SOP 05 - Roger Wilco (rev: 14 Apr - 2015)
Joe "Condor" Gibbons
Nils "Wolverine" Holmgren
To join a Roger Wilco session you will need to open the program, then click on the Join button
to the right. Type in the IP number given to you over ICQ or mIRC. A password won't normally need
to be entered unless stated otherwise. Then press the Join button, as shown in the pictures below.
If a window pops up saying unable to connect to the certain IP, then the other person who is hosting hasn't
created the session yet or could be running a firewall that either needs to be shut down or configured properly.
Wait a few moments then try again. If that doesn't help, try to reach the one you're trying to connect to and
ask if he or she has forgotten to turn off the firewall.
you are connected you can hear and talk to the other people connected
to that session. To do this press the button that you have assigned to
engage the transmit feature. Roger Wilco also has a voice activation feature,
but it is recommended to always use the press to talk (PTT) feature instead
as with voice activation you may hear or indeed transmit things you didn't
intend to transmit and it can be very annoying to hear other peoples breathing
for example. So, as a general rule, always use PTT. The Voice Activated/Press
To Talk settings are found under the Transmit tab.
Press the transmit key then wait a second, then speak. When you have finished what you are saying take your
finger off of the transmit button. If you don't, when the other person talks back they will receive an echo
from your speakers.
Launch the program as before but instead of pressing
the Join button press the Create button. It will ask you to enter a password just leave
the password field empty, and press the Create button once more. You will then be hosting the channel,
you have the ability to Kick disruptive
players as you wish. If at any time you get disconnected
then everyone will be disconnected and they will be
unable to contact each other.
This is why as standard procedure you remind all players
to switch their comms in the game to broadcast so that in case Roger Wilco disconnects you will at least be able to communicate through the in-game chat.
Advanced Features of Roger Wilco:
On the Adjust tab within Roger Wilco you have the option
to configure the way Roger Wilco uses your soundcard,
CPU, and Internet connection.
Changing any of them can
dramatically affect your enjoyment of using Roger Wilco both in a positive or in a negative manner. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to play around with the settings to find what does what and what settings suits you. It's of course best to just connect to someone when you have no other activities to keep in mind rather then experimenting with this during flight night.
If you press the Configure button you will
be taken to a Configure Roger Wilco window.
Press the Next button and make sure you have Use
DirectSound Recording selected, if your soundcard
doesn't support DirectSound get a new soundcard that
does. DirectSound is a lot quicker than using WAV recording.
Proceed to the next screen by pressing the Next button, make sure that Roger Wilco is using your best
soundcard if you have more than one installed. This
will improve your listening pleasure, and improve the
recording of your speech.
you can see above, the next screen lets you set the recording level for
your Mic. On installation you will have to test your Mic, to make sure
it is basically working. If you've got an expensive Mic you may have to
go into the Systems Settings to change your Mic to work properly with
Roger Wilco. Press the Next button to proceed to the next screen.
You should have Full Duplex selected,
this will enable you to receive and transmit. Selecting
Half Duplex isn't really an option unless
you want to be perceived as a shy pilot, or just not
a good speaker. Same goes here as with supporting DirectSound recording. If your sound card doesn't support full duplex, buy one that does.
on to the next screen by pressing the Next button. Here you will be able
to set the transmit button. The advised key to use for Roger Wilco is
any key that isn't defined in the Falcon 4 SP3 keyboard map, see one of
the documents regarding keyboard mapping that accompanies the SP3 installation.
They can be found under the \Falcon4\Docs folder on your harddrive. In
this example keypad / is used as it's one of the only keys that are left
available with all the Falcon 4.0 SP3 key assignments as it is, unless
you want to use a complicated combination of keys.
Remember its not only the key combinations in Falcon
4.0 you've got to think about, keep in mind that 1/4 of the time you will
be using Roger Wilco in Windows.
The next screen below is a bit more complicated as it determines
how data is sent over your Internet connection. A fast
modem is anything at 36.6kbps or more and a slow modem
is anything at or less than 28.8kbps. The other available
Connection Speeds are self explanatory. It is advised
that you select the Fast Modem selection.
Just leave the UDP port as it is, unless you know what
you're doing. It's basically if a user has a firewall
in place, which aren't recommended whiles flying Falcon
4.0 online. As the firewall blocks data being sent to
the other players in the game, which spoils your experience
and other's experience.
The following screen is self explanatory, if you've got
a slow computer, meaning less than a Pentium II class processor
then select Use less CPU. This will reduce
audio quality as a side affect but it will allow more
CPU power to be used in Falcon 4.0. If you are hearing
gaps in the incoming transmissions select Run
Roger Wilco at High CPU Priority.
This is advisable, as Falcon 4.0 tends to hog most
of the CPU while in the Mission Schedule in the game,
where radio communications is needed the most. Remember that Roger Wilco always uses up bandwidth when you're transmitting, so keep silent once you are on the pie screen about to join a flight unless something serious has happened, like a CTD for example.
Proceed to the next screen where you enter your callsign,
you simply enter your callsign in here. Don't include
any strange characters as it causes eye pollution making
it hard for the onlooker to work out your callsign.
Press the Next button for the last time
and it will show you a summary of the settings that you've chosen.
You can go back and change any mistakes you may have
made by using the Back button. Once you are satisfied click Finish to end the configuration part of the program.
This document has explained the basics of how to setup Roger Wilco
to be able to connect to another computer hosting Roger Wilco or to host
a session yourself. In the 185th we have dedicated Roger Wilco channels
that we use on our weekly flights or when we fly against another virtual
fighter squadron. To connect to these channels we use a tuner. Read more
about this in SOP 06 - Roger Wilco Tuner.
Enjoy flying with the added thrill and immersion that true voice communication with other virtual pilots brings.
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