SIMCOM X

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Below is a description of the Simcom X Voice application for FS9, FSX, P3D and XPlane.
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The Main Screen

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1. Frequency Switch Button.
Similar to switching frequencies on your simulator radio stack.
Press this to make whatever frequency is in your Standby box the Active Frequency.

2. Active Frequency Box
This displays the channel you are currently in.

3. The Client Window
You will see any clients that are in the same channel as you, in this window.
It will show their Callsign followed by how far they are away from you in Nautical Miles(NM).
If NM is 0, they are really really close or their position can not be found.
The client will show as red when they are transmitting and green when they are not.

Double clicking this window will open the Mute window in which you can input a Callsign you do not want to hear.
They will not get any indication that they have been muted.
Any muted clients will show as blue.

4. The Main Console Window
Displays information about what is going on within Simcom X.

5. Status Light (Still a work in Progress).
Red = Nobody can connect to you.
Orange = People may be able to connect to you.
Green = You are hosting the frequency.

6. The Power Button
When the button is Red, the radio is off.
When the button is Green, the radio is on.

7. The Callsign Box
Type in here the name you wish to be displayed as.
This should really be your Callsign (AAL123 or GABCD) but there is nothing to stop you entering Bob, Fred etc etc.
Any person acting as ATC needs to input their airport ICAO code followed by their controlling position.
For example KLAX_TWR or EGLL_APP.
This is because Simcom X will gain your position details from the ICAO code in order to show your distance from clients connected to a simulator.
If you input Bob, Fred etc whilst acting as ATC, Simcom X will assume you're controlling on the equator and calculate the wrong distance.

8. The Server Box
Unless you select Join Group Server in the Config, nothing is needed to be input into this box and the box will display the Simcom X mode.
If you are looking to Join a Group Server, then this is where you will input the IP address for the server you want to connect to.
As the person hosting the server for the IP to input.

9. PTT Display
This displays the Joystick button or Keyboard Key you are using as your PTT(Push To Talk).
I've never heard a pilot or ATC use a continuous transmit in the real world, as such there is only a PTT option in Simcom X.

10. PTT SET Button
Press this button to set your PTT, then immediately after press the key/button you would like as your PTT.

11. Config Button
Opens the Config Screen, details of the Config screen are below.
If the Config Screen is already open, then it closes the Config Screen.
Be aware that the Config screen may open behind the Main Screen, if you can't find it.

12. Mode
This is the Simcom X mode you are using.
SCX = Simcom X network.
Group = Group Mode.
None = Your are not using a mode.

13. Voice
Indicates if you are connected to a Voice server or not.

14. Sim
Indicates if you are connected to a simulator or not.
Simulator connections can be made through SimConnect (FSX/P3D) or FSUIPC/XPUIPC (FS9/XPlane).
You do not need to connect to a simulator to use Simcom X, it can be used without one (as ATC for example).
But if you are connected to a sim, you will be able to switch frequencies from within your sim and your position data can be gained.

15. Active ATC Window
Displays the Callsign, Frequency and how far that controller is away from you in Nautical Miles(NM).
This window will only display controllers connected to the SCX network.
In SCX mode simply tune to the controllers frequency to contact them.

16. Standby frequency box
This is where you tune the frequency you would like to connect to, before making it the active frequency by pressing the Frequency Switch Button .

The Config Screen


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1. Version Number
Displays the current version installed.
Double Click to display the Latest version available.

2. Input Device
Select from the drop down list the Microphone/Input device you would like to use for Voice.

3. Output Device
Select from the drop down list the Speakers/Headset device you would like to hear Voice and sounds through.

4. FSX/P3D TickBox
Select this to connect Simcom X to FSX/P3D via SimConnect.

5. FSUIPC TickBox
Select this to connect Simcom X to your simulator via FSUIPC or XPUIPC.

6. Host Group Server TickBox
This is the Group Mode Feature.
Select this to Host a server for people to connect to.
With this option selected you will only be able to connect to your server.
You will not be able to host a server at the same time as using the Simcom X or Join a Server modes.
UDP PORT 9988 will need to be open and SIMCOM X allowed through any firewalls you have running for people to connect to your server.
SIMCOM X is based on the Teamspeak 3 SDK.
This means that if you do have a Teamspeak NPL, you can use that with SIMCOM X to allow extra users.

7. Join Group Server TickBox
Select this to Join a server that somebody is hosting.
After ticking this box you will need to input the hosts IP address into the server box on the Main screen.
Port 9988 does not need to be open to connect to a server.

8. SIMCOM X TickBox
Select this to connect to the Simcom X network.
Simcom X stores a list of Pilots and ATC using the Simcom X network.
With this option selected Simcom X will look through the list for an already connected user on the frequency you are trying to connect to.
If a user is found you connect to their Simcom X through port 9988.
If not then you Host that frequency.
If you are the frequency host then people will connect to you, which is why UDP PORT 9988 needs to be open and SIMCOM X added to any firewalls.
If you are unable to connect to a user that is hosting a frequency, they are removed from the list and you then host that frequency.
This continues until a user hosts that has the correct port open and firewall rules in place.
A downside to this method is that when a user is replaced on the list they do not know, so will sit in a channel unknowing that nobody else can join.
It is especially important for ATC to have the port open as they are shown on the ATC list.
If they are removed from the Simcom X users list, they also will not show in the Active ATC box.

I am looking at ways in which to let a user know if they can be connected to.
Its a work in progress which I'm hoping to complete shortly.

9. ATC TickBox
Select this if you are acting as an ATC.
With this selected you will show in the Active ATC box on the main screen.

10. Save Button
Saves the current config and closes the Config Screen.

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Clicking this logo will take you to my website.

12. Background Static TickBox
If selected a static sound will play in the background whilst receiving a transmission (when the RX light is lit).

13. On TX Finish TickBox
If selected a sound will play when you have stopped transmitting (let go of your PTT).

14. On RX Finish TickBox
If selected a sound will play when you have stopped receiving (the person talking has let go of their PTT).

15. On Freq Change TickBox
If selected a sound will play when you have changed to a different channel.

16. Distance TickBox
If selected the distance you hear other stations will be as below...
Any station 40NM or less will be heard as normal.
Any station 200NM away or more will not be heard.
Between 40NM and 200NM the sound volume will be adjusted by distance.
The further away the station the quieter they will be.
This does not affect your transmit, you will still transmit worldwide.
Its an option for users to limit what the receive.

17. Auto Com Switch
If this is selected and you are connected to a simulator, Simcom X will automatically switch frequency.
The frequency Simcom X switches to will be that displayed as the ACTIVE frequency on the Active radio stack in your simulator.
So if com2 is selected in your sim, the frequency shown in the active box of the com2 radio will be the frequency Simcom X uses.

18. The IP Address Bar
If Host a Group Server is selected, the IP for that server is displayed here.
This is the IP users will need to connect to your server.
If the IP Address Bar is double clicked, the IP is copied to the clipboard so that it can be pasted for others.

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