SimCom X Pilot Client

SimCom X Flight Simulator voice client.
The SimCom X Pilot Client connected to Xplane 11 with XPUIPC

Download the SimCom X Pilot Client here

Features include…

  • Voice quality based on distance.
  • Supports the use of both COM1 and COM2.
  • No voice server needed, but one can be setup for private use.
  • The option to speak to pilots and ATC you wouldnt normally.
  • Run alongside your existing voice application and continue the chat with friends, whilst also contacting ATC.
  • Use with FS9, FSX Boxed, FSX Steam, all versions of P3D and XPlane.
  • Use with various different multiplayer networks or none of them.
  • Autoswitch channels by tuning the radio stack in the simulator or input a frequency manually.
  • AutoSwitch frequencies using the Flight Simulator Radio Stack
  • ATC Mode requires no simulator, if you don’t need to run one. This feature will be replaced by a specific ATC client shortly.
  • Active ATC on the SCX network show when connected. Pilots can then tune to the frequency displayed.
  • Mute users if they get annoying.
What you need…

FSX and P3D users will need to have the Xpack version of SimConnect Installed. This does come shipped with both FSX and P3D (found in your SDK folder). But if you cant find it, you can download all Legacy SimConnect Versions Here.

FS9 & XPLANE users use the FSUIPC option. This is also available for FSX & P3D users as an alternative to SimConnect.

FS9, FSX & P3D users can download FSUIPC from Peter Dowsons site here.


XPlane users will need XPUIPC also available on Peter Dowsons site here.

To use the SimCom X Pilot Client…
1. Download
2. Extract the installer.
3. Run the Installer.
4. Run the installed program (link on desktop).

Description..

Below is a description of the SimCom X Pilot application. It can be used with Microsoft Flight Simulators, P3D and XPlane. SimCom X Pilot allows users to host their own voice server or connect to the main SimCom X network. Connecting the client to a Flight Simulator will allow the user to autoswitch frequencies when tuning their Flight Simulator radio stack.

SimCom X Pilot Client Main Screen

SimCom X Main Screen description
SimCom X Main Screen

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

2. Com 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.
This is disabled when auto switch is selected as the user tunes with the flight sim radio.

3. The Client Window for Com 1
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’re away from you in Nautical Miles(Nm).
If Nm is 0 they are either really, really close or their (or your) position can not be found.
A (TX) will show after the clients name when they are transmitting and (M) when they are muted.

Double clicking this window will open the Mute window.
Any Callsign entered into the mute window will be muted.
The muted client will not get any indication that they have been muted.

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

5. Com 2 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.
This is disabled when auto switch is selected as the user tunes with the flight sim radio.

6. The Main Console Window
Displays information about what is happening.

7. The Client Window for Com 2
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’re away from you in Nautical Miles(Nm).
If Nm is 0 they are either really, really close or their (or your) position can not be found.
A (TX) will show after the clients name when they are transmitting and (M) when they are muted.

8. Message Box
Type a text message in this box and click SEND to send it to all connected clients.
Any text messages received will show in your Main Console Window.

9. The Status Light.
Gray = You are not using SCX Mode (nothing to worry about).
Orange = Waiting to be verified (nothing to worry about).
Green = All is good and your settings are correct.
Red = People have tried, but nobody can connect to you.

If your status is Red you can connect to a frequency already hosted by somebody else, but if you are the frequency host nobody will be able to join you.

How to fix the issue….

  • If you dont have the Upnp tickbox ticked on the SimCom X config screen, Tick it and restart SimCom X.
  • If you do have the Upnp tickbox ticked on the config screen, check that Upnp is enabled in your router.
  • Open UDP port 9988 in your router.

If after trying all of the above you still get a red status light, the chances are that your firewall is blocking the Simcom_X server.

This page may help to allow Simcom_X server through your firewall.

10. COM 2 Button
When this is green you will transmit on the COM 2 active frequency.
You can not transmit on COM 1 and COM 2 at the same time.

11. 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 an ATC needs to input their airport ICAO code followed by their controlling position.
Example: KLAX_TWR or EGLL_APP.
This is because SCX 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, SCX will assume you’re controlling on the equator and calculate the wrong distance.

12. COM 1 Button
When this is green you will transmit on the COM 1 active frequency.
You can not transmit on COM 1 and COM 2 at the same time.

13. The Server Box
Unless you select Join Group Server on the Config Screen, nothing is needed to be input into this box and the box will display the SCX mode.
If you are looking to Join a Group Server that you know somebody else is hosting, this is where you will input the IP address for that server.
Ask the person hosting the server for the IP you need to input.

14. Com 1 standby frequency box
This is where you tune the frequency that you want to connect to, before making it the active frequency by pressing the Frequency Switch Button.
You can not edit this frequency and it will show the standby frequency when connected to a simulator and autoswitch selected.

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. Com 2 standby frequency box
This is where you tune the frequency that you want to connect to, before making it the active frequency by pressing the Frequency Switch Button.
You can not edit this frequency and it will show the standby frequency when connected to a simulator and autoswitch selected.

17. Squawk Box
This will show your aircraft squawk when connected to a simulator.

18. Both Button
If this is selected you will receive on both radios, although you can only transmit on one at a time.
Example: Speaking to ATC 123.450 Com 1, whilst also listening out on Unicom 122.800 on Com 2.

19. Config Button
Opens the Config Screen.
An explanation of the Config screen is below.
If the Config Screen is already open then this button closes the Config Screen.
Be aware that the Config screen may open behind the Main Screen if you can’t find it.

20. The Power Button
Press this to turn the Radio (SimCom X) On and Off.
When the button border is Red, the radio (SimCom X) is off.
When the button border is Green, the radio(SimCom X) is on.
When the button border is Orange, the radio(SimCom X) is working trying to connect to a frequency.

21. 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 and 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.

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

23. Mode
This is the mode you are using.
SCX = Simcom X network.
Group = Group Mode.

24. 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 SCX.

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

SimCom X Pilot Client Config Screen

Simcom X Config Screen

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 to FSX or P3D via SimConnect.

5. FSUIPC TickBox
Select this to connect to your simulator via FSUIPC or XPUIPC for Xplane.

6. Host Group Server TickBox
This is the Group Mode Feature.
Select this to Host a server for people to connect to.
UDP Port 9988 will need to be forwarded correctly for people to connect to your server.
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 SCX or Join a Server modes.
The IP address you need to give people will appear in the IP Address Bar.

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.

8. SIMCOM X TickBox
Select this to connect to the SCX network.
SimCom X stores a list of Pilots and ATC using the network.
With this option selected the SimCom X will look through the list for connected users and find those on the same frequency as you.

When a user is found, you connect to them through UDP port 9988.
If you can not connect to them, you host that frequency and their status light turns red to let them know of the issue. They are also removed from the list of users.
When you are the frequency host people will connect to you, which is why SimCom X needs to be added to any firewalls and UDP port 9988 forwarded.

Port 9988 can either be opened manually (by adding a port forward to your router) or automatically by ticking the Upnp option on the SimCom X config screen.
It is especially important for ATC to have the port open as they are shown on the ATC list.
If ATC are removed from the users list they also will not show in the Active ATC box.

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 and on the JoinFS map as a green tower icon, along with your frequency.
If you want to control JoinFS traffic you can use the ESJFS tool listed on this website.

10. Enable Upnp
With this option selected SimCom X will use Upnp to allow traffic through your router on UDP port 9988.
This is useful if you’re not sure how to forward ports correctly.
To use this option your router must be enabled to use Upnp.

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

12. The IP Address Bar
If Host a Group Server is selected the IP for that server (Your External IP) is displayed here.
This is the IP users will need in order 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.

13. Auto Com Switch
If this is selected and you are connected to a simulator, you will automatically switch frequency in SimCom X as you tune your radios in your simulator.
SimCom X now supports 2 Com radios.
The frequencies it switches to will be that displayed as the ACTIVE frequencies in your simulator.
The standby frequencies will also update in SimCom X as you tune them in your simulator.

You will need to be connected to a simulator to autoswitch.

14. Show Messages
Once connected to a simulator this box is able to be selected.
Once selected messages will be displayed in your simulator when SimCom X Connects, Disconnects or changes Frequency.
This allows the user to keep SimCom X minimised and know that they have switched frequency.

15. Distance TickBox
If selected the distance you hear other stations will be as follows…
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.
The further away the station, the quieter they will be.This now includes altitude to try and simulate line of sight. If a station is 60nm away and on the ground, they will be heard quiter than a station 60nm and at 6000ft.
This feature does not affect your transmit and you will still transmit worldwide.
Its an option for users to limit only what they receive.

You will need to be connected to a simulator or acting as an ATC (with your callsign set correctly) to use the voice distance option.

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

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

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

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

20. Font Colour
If selected the colour of the text on the main screen is changed.

21. DotDash.Space logo
Nope, its not a cassette tape (yes I am that old).
This is the logo I’ve created for this website which I’m slowly putting together to host the applications I create.
Clicking this logo will open this website in your browser.

If you do like and use the SimCom X Pilot Client (or any of my apps on this site) and you would like to thank me for my time writting them, you are able to buy me a coffee (or something stronger) by clicking the PayPal donate link on this page.
If you have any feedback, issues or questions about the SimCom X Pilot Client, please feel free to leave a comment on this page below.

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chris
chris
9 November 2019 16:52

no xplane support then ?

coxo2436
coxo2436
Reply to  Roo
9 November 2019 20:15

I have xuipc installed but when i run JoinFS and SIMCOM X it says in SIMCOM X wondow RED Sim Offline
is there an instuctional video on how to get this to work in xplane

Kenny Fox
2 August 2020 14:17

Hello Roo!

Great job on SimComX sir! We’ve started using SimComX for our group flights because it’s easier on resources than Discord and we love that it sounds like an old VHF radio.

One thing I would like to ask is how difficult would it be to add a volume knob to SimCom’s radio stack?