Well I was posting a nice long reply on here but the token expired... Thanks to Zabeards help I fixed my problem by installing a purge flow sensor.
I also had some help from here (about half way down) 1997 Ford Ranger Check Engine Light
to make sure I didn't burn my truck or its pcm to a crisp. It's a very good reference for a p1443 code.
Wired a hot lead to the vehicle power out of pin 97 with an inline connector and a ground lead to a chassis ground inline with the pcm harness.
I found a pin I had from a scrap harness laying around and I plugged it into pin 11 for the sensor and attached it to the signal lead for the sensor plug I made from a modified old o2 plug connector .
Cut the flow line between my purge solenoid and the throttle body and clamped the sensor in place and plugged everything back in. I'd post pictures but your trucks already have the sensor so you know what it is. Just wanted to say thanks and give news of the happy ending. giggity