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Installing the NAV/COM Radio requires very little time. All you need is 1 unused USB Port. This additional Port can be added to your computer by using a device called a USB Hub. These Hubs can be purchased for as little as $20.00 in the Internet.
Just plus the USB Cable from the back of the Radio Panel into the Hub Adapter and let your computer locate and load the required software for its proper operation. The Radio will be sensed as "USB Joystick". That's all there is to the installation.
Programming the Buttons and Switches
As mentioned earlier, the 2015 does require the licensed version of FSUIPC. This small .dll program resided inside the Module File of your FS2002, FS2004 or FS X Flight Simulator. FSUIPC come is two versions. The FSUIPC 3.75 used for FS98, FS2000, FS2002 and FS2004. While Version FSUIPC4 is used strictly for the New FS X Flight Simulator.
Either one of these programs can be Downloaded Free of charge from:
The Code Key for either program can be purchased from simMarket (A link to simMarket is also provided at the FSUIPC site). The code Key costs about $24.00.
When you download the required FSUIPC program; copy the .dll program to Flight Simulator's "Module" File. That's it. Now it's time to load and run your Flight Simulator Program. When running, click on "Create a Flight". When you have a your Cessna 172 on the Runway, press the "ALT" key. On the TOP of the screen a thin white band of extra options will appear. Click on "Modules"; then "FSUIPC".
Using FSUIPC for the first time, you are asked to input your Name, Email Address and the Code Key you just purchased. When entered correctly, FSUIPC is ready to be programmed for use with your NAV/COM Radio (Note: After inputting your Code Key, you need to Restart Flight Simulator so that the Code Key can take effect.
After reloading your Flight Simulator program; it's time to Program your NAV/COM Radio.
Programming the NAV/COM Switches
With your copy of FSUIPC Registered; now is the time to program the Radio Panel. Again, with FS running, hit the "ALT" Key. With the White Band appreaing in the top of the monitor; click "Modules" then "FSUIPC". With the main FSUIPC window showing, locate and click on "Buttons + Switches".
You will get the window appearing above.
There are three main sections of this window that require our attention. They are indicated by the letters "A", "B" and "C". Section "A" shows the Button or Switch that you press and it's USB Port Location. By pressing other buttons on the Radio Panel, these settings will change accordingly. "B" needs to be click. The "Check" Mark needs to remain with ALL Programming. This Check Mark allows you to choose your button assignments from the FSUIPC listing. "C" shows all the assignments available that your Radio Panel can be programmed to.
Now using the TABLE below, we will program each NAV/COM Switch and Push Button to the needed functions. As you can see, I've included 2 Tables. Seeing that most aircrafts have an active radio (NAV/COM 1) and a stand-by (NAV/COM 2). Table 1 shown the function settings for using 1 Radio, while Table 2 shows the settings if you have two Radios. At this time, lets consentrate on Table 1.
Below is a photo of the front panel of the NAV/COM Radio. Each Push Button, Toggle and Rotary Switch is shown by a number. This number (in conjunction with the information in the Settings Table) will show you the which button would need to be "Flipped", "Pushed" or "Turned"
I'll take you through the first two programming procedures so you can familiarize yourself with the operation.
The Table above shows that Button #1 is the Communications Rotary Switch on the Panel. The center column shown that Switch #4 is to be "Flipped" into its MHz position (to the LEFT). The third column shows the function we will program the switch with.
So with your Radio Plugged into the USB Port and FS running and showing the FSUIPC window, turn Switch #1 "Clockwise". Notice "A" on the "FSUIPC Options and Settings" Window, it will indicate a USB Port Value and Switch Location. Now make sure that at "B", you have checked "Select for FS Control". Now click on "Control Sent when Button is Pressed" ("C"). Using your mouse, run down the list and find "COM_RADIO_WHOLE_INC" and highlight this setting. That's it. (If you make a mistake; just click on "CLEAR").
Lets goto the next button.
With SW #4 still in the MHz position; now we'll turn the #1 Rotary Switch "Counter Click-wise". Note at "A" there is a new Port Number and Switch displayed. "C" shows a blank window at this time. Again, using your mouse, click and find in the listing of FS Settings; "COM_RADIO_WHOLE_DEC".
Continue the programming process for the remaining switches.
Using your NAV/COM Radio
With all your switches programmed as shown above; press the "OK" icon. All settings will be saved inside your FS files. And the FSUIPC window will disappear.
First press abutton or click on the Radio Icon to DISPLAY the Radio Panel on the computer monitor.
With the Radio Stack displayed, we can now adjust the radio frequencies via your new NAV/COM Panel instead of click on the dreaded mouse. Flip switch #4 to the left (MHz) and turn SW #1 Clockwise. Note that the WHOLE Number on the Left side of the Radio Stack will go UP (118.00 ect). Continue to turn the Rotary Switch and test all 12 positions. By turning the Rotary Switch (#1) Counter Clock-wise; the same group of numbers will decrease in value (XXX.00 KHz).
Flip SW #4 to KHz position (right). Now you are able to increase or decrease the KHz value of the Comm Radio (118.XX ) just by turning the Rotary Switch either to the left or to the right.
To "Flip" the Com Frequencies that we just set from Standby to Active; just push the "STBY" Button (SW #3). The Standby frequencies (just set by you) will by transferred to the "Active" side of the Radio.
If this setting is adjusted for ATIS, you will now hear the Terminal Information from your speakers. To hear the Tower and get the needed "Clearance" for takeoff; adjust your radio to "Tower Frequency" and press the "STBY" button. The ATIS will now be replaced by Tower chatter. Gee; now you know the importance for a second NAV/COM Radio.
The Navigation Radio (right side of Panel) will operate in just the same way as the Communications Radio (left side of Panel).
Please note that FSUIPC places a 1/4 second delay between pressing a button and seeing results on your Monitor. So rotating SW #1 and SW #5 F A S T will have NO Effect on the frequency display. Slow rotation of the Rotary Switch is more desirable then speeding through the dial. Besides, racing through the settings will shorten the life of the rotary switches.
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