DCS RAF662 Channel Skies!

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DCS RAF662 Channel Skies!

Postby RAF_DaddyO » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:11 pm

S! All,

Its up and running, RAF662 Channel Skies on our DCS server. For this map you'll need The Channel Map (down loadable terrain).

Now... here's the good stuff.

- You can fly from any of the Allied or Axis airfields with all the WWII AC slots open to you.
- Both sides have rolling, load balanced CAP aircraft 8 to a side, in overlapping zones, so don't be surprised if you see dogfights over the channel, or an occasional interdiction flight from the other side.
- Both sides have vector Flak at key spots on the map - the flak is terrifying and pretty accurate so watch out!!
- There are 4 objectives per side you can choose with the F10 menu, and objective completion score will also be kept.
- There's also some cool 'easter-eggs' I planted around :-) he he, like bonus explosions, and other doo-dads, so keep your head on a swivel.
- As normal, our RAF662 DDO scoring system is in effect and will be logged to our webpages here.

Briefing Follows....
RAF662 Channel Skies

Stand off across the Straights of Dover. Complete missions against the other side to complete objectives, or supress enemy CAP or Recce flights.
Missions can be listed by using the F10-Other menu, missions will be highlighted on the map after selection with F10.

Beware! Airfields on both sides are heavily defended. Flak will be strong and scary! Beware also the ports on both sides as well, at this stage in the war all ports are well defended by flak.
Random Recce flights on both sides are common, and likely to be triggered by completion of objectives in order to access damage.
Both sides contain load-balanced AI CAP flights, minimum 8 per side. These flights automatically patrol specified zones.

Map runs from 10AM UK time, and will reset every 5 hrs.

Live scoring and stats exist and are published on www.RAF662.org live! Use -? in chat for list of scoring and comms system commands.


Axis Briefing:
Radio Freqs - Channel 2 is turned to your home airfield freq for vectors and tower instructions. Channel 3 is turned to Dunkirk-Mardyck freq, (38.6), for emergencies. Dunkirk-Mardyck can provide for vector and emergency landings.

Operations:
- Fighter sweep over England - surpress enemy air opposition or attack enemy airfields.
- Destroy British Chain Home Station (Dover)
Note: destroy the flat white control center buildings, the towers are fairly impervious.
- Destroy trains at Folkestone
Note: destroy the engines and as many cars as possible
- Attack British airfield Manston
Note: bomb hangars, buildings and destroy grounded AC and vehicles.
- Destroy Spitfire Factory at Sevenoaks
Note: destroy the factory w/ large stacks attached, or the large one with spits parked outside.

Allies Briefing:
Radio Freqs - Channel A is turned to your home airfield freq for vectors and tower instructions. Channel B is turned to Manston freq, (118.25), for emergencies. Manston can provide for vector and emergency landings.

Operations:
- Fighter sweep over France - surpress enemy air opposition or attack enemy airfields.
- Destroy V1 Sites near Guines
Note: destroy the v1 launcher rails
- Destroy Troop Concentration near Gravelines
Note: get the engines and as many train cars, trucks and troops as possible
- B17 Escort Bomb Sub Pens at Le Treport
Note: help the bombers destroy the sub-pens (white roofs in harbor) or bomb them yourself and get home.
- Destroy Amiens Trains
Note: destroy the engines and as many cars as possible, watch for the Abbeville-boys!


Visit www.RAF662.org for stats and information.
(Powered by scripts: MIST, FLAK (Stonehouse of RAAF No457 vSQD), MOOSE, CHANNELSKIES (RAF_Raven and RAF_DaddyO))

RECON pictures follow:
Axis Objectives
spitfactory.png
chainhome.png
manston.png
folkestonetrains.png

Allied Objectives
amienstrains.png
subpens.png
Troops.png
V1.png
STEAK!
moo.png

Be advised, its a little more resource-heavy than the Normandy map, so you might have to nudge your settings down a smidge (eg. Terrain Textures lowered helps). Also, on first load be patient, it might have to generate new shader caches locally on first load - but just stick with it.
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Re: DCS RAF662 Channel Skies!

Postby RAF_DaddyO » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:35 pm

S!
Several updates to the mission, its running great, and very pretty!

- I've randomized the flak - each flak zone will produce 1-5 flak guns with skills randomized between low, med, high. Woe unto you if you get the 5-gun, high skill zone. You better take evasive action or you're gonna get hit!

- I've randomized two zones per side, one is passive/defensive and one is active/offensive. So.. that makes 4 possible daily combinations on each days map.
- both sides are on the offensive, both are on the defensive, or one or the other, etc.
- theres a new f10 menu option so you can request intel report on this. It gives you a clever report with a little information about how the war is going that day! ;-). eg. if you're flying axis and the Jerrys are on the offensive that day, you better clear your six even if you're in the landing pattern. There just might be an airfield snooper lying in wait for you even over friendly ground!

- I've added one more mission per side, there's 5 total: allied flight bridge bombing mission with AI helpers, and axis flight convoy attach with AI helpers

S! enjoy
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Re: DCS RAF662 Channel Skies!

Postby RAF_DaddyO » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:35 pm

S!
Several updates to the mission, its running great, and very pretty!

- I've randomized the flak - each flak zone will produce 1-5 flak guns with skills randomized between low, med, high. Woe unto you if you get the 5-gun, high skill zone. You better take evasive action or you're gonna get hit!

- I've randomized two CAP zones per side, one is passive/defensive and one is active/offensive. We could do more even. It makes a pretty cool ebb and flow of battle each day reset.
So.. that makes 4 possible daily combinations on each days map.
- both sides are on the offensive, both are on the defensive, or one or the other offensive, etc.
- there's a new f10 menu option so you can request an intel report on this. It gives you a clever report with a little information about how the war is going that day! ;-). eg. If you're flying allied and the Jerrys are on the offensive that day, and allies are defensive, you better clear your six even if you're in the landing pattern. There just might be an airfield snooper lying in wait for you even over friendly ground! The CAP zones move, so the offensive zones send more enemy AC over your home territory per square mile. ;-).

- I've added one more mission per side, there's 5 total: allied flight bridge bombing mission with AI helpers, and axis flight convoy attach with AI helpers

- And I've actually fixed a couple bugs inside the moose and flak scripts I found ;-). Which generate errors to log, and cause flak to cease to work - we wouldn't want that ;-).

S! enjoy
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Re: DCS RAF662 Channel Skies!

Postby RAF_DaddyO » Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:12 am

S! All,

Here's the latest - I thank Pilot Shutter for this information.!

Channel skies is now patched into Daily live Weather Updates from local Airfield METAR information! The mission calls a REST API for Airfield Lydd (EGMD) on Dungeness, failing that for London. We use the www.checkwx.com REST API feed to return live local weather conditions. The conditions are returned similar to a METAR string and properties like below - then these are edited into the game's weather section to set the simulation similar to local conditions! Many thanks to Shutter for the idea, and to Havoc-company for the call editing scripts (dcs_weather from havoc-company.com). http://www.havoc-company.com/dcs/files/dcs_weather.7z

METAR feed data:
{
"results": 1,
"data": [
{
"wind": {
"degrees": 30,
"speed_kts": 17,
"speed_mph": 20,
"speed_mps": 9,
"speed_kph": 31
},
"temperature": {
"celsius": 3,
"fahrenheit": 37
},
"dewpoint": {
"celsius": 3,
"fahrenheit": 37
},
"humidity": {
"percent": 100
},
"barometer": {
"hg": 29.59,
"hpa": 1002,
"kpa": 100.19,
"mb": 1001.92
},
"visibility": {
"miles": "Greater than 6",
"miles_float": 6.21,
"meters": "10,000+",
"meters_float": 9999
},
"ceiling": {
"code": "OVC",
"text": "Overcast",
"feet": 900,
"meters": 274,
"base_feet_agl": 900,
"base_meters_agl": 274
},
"elevation": {
"feet": 13,
"meters": 4
},
"location": {
"coordinates": [
0.939167,
50.9561
],
"type": "Point"
},
"icao": "EGMD",
"station": {
"name": "Lydd Airport"
},
"raw_text": "EGMD 070120Z AUTO 03017KT 9999 -RA OVC009/// 03/03 Q1002",
"observed": "2021-02-07T01:20:00.000Z",
"windchill": {
"celsius": -3,
"fahrenheit": 27
},
"flight_category": "IFR",
"clouds": [
{
"code": "OVC",
"text": "Overcast",
"feet": 900,
"meters": 274,
"base_feet_agl": 900,
"base_meters_agl": 274
}
],
"conditions": [
{
"prefix": "-",
"code": "RA",
"text": "Light Rain"
}
]
}
]
}
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