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'''FGCom''' is an addon for [[FlightGear]]. With FGCom (and the infrastructure behind it), FlightGear now has a realtime voice communication system which enriches the FlightGear capabilities, especially for [[Howto: Multiplayer|multiplayer]] events, like:
'''FGCom''' is an addon for [[FlightGear]]. With FGCom (and the infrastructure behind it), FlightGear has a realtime voice communication system which enriches the FlightGear capabilities, especially for [[Howto: Multiplayer|multiplayer]] events, like: * Flying in groups, see the [http://wwwforum.flightgear.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=10 multiplayer events forum]
** Invite friends to a guided sightseeing tour in your most beloved area or do “Fly In's”
** Do military training like [[Howto: Air-Air RefuelingAerial_refueling|“Air-Air-Refuelling”]], “Dog fights”, “Escort flights”, etc. * Offering additional services at an airport like [[Air traffic control|ATC]], [[Vehicle|snowplows, pushbacks]], [[FlightGear Race|racing-events]] , etc.
* Have a [[Dual control|real time flighttraining]] (e.g. pilot in Hongkong, teacher in Sydney), do [[Soaring|Glider-towing]], ask for on-line support during flight or just ask somebody flying a plane of interest about specifics.
* Or just sit in a cockpit in Germany while sightseeing San Francisco in a [[Cessna C172|C172]], voice-chat with a Texan in a plane I dreamed of as a boy ([[Lockheed Constellation|Super Constellation]]) and both getting information from a New Zealand guy (it shall be a wonderful island – but do real people live there? He said: Yes!!).
* And much more!
You can even use it in models without radios - just use the standard FlightGear [[menu]] (<tt-->Equipment --> Radio Settings</tt>).
In the future FGCom surely will extend further and surely will get a “Speech to Text” capability in order to also integrate the text-based automated ATC-routines inside FlightGearFlightGears.
== The Client installation ==
|align="center" width="90px" | '''FGrun'''||This [[FlightGear Launch Control]] (also known as FG Wizard), is a graphical front end to start the FGFS. This makes it very easy to startup the FGFS with all its possible options. In some newer distributions this is already part of the basic FGFS installation package.
|-
|align="center" |'''MPMap'''||[[MPMap]] is a pure browser application based on Google Maps, so it does not need any installation, except a Web-Browser. With MPMap you can watch all Multiuser-planes worldwide on a road-map, satellite picture or a composite of both. It includes most of the airports, navigational aids, and current weather information. So it can be used for preflight planning, without having the FGFS started or even installed. But it needs a constant connection to the Internet - on the other hand you can do your preflight planning anywhere where there is a PC, connected to the Internet(with/or without FlightGear installed!).
|-
|align="center" |'''SkyVector'''||[http://skyvector.com/ SkyVector] is a standalone Browser-Application. It does present a fantastic Fight-Planning tool, showing similar aspects like the "MPMap" - but is based on a an real Aeronatical map ("Sectional"). On it you can graphically plan your routes - see the "Help Video" icon in the Top-Menubar.
But it does not directly link into FGFS, MPMap or Multiplayer -- and it covers only the domestic USA.
|-
|align="center" |'''Atlas'''||[[Atlas | Atlas]] displays the current position of your airplane on an landscape type of map together with navigational information. It derives its data direct out of the installed FGFS databases. So you do not need any connections to the Internet.
|-
|align="center" |'''Festival'''||[http://www.flightgear.org/Docs/getstart/getstartch5getstart.html#x10QQ2-1080005.7 Festival] 10-108 is a TTS (Text To Speech) system that can convert all in the FGFS displayed written text (ATC, Chat, etc.) into speech and put it in your loudspeakers.
|}
=== Installing FGCom ===
==== Install on Linux ====
:For Linux-Systems there are three various ways to install:# '''"Integrated Installation” to be available with FGFS 3.0 spring 2014''', may be tested with GIT 2.99''' #* '''Advantage:''' This will be the long expected "integration", i.e. users do not have to care about installing FGCOM manually. And you will be able to switch FGCOM on/off during flight (see http://wiki.flightgear.org/Integrating_FGCom)#* '''Disadvantage:''' This is still in a "Test-mode", so you might have problems when testing#* '''Installation:''' Is done automatically when installing FGFS (starting FGFS 3.0 / GIT 2.99)# '''Installation of a "Standalone FGCOM" #* '''Advantage:''' you can use this "Standalone FGCOM" without using FGFS (e.g. when operating OpenRadar)#* '''Disadvantage:''' There may be only a engineering test version available (as of today) - use that with care!#* '''Installation:'''You can download the needed "Standalone FGCOM".zip from http://fgcom.flightgear.org/download/.#*:: and unzip it into a directory of your choice#*:: then you start fgcom in a terminal like:::::<syntaxhighlight lang="sh>cd /home/YourName/fgfs/bin ./fgcom</syntaxhighlight>
# '''Downloading from the “Distributor” (Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Suse, etc.).'''
#* '''Advantage:''' This is the easiest way and ensures that maintenance and services for this package and all concurrencies to it are provided automatically for a reasonable time-frame.
#* '''Disadvantage:''' The availability of those packages is usually very late and most Distributors do not cover all FGFS-features. To our knowledge none of the Distributors has an a FGCom -package available as of March 2009Oct. 2013.#* '''Installation:''' Follow the usual procedures of your distributer distributor on how to install additional packages.# '''Installing a “Git complete”''' Install today’s newst GIT or released version #* '''Advantage:''' It is the very easiest form of installation and installs in one step any (or all ) prerequisite/companion modules (FGFS, FGrun, FGcom, PLIB, OSG, Simgear, AT). Also it can be added and removed from the system without disturbing the rest of the system (Libraries, Menus, Structures, etc.). It was tested on several Ubuntu and Debian systems.#* '''Disadvantage:''' No automated maintenance available. The handling is a little different from the standard Menu-driven practicepractices.#* '''Installation:''' use the [[Scripted Compilation on Linux Debian/Ubuntu]]::{{# '''Compiling it locallytag:'''syntaxhighlight|mkdir fgcom#* '''Advantage:''' After a successful installation cd fgcomwget {{fgmeta url|download_and_compile.sh}}chmod +x ./download_and_compile.sh ./download_and_compile.sh PLIB FGCOM| lang = "sh"}}... it is integrated into will ask 2 x for the system root passwordthen it looks like a package from the distributor.this:#* '''Disadvantage:''' No automated maintenance available:<syntaxhighlight lang="sh">[ 95%] Building CXX object CMakeFiles/fgcom. Also the user should have some basic knowledge of his system and its devicesdir/src/fgcom.cpp.o#* '''Installation:''' [http:97%] Building CXX object CMakeFiles/fgcom.dir/codesrc/fgcom_init.googlecpp.como[ 98%] Building CXX object CMakeFiles/pfgcom.dir/fgcomguisrc/wiki/Linux_Installation instructionsposition.cpp.o[100%]Building CXX object CMakeFiles/fgcom.dir/src/utils.cpp.oLinking CXX executable fgcom
Then continue with testing on [[FGCOM Testing]100%]Built target fgcom-- Install configuration: "Release"-- Installing: /big/home/mherweg/flightgear/fgcom/try/install/fgcom/bin/fgcom-- Installing: /big/home/mherweg/flightgear/fgcom/try/install/fgcom/share/fgcom/positions.txt-- Installing: /big/home/mherweg/flightgear/fgcom/try/install/fgcom/share/fgcom/special_frequencies.txtTo start fgcom, run the run_fgcom.sh fileTo start fgcom GUI, run the run_fgcomgui.sh fileUsage: ./download_and_compile.sh -hfor help</syntaxhighlight>then you can start fgcom like this:::<syntaxhighlight lang="sh">./run_fgcom.sh -Sfgcom.flightgear.org</syntaxhighlight>
==== Install on Mac ====
 # '''MacFlightGear 1.9.1/2.0.0'''<br />#* You can download the "MacFlightGear"-Application from the [http://www.flightgear.org/Downloads/binary.shtml#mac FlightGear download-center]. The current Starting with version 2.0.0 of the code does contain the FGCom and works for OSX >= 10.5. (with OSX versions < 10.5 you will end up with a generic "bus error" message).# '''Installation of a "Standalone FGCOM" #* '''Advantage:''' you can use this "Standalone FGCOM" without using FGFS (e.g. when operating OpenRadar)#* '''Disadvantage:''' There may be only a engineering test version available (as of today) - use that with care!#* '''Installation:'''You can download the needed "Standalone FGCOM".zip from http://fgcom.flightgear.org/download/.
==== Install on Windows ====
# '''Please use the Windows installation description, '''#* available through [[FGCOM for Windows]].''' === Testing ===During testing we will test/adjust:# '''Installation of a "Standalone FGCOM" # the basic FGCom functions * '''Advantage:''' you can use this "Standalone FGCOM" without FlightGearusing FGFS (e.g. when operating OpenRadar)# FGCom together * '''Disadvantage:''' There may be only a engineering test version available (as of today) - use that with FlightGearcare!# * '''Installation:'''You can download the microphone and loudspeaker systemneeded "Standalone FGCOM".zip from http://fgcom.flightgear.org/download/.
For these tests please refer to [[FGCOM Testing]].
=== Functional test & user briefing ===
To insure that we can differentiate between troubles* that may be caused by the FGFS* and those caused by FGComwe will also describe the FGFS-Start and it's, for this test needed, settings in detail.  Experiences pointed out, that the cooperation between FGCom and FlightGear works more reliable, if FlightGear is started first. So we will start with setting up a flight-test-environmentFGFS first:
==== Start FlightGear ====
We To set all required and/or proposed settings for this first functional test, we suggest to use *for Windows and Linux [[FGRun]] to define required and/or proposed settings, in order to avoid typo*which for MAC-errors etc. If you keep OSX is the “Show command line” active (compare item 3 following), you also get the correct writing for all the command-options (in case you later want to start from a command-line and/or out of a script). integrated "GUI Launcher"In the following we will just point out those commands which are significant for the FGCom-operation:
If you don't have an icon available to start FGrun, then start FlightGear it manually:
# Start a [[Command line|command-window]]
# Change into the directory in which FGFS was installed
# Execute the following command or something similar
::{|
! style="background:#efefef" | Linux
|fgrun
|-
! style="background:#efefef" | Linux Git:
|cd ~/fgfs<br />sh ./run_fgrun.sh
|-
! style="background:#efefef" | Windows
|C:<br />cd 'C:\Program Files\Flightgear\win32'<br />fgrun.exe
Wait for the program window to start and then define:
<ol>
<li> Start by '''choosing an airplane'''. For this first try we suggest the [[Cessna C172]]P, so we have a common understanding in the following. Also be aware of some airplane-designers reassigning keyboard-keys (e.g. the “space-bar” which is used as PTT, may activate a "BombDrop" in a Fighter-jet!), thus you may not have the PTT-key (“Push To Talk”) available. See [[FGCOM#Tips and Tricks]].<br />→ Click "Next".
</li><li> As '''starting place''' please define the airport KPAO (Palo Alto) runway 13, so we all see the same messages in the following reports. A second reason for KPAO is of course that KPAO comes already with the basic scenery-package, and thus is available for everybody.<br />→ Click "Next".[[File:FGrun_base.jpg|thumb|Basic & multiplayer options]]
</li><li> Define the '''Multiplayer options:''' (see [[Howto: Multiplayer]] for details).
* “AI models” must be activated in order to see all traffic
* “Multiplayer” must be activated
* type “'''mpserverXX.flightgear.org'''” into the field “Hostname:”, replace “XX” with the server number nearest you - select it in http://mpserver15.flightgear.org/mpserverstatus/. Actually it does not matter which server you take (as long as it is online and not as overcrowded as mpserver02) - you might try which server gives you the best response-times.
* insert your “Callsign:” (max. 7 characters)
* define the “in” and “out” ports both with the standard “5000”
* With "Load/Save as" you may build up yourself a library of settings for different airports.<br />→ Click "Advanced".[[File:FGrun_IP.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Initial Position]]
</li><li> In the “'''Advanced Options'''” check the following sections (click/select them in the left column):
* General: Those settings were defined before. Check “Control”, if needed select your input device (Joystick, Keyboard, or Mouse).
* Features: “AI Traffic” should be activated already
* Initial Position: You may define here an unique “starting/parking” position outside a runway. Thus you could avoid starting on top of another player, because most of them pile up at the end of a runway. You can look up a position in the MPMap: ''(see next item)''
** ''Be aware that any data defined here override already predefined data (e.g. also an airport and runway). So '''do not forget''' to change/delete the here defined positions if some time you want to start from another airport.'' Of course you may save/reload settings for different airports, see "Load/save as" on the main window.[[File:MPmap.jpg|thumb|[[MPMap]]]]
</li><li> Open the '''[http://mpmap02.flightgear.org MPMap]'''
* if the control-panel is not visible click onto "FGMap | mpserver02:5000 | pilots: 7”
* click on “nav”
* disable all options except “apt code”
* type “KPAO” into the filed “Navaids lookup”
* hit ENTER or click onto the reading-glass symbol
* click onto the appearing line “Airport -- KPAO -- Palo Alto”
* now you could/should support your preflight planning by clicking onto the wedge in the upper right corner after the airport name and then analyse all data given under “info”, “atc”, metar”, and “links”
* then zoom into the airport
* set the mouse over the wanted “Parking lot” and read that position in the upper right corner of the screen
* type those long/lat values into the field below and also the wanted heading of the plane while parking[[File:FGrun_net.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Network]]
</li><li> '''Network:''' Those data you have already predefined on the Base-Page. But in case you have network-problems (may be due to many PC's on a home-network with even more LAN-cards) you may specify here your actual IP-Adress.
* WARNING: When saving these settings and reloading them again, FGRun might replace the given IP-Nr. by the PC-name. As of March 2009 you then have to replace that again with the IP-Nr. So use it only if you have to - first try it by adding nothing between the ",,". Keep it as "in,10,,5000".
* If you need to '''define the unique IP-Address''', open a [[Command line|command-window]] and type
# Start by '''choosing an airplane'''. For this first try we suggest the [[Cessna C172]]P, so we have a common understanding in the following. Also be aware of some airplane-designers reassigning keyboard-keys (e.g. the “space-bar”), thus you may not have the PTT-key (“Push To Talk”) available. See [[FGCOM#Tips and Tricks]].<br />→ Click "Next".# As '''starting place''' please define the [[airport]] KPAO (Palo Alto) runway 13, so we all see the same messages in the following reports. A second reason for KPAO is of course that KPAO comes already with the basic scenery-package, and thus is available for everybody.<br />→ Click "Next".[[File:FGrun_base.jpg|thumb|Basic & multiplayer options]]# Define the '''Multiplayer options:''' (see [[Howto: Multiplayer]] for details).#* “AI models” must be activated in order to see all traffic#* “Multiplayer” must be activated#* type “'''mpserverXX.flightgear.org'''” into the field “Hostname:”, replace “XX” with the server number nearest you - select it in http://pigeond.net/flightgear/mpstatus/. Actually it does not matter which server you take (as long as it is online and not as overcrowded as mpserver02) - you might try which server gives you the best response-times.#* Insert your “Callsign:” (max. 7 characters)#* define the “in” and “out” ports both with the standard “5000”#* With "Load/Save as" you may build up yourself a library of settings for different airports.<br />→ Click "Advanced".[[File:FGrun_IP.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Initial Position]]# In the “'''Advanced Options'''” check the following sections (click/select them in the left column):#* General: Those settings were defined before. Check “Control”, if needed select your input device (Joystick, Keyboard, or Mouse).#* Features: “AI Traffic” should be activated already#* Initial Position: You may define here an unique “starting/parking” position outside a runway. Thus you could avoid starting on top of another player, because most of them pile up at the end of a runway. You can look up a position in the MPMap: ''(see next item)''#** ''Be aware that any data defined here override already predefined data (e.g. also an airport and runway). So '''do not forget''' to change/delete the here defined positions if some time you want to start from another airport.'' Of course you may save/reload settings for different airports, see "Load/save as" on the main window.[[File:MPmap.jpg|thumb|[[MPMap]]]]# Open the '''[http://mpmap01.flightgear.org MPMap]'''#* if the control-panel is not visible click onto "FGMap | mpserver01:5000 | pilots: 7”#* click on “nav”#* disable all options except “apt code”#* type “KPAO” into the filed “Navaids lookup”#* hit ENTER or click onto the reading-glass symbol#* click onto the appearing line “Airport KPAO Palo Alto Arpt Of Santa Clara Co”#* now you could/should support your preflight planning by clicking onto the wedge in the upper right corner after the airport name and then analyze all data given under “info”, “atc”, metar”, and “links” #* then zoom into the airport#* set the mouse over the wanted “Parking lot” and read that position in the upper right corner of the screen#* type those long/lat values into the field below and also the wanted heading of the plane while parking[[File:FGrun_net.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Network]]# '''Network:''' Those data you have already predefined on the Base-Page. But in case you have network-problems (may be due to many PC's on a home-network with even more LAN-cards) you may specify here your actual IP-Adress.#* WARNING: When saving these settings and reloading them again, FGRun might replace the given IP-Nr. by the PC-name. As of March 2009 you then have to replace that again with the IP-Nr. So use it only if you have to - first try it by adding nothing between the ",,". Keep it as "in,10,,5000".#* If you need to '''define the unique IP-Address''', open a [[Command line|command-window]] and type {|
! style="background:#efefef" | OS
! style="background:#efefef" | to type
<br />IP-Adresse. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::216:e6ff:fe40:abbf%4
|}
#* :: '''192.168.178.23''' (or '''20''') is the number you would have to input between the two commas. Be very careful and double-check that you do not mistype “.” and “,”!![[File:FGrun_IO.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Input/Output]]# </li><li> '''Input/Output:''' #* You do need a "generic" line as shown, because '''this defines the interface between FlightGear and FGCom'''.#** To input a new line: Start by selecting “generic” in the field “Protocol”. Then hit “New” and define the rest as shown.#** Editing an existing line: Start by clicking onto the existing one, then change as required.#** Deleting an existing line: Click onto the line to be deleted, then hit "Delete"#* For fgo or the command line add --generic=socket,out,10,localhost,16661,udp,fgcom to the command line options# </li><li> '''Avionics:''' let us define: ::{|
! style="background:#efefef" | Nav1:
| 114.10
| Brijj, beacon at SF
|}
#* And activate DME to Nav1#* There is no field to input COM-radios, but remember them for setting them later manually:::{|
! style="background:#efefef" | Com1
| 118.60
| San Francisco
|}
</li><li> '''Properties:'''
* Here you can define any presetting for any values in the FGFS. See e.g.: <tt>File > Browse Internal Properties</tt> in the FlightGear [[menu]].[[File:FGrun_prop.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Properties]]
* I personally do not want the plane to start rolling without me telling it to. So I set the parking break as default at startup.
** Input a new line: Just hit “New” and type your string.
** Edit a line: Be sure first to click onto an existing item and then edit this “Property”
** Delete a line: Click onto the line to be deleted then hit "Delete"
</li></ol>
Hit “OK” → “Run” and watch FlightGear starting. If screen-place allows you may want to pull the shown "FGFS Report-Window" to the side and watch how busy your PC is while loading the other multi-player models.
# '''Properties:'''
#* Here you can define any presetting for any values in the FGFS. See e.g.: <tt>File > Browse Internal Properties</tt> in the FlightGear [[menu]].[[File:FGrun_prop.jpg|thumb|Advanced: Properties]]
#* I personally do not want the plane to start rolling without me telling it to. So I set the parking break as default at startup.
#** Input a new line: Just hit “New” and type your string.
#** Edit a line: Be sure first to click onto an existing item and then edit this “Property”
#** Delete a line: Click onto the line to be deleted then hit "Delete"
# Hit “OK” → “Run” and watch FlightGear starting. If screen-place allows you may want to pull the shown "FGFS Report-Window" to the side and watch how busy your PC is while loading the other multi-player models.
==== Start FGCom ====
Open a [[Command line|command-window]] and change into the directory in which FGCom was installed (probably the same as FlightGear) and start FGCom. You must decide what The server you want to use! Since Oct.2012 there are 2 FGCOM-servers available:# The original: for events is '''fgcom.flightgear.org.uk'''# A new one: '''delta384(fgcom.server4youflightgear.org.de'''Due to technicalities it uk was the originally used server and is not possible to speak from 1 server to the other - so try one and change if you notice that your friends are using the otheravailable any more).
So To start FGCom with the defined server you must insert the server-address after a "-S" (watch: The "S" must be a capital!):::{|border="2" cellpadding="5"! style="background:#efefef" |Linux ||fgcom -Sfgcom.flightgear.org.uk
|"-Sfgcom..." with capital "S"
|-
! style="background:#efefef" |Linux Git<br><small>(FS 3.00 or GIT 2.99)</small>
| cd ~/fgfs<br />sh ./run_fgcom.sh
| for this “Git complete” you do not need to specify This is the server addressnew integrated version, because it is embedded in which you will start and set options from inside the script-file.FGFS!
|-
! style="background:#efefef" |Windows
|cd 'C:\Program Files\Flightgear\win32'<br />fgcom.exe -Sfgcom.flightgear.org.uk
|"-Sfgcom..." with capital "S"
|}
For the following test position this command-window somewhere, where you can monitor it throughout the test.
For the following tests, position the command-window somewhere, where you can monitor it throughout the test.<br><br>'''''Be aware that the standard range for the FGCom is 50km, but some people have a version with a range of 100 km! So in the following description the "50 km" restriction might be replaced with 100km!!'''''<br><br>'''1) The first response should be:''' /fgcom - a communication radio based on VoIP with IAX/Asterisk Original (c)2007 -2011 by H. Wirtz <wirtz@dfn.de> OSX and Windows ports 2012-2013 by Yves Sablonier and Geoff R. McLane, resp. Version 3.1.0 compiled Mar 2.2 build 206M 2014, at 00:21:19 Using iaxclient library Version SVN 206M 261
Successfully parsed command-line commandline options Loaded file [/usr/share/flightgear/special_frequencies.txt]. Reading list of airports[/usr/share/flightgear/positions...done. txt] loaded 47171 entries Initializing IAX client as guest:xxxxxxxxxxx@fgcom.flightgear.org.ukIf your printout up to that line is different go back to chapter [[FGCOM#Test the basic function|Test the basic function]]
{||+|-|width="300"| |||-|1) If, due to a prior flight, COM1 was set to anything else but 118.600 (e.g. to 119.650) you will see the following 2 lines added to the above shown initialization of the FGCom-window: |||-|
Selected frequency: 119.650
Call rejected by remote
|Instead of “119.650” there will be shown the last used frequency. In this case the above example the source of the nearest ATC-Freq. 119.650 is more than 50km away from your actual position of the airplane, so FGCom rejects a connection to it. If the last frequency used would have been within 50 km you get an indication very similar to the next item.|-<br><br>|'''2) Switch COM1 to 118.60 (as needed at Palo Alto):|-|'''
Selected frequency: 118.600
Hanging up call 0
Call 0 answered
Airport Palo Alto (KPAO Tower at 118.600 MHz) is in range ( 0.6 km)
|This last line will be repeated according the to time span you defined in the “Input/Output” command “--generic=socket,in,'''10''',,5500,tcp”(10 means all 10 sec.), you may change that value later according to your preferences.|-|<br /><br>'''3) Press your PTT (PushToTalk on space-bar and joystick, as available):|-|'''
[SPEAK] unmute mic, mute speaker
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
[SPEAK] unmute mic, mute speaker
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
|Only in between “SPEAK” and “LISTEN” you are able to talk to others.|-|<br />Now lets <br>'''4) First let us set/verify the other Radios:'''* COM2 = 120.50 San Francisco* NAV1 = 114.10 San Jose* NAV2 = 115.80 San Francisco4) <br>'''Then: Pressing Upper+Space will switch to the next radio: '''NAV1'''|-|
Radio-Select: NAV1
Selected frequency: 114.100
Call rejected by remote
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
|Compare this to the NAV2 indication 2 steps later: something is wrong – and it wasn't your fault: Although this NAV is valid (see ...FGFS/data/Airports/apt.dat.gz), it is missing in the FGCom listing .../FGCom/positions.txt. I encountered this problem several times, as well for Airports as also for VOR's. If this happens with your most beloved airport you can add those missing data with a text-editor. But before changing be sure to you know what/how you are doing and also save the original data somewhere - just in case!|-|<br /><br>'''5) Pressing Upper+Space once more switches to '''COM2'''|-|
Radio-Select: COM2
Selected frequency: 120.500
Call 0 accepted
Call 0 answered
|That looks OK: San Francisco is about 29 km away!<br /><br />watch Watch the “km” instead of miles!<br />'''10 km''' = '''6.2137 mi'''|-|<br /><br>'''6) Pressing Upper+Space once more switches to '''NAV2'''|-|
Radio-Select: NAV2
Selected frequency: 115.800
Call 0 answered
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
|And Yes: The SF VOR is just a little closer than the airport(-center)|-|<br /><br>'''7) Pressing Upper+Space once more brings back '''COM1''':|-|'''
Radio-Select: COM1
Selected frequency: 118.600
Call 0 answered
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
|-|<br />'''8) Lets us start and continue flying in the direction with a heading of about 130°:|-|'''
Airport Palo Alto (KPAO Tower at 118.600 MHz) is in range ( 0.4 km)
Airport Palo Alto (KPAO Tower at 118.600 MHz) is in range ( 0.2 km)
Airport Palo Alto (KPAO Tower at 118.600 MHz) is in range ( 1.9 km)
Airport Palo Alto (KPAO Tower at 118.600 MHz) is in range ( 2.4 km)
|notice that you first come closer (to the center of the airport) and after that getting away|- |<br /><br>'''9) Let's switch to '''COM2''' (San Francisco) and watch: |-|'''
Radio-Select: COM2
Selected frequency: 120.500
Call rejected by remote
[LISTEN] mute mic, unmute speaker
|That means: at about 50KM we are getting out of range and thus the on COM2 active SF getts terminated. Notice that also the inactive NAV2 gets terminated, because it exceeded the allowable range at about the same time!|}<br><br>10) You could turn now and watch the opposite: At about the same distance those two will become active again (automatically, if you did not change the settings).
If you got here without any (technical) problems your FGCom is fully functional. Have fun when using it.
* For Linux the "gedit" works fine
===== Copying-Printing this WIKI-Page''' =====
If you absolutely want to have a local copy of this on your PC or need a hard-copy, then:
** before printing I recommend: Menu --> File --> "Print Preview" and you see those many many pages!
** If you really want to wast that paper: Menu --> "File" --> "Print" and it will print on your favorite printer
 
===== Joystick compatibility between Operating Systems: =====
fgcom --help
returns the following useful info
fgcom - a communication radio based on VoIP with IAX/Asterisk Original (c)2007 -2011 by H. Wirtz <wirtz@dfn.de> OSX and Windows ports 2012-2013 by Yves Sablonier and Geoff R. McLane, resp. Version 13.21.0 compiled Mar 2 build 163M2014, at 00:21:19 Using iaxclient library Version SVN 163M261
OPTION DESCRIPTION
-d, -debug, --debug= show debugging information -S, -voipserver, --voipserver= voip server to connect to (default: 'fgcom1fgcom.parasitstudioflightgear.deorg') -s, -fgserver, --fgserver= network device fg to connect to (default: 'localhost') -p, -port, --port= where we should listen to FG (default: '16661') -a, -airport, --airport= airport-id (ICAO) for ATC-mode -f, -frequency, --frequency= frequency for ATC-mode -C, -callsign, --callsign= callsign to use (default: 'guest') -U, -user, --user= username for VoIP account (default: 'guest') -P, -password, --password= password for VoIP account (default: 'guest') -i, -mic, --mic= mic input level (0.0 - 1.0) -o, -speaker, --speaker= speaker output level (0.0 - 1.0) -b, -mic-boost, --mic-boost= enable mic boost -t, -silence-threshold, --silence-threshold= set silence threshold (-60.0 - 0.0) -l, -list-audio, --list-audio= list audio devices -r, -set-audio-in, --set-audio-in= use <devicename> as audio input -k, -set-audio-out, --set-audio-out= use <devicename> as audio output -c, -codec, --codec= use codec <codec> as transfer codec (default: 'u') -T, -positions, --positions= location positions file (default: '/usr/share/flightgear/positions.txt') -Q, -special, --special= location spl. frequency file (opt) (default: '/usr/share/flightgear/special_frequencies.txt')
Available codecs: u - ulaw (default and best codec because the mixing is based onto ulaw) a - alaw g - gsm s - speex 7 - G.723
Mode 1: client for COM1 of flightgear:
$ fgcom
- connects fgcom to fgfs at localhost:16661
$ fgcom -sother.host.tld -p23456
- connects fgcom to fgfs at other.host.tld:23456
Mode 21: client for an ATC COM1 of flightgear: $ fgcom - connects fgcom to fgfs at <airport> on <frequency>localhost:16661 $ fgcom -aKSFO -f120sother.500host.tld -p23456 - sets up connects fgcom for an ATC radio to fgfs at KSFO 120other.500 MHzhost.tld:23456
Mode 2: client for an ATC at <airport> on <frequency>: $ fgcom -aKSFO -f120.500 - sets up fgcom for an ATC radio at KSFO 120.500 MHz Note that /home/hcs/src/fgcom/trunk/src/fgcom starts with a guest account unless you use -U and -P!
Also note that the current server (fgcom.flightgear.co.ukorg) works with guest account, so '''do not use -U or -P'''
== Server installation ==
{{Main article|Howto: Set up a FGCom server}}
Main FGCom server fgcom.flightgear.org.uk hosted by TSOne F-JJTH (tgreer [at] tsone dot infocontact on forum, IRC, mailing list)
== External links ==
== Status ==
* '''October, 2013:'''
FGCom standalone is now part of FlightGear release ( two release per year, same version number policy)
 
FGCom standalone is available at http://fgcom.flightgear.org/download
 
* '''August, 2013:'''
FGCom has been integrated into FlightGear
 
'''New FGCom server : fgcom.flightgear.org''' ( ATIS message record, backward compatibility with old/wrong frequencies, ready for 8.33KHz spacing frequency, new dialplan using last data from X-Plane)
 
* '''March, 2009:'''
Adding User-Information for installing, using, maintaining FGCOM on different platforms.
* '''18 November, 2008:'''
Latest SVN (rev 163) has the compile problems fixed. Also we have a '''new server: fgcom.flightgear.org.uk'''. User accounts not required (ie. do '''not''' use -U or -P) 
* '''31 October, 2008:'''
* [[FGComGui]]
== External link ==* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/fgcom/ Old repository] at sourceforge [[Category:FGCom| ]]
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