Thanks for replying Basil.
The instructions do not call for a play -l until configuring the sound card. The instructions link you posted is the one I used twice to configure the Draws Hat on a rPi 3b.
I ran the ax25-start, then ax25-status and ax25-status -d per the instructions on a fresh install and got the errors in my first post. Both attempts were connected to a FT-857d, using my wireless connection found by the ifconfig command.
I used the image labeled draws-beta13.img, and received my Draws Hat on July 6th. On another rPi with a Signalink USB (without the Hat), I had no problems setting up Direwolf.
Dave Nussdorfer WD4VE