Simulated Radar Client (ASRC) v 1.1 installation
(version 1.1 - February 2004)
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
v1.1 Observers Guide.doc
Setting up ASRC
- Download ASRC 1.1 (asrcsetup.exe)
from the ASRC
web page or the Vatsim-UK
- Install into the directory of
- Once ASRC is installed there
is a "quickstart.pdf" file in the ASRC directory which
has information needed to complete setting up radio communications.
The main ASRC manual is 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.
make sure you are connected to the internet before you open ASRC
1.1. for the first time, or the IP address file will be corrupted.
You do not need to be logged on to Vatsim.
- Open ASRC - the radar screen
- The first time you open ASRC
the Audio set-up dialog should appear. If it does not, then click
on Options>Audio to open it. The instructions for configuring
the Audio settings are in the "quickstart.pdf" file
in your ASRC folder - see the section headed "Built-in voice
features - the new VSCS." When you receive the message that
audio set-up is complete, close the audio set-up window and continue
with these instructions. (You can choose to follow the quickstart.pdf
instructions instead, but they are more complex than is needed
for observing alone).
- Set your voice transmit button
by typing .ptt <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.
- 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.
Now go to the ASRC
v1.1 Observers Guide