BPQ First steps
The BPQ software is available from a link on the starting page of the BPQ32 yahoo group
Furthermore you will find the most recent as well as older versions of the software on John Wiseman's webpage
To perform the installation execute the setup program and follow the instructions. Basically you have to decide for the target installation folders. Please use the defaults whenever possible.
BPQ cleanly separates user data from programs and libraries. After installing the software you will find the following files and folders on your system (32 bit Windows system):
C:\Program Files\BPQ32 | +- Documents # documens folder | +- index.html # starting document +- Shortcuts # folder with links to start BPQ programs +- VCOM32 # folder for virtual COM ports +- VCOM64 # folder for virtual COM ports | +- AGWtoBPQ.exe # AGW interface +- bpq32.exe # main program +- BPQ32.url # link to BPQ internet documentation +- bpqadapters.exe +- BPQAPRS.exe # APRS interface +- BPQAuth.exe # generates passcodes for BBS sysop access +- BPQChat.exe # chat server program +- BPQCtro.ocx # OCX API +- BPQHostModes.exe # virtual TNC to communicate with other software +- BPQMail.exe # BBS program +- BPQTerminal.exe # terminal program +- BPQTermTCP.exe # remote terminal program +- BPQTNC2.exe # TNC interface +- BPQVirtualCOM.sys # virtual COM port +- WinmorControl.exe # Winmor interface | +- ClearRegistryPath # cleanup for updates +- RegBPQCtrl.bat +- RegBPQCtrl.PIF +- SetRegistryPath # relates to software updates +- UninstallBPQ32.exe # uninstaller +- UnRegBPQCtrl.bat +- UnRegBPQCtrl.PIF +- VCOMConfig.exe # config for virtual COM ports
C:\Windows\System32 # Windows 32bits OS | +- BPQ32.dll C:\Windows\SysWOW64 # Windows 64bits OS | +- BPQ32.dll
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\G8BPQ\BPQ32\ # basic data (version nr etc.) | +- BPQTerminal # config of BPQTerminal.exe +- BPQTermMDI #
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\BPQ32 | +- BPQ32.cfg # main config file | +- BPQAPRS # APRS folder +- BPQMailChat # BBS folder +- BPQNODES.dat # known AX.25 nodes (binary) +- Examples # folder with sample configs +- HTML # +- Logs # logs +- RelatedFiles #
To update an existing BPQ installation first stop any running BPQ programs and then execute the setup program for the new version.
From time to time you will notice the announcment of new versions of single components e.g. bpq32.dll on the mailing list. To install those intermittent updates first stop any running BPQ programs then make a backup copy of the existing file and replace it with the newer version.
Some intermittent updates are so-called debug versions which produce additional extensive logging output to track down reported bugs. This logging information can be seen (and written to file) with the help of the MS DebugView tool which you can download at
It may be a good idea to download and install this tool beforehand so that you will be ready to go just in case you need it.
Starting, stopping, and accessing BPQ
The main software component of BPQ is bpq32.dll and BPQ is running once this DLL is loaded into memory. This happens when you start any program of the BPQ software suite on your computer and BPQ will bring up a console window.
If you are using applications implemented in separate programs (e.g. BBS) you will have to start them before BPQ. The "shortcuts" folder contains links to start BPQ in different ways (e.g. BPQ with BBS). Best copy the shortcut(s) you need to the start menu, the launch bar, or on the desktop.
To stop BPQ choose "Stop all BPQ programs" from the BPQ console window menu.
The console window is to display status information on the running system. Commands for BPQ can be issued using the terminal program BPQ32Terminal which you have to start separately. The terminal is divided into three main areas:
BPQ32Terminal +-----------------------------------------+ | menu bar | +-----------------------------------------+ | monitor window to show monitored AX.25 | | packets | +-----------------------------------------+ | output window shows command output | | | | | | | +-----------------------------------------+ | command line to enter your BPQ commands | +-----------------------------------------+
There is also a remote version of the terminal which connects to BPQ via TCP/IP. The required configuration is described in the section on network ports.
Verifying your installation
After completing the installation start the BPQ terminal which will bring up both the terminal window and the BPQ32 console window.
Enter the command
C 1 MYNODE v MYCALL
in the lower-most terminal window. You should see the reply
MYNODE:MYCALL} Connected to MYNODE This is the CTEXT. MYNODE:MYCALL} CONNECT BYE INFO NODES ROUTES PORTS USERS MHEARD
in the output window. Everything you type in the lower-most window should be echoed in the output window.
If this works properly your installation was successful. Now terminate BPQ.
The main configuration file for BPQ is bpq32.cfg located in the user data root directory. This file contains the configuration of the node (i.e. switch and ports) and the applications to use.
This is complemented by application specific configurations. In case of the BBS application bpq32.cfg will state that the BBS is to be used and all details on the BBS itself (users, forwarding rules, message housekeeping etc.) can be found somewhere else in the system.
Side note: Older versions of BPQ required you to run the configuration file through a compiler (BPQcfg.exe) first which produced a binary version of the config named bpqcfg.bin. If you find any reference to this file just ignore it.
The BPQ config is based on values (VALUE) being assigned to parameters (PARAM). The syntax is:
PARAM=VALUE or PARAM: VALUE
for single line values (depending on PARAM) and
PARAM VALUE ***
for multi-line values. Comments are started with a ";".
Before you make any changes to the config file first make a backup copy of the original file.
The config file needs to contain at least the following parameters:
; station info NODECALL NODEALIAS IDMSG INFOMSG CTEXT FULL_CTEXT ; general options AUTOSAVE BBS NODE HIDENODES ENABLE_LINKED ; packet/ node parameter OBSINIT OBSMIN NODESINTERVAL IDINTERVAL BTINTERVAL L3TIMETOLIVE L4RETRIES L4TIMEOUT L4DELAY L4WINDOW MAXLINKS MAXNODES MAXROUTES MAXCIRCUITS MINQUAL PACLEN TRANSDELAY T3 IDLETIME
A detailed description of all available parameters can be found on the BPQ webpage.
You need to specify the above packet radio parameters even if you do not even have a packet port. This is due to BPQ's history as a packet node software.
Here is a description of the parameters listed above:
this is the callsign of the node (callsigns used for applications may differ)
|NODEALIAS|| packet radio alias name of the node
If your node does not have an alias specify "NODEALIAS=;"
|IDMSG, IDINTERVAL||IDMSG will be sent every IDINTERVAL minutes by packet radio broadcast|
|CTEXT|| connect text of the node.
Please note that applications can have their own connect texts or welcome messages.
When set to 0 the CTEXT will only be send when connecting to the node alias. When set to 1 CTEXT will be send for all incoming connects.
Connect text of the node for HF access (usually shorter than CTEXT). If not specified CTEXT will be used.
info message/ basic help text send as a response to the "I" command at the switch
|AUTOSAVE=1||saves the nodes and routing tables at program exit|
the Maidenhead locator of your station. Your node will be announced on the internet if you specify your locator (and you have an active internet connection). "LOCATOR=NONE" avoids this.
|MAPCOMMENT||comment displayed with the announcment of your node on the internet|
BBS=1 activates support for applications. Otherwise you will have a pure node.
With NODE=1 users can connect to the node and initate outbound connections.
|ENABLE_LINKED|| allows to use the LINKED command
It is recommended to use option A.
|MAXLINKS||max. number of L2 links|
|MAXNODES||max. number of nodes (L4 destinations)|
max. number of packet radio L4 neighbours i.e. stations which can be connected directly
max. number of L4 circuits. Since every user needs both an upstream and a downstream circuit the value should be at least twice the number of max. concurrent users.