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Old PK-232

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by WA2AAR, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. WA2AAR

    WA2AAR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi All I have an old PK-232. I have the pcpackrat software that came with it but it will not work with Windows XP. Does anyone know where I can get software that I can get this thing going again?

    Bob - WA2AAR
  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I run mine with MINICOM on Linux. Works like a champ

  3. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Minicom is a serial communication program. It is a Unix clone of the well-known MS-DOS Telix program.
    It has ANSI color, a dialing directory, dial-a-list, and a scripting language.
    It is a Linux/Ubuntu OS functional replacement for the Windows based HyperTerminal program.

    Minicom is now up to version 2.1

    Minicom has been ported to the Apple Macintosh OS X 10.4
    HyperACCESS is the name for a number of successive computer communications software, made by Hilgraeve.

    It was the first software product from Hilgraeve, and it was initially designed to let 8-bit Heath computers communicate over a modem.
    In 1985 this same product was ported to IBM PCs and compatible systems, as well as Heath/Zenith's Z-100 non PC-compatible MS-DOS computer.
    Over the years the same version of this technology would be ported to other operating systems including OS/2, Windows 95 and Windows NT.
    It has earned a total of five Editor's Choice awards from PC Magazine.

    In 1995 Hilgraeve licensed a low-end version of HyperACCESS, known as HyperTerminal (essentially a "Lite" version) to Microsoft for use in their set of communications utilities.
    It was initially bundled with Windows 95, and subsequently all versions of Windows up to and including Windows XP.

    Microsoft DOES NOT include HyperTerminal with the Windows Vista and Windows 7 OS.

    The commercial Hilgraeve products HyperTerminal Private Edition and HyperACCESS support all versions of Windows up to and including Windows 7.
    The PK-232 is still produced by Timewave, now as the PK-232/PSK

    AEA / Timewave PK-232 Upgrade Guide

    You MAY need to upgrade your PK-232 firmware (EPROMs)
    This is firmware (EPROM) upgrade that adds Pactor, GPS, and Gateway modes to existing PK-232/MBX models.
    The current firmware version is 7.2

    Timewave (AEA) partner company, Creative Services Software (CSS)

    provides the PK-Term for Windows software for the Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP operating systems.
    You may need the PK-232MBX firmware version 7.0 or later to work with PK-Term for Windows or
    other recent vintage PK-232 control programs (e.g. PC PACKRAT).

    Creative Service Softrware (CSS) does offer a discounted software upgrade price for owners of earlier AEA PK-232 software versions.


    BTW, I have upgraded a number of AEA products (PK-232/MBX, PK-900, DSP-232, DSP-2232) for local amateurs (and myself) over the past decade.

    Unlike Kantronics, which takes an commercial End Of Life (EOL) / no product support or firmware approach,
    Timewave should be applauded (and thanked) for this level of support of the older AEA products! It is RARE these days!
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  4. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is it not possible to obtain DOS on your version of XP ?

  5. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Microsoft Windows XP is a 32-bit OS, unless you are running the 64-bit version.
    So, MS-DOS programs are actually "run" in a compatibility box.
    This works for some programs, BUT for those DOS programs that read and write to specific hardware addresses (serial or parallel ports), operation is problematic!

  6. WJ6R

    WJ6R Ham Member QRZ Page

    Be glad to help you get it working again. You can get a discount on the new software since you own older software. Email me off QRZ and Ill get ya going.
  7. AG3Y

    AG3Y Guest

    There are a couple of versions of the old PK-232 support software. The older version that ran in DOS, and one that worked in Windows. To me, the DOS version was always superior to the Windows version, which had various graphics glitches, etc. By that, I mean sometimes new letters would overlap old ones without clearing the old text, some text would overlap the borders for the window it was supposed to be contained in, etc. The DOS version was smooth as can be.

    One of the problems you might have with a new computer is having the I/O port you need to feed the PK-232. Do you have a computer with true RS-232 ports? I am talking about both physical and electrical specifications ? ( DB 25 connector and full + - 12 volt signal swing ) If you do not, you may have additional difficulties in getting your box and computer to work together.

    If you can still find one, an "old fashioned" computer with XP and true serial ports is a real winner for working with the box.
  8. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    My first "real" multi-mode controller was a Kantronics KAM+ and it wasn't cheap! While I certainly appreciate the fact that you want to keep your old PK-232 in service, I switched over to using a sound card interface many years ago and have never looked back.

    I will admit that it wasn't an easy transition to make, but I haven't found a sound card solution that isn't at least as good if not better than anything my old KAM+ could do.

    Its time to let it go!
  9. WJ6R

    WJ6R Ham Member QRZ Page

    ARQ Pactor, AMtor, GTOR? Sound card modesm cna only do FEC, not ARQ in these modes.
  10. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK, well then let me qualify me earlier statement...

    I haven't found a sound card solution that isn't at least as good if not better than anything my old KAM+ could do... that is still currently being used today. Even in its heyday, I think I many have only made a few dozen GTOR contacts and probably even fewer AMTOR contacts... and that was probably at least 15 years ago.
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