                > AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger G3LDI, and Ron did most
                > of the work.
                >
                >
                >
                > As you saw in my BPQCFG.TXT example, I cheated, rather then having the
                > cluster programs
                >
                > I just make a simple remote connection to both of Ron's Clusters.
                >
                >
                >
                > If I understand correctly you are no longer using (AGWPE) only the
                > AGWtoBPQ.exe? this
                >
                > Is what I was trying to recommend, I did away with AGWPE back when
                > BPQ32U_409 was released
                >
                > My one concern on your system running Vista was that AGWPE may have been
                > causing a problem as
                >
                > Well.
                >
                >
                >
                > As far as the Node Alias being displayed first followed by the Node Call
                > that is something John
                >
                > G8BPQ would have to answer, John has been quite busy lately and still
                > may be out sailing, I am sure
                >
                > John will reply as soon as he can, May be Ron N5IN can shed some light
                > on this subject.
                >
                >
                >
                > I do talk with Ron quite often by phone, I will make it a point to ask
                > his opinion about this, how ever
                >
                > John is the software writer, ultimately John would have to be the one to
                > make changes if they could
                >
                > Be done.
                >
                >
                >
                > Let me know if I can be of any more help.
                >
                >
                >
                > 73
                >
                >
                >
                > //Mike Melnik//
                >
                > -----Original Message-----
                > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
                > Of *Eric Carling
                > *Sent:* Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 AM
                > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                >
                >
                >
                > Hello Mike,
                >
                >
                >
                > Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.
                >
                >
                >
                > I'm forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its
                > unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not
                > via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened
                > that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 as it is the current version and had no
                > idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have
                > found out that if I have stop Vista's DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs
                > without problem.
                >
                >
                >
                > Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles
                > and its now looking good.
                >
                >
                >
                > In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I'd like to have the
                > node table, as displayed in response to the 'N' command, ordered by
                > callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered
                > for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it
                > much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than
                > wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.
                >
                >
                >
                > Thanks,
                >
                >
                >
                > Eric G0CGL.
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
                > Of *Mike Melnik
                > *Sent:* 09 August 2008 23:35
                > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                >
                >
                >
                > Eric G0CGL
                >
                >
                >
                > Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would
                > have addressed
                >
                > Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don't have
                > any experience with
                >
                > The AR-Cluster.
                >
                >
                >
                > Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn't
                > needed, the agwtobpq.exe
                >
                > Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to
                > continue running AGWPE?
                >
                >
                >
                > I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista
                > Error message,
                >
                > I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul27 is compatible with
                > Vista,
                >
                > Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista
                also?
                >
                >
                >
                > The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the
                > same in the ARC
                >
                > And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.
                >
                >
                >
                > I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will
                > talk direct to your
                >
                > TNC via the bpq port section,
                >
                >
                >
                > The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:
                >
                >
                >
                > With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:
                >
                >
                >
                > PORT
                >
                > PORTNUM=1 ; Optional but sets port number if
                stated
                >
                > ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz ; Displayed by PORTS command
                >
                > TYPE=ASYNC ; Port is RS232 Com
                >
                > PROTOCOL=KISS ; TNC is used in KISS mode
                >
                > FULLDUP=0 ; Only meaningful for KISS devices
                >
                > IOADDR=1 ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.
                > Computer Serial Port
                >
                > SPEED=9600 ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED
                > Computer Serial BAUD Rate
                >
                > CHANNEL=A ; Address if multichannel TNC
                > Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)
                >
                >
                >
                > It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need
                > to setup the
                >
                > Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.
                >
                >
                >
                > Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run
                > the agwtobpq.exe
                >
                > In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,
                >
                > TCP Port is the same as the ARC,
                >
                > Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20
                >
                > Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask
                0x1
                >
                > Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart,
                > NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE
                >
                > Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that
                > require BPQ)
                >
                >
                >
                > The AR-Cluster doesn't give you a choice of application positions, if on
                > local machine, it must be the application
                >
                > APPLICATIONS=DX.
                >
                >
                >
                > APPL1CALL=G0CGL
                >
                > APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX
                >
                > APPL1QUAL=255
                >
                >
                >
                > The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=
                >
                >
                >
                > Your Ctext could look like the following:
                >
                >
                >
                > CTEXT: ; The CTEXT text follows:
                >
                > Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.
                >
                > Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD
                >
                > *** ; Denotes end of CTEXT text
                >
                >
                >
                > In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:
                >
                >
                >
                > HOSTINTERRUPT=127 ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support
                >
                > EMS=0 ; Doesn't use EMS RAM
                >
                > DESQVIEW=0 ; DesqView unused
                >
                > NODECALL=N9PMO ; Node callsign
                >
                > NODEALIAS=WIRAC ; Node alias (6 characters max)
                >
                > ; BBSCALL= ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used
                > overrides BBSCALL Comment out or delete
                >
                > ; BBSALIAS= ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used
                > overrides BBSALIAS Comment out or delete
                >
                >
                >
                > ; Network System Parameters:
                >
                >
                >
                > ; BBSQUAL=255 ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256),
                > relative to Comment out or delete
                >
                > ; NODE. Used to limit
                > spread of BBS node info through
                >
                > ; the network to your
                > required service area. [0,255].
                >
                > ; APPL1QUAL if used
                > overrides BBSQUAL.
                >
                >
                >
                > Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ,
                > Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,
                >
                >
                >
                > PERSIST=64 ; PERSIST=256/(# of transmitters-1)
                >
                > SLOTTIME=100 ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds
                >
                > TXDELAY=300 ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds
                >
                > TXTAIL=30 ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at
                > packet end
                >
                > QUALITY=192 ; Quality factor applied to node
                > broadcasts heard on
                >
                > ; this port, unless
                > overridden by a locked route
                >
                > ; entry. Setting to 0
                > stops node broadcasts
                >
                > MINQUAL=168 ; Entries in the nodes table with
                > qualities greater or
                >
                > ; equal to MINQUAL will
                > be sent on this port. A value
                >
                > ; of 0 sends everything.
                >
                > MAXFRAME=7 ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)
                >
                > FRACK=5000 ; Level 2 timout in milliseconds
                >
                > RESPTIME=1000 ; Level 2 delayed ack timer in milliseconds
                >
                > RETRIES=5 ; Level 2 maximum retry value
                >
                > PACLEN=236 ; Default max packet length for this
                port
                >
                > UNPROTO=BPQP1 ; BTEXT broadcast addrs format:
                > DEST[,digi1[,digi2]]
                >
                > BCALL=N5IN-5 ; BTEXT call. unstated defaults to
                APPL1CALL
                >
                > L3ONLY=0 ; 1=No user downlink connects on
                > this port
                >
                > DIGIFLAG=1 ; Digipeat: 0=OFF, 1=ALL, 255=UI Only
                >
                > DIGIPORT=0 ; Port on which to send digi'd frames
                > (0 = same port)
                >
                > USERS=0 ; Maximum number of L2 sessions,
                > 0 = no limit
                >
                > ENDPORT
                >
                >
                >
                > The UNPROTO=Call or Alias will be associated with the BTEXT you have
                > entered in the Global Section, (Before Ports Section)
                >
                > This is what my BTEXT looks like, my UNPROTO=NODE
                >
                >
                >
                > BTEXT: ; UI broadcast text from BCALL
                > to destination UNPROTO=
                >
                > Racine WI
                >
                > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                >
                > AR-CLUSTER: N9PMO-3
                >
                > CC-CLUSTER: N9PMO-4
                >
                > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                >
                > *** ; Denotes end of BTEXT text
                >
                >
                >
                > So the above BTEXT will be sent out,
                >
                > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                >
                > Racine WI
                >
                > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                >
                > AR-CLUSTER N9PMO-3
                >
                > CC-CLUSTER N9PMO-4
                >
                > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                >
                >
                >
                > BCALL= is associated with the BTEXT as well, mine is BCALL=N9PMO-2 so
                > the combination of UNPROTO= and BCALL=
                >
                > Looks like the following:
                >
                > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                >
                >
                >
                > The AR Cluster BTEXT will be associated with the Call Sign you use for
                > the Cluster, I Run WFBB7.00e 32 Bit
                >
                > My first APPL1CALL=N9PMO when the Beacon from WFBB is sent out:
                >
                > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE
                >
                > Followed by the BTEXT you have selected for your AR-Cluster, in my case
                > Is the following:
                >
                >
                >
                > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE ctl UI pid F0 (123)
                >
                > N9PMO Racine, WI BBS 656 Active Messages http://n9pmo.dyndns.org
                >
                > Temp: 66|F Wind: NNE 9 mph
                >
                > Messages For None
                >
                > SVR WX:
                >
                >
                >
                > So as you can see how my Applications work this is my setup:
                >
                >
                >
                > APPLICATIONS=BBS,DXAR/C N5IN,DXCC/C N5IN-2,RMS
                >
                >
                >
                > APPL1CALL=N9PMO
                >
                > APPL1ALIAS=PMOBBS
                >
                > APPL1QUAL=255
                >
                > APPL2CALL=N9PMO-3
                >
                > APPL2ALIAS=DXAR
                >
                > APPL2QUAL=145
                >
                > APPL3CALL=N9PMO-4
                >
                > APPL3ALIAS=DXCC
                >
                > APPL3QUAL=145
                >
                > APPL4CALL=N9PMO-10
                >
                > APPL4ALIAS=RMS
                >
                > APPL4QUAL=145
                >
                >
                >
                > The two Cluster's are Remote connections to N5IN, and BBS, is handled by
                > a DLL to BPQ, these are not true Applications,
                >
                > The only real Application is RMS that requires AGWPE, or the
                > AGWtoBPQ.EXE, my APPL Mask is 0x8 RMS being the
                >
                > 4^th position.
                >
                >
                >
                > As far as AGWPE unless you need it for a sound card TNC it is just one
                > more program running you don't need how ever
                >
                > I do keep AGWPE on my computer only used to take one or more of my TNC'S
                > out of Kiss if needed, but not used with BPQ.
                >
                >
                >
                > So you will need to change your RF Port section from the BPQtoAGW.DLL to
                > TYPE=ASYNC and PROTOCOL=KISS
                >
                > Place your MFJ TNC in Kiss Before running the AGWtoBPQ.exe.
                >
                >
                >
                > Again Start the AGWtoBPQ.EXE First:
                >
                >
                >
                > I hope I haven't confused you, and that this helps your setup, and
                > mostly I hope I am not wrong on this setup,
                >
                >
                >
                > Feel free to contact me at any Time.
                >
                >
                >
                > 73-Mike N9PMO
                >
                >
                >
                > Web Site: http://n9pmo.dyndns.org
                >
                > mmelnik1@...
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > //Mike Melnik//
                >
                > -----Original Message-----
                > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf
                > Of *Eric Carling
                > *Sent:* Friday, August 08, 2008 10:59 AM
                > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                > *Subject:* [BPQ32] new installation help
                >
                >
                >
                > I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few
                > questions. I would appreciate any advice.
                >
                >
                >
                > My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several
                > AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode
                > on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and
                > both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.
                >
                >
                >
                > 1) Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from
                > the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3 BPQ ports
                > defined - loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the
                > loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?
                >
                >
                >
                > 2) In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I
                > set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port
                > for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF
                > port? Or doesn't it matter?
                >
                >
                >
                > 3) I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe - it crashes periodically,
                > sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours
                > running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that
                > says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my
                > configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to
                > possible causes would be appreciated.
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Thanks
                >
                > Eric G0CGL.
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
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                > Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com
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                Eric, G0CGL I have been away for a few days when all this BPQ32 group activity exploded! It does appear that you have the answers, but to refresh my memory I
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                  Eric, G0CGL

                  I have been away for a few days when all this BPQ32 group activity exploded!

                  It does appear that you have the answers, but to refresh my memory I did some quick testing here and have determined thus:

                  AR-Cluster does not send DX beacons when using the OCX interface, but it does send them with the AGWtoBPQ interface.  I would guess that this is an issue within AR-Cluster and would require Terry AB5K's attention to correct.

                  Instead I have used a program UIDX-Bridge from M0CYP http://www.apritch.myby.co.uk/uidx.htm to send beacons.  It appears to me to have some benefits over that which is built into AR-Cluster.  It works by signing on to any cluster as a user.  You can set the filters in the dxcluster to select just which spots you want to be beaconed, and you can also set the destination address, which allows you to control how far these beacons are digipeated should you have digipeaters on the same frequency.  At one time I was actually sending DX spot beacons on the national APRS frequency...the very low volume of APRS activity made this acceptable, but this would no longer be the case, thus I shut it down.

                  I note that UIDX Bridge does not offer to send the beacons other than once, but my guess is that if this was an issue M0CYP would be willing to add this.  He was cooperative with me long ago when I contacted him.

                  With respect to UIDX Bridge note that the port number of 0 corresponds to port number 1 in the BPQ32 configuration.  This is explained in the BPQ32 installation document.

                  With respect to FBB or MSYS, I admit to have thrown in the towel.  These were designed long ago, for DOS, and attempts to use them with Windows appear to be only partially successful.  Mike, N9PMO, and others have been struggling with these and have been somewhat successsful.  But it seems to me that unless tha authors of these care to update them, it's going to remain a struggle.

                  Ron, N5IN



                  ----- Original Message ----
                  From: Eric Carling <eric@...>
                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:21:31 PM
                  Subject: RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                  Hello Mark

                  Yes you are right - I was reminded of this by Dave W9ZRX. It does beacon if
                  I use the AGWtoBPQ method but not via OCX. Version 5....I still hope
                  oneday....

                  Tnx
                  Eric.

                  -----Original Message-----
                  From: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Mark
                  Harloff
                  Sent: 10 August 2008 17:04
                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
                  Subject: Re: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                  Eric and Mike,

                  I'm pretty sure the problem with UI beaconing is
                  within ARC. I have tried several different
                  approaches to get the UI's to port out from ARC
                  though BPQ32 to no avail.

                  Ron and John are usually watching the group
                  posts here but I don't think they can solve
                  this. I am thinking that Terry AB5K will have to
                  address this in Version 5 when (or if) it is
                  released.

                  - Mark K2CAN

                  Mike Melnik wrote:

                  >
                  >
                  > Good Morning Eric
                  >
                  > I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much
                  > experience with
                  >
                  > AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger G3LDI, and Ron did most
                  > of the work.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > As you saw in my BPQCFG.TXT example, I cheated, rather then having the
                  > cluster programs
                  >
                  > I just make a simple remote connection to both of Ron's Clusters.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > If I understand correctly you are no longer using (AGWPE) only the
                  > AGWtoBPQ.exe? this
                  >
                  > Is what I was trying to recommend, I did away with AGWPE back when
                  > BPQ32U_409 was released
                  >
                  > My one concern on your system running Vista was that AGWPE may have been
                  > causing a problem as
                  >
                  > Well.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > As far as the Node Alias being displayed first followed by the Node Call
                  > that is something John
                  >
                  > G8BPQ would have to answer, John has been quite busy lately and still
                  > may be out sailing, I am sure
                  >
                  > John will reply as soon as he can, May be Ron N5IN can shed some light
                  > on this subject.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I do talk with Ron quite often by phone, I will make it a point to ask
                  > his opinion about this, how ever
                  >
                  > John is the software writer, ultimately John would have to be the one to
                  > make changes if they could
                  >
                  > Be done.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Let me know if I can be of any more help.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > 73
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > //Mike Melnik//
                  >
                  > -----Original Message-----
                  > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                  > Of *Eric Carling
                  > *Sent:* Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 AM
                  > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
                  > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Hello Mike,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I'm forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its
                  > unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not
                  > via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened
                  > that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 as it is the current version and had no
                  > idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have
                  > found out that if I have stop Vista's DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs
                  > without problem.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles
                  > and its now looking good.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I'd like to have the
                  > node table, as displayed in response to the 'N' command, ordered by
                  > callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered
                  > for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it
                  > much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than
                  > wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Thanks,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Eric G0CGL.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                  > Of *Mike Melnik
                  > *Sent:* 09 August 2008 23:35
                  > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
                  > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Eric G0CGL
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would
                  > have addressed
                  >
                  > Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don't have
                  > any experience with
                  >
                  > The AR-Cluster.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn't
                  > needed, the agwtobpq.exe
                  >
                  > Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to
                  > continue running AGWPE?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista
                  > Error message,
                  >
                  > I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 is compatible with
                  > Vista,
                  >
                  > Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista
                  also?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the
                  > same in the ARC
                  >
                  > And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will
                  > talk direct to your
                  >
                  > TNC via the bpq port section,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > PORT
                  >
                  > PORTNUM=1 ; Optional but sets port number if
                  stated
                  >
                  > ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz ; Displayed by PORTS command
                  >
                  > TYPE=ASYNC ; Port is RS232 Com
                  >
                  > PROTOCOL=KISS ; TNC is used in KISS mode
                  >
                  > FULLDUP=0 ; Only meaningful for KISS devices
                  >
                  > IOADDR=1 ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.
                  > Computer Serial Port
                  >
                  > SPEED=9600 ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED
                  > Computer Serial BAUD Rate
                  >
                  > CHANNEL=A ; Address if multichannel TNC
                  > Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need
                  > to setup the
                  >
                  > Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run
                  > the agwtobpq.exe
                  >
                  > In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,
                  >
                  > TCP Port is the same as the ARC,
                  >
                  > Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20
                  >
                  > Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask
                  0x1
                  >
                  > Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart,
                  > NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE
                  >
                  > Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that
                  > require BPQ)
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The AR-Cluster doesn't give you a choice of application positions, if on
                  > local machine, it must be the application
                  >
                  > APPLICATIONS= DX.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > APPL1CALL=G0CGL
                  >
                  > APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX
                  >
                  > APPL1QUAL=255
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Your Ctext could look like the following:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > CTEXT: ; The CTEXT text follows:
                  >
                  > Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.
                  >
                  > Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD
                  >
                  > *** ; Denotes end of CTEXT text
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > HOSTINTERRUPT= 127 ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support
                  >
                  > EMS=0 ; Doesn't use EMS RAM
                  >
                  > DESQVIEW=0 ; DesqView unused
                  >
                  > NODECALL=N9PMO ; Node callsign
                  >
                  > NODEALIAS=WIRAC ; Node alias (6 characters max)
                  >
                  > ; BBSCALL= ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used
                  > overrides BBSCALL Comment out or delete
                  >
                  > ; BBSALIAS= ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used
                  > overrides BBSALIAS Comment out or delete
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > ; Network System Parameters:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > ; BBSQUAL=255 ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256) ,
                  > relative to Comment out or delete
                  >
                  > ; NODE. Used to limit
                  > spread of BBS node info through
                  >
                  > ; the network to your
                  > required service area. [0,255].
                  >
                  > ; APPL1QUAL if used
                  > overrides BBSQUAL.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ,
                  > Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > PERSIST=64 ; PERSIST=256/ (# of transmitters- 1)
                  >
                  > SLOTTIME=100 ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds
                  >
                  > TXDELAY=300 ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds
                  >
                  > TXTAIL=30 ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at
                  > packet end
                  >
                  > QUALITY=192 ; Quality factor applied to node
                  > broadcasts heard on
                  >
                  > ; this port, unless
                  > overridden by a locked route
                  >
                  > ; entry. Setting to 0
                  > stops node broadcasts
                  >
                  > MINQUAL=168 ; Entries in the nodes table with
                  > qualities greater or
                  >
                  > ; equal to MINQUAL will
                  > be sent on this port. A value
                  >
                  > ; of 0 sends everything.
                  >
                  > MAXFRAME=7 ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)
                  >
                  > FRACK=5000 ; Level 2 timout in milliseconds
                  >
                  > RESPTIME=1000 ; Level 2 delayed ack timer in milliseconds
                  >
                  > RETRIES=5 ; Level 2 maximum retry value
                  >
                  > PACLEN=236 ; Default max packet length for this
                  port
                  >
                  > UNPROTO=BPQP1 ; BTEXT broadcast addrs format:
                  > DEST[,digi1[ ,digi2]]
                  >
                  > BCALL=N5IN-5 ; BTEXT call. unstated defaults to
                  APPL1CALL
                  >
                  > L3ONLY=0 ; 1=No user downlink connects on
                  > this port
                  >
                  > DIGIFLAG=1 ; Digipeat: 0=OFF, 1=ALL, 255=UI Only
                  >
                  > DIGIPORT=0 ; Port on which to send digi'd frames
                  > (0 = same port)
                  >
                  > USERS=0 ; Maximum number of L2 sessions,
                  > 0 = no limit
                  >
                  > ENDPORT
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The UNPROTO=Call or Alias will be associated with the BTEXT you have
                  > entered in the Global Section, (Before Ports Section)
                  >
                  > This is what my BTEXT looks like, my UNPROTO=NODE
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > BTEXT: ; UI broadcast text from BCALL
                  > to destination UNPROTO=
                  >
                  > Racine WI
                  >
                  > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                  >
                  > AR-CLUSTER: N9PMO-3
                  >
                  > CC-CLUSTER: N9PMO-4
                  >
                  > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                  >
                  > *** ; Denotes end of BTEXT text
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > So the above BTEXT will be sent out,
                  >
                  > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                  >
                  > Racine WI
                  >
                  > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                  >
                  > AR-CLUSTER N9PMO-3
                  >
                  > CC-CLUSTER N9PMO-4
                  >
                  > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > BCALL= is associated with the BTEXT as well, mine is BCALL=N9PMO- 2 so
                  > the combination of UNPROTO= and BCALL=
                  >
                  > Looks like the following:
                  >
                  > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The AR Cluster BTEXT will be associated with the Call Sign you use for
                  > the Cluster, I Run WFBB7.00e 32 Bit
                  >
                  > My first APPL1CALL=N9PMO when the Beacon from WFBB is sent out:
                  >
                  > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE
                  >
                  > Followed by the BTEXT you have selected for your AR-Cluster, in my case
                  > Is the following:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE ctl UI pid F0 (123)
                  >
                  > N9PMO Racine, WI BBS 656 Active Messages http://n9pmo. dyndns.org
                  >
                  > Temp: 66|F Wind: NNE 9 mph
                  >
                  > Messages For None
                  >
                  > SVR WX:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > So as you can see how my Applications work this is my setup:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > APPLICATIONS= BBS,DXAR/ C N5IN,DXCC/C N5IN-2,RMS
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > APPL1CALL=N9PMO
                  >
                  > APPL1ALIAS=PMOBBS
                  >
                  > APPL1QUAL=255
                  >
                  > APPL2CALL=N9PMO- 3
                  >
                  > APPL2ALIAS=DXAR
                  >
                  > APPL2QUAL=145
                  >
                  > APPL3CALL=N9PMO- 4
                  >
                  > APPL3ALIAS=DXCC
                  >
                  > APPL3QUAL=145
                  >
                  > APPL4CALL=N9PMO- 10
                  >
                  > APPL4ALIAS=RMS
                  >
                  > APPL4QUAL=145
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > The two Cluster's are Remote connections to N5IN, and BBS, is handled by
                  > a DLL to BPQ, these are not true Applications,
                  >
                  > The only real Application is RMS that requires AGWPE, or the
                  > AGWtoBPQ.EXE, my APPL Mask is 0x8 RMS being the
                  >
                  > 4^th position.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > As far as AGWPE unless you need it for a sound card TNC it is just one
                  > more program running you don't need how ever
                  >
                  > I do keep AGWPE on my computer only used to take one or more of my TNC'S
                  > out of Kiss if needed, but not used with BPQ.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > So you will need to change your RF Port section from the BPQtoAGW.DLL to
                  > TYPE=ASYNC and PROTOCOL=KISS
                  >
                  > Place your MFJ TNC in Kiss Before running the AGWtoBPQ.exe.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Again Start the AGWtoBPQ.EXE First:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I hope I haven't confused you, and that this helps your setup, and
                  > mostly I hope I am not wrong on this setup,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Feel free to contact me at any Time.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > 73-Mike N9PMO
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Web Site: http://n9pmo. dyndns.org
                  >
                  > mmelnik1@wi. rr.com
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > //Mike Melnik//
                  >
                  > -----Original Message-----
                  > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                  > Of *Eric Carling
                  > *Sent:* Friday, August 08, 2008 10:59 AM
                  > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
                  > *Subject:* [BPQ32] new installation help
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few
                  > questions. I would appreciate any advice.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several
                  > AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode
                  > on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and
                  > both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > 1) Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from
                  > the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3 BPQ ports
                  > defined - loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the
                  > loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > 2) In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I
                  > set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port
                  > for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF
                  > port? Or doesn't it matter?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > 3) I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe - it crashes periodically,
                  > sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours
                  > running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that
                  > says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my
                  > configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to
                  > possible causes would be appreciated.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Thanks
                  >
                  > Eric G0CGL.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
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                  Hello Ron, I seem to have tamed AGWtoBPQ but I will look at UIDX-Bridge. I d heard about it but forgotten as its been such a long time since I last looked at
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                    Hello Ron,

                     

                    I seem to have tamed AGWtoBPQ but I will look at UIDX-Bridge. I’d heard about it but forgotten as its been such a long time since I last looked at BPQ. So thanks for that. I did see mention in your BPQ installation docs but didn’t realise its significance.

                     

                    Overall though it is all up and running.

                     

                    Tnx,

                    Eric G0CGL.

                     

                     

                    From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ron Stordahl
                    Sent: 11 August 2008 17:24
                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                     

                    Eric, G0CGL

                    I have been away for a few days when all this BPQ32 group activity exploded!

                    It does appear that you have the answers, but to refresh my memory I did some quick testing here and have determined thus:

                    AR-Cluster does not send DX beacons when using the OCX interface, but it does send them with the AGWtoBPQ interface.  I would guess that this is an issue within AR-Cluster and would require Terry AB5K's attention to correct.

                    Instead I have used a program UIDX-Bridge from M0CYP http://www.apritch.myby.co.uk/uidx.htm to send beacons.  It appears to me to have some benefits over that which is built into AR-Cluster.  It works by signing on to any cluster as a user.  You can set the filters in the dxcluster to select just which spots you want to be beaconed, and you can also set the destination address, which allows you to control how far these beacons are digipeated should you have digipeaters on the same frequency.  At one time I was actually sending DX spot beacons on the national APRS frequency...the very low volume of APRS activity made this acceptable, but this would no longer be the case, thus I shut it down.

                    I note that UIDX Bridge does not offer to send the beacons other than once, but my guess is that if this was an issue M0CYP would be willing to add this.  He was cooperative with me long ago when I contacted him.

                    With respect to UIDX Bridge note that the port number of 0 corresponds to port number 1 in the BPQ32 configuration.  This is explained in the BPQ32 installation document.

                    With respect to FBB or MSYS, I admit to have thrown in the towel.  These were designed long ago, for DOS, and attempts to use them with Windows appear to be only partially successful.  Mike, N9PMO, and others have been struggling with these and have been somewhat successsful.  But it seems to me that unless tha authors of these care to update them, it's going to remain a struggle.

                    Ron, N5IN


                    ----- Original Message ----
                    From: Eric Carling <eric@...>
                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:21:31 PM
                    Subject: RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                    Hello Mark

                    Yes you are right - I was reminded of this by Dave W9ZRX. It does beacon if
                    I use the AGWtoBPQ method but not via OCX. Version 5....I still hope
                    oneday....

                    Tnx
                    Eric.

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Mark
                    Harloff
                    Sent: 10 August 2008 17:04
                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups. com
                    Subject: Re: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL

                    Eric and Mike,

                    I'm pretty sure the problem with UI beaconing is
                    within ARC. I have tried several different
                    approaches to get the UI's to port out from ARC
                    though BPQ32 to no avail.

                    Ron and John are usually watching the group
                    posts here but I don't think they can solve
                    this. I am thinking that Terry AB5K will have to
                    address this in Version 5 when (or if) it is
                    released.

                    - Mark K2CAN

                    Mike Melnik wrote:

                    >
                    >
                    > Good Morning Eric
                    >
                    > I am glad I was able to help at least some, again not really having much
                    > experience with
                    >
                    > AR or CC Cluster except for working with Roger G3LDI, and Ron did most
                    > of the work.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > As you saw in my BPQCFG.TXT example, I cheated, rather then having the
                    > cluster programs
                    >
                    > I just make a simple remote connection to both of Ron's Clusters.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > If I understand correctly you are no longer using (AGWPE) only the
                    > AGWtoBPQ.exe? this
                    >
                    > Is what I was trying to recommend, I did away with AGWPE back when
                    > BPQ32U_409 was released
                    >
                    > My one concern on your system running Vista was that AGWPE may have been
                    > causing a problem as
                    >
                    > Well.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > As far as the Node Alias being displayed first followed by the Node Call
                    > that is something John
                    >
                    > G8BPQ would have to answer, John has been quite busy lately and still
                    > may be out sailing, I am sure
                    >
                    > John will reply as soon as he can, May be Ron N5IN can shed some light
                    > on this subject.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I do talk with Ron quite often by phone, I will make it a point to ask
                    > his opinion about this, how ever
                    >
                    > John is the software writer, ultimately John would have to be the one to
                    > make changes if they could
                    >
                    > Be done.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Let me know if I can be of any more help.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 73
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > //Mike Melnik//
                    >
                    > -----Original Message-----
                    > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                    > Of *Eric Carling
                    > *Sent:* Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 AM
                    > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com
                    > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Hello Mike,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think I have it all sorted now.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I'm forced into using AGWtoBPQ because to get AR Cluster to output its
                    > unproto DX spot beacon, it has to connect to BPQ via this method and not
                    > via the OCX method. Having decided to change to BPQ, it just happened
                    > that I used BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 as it is the current version and had no
                    > idea that previous versions might not be compatible with Vista. I have
                    > found out that if I have stop Vista's DEP completely, AGWtoBPQ runs
                    > without problem.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Your detailed configuration helped iron out a couple of other wrinkles
                    > and its now looking good.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > In common with other (non-BPQ) nodes in my area, I'd like to have the
                    > node table, as displayed in response to the 'N' command, ordered by
                    > callsign instead of alias. Is that possible now or can it be considered
                    > for the future? Users looking to connect to a particular country find it
                    > much easier to see the available nodes grouped together rather than
                    > wading through the entire list searching for each G or W or whatever.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Thanks,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Eric G0CGL.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                    > Of *Mike Melnik
                    > *Sent:* 09 August 2008 23:35
                    > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com
                    > *Subject:* RE: [BPQ32] new installation help Eric G0CGL
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Eric G0CGL
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Ron and John are probably tied up at the moment or I am sure they would
                    > have addressed
                    >
                    > Your questions, I will do the best I can to help, how ever I don't have
                    > any experience with
                    >
                    > The AR-Cluster.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Lets first start of with the use of AGWPE, the packet engine isn't
                    > needed, the agwtobpq.exe
                    >
                    > Takes its place, unless there is some special reason you want to
                    > continue running AGWPE?
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I am going to work backwards from your message, starting with the Vista
                    > Error message,
                    >
                    > I may be wrong, but I think only BPQ32_410e_2008Jul2 7 is compatible with
                    > Vista,
                    >
                    > Now this also leaves the question, is AR-Cluster compatible with Vista
                    also?
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The ARC TCPIP 8000/8001 is your choice, how ever they need to be the
                    > same in the ARC
                    >
                    > And the AGWtoBPQ.EXE Config.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I will try to guide you threw using only the AGWtoBPQ.EXE and BPQ will
                    > talk direct to your
                    >
                    > TNC via the bpq port section,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The following is an example of the beginning of the RF Port:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > With the following definition BPQ32 accesses the TNC directly:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > PORT
                    >
                    > PORTNUM=1 ; Optional but sets port number if
                    stated
                    >
                    > ID=BPQ 145.XXX MHz ; Displayed by PORTS command
                    >
                    > TYPE=ASYNC ; Port is RS232 Com
                    >
                    > PROTOCOL=KISS ; TNC is used in KISS mode
                    >
                    > FULLDUP=0 ; Only meaningful for KISS devices
                    >
                    > IOADDR=1 ; 1 = SERIAL PORT COM1 ETC.
                    > Computer Serial Port
                    >
                    > SPEED=9600 ; RS232 COM PORT SPEED
                    > Computer Serial BAUD Rate
                    >
                    > CHANNEL=A ; Address if multichannel TNC
                    > Your MFJ TNC is a single port (A)
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > It sounds like you have your AXIP Port setup correctly, you would need
                    > to setup the
                    >
                    > Bpqaxip.cfg UDP Ports as well.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Assuming the DX Cluster is the only application, no BBS, RMS etc. run
                    > the agwtobpq.exe
                    >
                    > In the AGWtoBPQ Version 1.1.0 Window, click the Config,
                    >
                    > TCP Port is the same as the ARC,
                    >
                    > Listening sessions is up to you, mine is at default 20
                    >
                    > Now if the AR Cluster is the only Application being used, the APPL Mask
                    0x1
                    >
                    > Looped Frames can be left ether open or checked, Save, exit and Restart,
                    > NOTE: the AGWtoBPQ.EXE
                    >
                    > Must always start first, (before your Cluster or any other programs that
                    > require BPQ)
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The AR-Cluster doesn't give you a choice of application positions, if on
                    > local machine, it must be the application
                    >
                    > APPLICATIONS= DX.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > APPL1CALL=G0CGL
                    >
                    > APPL1ALIAS=GCLDX
                    >
                    > APPL1QUAL=255
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The Call Sign of the Cluster must be the same as APPL1CALL=
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Your Ctext could look like the following:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > CTEXT: ; The CTEXT text follows:
                    >
                    > Type DX to connect to the DX Cluster.
                    >
                    > Alias:Call} DX CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD
                    >
                    > *** ; Denotes end of CTEXT text
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > In the beginning section of the bpqcfg.txt the following must be omitted:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > HOSTINTERRUPT= 127 ; Interrupt used for BPQ host mode support
                    >
                    > EMS=0 ; Doesn't use EMS RAM
                    >
                    > DESQVIEW=0 ; DesqView unused
                    >
                    > NODECALL=N9PMO ; Node callsign
                    >
                    > NODEALIAS=WIRAC ; Node alias (6 characters max)
                    >
                    > ; BBSCALL= ; BBS callsign APPL1CALL if used
                    > overrides BBSCALL Comment out or delete
                    >
                    > ; BBSALIAS= ; BBS alias APPL1ALIAS if used
                    > overrides BBSALIAS Comment out or delete
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > ; Network System Parameters:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > ; BBSQUAL=255 ; BBS quality multiplier, (BBSQUAL/256) ,
                    > relative to Comment out or delete
                    >
                    > ; NODE. Used to limit
                    > spread of BBS node info through
                    >
                    > ; the network to your
                    > required service area. [0,255].
                    >
                    > ; APPL1QUAL if used
                    > overrides BBSQUAL.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Now for the Cluster Spots and Beacon, they will be handled all by BPQ,
                    > Picking up where we left off in the Ports section,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > PERSIST=64 ; PERSIST=256/ (# of transmitters- 1)
                    >
                    > SLOTTIME=100 ; CMSA interval timer in milliseconds
                    >
                    > TXDELAY=300 ; Transmit keyup delay in milliseconds
                    >
                    > TXTAIL=30 ; TX key down, in milliseconds, at
                    > packet end
                    >
                    > QUALITY=192 ; Quality factor applied to node
                    > broadcasts heard on
                    >
                    > ; this port, unless
                    > overridden by a locked route
                    >
                    > ; entry. Setting to 0
                    > stops node broadcasts
                    >
                    > MINQUAL=168 ; Entries in the nodes table with
                    > qualities greater or
                    >
                    > ; equal to MINQUAL will
                    > be sent on this port. A value
                    >
                    > ; of 0 sends everything.
                    >
                    > MAXFRAME=7 ; Max outstanding frames (1 thru 7)
                    >
                    > FRACK=5000 ; Level 2 timout in milliseconds
                    >
                    > RESPTIME=1000 ; Level 2 delayed ack timer in milliseconds
                    >
                    > RETRIES=5 ; Level 2 maximum retry value
                    >
                    > PACLEN=236 ; Default max packet length for this
                    port
                    >
                    > UNPROTO=BPQP1 ; BTEXT broadcast addrs format:
                    > DEST[,digi1[ ,digi2]]
                    >
                    > BCALL=N5IN-5 ; BTEXT call. unstated defaults to
                    APPL1CALL
                    >
                    > L3ONLY=0 ; 1=No user downlink connects on
                    > this port
                    >
                    > DIGIFLAG=1 ; Digipeat: 0=OFF, 1=ALL, 255=UI Only
                    >
                    > DIGIPORT=0 ; Port on which to send digi'd frames
                    > (0 = same port)
                    >
                    > USERS=0 ; Maximum number of L2 sessions,
                    > 0 = no limit
                    >
                    > ENDPORT
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The UNPROTO=Call or Alias will be associated with the BTEXT you have
                    > entered in the Global Section, (Before Ports Section)
                    >
                    > This is what my BTEXT looks like, my UNPROTO=NODE
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > BTEXT: ; UI broadcast text from BCALL
                    > to destination UNPROTO=
                    >
                    > Racine WI
                    >
                    > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                    >
                    > AR-CLUSTER: N9PMO-3
                    >
                    > CC-CLUSTER: N9PMO-4
                    >
                    > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                    >
                    > *** ; Denotes end of BTEXT text
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > So the above BTEXT will be sent out,
                    >
                    > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                    >
                    > Racine WI
                    >
                    > DIGI Call: WIRAC
                    >
                    > AR-CLUSTER N9PMO-3
                    >
                    > CC-CLUSTER N9PMO-4
                    >
                    > WINLINK-Gateway: N9PMO-10
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > BCALL= is associated with the BTEXT as well, mine is BCALL=N9PMO- 2 so
                    > the combination of UNPROTO= and BCALL=
                    >
                    > Looks like the following:
                    >
                    > [1] fm N9PMO-2 to NODE
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The AR Cluster BTEXT will be associated with the Call Sign you use for
                    > the Cluster, I Run WFBB7.00e 32 Bit
                    >
                    > My first APPL1CALL=N9PMO when the Beacon from WFBB is sent out:
                    >
                    > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE
                    >
                    > Followed by the BTEXT you have selected for your AR-Cluster, in my case
                    > Is the following:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > [1] fm N9PMO to NODE ctl UI pid F0 (123)
                    >
                    > N9PMO Racine, WI BBS 656 Active Messages
                    target="_blank">http://n9pmo. dyndns.org
                    >
                    > Temp: 66|F Wind: NNE 9 mph
                    >
                    > Messages For None
                    >
                    > SVR WX:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > So as you can see how my Applications work this is my setup:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > APPLICATIONS= BBS,DXAR/ C N5IN,DXCC/C N5IN-2,RMS
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > APPL1CALL=N9PMO
                    >
                    > APPL1ALIAS=PMOBBS
                    >
                    > APPL1QUAL=255
                    >
                    > APPL2CALL=N9PMO- 3
                    >
                    > APPL2ALIAS=DXAR
                    >
                    > APPL2QUAL=145
                    >
                    > APPL3CALL=N9PMO- 4
                    >
                    > APPL3ALIAS=DXCC
                    >
                    > APPL3QUAL=145
                    >
                    > APPL4CALL=N9PMO- 10
                    >
                    > APPL4ALIAS=RMS
                    >
                    > APPL4QUAL=145
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > The two Cluster's are Remote connections to N5IN, and BBS, is handled by
                    > a DLL to BPQ, these are not true Applications,
                    >
                    > The only real Application is RMS that requires AGWPE, or the
                    > AGWtoBPQ.EXE, my APPL Mask is 0x8 RMS being the
                    >
                    > 4^th position.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > As far as AGWPE unless you need it for a sound card TNC it is just one
                    > more program running you don't need how ever
                    >
                    > I do keep AGWPE on my computer only used to take one or more of my TNC'S
                    > out of Kiss if needed, but not used with BPQ.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > So you will need to change your RF Port section from the BPQtoAGW.DLL to
                    > TYPE=ASYNC and PROTOCOL=KISS
                    >
                    > Place your MFJ TNC in Kiss Before running the AGWtoBPQ.exe.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Again Start the AGWtoBPQ.EXE First:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I hope I haven't confused you, and that this helps your setup, and
                    > mostly I hope I am not wrong on this setup,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Feel free to contact me at any Time.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 73-Mike N9PMO
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Web Site: http://n9pmo.
                    dyndns.org
                    >
                    > mmelnik1@wi. rr.com
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > //Mike Melnik//
                    >
                    > -----Original Message-----
                    > *From:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups. com] *On Behalf
                    > Of *Eric Carling
                    > *Sent:* Friday, August 08, 2008 10:59 AM
                    > *To:* BPQ32@yahoogroups.
                    com
                    > *Subject:* [BPQ32] new installation help
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > I am converting from Xrouter to BPQ32. I have BPQ running but have a few
                    > questions. I would appreciate any advice.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > My setup is one RF port with a MFJ-1270C controlled by AGWPE and several
                    > AXUDP ports + AR Cluster which outputs DX spots in unproto beacon mode
                    > on the RF port. Overall it is working with ARC attached via AGWtoBPQ and
                    > both the RF and AXUDP ports are ok.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 1) Currently I have a loopback port defined in AGWPE (a legacy from
                    > the Xrouter set up) and a matching port in BPQ (i.e. I have 3 BPQ ports
                    > defined - loopback, the RF port and the AXIP port). Do I need the
                    > loopback port or can I remove it from AGWPE and the BPQ configuration?
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 2) In setting up AR Cluster to output the DX spot beacon, should I
                    > set the ARC tcpip interface to AGWPE and the beacon to the AGWPE port
                    > for the TNC or should I set the tcpip interface to the BPQ node and RF
                    > port? Or doesn't it matter?
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > 3) I start BPQ by executing AGWtoBPQ.exe - it crashes periodically,
                    > sometimes almost immediately after starting and sometimes up to 2 hours
                    > running. The only message is the generic Windows Vista error window that
                    > says AGWtoBPQ has stopped working. Maybe it has something to do with my
                    > configuration related to 1) and 2) above but any suggestions as to
                    > possible causes would be appreciated.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Thanks
                    >
                    > Eric G0CGL.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > No virus found in this incoming message.
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