I have an AEA PK-232 that I picked up a couple of years ago at my Amateur Radio club’s White Elephant sale for a few bucks. With the VT132 that I just recently built, it works as an excellent terminal client to the PK-232.
To connect, set baud rate in the VT132 to 1200 8N1. Connect with a null modem cable. Power on the PK-232 and you should see:
Press type a star (*) for auto-baud routine.
Press * and then you should see the AEA PK-232 startup copyright message.
To get a cmd: prompt to enter commands, press Ctrl-C.
I’ve attached my 2m radio with the audio in so far, and here’s a pic while decoding some APRS messages:
Next I need to make a custom cable to connect to my Icom’s data port, and then I should be all set to work some packet.