Simulated Radar Client (ASRC) v 1.0 installation
(edition 1.2 - November 2003)
This guide is written for anyone
who wants to start observing on Vatsim. It sets out the minimum
configuration and software needed to observe ATC. Further information
required for active controlling can be obtained via the links
on the Essex ASRC resources
The combined Installation and
Observers Guide can also be downloaded in Word format as ASRC
Setting up ASRC
- Download ASRC 1.0 (asrcsetup.exe)
from the ASRC
- Install into the directory of
- Once ASRC is installed the manual
can be found under "Documentation". It is also available
online at www.asrc.info
both as webpages and as a pdf download. It assumes quite a lot
of knowledge of ATC procedures, so don't feel put off when you
first look at it - it will all make sense in due course.
- Download the UK radar map (egtt_airacxx2003.zip
where xx is the month of the latest release). These maps are
known as sector files. It can be found in the files section of
the Essex website, or on www.vatsim-uk.org under Downloads/sector
- You may also want to download
a more detailed file for particular airports - for example essex_radar covers the Essex
and East London area (Luton, Stansted, London City, Biggin Hill,
Southend, Cambridge and Norwich).
- Create a folder for sector files,
and unzip into this.
- You will need an up-to-date
server list, as several of those on the default list no longer
- The easiest way is to use the
ServInfo programme. Use File/Export ipaddr.txt and save the file
in the ASRC root directory (where your asrc.exe is installed).
- If you do not have ServInfo
you can obtain a recent copy of ipaddr.txt from the ASRC/resources
page on the Essex website.
- Now open ASRC - the radar screen
- From the drop down menus select
File/Open. Navigate your way to the unzipped UK sector file and
open it. Your radar screen will show a map of the UK. The default
settings are adequate to start observing, but feel free to experiment.
- If you want to listen to voice
as well as use text you need to turn on the voice settings. If
you are only using text, then go straight to the Observers
Guide. It is perfectly possible to be a controller on text
only, but when you are observing other controllers the majority
of communications will be on voice.
- Turning on the voice setting
- From the drop down menus select
- Click on the box marked Enable
Voice Enhancements. A tick will appear in the box.
- In the next box (Voice Server)
enter the IP address of the UK2 voice server (126.96.36.199).
You may need to change this later, but it will do to start with.
- In the bottom box enter your
name and/or a callsign. Most people enter their name, and add
their aircraft callsign or ATC position e.g. Ruth McTighe (G-RMCT,
- Now close ASRC and install and
configure Roger Wilco.
Setting up Roger
- Download Roger Wilco Mk1d3 (from
now on referred to as RW) from VATSIM-UK download page or from the Roger Wilco website . Please note that earlier
versions of RW will not work with ASRC.
- Unzip and install into the directory
of your choice.
- Documentation and support are
available on the Roger Wilco website
- Open Roger Wilco.
It is important to note that when using ASRC, RW is used only
to link between ASRC and the voice servers. To do this it is
set to use voice activation, and the push-to-talk (PTT) control
is set from within ASRC. This is the opposite of how it is used
when flying with Squawkbox, and will need to be reset whenever
you switch between flying and controlling.
- Be aware that the voice system
is very sensitive to firewall and router settings. If you have
problems connecting using the procedures on this page check out
the Configuration section and Appendix in the ASRC manual, or ask on the official ASRC forum or the simflight.support.asrc forum
- Now configure RW.
- Click on the "Transmit"
- Set it to Voice Activated with
maximum sensitivity (slider all the way to the right).
- Set the "Mute Key"
box to L_CTRL. To do this, click in the "Mute Key"
box and press the LEFT CTRL key.
- Click on the "Adjust"
- Use the "test mike"
to set your microphone level correctly
- Click on "Configure",
- Most of the remaining settings
can be left at their default values. If you are getting poor
quality sound, then experiment with changing them.
- The "transmit" key
acts as a Mute Key when in voice activated mode. This should
have already been set to L_CTRL using the Transmit Tab.
- The internet connection speed
must be "Slow modem" regardless of your real connection
speed. If it is set faster it causes technical problems with
- Your call-sign will allow people
to recognise your name on Roger Wilco. Most people enter their
name, and add their aircraft callsign, or ATC position as appropriate
e.g. Ruth McTighe (G-RMCT, Essex_ATC).
- Once you have configured Roger
Wilco, close it and reopen ASRC. Roger Wilco should then open
automatically. If you are not already online, RW will force your
dialer dialog to pop-up. If you do not want to dial up at the
moment, ignore this - ASRC will still load.
- Set your Push-to-talk key from
within ASRC by typing .rwkey <enter>and then the
key you want to use for transmitting. Use a key you will not
want for anything else, and which does not type a character to
screen e.g. RIGHT_CTRL.
Now go to the ASRC