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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:55

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This simple add-on provides the British Army Bowman Radio System for use with British Armed Forces units and vehicles. Using the ACRE system, API and code base this addon can be dropped into any mod folder deemed appropriate. Fully compatible with ACRE of course! ACRE is required.

GENERAL FEATURES
* Three Man Pack ACRE Radios and Three Portable ACRE Radios all with fully functioning GUI
UK/PRC-343 Personal Role Radio (v1.4)
UK/PRC-CLR 2W Commanders Lightweight Radio (Harris 7800S-TR)
UK/PRC-354 5W VHF portable radio
UK/PRC-325 15W HF man pack radio (Harris 5800H-MP - similar to PRC117f)
UK/PRC-355 5W man pack radio
UK/PRC-356 16W man pack radio

* One Airborne ACRE Radio
UK/ARC-341 10W VHF airborne radio for air-ground communication (40W amplification)

* BAF, UKF and VCB Vehicles now contain rack mounts and already included radios!
UK/VRC-357 (UK/PRC-355/356 Vehicle Mounts)
UK/VRC-358 (UK/PRC-356 Vehicle Rack (20W))
UK/VRC-359 (UK/PRC-356 Vehicle Rack (50W))
RT/1744 (UK/ARC-341 Airborne Radio (40W) in the Merlin/Chinook/Wildcat /Harrier)

* Dynamic lighting effects on dialog including
Dialog is darker when experiencing low light levels
Dialog includes NVG effect to maintain immersion
Back-lit LED display to enable in low-light environments

* Fully functioning Bowman GUI
Select from 10 preset channels
Select 10 different ComSec keys to secure comms
Select power range
View GPS information
View Time information
Adjustable volume
Turn radio on or off
Easter Eggs!

* Increased/realistic pack capacities/weights for man pack radios

KNOWN ISSUES
* UI is only working correctly with 16:9 aspect ratio, 16:10 is slightly off, 4:3 and 5:4 suffer from vertical offset - working on fixing this
* Dynamic lighting isn't always quite correct level of lighting
* Man pack and radio models not included yet

CREDITS
All CREDIT to Nou, Jaynus and the rest of the ACRE team for an awesome mod. The code is covered by the IDI/ACRE copyright and EULA.
Thanks to Red, Friznit, Gunny, OREX and VCB for testing/technical advice

REQUIREMENTS
* CBA - Community Base Addons (not included)
. http://dev-heaven.net/wiki/cca
* JayArmA2Lib (Included with ACRE)
. http://dev-heaven.ne...ayarma2lib/wiki
* ACRE v1.4
. http://forums.bistud...read.php?133891
* NOTE this does NOT replace or affect any current ACRE radios

INSTALLATION
* Unzip folder into your root Arma 2 folder
* Files are installed into @Bowman folder
* TUP.bikey provided for MP server play

DOCUMENTATION
* Can be found here

BETA FEEDBACK
* Please post any issues to this thread.
* You should note that the radios often require line of sight so please don't post if you are having radio transmission/reception issues etc. Check the documentation for expected ranges (and note these are maximums in best possible conditions with the highest power settings, correct frequencies and line of sight)

DOWNLOAD
* You can download Bowman Radio System v0.1 Beta here

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Edited by Tupolov, 01 January 2013 - 11:49.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:57

Oh man, this is going to be friggen awesome! Going to look forward to this for sure. :D
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:58

These look fantastic as always.

Edited by Hazey, 14 December 2012 - 02:13.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 14:54

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 15:13

Nicely done :)

Question: Is the latest version of ACRE required, or can an older version be used? At the moment 16AA are using a build behind the latest version!
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 15:56

Me gusta... nice feature list you got there...

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 16:04

Wouah, it looks really good!

Does it work with ace (shouldn't be a problem)?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 16:24

Works fine with ACE and should be compatible with previous versions of ACRE.


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 17:10

Thanks for the answer Tupolov.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 00:04

Updated - now included the portable UK/PRC-354 radio to the pack.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 22:51

:eek: perfect! anxiously awaiting this add-on, here this note in Spanish
http://www.armacaa.c...php?f=72&t=3123

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:37

Added two new radios!

UK/PRC-325 - Long range HF radio (aka PRC117f - adjusted for BAF use, increased pack capacity, slightly lower weight)
UK/ARC-341 - An airborne VHF radio for air-ground comms, accessed using the RT1477 interface - included on BAF/VCB/UKF aircraft

Updated the first post...

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 18:05

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Added the new PRC 343 v1.4 as UK/PRC-343, range is up to 1km.

Added the new British Commanders Lightweight Radio (based on the Harris 7800S TR) as the UK/PRC-CLR. This "compliments" the very unpopular 354, it's lighter, smaller, although range is only around 2km.

Added a new ACRE BAF crate too.

Field testing continues, hoping to release before Xmas.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 13:13

Itching to see this finished, looking fantastic so far.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 14:26

This could be directly included in ACRE...
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 00:21

This could be directly included in ACRE...


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 16:06

Can I break the goose neck and smash the KDU?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:48

Hows the mod coming along?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:59

All good.

At the moment we're in testing phase to ensure the range of the radios is accurate.

For those of you interested, here's the basic documentation - https://docs.google....50kgLGb1EM/edit

All the code is written, so just need to complete testing and then i'll release it.


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:49

Awesome, don't suppose you'd be interested in doing some clansman radio sets at a later date for those of us into the older kit?
Nicely written instruction manual :)
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