UniversRadio ExternalRadio

Summary :

1- When to use UniversRadio ExternalRadio?

External Radio is a virtual radio-interface for Flaming Cliff 3 users, DCS – Combined Arms JTACs and anyone using the free camera view as a spectator: F7, F9, [L-Alt]+F9, F11.
It allows people with limited avionics simulation and no in-game cockpit radio simulation to communicate through UniversRadio.

Aircrafts listed bellow don’t need UniversRadio ExternalRadio because ingame radios are  fully functional and fully clickable :

  • DCS:A-10C, DCS:Ka50, DCS:Mi-8MT, DCS:UH-1H, DCS:F-86F, DCS:C-101EB, DCS:Hawk, DCS:MiG-21bis, DCS:L-39C, DCS:M-2000C, DCS-SA342, P-51D, Bf-109K4, FW-190D9, etc

LotATC 4 DCS natively supports UniversRadio.

/!\ UniversRadio ExternalRadio is not compatible with DCS “Fullscreen mode” displaying.
/!\ By default UniversRadio ExternalRadio forces focus (keyboards, joystick inputs) to DCS, and forces DCS to be displayed on top. To release this enforced focus, press mouse middle buttton on UR ER (radio will be displayed in orange to show unfocus mode).

Launch UniversRadio Control Panel from UniversRadio DashBoard shortcut and choice “Control Panel” :

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2- Six different transmitters

Six different External Radio skins are available whether you are an aircraft pilot or a Join Terminal Attack Controller.

Default radio for unsupported A/C
UHF AM secured : 225.000 399.975
20 preset channels 1
VHF AM/FM (Air band ext.) : 118.000-151.975 225.000-399.975
20 preset channels 1

Radio UHF on top: [manual/channel selector switch][volume dimmer][channel switch][3 manual buttons]
Radio V/UHF on top: [manual/channel selector switch][AM/FM switch][volume dimmer][channel switch][3 manual buttons]
Radio UHF/VHF [transmitter radio switch selector][Encrypting UHF radio]

JTAC radios
UHF AM secured : 225.000 399.975
HF/VHF AM/FM : 020.000 151.975 (preset and manual)
JTAC radio will be available as soon as you
enter the game (DCS-Combined Arms, camera view)

Radio 1/Radio 2 [transmitter radio switch selector]
Locked location : [lock 3D location of your vehicle. You can change view without change transmission point]
Radio 1 on top: [volume button][channel switch][encrypting switch]
Radio 2 : [volume button][channel switch][3 manual buttons][AM/FM switch]


JTAC radios for NATO's vehicles
HF AM secured : 020.000 030.000 (preseted and manual)
V/UHF AM/FM secured : 30.000 399.975 (preseted and manual)
V/UHF AM/FM secured : 30.000 399.975 (preseted and manual)
NATO's JTAC radio is available when you are onboard of M1043 HMMWV Armament, LAV-25, M1126 Stryker ICV, Cobra, M-2 Bradley, MCV-80, M-2 Bradley, M-113, Marder, TPZ.


Locked location : [lock 3D location of your vehicle. You can change view without change transmission point]
Radio 1 on top: [preset/manual][channel number][modulation][secured][frequency][volume]
Radio 2 middle: [preset/manual][channel number][modulation][secured][frequency][volume]
Radio 3 on bottom : [preset/manual][channel number][modulation][secured][frequency][volume]

F-15C A-10A radios
UHF AM secured : 225.000 399.975
20 preset channels 1
VHF AM/FM (Air band ext.) : 118.000-151.975 225.000-399.975
20 preset channels 1

Radio UHF on top: [manual/channel selector switch][volume dimmer][channel switch][3 manual buttons]
Radio V/UHF on top: [manual/channel selector switch][AM/FM switch][volume dimmer][channel switch][3 manual buttons]
Radio UHF/VHF [transmitter radio switch selector][Encrypting UHF radio]

FC3 Su-27 Su-33 radios
Radio #1 (left) UHF AM Secured : 20 channels
Radio #2 (right) VHF AM/FM : 20 channels
Russian aircraft use preset radio channels instead
of free frequency setting.1

Left-click on channel display shows a window for manual frequency, according to selected radio.


[UHF Secured voice switch][VHF AM/FM switch]
Radio UHF on left: [channel selector switch][volume dimmer][receive light]
[transmitter radio UHF/VHF switch selector]
Radio VHF on right: [channel selector switch][volume dimmer]
FC3 Su-25 MiG-29 radios
Radio #1 (left) UHF AM : 20 channels
Radio #2 (right) VHF AM/FM : 20 channels
Russian aircraft use crystallised radio channels instead
of free frequency setting.1

Left-click on channel display shows a window for manual frequency, according to selected radio.

Radio UHF on left: [channel selector switch][volume dimmer]
Radio UHF/VHF [transmitter radio switch selector]
Radio VUHF on right: [channel selector switch][volume dimmer]

1Preset channels

F-15C radios, JTAC radios can use preseted channels.
Russian aircrafts use crystallised radio channels, that means you cannot modify channels presets while flying.

In order to interoperate with US aircrafts, JTACs, ATCs, Approach, Tower and Ground, you need to define your own preset frequency plan.

3- How to use it

You will find UR ExternalRadio shortcut in the Windows start menu => UniversRadio.

Which actions can be done ? And, how to do?

ACTIONCOMMAND
Display on top or hide UR ExternalRadio Left mouse click on [_] (top right of window)
Keyboard :
[Left Alternate]+[T]
Get and release ExternalRadio
as on-top window and enforce the focus on DCS
(cycle)
Middle mouse button

When UniversRadio ExternalRadio has focus,
frequency is displayed in orange
Switching radioLeft mouse button
Joystick (see UR Control Panel)
Keyboard :

Radio1 : [Left Control]+[NumPad 1]
Radio2 : [Left Control]+[NumPad 2]
Radio3 : [Left Control]+[NumPad 3]
Changing frequencyLeft mouse, right mouse or mouse wheel if unfocused
Changing volumeLeft mouse, right mouse or mouse wheel if unfocused
Changing channelLeft mouse, right mouse or mouse wheel if unfocused
Keyboard :

Next channel : [Left Control]+[NumPad 9]
Previous channel : [Left Control]+[NumPad 6]
Moving window1. Get the focus : middle mouse button
2. Press and hold left mouse button, move cursor
3. On the good position, release left mouse
Locking location for JTAC radios onlyClick on "Locked location" button or use hotkey (from UniversRadio Control Panel, "Lock location" input : (default) LALT+L )
Using : When you are into your vehicle, click on "Locked location" green button to lock the location where radio will recieve and transmit communication. The green button will be lighted when the location is locked. After this, you can change view, chnage vehicle, location of your transmission will not change.

You can change keys by modify ..\Saved Games\UniversRadio\UniversRadio.ini file (read included comments)

Best experience

Configure radio selectors with joystick buttons from UR Control Panel.
Configure there same joystick buttons as ‘Push To Talk’ in TeamSpeak 3 Client.
Result, one button two functions. When you select a radio, hold the pushed button and talk.

4- Interaction with UniversRadio Transponder

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When both, UniversRadio ExternalRadio and UniversRadio Transponder are launched, UniversRadio Transponder is displayed below ExternalRadio window.
UniversRadio Transponder window can be moved.

When UniversRadio ExternalRadio has focus, both windows display frequency and code in orange color.

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