Well, no. My first attempt to actually start the motor with no encoder connected and in very low power and voltage (12 volts) was a no go. Nothing happened. I am talking to the usb device but am I talking to the controller? It looks like I am because I can save parameters. This is done without the encoder connected for an initial test. So there was a no go. Something is still amiss.
It is set now to: set fweak 20 start 2 set fslipspnt 20 set ampnom 100