[Dxspider-support] AGW/BPQ interface

Ron Stordahl ron_n5in at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 27 19:31:04 GMT 2008

I am grateful to Dirk for his prompt assistance in solving problems I would not have been able to deal with.  Perl for example...I know little!

The updated installer release of BPQ32 is due out in a day or two.  It will include instructions re the DLL and the AGWtoBPQ interface, making it very easy to set up.

Unfortunately I have been felled by a cold and am heading home to sit by the fireplace as I am shivering here at the office!

So give me a couple of days to finish and announce the new download.  What is currently on my web site and on the BPQ32 Yahoo Group is not up to date..and probably won't work with DXSpider.

Ron, N5IN

Dirk Koopman <djk at tobit.co.uk> wrote: With the valuable help of Ron N5IN, a number of improvements to the AGW 
interface have been made that should make it more stable (as well as 
flexible). This can be used both for connection to AGW Engines or BPQ 
via the AGWtoBPQ shim.

In the meantime John G8BPQ has written a native DXSpider BPQ interface 
for Windows, which interfaces directly to a BPQ node located on the same 
Windows machine as a DXSpider node. Instructions for using this can be 
found in the distribution in /spider/txt/spiderBPQ_en.txt.

Also Ron is maintainer of the BPQ Windows installer, he has put together 
a package that can help with installing BPQ and using it either directly 
or via the AGW interface. There are some beta test packages available in


Now all these packages are Windows only, but Linux DXSpider nodes can 
connect to a Windows box running BPQ or AGW Engine via a "AGW" network 
connection. This can be used for both incoming and outgoing ax25 
connections. Linux sysops may find this an easier route to ax25 than try 
and get DRSI boards to run under Linux. I may be wrong, but I don't 
really get the impression that ax25 hardware is as well supported under 
Linux as it used to be. Sadly.

73 Dirk G1TLH

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