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Falcon BMS IVC Multiplayer Comms Setup SOP *Talk on VHF unless you have a radio failure! Always open IVC Client first -- Check Sound Device Assignments BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT: 1. Open Data Cartridge 2. Click COMMS tab at top 3. Change Preset to # 15 4. Click SET TOWER 5. Click SAVE During RAMP Start, ensure AUX COMM Control is set to UFC Set both Radio Mode knobs as shown; ensure COMM1 and COMM2 volumes are set above OFF: Use the ICP to move the Scratchpad Indicator to the VHF and UHF Fields Use the Control Rocker to change channels. We always set UHF to 15 prior to Takeoff -- We set VHF to 1* *(if other groups are online, we set VHF to Package Channel during RAMP) After takeoff and departure, we set both VHF and UHF to our Package Channel This number depends on how many other groups are flying on the server First Group would be 6, next 7, and so on -- See chart below explaining Preset Comms Channel usages Your Push to Talk buttons for VHF and UHF will depend on your control setup. These controls are part of a HAT Switch on the Throttle lever. Only one person can transmit at a time, and others will not be able to interrupt. Brevity is highly encouraged! Reference: Default Radio Frequency Presets Agency UHF Preset VHF Flight 1 297.50 1 138.05 Flight 2 381.30 2 138.10 Flight 3 275.80 3 138.20 Flight 4 294.70 4 126.20 Flight 5 279.60 5 134.25 Package 1 349.00 6 133.15 Package 2 377.10 7 132.35 Package 3 292.20 8 126.15 Package 4 264.60 9 132.875 Package 5 286.40 10 132.325 From Package 354.40 11 132.575 Proximity 269.10 12 121.20 Team** 307.30 13 119.50 Broadcast/Guard 377.20 14 120.10 Open 354.00 15 134.10 Open 318.10 16 126.80 Open 359.30 17 120.00 Open 324.50 18 141.80 Open 339.10 19 123.70 Open 280.50 20 121.70 Radios COM1 and COM2 (UHF and VHF) both have 20 presets available to them and each preset can be assigned a valid frequency within its respective band range. There are separate up-front and backup control sets for the UHF radio (ICP/DED-based and UHF control head respectively) and the backup radio has only 19 presets available. UHF The UHF band frequencies are from 225.000-399.975 MHz in 25 kHz stepping. Since 25 kHz stepping applies, the 5th digit of a 6-digit freq must end with 0, 2, 5, or 7 and the 6th digit must end in 5 or 0. Examples of valid freqs: 371.075, 377.10, 271.6. Examples of invalid freqs: 339.11, 271.14. It should be noted that the pilot may only input freqs using 5 digits and he will only see 5 digits in the Upfront Controls (UFC, i.e., the DED), but it is possible to assign preset freqs with 6 digits. Although this capability will rarely be used, it is possible by using the DTC and will always be required if entering frequencies direct into the IVC client applet. VHF The VHF band frequencies are from (AM mode) 116.000-151.975 MHz in 25 kHz stepping. The FM mode (30.000-87.975 MHz) is not implemented. The rules regarding digit input are the same as those which apply to the UHF band. **Setting the UI Radio Frequencies (For reference only! This is not an SOP at the VG BMS Server!) To change the team frequency (preset 13) to a non-default channel, open up the C:\Program Files\Falcon BMS 4.33 U1\User\Config\falconbms.cfg file with a plain text editor like Notepad. Advanced Users participating in PvP Force on Force Servers can edit these lines: /////////////////// // Misc Settings // /////////////////// set g_bVoiceCom 1 // Enable Voice Communications set g_nF1TeamUiFreq xxxxxx // Frequency for F1 UI voice comms (for Force on Force type missions). set g_nF2TeamUiFreq xxxxxx // Frequency for F2 UI voice comms (for Force on Force type missions). (replacing xxxxxx with your team and squadrons pre-briefed frequencies.)