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Hi - I cannot call up the radio comms menu for refuelling at the tanker ... I have tried the "C" key, tried the HOTAS binded button and also scoured the comms options in settings. I select the right radio frequency in the COMMS 1 menu but nothing appears? This is in the practice mission.

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Are you aware that there are two different key bindings for com1 and com2?

 

When using easy radio the # key (or your radio menu key) does it all. But most servers don't use easy coms. I experienced that without easy coms enabeled the # works with the tower on the ground. But when I tried to call the tanker I needed the right com key.


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If the tanker was setup correctly in the mission then the comms menu should show the tanker. If it isn't showing up and it is a practice mission that ships with the Hornet (DCS) then there is an issue. Are you using simple comms or do you need to dial in the freq the tanker is on? This might be a factor as well. Food for thought and hope you get it worked out.

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Make sure you are using a tanker that the F-18 can refuel from.  I forget the exact names, but there is one that is boom only (no drogues) so the F-18 can't use it and therefore you can't call it up in the comms menu.  Another user ran into that issue recently.

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5 hours ago, rob10 said:

Make sure you are using a tanker that the F-18 can refuel from.  I forget the exact names, but there is one that is boom only (no drogues) so the F-18 can't use it and therefore you can't call it up in the comms menu.  Another user ran into that issue recently.

That's a good point. I hope ED will fix this. Boomer has a radio that should work anyways. He could say: "What are you doing here, Newbie? Get youself a Viper!" or something like that.

 

Edit: At least the F10 map should not be the only way to find out whether the tanker is boom only or basket. Ok, the briefing IRL and DCS tells you what kind of tankers there are but on MP servers it could help if the guy at the radio told you that he can or can't refuel your type of aircraft.


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Thanks guys - was definitely using the correct radio frequency for the tanker and also a tanker that has a drogue too!

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13 minutes ago, C3PO said:

Thanks guys - was definitely using the correct radio frequency for the tanker and also a tanker that has a drogue too!

have you solved the issue for yourself?

 

if not, here are the three(!) radio comm buttons I use for the Hornet.

 

"radio menu" in the commmunication section of controls (keybind maybe called "communication menu" or "comm menu", sorry mine is german)

 

"COMM Switch - COMM 1" in the throttle HOTAS section

 

"COMM Switch - COMM 2" in the throttle HOTAS section

 

the fist works with simple comms and with the tower for me when simple comms are disabled. that is where I use the other keys too.

 

(edit: MIDS A and MIDS B now have their own keybinding btw)


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Thank you will try this tonight - it’s bizarre how I cannot see the menus … i can see them on the ground / carrier but in the air on a particular MP server there was nothing.

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54 minutes ago, C3PO said:

Thank you will try this tonight - it’s bizarre how I cannot see the menus … i can see them on the ground / carrier but in the air on a particular MP server there was nothing.

That is exactly what I experienced before using those keys.

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I had this happen on Stix's excellent server in Syria ... yet I saw someone else refuelling so thought it must be something I am doing wrong....no not resolved it yet but am away from my machine and will try tonight.


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1 hour ago, C3PO said:

Thank you will try this tonight - it’s bizarre how I cannot see the menus … i can see them on the ground / carrier but in the air on a particular MP server there was nothing.

Hi.

To me this sounds like "easy coms " buttons issue... When on the ground, the "\" key is used for crew and /or tower comunications, if canopy is open, and can be used if easy coms are on. IF they are off, once canopy is closed or you are airborne, you need to use the "COMM1/COMM2" keybind /joystick buttons, and be in the correct freq in the selected radio... Looks like you are pressing the "comunications menu" (for easy coms mostly) in a non "easy coms" mission/server. Look for "COMM1 " and 2COMM2"  keybinds and bind them to your hotas or to an "easy-to-find" keypress and you should be done.

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Ah ... yes .....

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9 hours ago, Tom Kazansky said:

That's a good point. I hope ED will fix this. Boomer has a radio that should work anyways. He could say: "What are you doing here, Newbie? Get youself a Viper!" or something like that.

 

Edit: At least the F10 map should not be the only way to find out whether the tanker is boom only or basket. Ok, the briefing IRL and DCS tells you what kind of tankers there are but on MP servers it could help if the guy at the radio told you that he can or can't refuel your type of aircraft.

 

ED should fix what? It's pilot's problem if he doesn't know what kind of tankers he can use. Thats really minimal knowledge. You can check tanker type on F10, if planes are not visible you should at least be able to ID the tanker when flying behind it.

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1 hour ago, Foka said:

ED should fix what? It's pilot's problem if he doesn't know what kind of tankers he can use. Thats really minimal knowledge. You can check tanker type on F10, if planes are not visible you should at least be able to ID the tanker when flying behind it.

 

Not quite - even with the correct tanker I'm still not getting the menu / comms with the tanker. I think the issue is the key bindings maybe.

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1 hour ago, Foka said:

ED should fix what? It's pilot's problem if he doesn't know what kind of tankers he can use. Thats really minimal knowledge. You can check tanker type on F10, if planes are not visible you should at least be able to ID the tanker when flying behind it.

That's not my point. Which is: a real tanker would be contactable via radio and would respond no matter who contacts it. That should be implemented.

4 minutes ago, C3PO said:

 

Not quite - even with the correct tanker I'm still not getting the menu / comms with the tanker. I think the issue is the key bindings maybe.

Correct.

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A real tanker also could change speed and altitude, could fly towards plane with low fuel etc. It's a game, it always will be limited.

And regarding C3PO's problem it's definitly PEBCAK - bindings or something similar. It works for rest of us.

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BREAKTHROUGH: Got the Comms 1 keybind sorted and successfully communicated with the tanker back and forth for refuelling! Unsuccessfully refuelled, but that’s another matter 😂. Thanks everyone for all your help! 

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