Part one of this training style event or tutorial is on ... to most all of us ... an unknown and unavailable radio system that will be referred to as the YE - ZB ... and it's use during WW II.
Just as important will be the gained knowledge of it's use will come into play in future events.
We've all had the opportunity to fly in events ... several ... at SOH and DC-3 Airways as well as right here ... that both exercise and test our skills of Dead Reckoning.
A lot of fun and just the right amount of challenge considering we had plenty of time to practice the route ... make some notes as to landmarks and the visual characteristics of the route to be able to tell ... at those points along the way ... that you were in fact where you needed to be ... or close.
Okay so you're making you run .... in the event now ... and the canal you made a note of in practice and are using as a landmark reference is on your left instead of your right ... whoops!
Wind calculations were a bit off or you were in fact staring at those gals by the pool you flew over for a bit longer than you should have ... yeah you, either way no real worries ... just cut back to port a little more and see how you fare out on your next visual checkpoint or landmark on your notepad.
As long as you stay a step ahead of a fairly intelligent flight plan and the visibility doesn't drop to a half mile or so you can expect to arrive at your intended destination .... cool!
How about taking off from an island way out in the middle of the "Big" water and trying to find a ship that's about one and a half times the size of a football field .... 300 miles away.
Good luck ... practice that one all you want your notepad won't have very much, if anything, on it at all ... that event is not going to be a lot of fun ... pointless much beyond what you are reading.
One would have to have some kind of NavAids to have a chance at all, but if you think about it .... given what we know of as the NavAids of the time ... none of those were out in the oceans, they were all installed on towers or at some land based station.
The twenties and thirties were a time in aviation history where ... among other issues ... the use of aircraft at sea was going through a push in their scope of operations.
With that came the need for aircraft flying over open water to have a suitable means of finding their way ... back to the ship from a land based station ... from a CAP mission or maybe just a simple SAR ... most especially from an attack on the enemy.
Now that it has been 70 years ... well over the time for any classified or secret information to be un-classified ... a lot of that information has become available to all that will search.
Fortunately for the FS community a recent release of previously classified (even to it's existence) information on what the US Navy used as a "Homing Device" for all of it's aircraft carrier based planes, has been made available and it has caught the eye of one of the communities best problem solvers and modelers ... Mr. Dave Bitzer.
Most of you will have run into his fine work along the way on such projects as the fabulous Radio Range scenery that we have used here in past events (and will in the future).
Dave has successfully modeled for us a fully operational set of radios .... transmitters on the ships and receivers on the planes ... referred to as the YE- ZB .... and that is what we will be using in this event.
As of this writing this will be an event hosted in FS9 only.
Sorry if you are a FSX only "player" you will need to wait until the differences in formats can be facilitated or another similar event can be hosted as FSX only ... or even better in the process it can be an event for both sims.
You will see this event very soon for FSX as a lot of the work has already been done.
As a matter of fact it would be a good idea to go ahead and download the file listed below for use later.
Basically there is a difference in the scenery structure of both sims that I haven't been able to bridge and I'm unable to run 2 events simultaneously.
Any and all who are interested in participating in this event will need to have downloaded and successfully installed all of the zip file found here : http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/conten...ght&fid=162240
ye-zb5_db.zip ...... this one for FS2004
yezb_fsx_db.zip ... this one for FSX
Completely install all of the contents of the zip file as per Dave's included instructions.
You may of course ask any questions pertinent to it's installation as they arise.
Have a working knowledge of Morse Code or at the very least a comprehensive Morse Code Table chart that is easily accessible ... hard copy or in a window that doesn't have to be toggled to see ... like on a second or third monitor or in a stand alone window on a single monitor setup.
Familiarize yourself between now and then with the flight characteristics of either or both of the included aircraft in the zip file ... each one has it's own "personality".
"Report" to TS3 server at : fsmpa.hopto.org on either Saturday or Sunday of next weekend (2nd or 3rd of June) at 1945 ZULU.
Even though this is a training or tutorial event you will need to have your "mess" together as described above.
Feel anxious and wonder what is next ... that's what is going to make this event work ... you will learn more like that and pick things up quicker.
First in first out ... will we be taking a flight to and from two undisclosed locations and learn how to use the YE-ZB and be comfortable using it as your only means of knowing where you are .... (in relation to your ship) ... you will take off in the order that you joined the TS3 server that day.
Upon joining the server you will be welcomed and brought into a briefing room where we will be informed of our starting and ending points for the flight.
Also at that time you will receive the codes (frequency) for that day's operation and may proceed to that airport finding position off of the active runway and the joining that session with it's issued password.
I had the pleasure to help with this gauge's development .... it was both fascinating and a lot of fun.
Since that time I have been "busting" to share this with all of you.
It is yet another terrific stage that has been provided and set for us to enjoy with no expense other than your own time and effort.
We all will want to give Dave a big round of praise and thanks by the time this event is complete.
Please post any questions as they come up.
Look forward to as many as can make it next weekend.