Voice Communication Setup

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The Voice Communication Setup Dialog

All settings related to voice communication can be setup using the following dialog:

The main part of the dialog is the list on top. Every line here describes one ground-to-air voice connection and also its status. The left four columns (Name, Frequency, Voice server and Channel) are the description part, while there are six check boxes on the right (Prim, Atis, RCV TXT, XMT TXT, RCV VOI and XMT VOI) that can be used to indicate and to modify the actual status of the voice connection. When you select an item from the list its detailed information will be displayed in the controls below, where you can modify them. By clicking on the check boxes you can change the actual status.

Important: This dialog box never saves its modifications automatically. You must do an explicit Save all settings or save the settings when closing EuroScope and when asked for confirmation to save the voice setup data.

Also important: If you run EuroScope for the first time, then before using this dialog, to setup your voice communication be sure to visit the Voice Hardware Test And Setup dialog to define your mike, speaker and push-to-talk buttons, etc.

Note: Here I used both voice1.vacc-sag.org and voice2.vacc-sag.org to indicate that you can use as many different voice servers as you like. But remember that your vACC probably has its own preferred voice servers.

Dialog Controls

  • Name - In this text box the actual name of the ground-to-air connection is displayed and can be modified. The name is just a symbolic name and not used for anything, but for user information. Therefore, you can enter freely any arbitrary text like "Budapest Radar" or "Ferihegy Tower".
  • Frequency - Here you can define the associated radio frequency. The value entered here will be sent to the network if the definition is selected as primary frequency.
  • Server - The name or the IP address of the voice server. So far it's not possible to define a port number.
  • Channel - The voice channel name in the voice server. When you log in successfully with a callsign, then EuroScope searches for the callsign here in the channel name fields. Once a match is found, it selects that voice communication setup as primary frequency and connects to the voice server automatically. This field is scanned after a successful logon to set it as primary frequency if matching. Also note the following: When you are offline and select a primary frequency it will be used as your pseudo login callsign. In order to let EuroScope associate it with a control sector, name and frequency must match the entries in your ESE file.
  • New button - By pressing this button you can create a new entry to the ground-to-air communication list. All the data will come from the edit controls, therefore they must be filled in.
  • Modify button - With this button you can change the description of one communication line. You can not update a communication line if that line is active, i.e. any of the check boxes are marked.
  • Delete button - It is used to delete one line from the table. Just like the Modify button, you cannot delete a communication line that is active.
  • Hardware setup button - This button opens the Voice Hardware Test And Setup dialog box where you can setup the voice hardware configuration. Before you try to do anything with voice, be sure to go there to configure your hardware.
  • Voice ATIS setup - As voice ATIS is closely related to this dialog it is available from here as well. It will open the Voice ATIS dialog.
  • Connect mike to playback device check-box - It is a funny test tool. It simply connects your primary and secondary mike input to the speakers. When you press a PTT button and start talking your voice input is read from the microphone and then output to the speaker. In this way you can do a simple sound check of your microphone setup. And as the signal passes through all the encoding/decoding phases you will hear exactly what others will hear.
  • Connect primary frequency output to secondary device too - This feature was developed for presentations. When you are controlling in an event that is public, then the viewers have the chance to listen the responses not only your instructions.
  • Voice alias grammar / Browse - Here you can select your Voice Alias grammar file.
  • Enable voice alias recognition - Activates the recognition of voice aliases.
  • Voice alias style - no function at the moment.
  • Test grammar - Here you can activate a test mode for your voice aliases.
  • Close - closes the dialog.
  • Connected users list-box - This list box is filled with the users who are currently in the voice room of the selected line, i.e. listening in on the selected channel. Your own callsign will be flagged by an '*'.

The Check Boxes

In the top area there is a list control with all the ground-to-air communication definitions. Every line contains six check boxes that let you manage the status of your text and voice connections.

  • Prim - as Primary frequency - By clicking any of the check-boxes in this row will select your primary frequency. This frequency along with the voice channel definition will be published via the network so pilots will be able to find your text and voice channels.
Some further Notes:
  1. When selecting the primary frequency manually, you are not automatically being connected to the voice server. Just the text send and receive check boxes are automatically enabled. Hence, you must click the voice check boxes yourself, if needed. In contrast, when EuroScope activates your primary frequency as part of the log in process, it also enables the voice check boxes.
  2. When you select your primary frequency the text send and receive check boxes are set automatically and you can not deselect them as long as this is the primary frequency. You can select another primary frequency by just clicking it, and the old primary frequency check mark will be removed. You can also deselect your current primary frequency by clicking on the check box again. This will not deselect the text send and receive flags, but now you can deselect them manually.
  3. The primary frequency description line is highlighted in yellow, even when not selected.
  4. If you select your primary frequency when offline then EuroScope will assume that you are logged in with the name of that communication line and with its frequency. Thereby all sectors associated to that position will be assigned to you and you can see the offline simulated traffic arrival estimates.
  • ATIS - Same as primary frequency, but it defines the primary frequency information of your secondary ATIS connection (for more information visit the Voice ATIS page). It is required by VATSIM that the channel name on the ATIS primary voice server must be the same as the callsign of your ATIS connection. Therefore you can not select it before connecting your ATIS user to the servers.
  • RCV TXT - Receive text messages - By checking it you will receive text messages from this frequency. You can not switch it off for the primary frequency. Important: When you are connecting to VATSIM via a proxy in the secondary client you should set up the text receive in each client as they are independent from each other.
  • XMT TXT - Transmit text messages - Your text messages will be sent to all frequencies that are checked. You can not switch it off for the primary frequency.
  • RCV VOI - Receive voice - It enables voice data reception from this room. This check box also stands for the connect and disconnect. When you mark it, EuroScope will start to connect you to the server. In the case of the primary frequency, after a successful connect receive and send voice will be enabled automatically.
  1. The check box symbol changes to the status of the voice channel. It changes the symbol from X to OK when the connection is established and also indicates when voice data are being received or transmitted via this channel.
  2. When voice is being received or sent on the primary voice channel all secondary voice connections are muted. That works quite well but notice that there may be certain situations when the communication ends, but the program doesn't receive an end-message on the primary voice channel. In that case your secondary connections are muted. To avoid this just press the secondary PTT for a while. That will clear this flag and enable secondary communications. (You can always check here if there is communication being sent/received on the headphone icon.)
  • XMT VOI - Transmit voice - It enables voice data transmissions to this channel. Transmission is additionally controlled by the PTT button. When you press the primary PTT, then the voice audio is sent to the primary channel only. When you press the secondary PTT button, then your voice will be sent to all secondary channels simultaneously.

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