CHAT Commands

This list of Chat Application commands comes directly from the BPQ32 web page, copied here for the convenience of VAPN patrons.

All commands start with a forward slash /. Any text not proceeded with a / is sent to all connected users in the current topic.

Commands can be in upper or lower case:


  • /U — Show Users
  • /N — Enter your Name
  • /Q — Enter your QTH
  • /T — Show Topics
  • /T Name — Join Topic or Create new Topic. Topic Names are not case sensitive.
  • /P — Show Ports and Links
  • /A — Toggle Alert on user join.
  • /C — Toggle Colour Mode on or off (only works on Console or BPQTerminal.
  • /E — Toggle Echo.
  • /Keepalive — Toggle sending Keepalive messages every 10 minutes.
  • /ShowNames — Toggle displaying name as well as call on each message.
  • /Auto — Toggle Automatic character set selection.
  • /UTF-8 — Toggle Character set Selection – UTF* or 8 bit.
  • /CodePage (or /CP) — Select Code Page to use when UTF8 is not selected.
  • /Time — Toggle displaying timestamp on each message.
  • /S CALL Text — Send Text to that station only.
  • /F — Force all links to be made.
  • /K — Show Known nodes.
  • /B — Leave Chat and return to node.
  • /QUIT — Leave Chat and disconnect from node


  • Slash / commands are unique to the Chat environment.
  • Pay close attention to the difference between /B and /QUIT.