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  1. For the eight years I've been flying DCS, the replay function has not worked. I'm guessing that it takes considerable memory to record these tracks, memory which could be used to improve sim performance overall. If ED can not fix the replay function, then please make it possible to disable the function entirely. I know that others have posted on this before, so it's not new, but I also didn't want to bury my suggestion at the end of a long forgotten thread. Speed
  2. Bumb Acquisition & Spotlight Mode Thanks for the clarification guys. I've learned a bit more and look forward to continuing that process. That explanation of bump acquisition makes perfect sense, because I was sure that I had read somewhere that to activate bump acquisition when in STT, the SCS was pushed forward. So when I originally posted that and then read information pertaining to BVR/Upper function, I thought that I made a mistake when I then found the process described whereby the SCS is pushed toward the Attk Rdr display when in STT. So now it makes sense. Sorry for my bad gu
  3. Spotlight Mode I just wanted to step back to Preendog's remarks to help us all better understand how the radar works and how we as pilots need to understand how to optimize our sensors to get the information/lock status desired. What Preendog and others (including myself) described is Spotlight mode. This mode is entered anytime you place the cursor over an empty space on the Attk Rdr display and TDC depress. That will direct the MC to focus all radar energy onto a small patch of sky as the radar sweeps a narrow azimuth in an attempt to pick up any return signal. If nothing is found, it
  4. Radar Range & Target Acqusition Yeh the original tests were all done with the MiG-29s. I just ran two more scenarios as a possible answer to Paco's original question. First scenario much like the original except that I spread six aircraft including the Su-25, Su-27, Su-33, MiG-27, MiG-29, Mirage 2000 at a range of 120 nm at altitudes ranging from 30-40,000'. Radar was set at 4B, 160nm, 80 degree sweep centered at approx 10nm. In the pic below, you can clearly see that all six aircraft are detected within that 80 degree sweep. So with no AWACS or donor support the latest update now .3464
  5. Manual Designation versus Automatic Acquisition I ran a few more tests to confirm that the Hornet's radar can still detect out to 75-80 nm with LTWS enabled. No problems. Detection ranges seemed comparable with LTWS on or off. Next I wanted to re-test manual designation versus automatic acquisition using AACQ. The tracks attached demonstrate how update 34108 behaves in either mode. I have no mods and I use the techniques described by Wags in his training videos. The first track shows target detection without any Datalink donors. The HAFU are depicted in yellow with only the top portio
  6. Periodic Acquisition Failure Hi GrEaSeLiTeNiN, Short answer is "I don't know". I can say that of the ten or so tests that I ran in an identical 1 vs 2 scenario, half with and the other half without AWACS/Donor support, there was one during which I was unable to achieve a lock by any means. It may just come down to a periodic glitch in the sim software? Excellent chart. Something like that should have been in the Hornet manual. Cheers Speed
  7. A/A Mode & Sensor Configuration Hi gents, Been following your discussion with interest and just wanted to chime in to say that Sk000tch is providing you with some very sound advice. Based on my limited knowledge, I'd recommend that you do not get into the habit of turning your LTWS off as it limits what you can accomplish with your sensor package. More on that below if you're willing to read it all. And that brings me to my second bit of advice. This subject is rather complicated and the functions and interactions of radar and weapons systems takes some effort to understand. Do yours
  8. Fast Acquisition via AACQ Roger, Thanks for the update. Manual mode still works fine for this purpose so we'll use that until further refinements are made to the other modes. Cheers Speed
  9. Previously I was able to acquire DT2 or a third/fourth trackfile while in RWS by placing the TDC cursor over the HAFU in the Attk Rdr and then execute fast acquisition via moving the SCS toward the Attk Rdr display to activate AACQ. I ran more than a dozen tests this week in one versus four/two scenarios using the MiG-29s and after firing an AMRAAM at the lead aircraft as my L&S target, that target would be undesignated, the TDC cursor would be placed over the DT2 and AACQ would be activated to initiate fast acquisition. In virtually every case, the radar would reacquire my original L&
  10. Return to Search I believe you are referring to the Undesignate switch on your HOTAS which functions exactly as you describe.
  11. Splash One Gaming SATAL 2019 29/06/19 Just wanted to say well done to MOltar and the pilots of 51st Bisons and IRIAF. This was the first live event that I've watched and I hope to follow these match-ups more closely in the future. We (401-450 Sqns) are well into our conversion training on the Hornet and Tomcat and have been talking about the possibility of entering a team in 2020 or beyond. Great job, keep it up. Speed
  12. RWS Track Files You are correct. Thanks for that. I've spent more time studying the radar, targeting and missile systems of the Hornet than time flying, but there is always more to learn. I double checked some of the material read before and sure enough, there it was. Range While Search (RWS) - The RWS mode provides detection of targets including high-closure rate, head-on attacks and low-closure rate, tail attacks. RWS allows for unrestricted scan volume size and scan centering control. The target data is presented in a range versus azimuth format and is typically presented in a syn
  13. Auto Acqusition Mode Hi gents, The short answer to the original question is that you use the undesignate switch on the stick to command an exit from AACQ, with a catch: if you have a L&S target in STT from AACQ, then the undesignate switch will command the MC to undesignate the L&S target for 10 seconds in order to allow the MC to sweep for the next highest threat target, excluding the original L&S target you just undesignated. If after 10 seconds the radar does not detect another, then AACQ will redesignate the original L&S target back into STT. If you wish to undesignat
  14. Korea! 1952 - 77 (F) Squadron Operations 9 February 2019 The guys from 77 (F) Sqn enjoyed another session of great A2A action this past Saturday and many thanks to the MiG drivers who put up thirteen sorties between them. We enjoyed these flights especially due to the MiG pilots employment of effective flight/element tactics. Well done! We had a similar night of action a couple of weeks ago and I took the opportunity then to write up a detailed account of it based on a Tacview track I created from the replay. Here's a description of that review from Saturday the 9th of Feb (Sunday 10th F
  15. Trimming the F-86F-35 for Level Flight The Sabre is very sensitive to acceleration/deceleration forces. So long as you are accelerating, the pitch will rise forcing the pilot to trim nose down. When decelerating, the pitch will drop and the pilot will need to trim the nose higher to maintain relatively level flight. So long as the speed is changing, the Sabre will porpoise and with every adjustment by the pilot using the control stick, that flight characteristic will get worse. Learn to fly the Sabre hands-off and you will be able to achieve level flight trim. You can trim the Sabre to a
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