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03-09-2012, 05:52 PM
My Packratt software is corrupted, and not able to load onto my Windows-XP driven laptop. I have used XP-Ware...it was nice when it did not crash all the time.


1. Is there a site or link that I can download my Packratt software
2. If NO (for the above), what is a good program to utilize, that is easy on the eyes.


03-09-2012, 07:48 PM
K -

I am not aware of a web page where you can download the WINDOWS version 2.1 of Packratt software for AEA multi-mode controllers/TNCs.
I would have to check if I still have a 3.5 diskette version of the Packratt software.

Repeater Builders TIP web page for the AEA/Timewave equipment does have the MS-DOS version of PC-Pakratt and PC-FAX.

IF you just desire a terminal program (supports RS-232/serial and TCP/IP-SSH), then puTTY works very well.

Gary, KF7XP -- the applicaiton author of XP-Ware has discontinue support for all XPWare software programs (after 12 years).
You can still download the last version

IF you are looking for a WINDOWS based application ..
then W4PC has a follow-on for the original AEA Pakratt -- ROC Digital Desktop
Original Pakratt author for AEA stopped development 10 years ago, after Y2K support additions ... version 2.1


03-09-2012, 08:34 PM
Additional software that suppoert the AEA PK-232 Multi-mode controller/TNC

RCKRtty is a comprehensive program for logging and administration of RTTY, PSK31, PSK63, Pactor, Amtor and CW QSOs --
with simultaneous control of transceiver and real-time operation of packet radio.

RCKRtty provides FULL Support for these modems/TNC/Multi-mode controllers:

RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63 with Sound Card usage (DSP chip)
Timewave/AEA/Heathkit: AEA-PK232, AEA PK-232MBX, AEA-PK900
MFJ: MFJ-1278, MFJ-1278B
Kantronics: KAM, KAMPlus
HAL Communications: HAL-DXP38, HAL-DSP4100

OH2GI-HAM SYSTEM is an all-mode contesting and logging software system designed primarily for on-line operation of HF digital and CW radio stations through Terminal Node Controllers (TNC).
While the primary design objective has been to provide a comprehensive system for a digital/CW contest station, the system can be used for daily contacts, both digital, CW and SSB.
Another important design objective has been the pursuit for utmost reliability and prevention of loss of data.

OH2GI-HAM SYSTEM supports practically all international digital mode contests on all HF bands.
However, the system is adaptable to most of the CW contests for on-line operation and to most of the SSB contests for off-line logging and post-contest paper work.
OH2GI-HAM SYSTEM supports the following TNCs in multiple configurations:

TNC emulation mode with MMTTY program
Kantronics: KAM and KAM Plus - V5.0 and up firmware: HOST and Terminal mode; Firmware below V5.0: Only in Terminal mode
Timewave/AEA: PK- 232MBX; AEA PK-900 in dual-port mode; AEA DSP-2232 in dual-port mode; AEA DSP-232 and DSP-232 Plus
DSPCOM in terminal mode
SCS PTC-II and SCS PTC-IIe in terminal mode
DSP-Sound Card modems RITTY and BITTY by K6STI
Beta version of BTL-TSR


03-09-2012, 09:56 PM
If Pakratt started crashing, and now XPWare is craching, don't you think it could be the computer and not the software?

Timewave has links to the current software for PK-232's. It is now owned by those fine folks that took over HRD, I think.

03-09-2012, 11:30 PM
No, Packratt never installed correctly, because the CD could not be read. Tried to read it on a known good drive, with no joy. So, I still suspected XP-Ware. I have had some others that recently started experiencing XP troubles. Could it be Windows update that changed a parameter in the operating environment?? Who knows. I enjoyed XP-Ware.

03-10-2012, 01:15 AM
I see... I use XP and XPWare. Everything is fully updated and I haven't run into problems yet... The ROC software works but it will never shut down correctly. Doesn't seem to affect the operation though.

05-01-2012, 03:30 AM
You may want to read up on 'compatibility mode' for DOS and XP. If all else fails, I have a copy of the
PCPakRatt 2 (*) software to sell. Since I no longer have any PK-232s, I cannot test this for you. I do keep
a couple of IDR-96 TNCs around, but they are similar to PK-96- not PK-232.
73 KB0MNM (*) Purchased from Randy G. himself, see www.timewave.com

05-12-2012, 04:20 PM
Dan- No response implies that you have a solution or have been busy. I am busy now, but will be checking the e-mail from LinkedIn from time to time. Please let me know if you need further assistance there ( should a speedy reply be needed ). 73

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