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SCS Pactor Driver for BPQ32 switch.

SCSPactor.dll

This driver allows BPQ32 applications to make and receive Pactor calls using the SCS PTC range of Controllers. You can also use the packet port(s) if you have any for ax.25 with some restrictions:

Only Level 2 calls are possible. It can't be used for NETROM Node<>Node links.

Note that Calls to the VHF port use the normal BPQ connect format - C PORT CALL, You don't have to ATTACH.

The driver configuration is specified in the bpq32.cfg file

Note that MYCALL is set to the PORT config PORTCALL if specified, otherwise to NODECALL. Any MYCALL in the config file is ignored.

Configuration.

The driver is defined to BPQ32 as an External port, and needs some driver-specific configuration

The first line of the config defines what BPQ Application incoming calls should connect to. If omitted, calls go to the command handler.

APPL PMS ; Autoconnect to BPQ32 PMS Application

If you are using the Rig Control feature for scanning, add the RIGCONTROL command next.

If you provide direct access to the WL2K system you can send Frequency info to the WINLINK database by including a WL2KREPORT line. See here for details.

All commands that are essential to run with BPQ32 are sent automatically. You only need to include any special setup you need, such as setting levels, and ax.25 params, such as TXDELAY if you are using the packet port.

You can also set the maximum Pactor level to use with the MAXLEVEL command. The default is 3.

There are two commands that can be used to modify the way the Channel Busy signal is used. By default, the node will consider the channel free 3 seconds after the Controller reports it free, and will wait for up to 10 seconds if the channel is busy before failing a connect request.

BUSYHOLD n
This changes the time the software waits after the Controller has reported the channel free before considering it free from the default of 3 seconds.
BUSYWAIT n
This changes the time the software will wait for a clear channel before failing a connect request.

Note that if you are sharing a radio between a WINMOR and SCS Pactor port, the busy signals from both controllers will be combined - ie both must be clear before an outgoing connect will be allowed.

The commands that are preset are in two groups. One set is sent before the commands you specify, so can be changed. The others are sent after your commands, as they are essential for correct operation with BPQ32.

Sent before your config:

TONES 4
MAXERR 30
MODE 0
MAXSUM 20
CWID 0 2

Sent after your config:

ADDLF 0
ARX 0
BELL 0
BC 0
BKCHR 2
CHOBELL 0
CMSG 0
LFIGNORE 0
LISTEN 0
MAIL 0
REMOTE 0
PAC CBELL 0  
PAC CMSG 0  
PAC PRBOX 0
	
MYCALL 

Sample SCS Pactor Configuration

PORT
 ID=Pactor Link
 COMPORT=1;            COM Port Address
 SPEED=19200;          COM Port Speed
 DRIVER=SCSPactor
 INTERLOCK=n;           ; Optional - set if you have two ports sharing the same radio.
                        ; Set the same Interlock value on both ports.
 
 CONFIG                 ; Driver-Specific Configuration
 
 APPL RMS               ; Autoconnect to BPQ32 RMS Application
 
 RIGCONTROL
 COM2 19200 ICOM IC700 70
 4,14.103,USB,F1,P123
 4,14.112,USB,F1,P123
 ****
 
 PSKA 140               ; PSK TX Output level.
 FSKA 100               ; TX Level for FSK modes.
 
 # If you wish to use any packet ports, you will need to set suitable ax.25 param, for example:

 PACKETCHANNELS 10      ; Enable Packet Ports
 
 PAC TXD 1:250
 PAC TXD 2:200
 
 # if you are using a Dragon, uncomment the following
 
 # DRAGON
 # To comply with US regulations, the Dragon will be limited to P3. If your administration permits P4,
 # also add MAXLEVEL=4


ENDPORT

Rig Control Port

If your controller has a Rig Control Port, it can be used by the RigControl module for frequency control. To use this feature, replace COMm in the RIGCONTROL line with PTCPORT, eg:

RIGCONTROL PTCPORT 19200 ICOM IC700 70 4 14.103/U1W 14.112/U1 18.1/U1N 10.12/L1

You should set up your SCS with the appropriate TRX: TYPE command before running BPQ32

Robust Packet.

If you have a single port SCS PTC (the PTC-IIex or PTC-IIusb, but not the PRO models) you can run Robust Packet as well as Pactor on the same port. See here for details.



John Wiseman GM8BPQ/G8BPQ
Updated April 2013