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Javelin's TS3 Setup guide

TeamSpeak3 (TS3)

TS3 is a very robust, secure and user configurable platform. You can be a simple or very complex user. However, to be comfortable at any level you have to understand some basic principles and definitions of TS3 and communications. We will start at the beginning.

Think of this as a RADIO you use in-game. You can use and program your radio to transmit to a single player or channel, groups of players or channels, or a combination of channels and players. You have a MIC and Speakers or Headset with both. A transmit button on a controller (HOTAS, PAD...etc.) or keyboard key. You can have several buttons or keys that will transmit on different "frequencies" without having to move to a different channel.

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Getting Started ⋅ Connecting to the Server ⋅ TS3 Client Basic Setup ⋅ Definitions ⋅ Advanced Communications ⋅ Whisper List

Getting Started

Connecting to the Server

You can go at this two ways. The most efficient way is to manage your bookmarks. This sets you up in the future to connect with one click and you'll automatically drop into your favorite channel.

  1. Start the TeamSpeak Client
  2. Select the Bookmarks tab on the top menu bar (Connections Bookmarks Self  Permissions Tools Settings Help) a drop down menu will appear.
  3. Select Add Bookmark then you will fill in the following fields.
  4. Label: Javelin JTFC
  5. Address: 23.251.78.8:9987
    • FYI defining the address - The IP: 23.251.78.8 and the Port: 9987 - Sometimes you don't need to add the Port# - Also not that the Port separator is the ":" and if you remove the port address you need to take the ":" as well.
  6. Nickname: YOUR call sign (Use the sig you have on the forums, RSI and use with the team)
  7. Server Password: Currently not used for the Default server channel.
  8. Select Apply and then select Ok 
  9. Select the Bookmarks tab again on the top menu bar and a drop-down menu will appear.
  10. Select your Javelin JTFC bookmark and the client will do the rest. You should now be logged into the server.

(PRO TIP: Right click your buddies and add to your friends list! This is a MUST DO)

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TS3 Client Basic Setup

>>>It is STRONGLY recommended that you follow this base setup to prevent the most common problems<<<

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fig #1 Options Window selected from the main menu "Settings" pulldown.

1. From the main TS3 window toolbar

• select: SETTINGS to pull down.

• Select: OPTIONS (FOR MAC USE THE "PREFERENCES" UNDER TEAMSPEAK 3)

• Your OPTIONS window should now be open.

2. Under OPTIONS (Left-hand column) select SECURITY

• Under configure Security (Right-hand column) place a CHECKMARK (√) in the box next to "Save channel passwords" or in addition to added security use the “Use a master password” √ box. This will remember unique passwords but require the input of a master PW for each move to a locked channel. (It's up to you)

• Hit APPLY

3. Under OPTIONS (Left-hand column) select PLAYBACK

• Under Profile Details (Right-hand column) ensure the correct playback device is selected in the second pull down "Playback Device" (USB Headset , Audiophile Mk5...whatever your headset is named.... )

• TEST - Hit "Play Test Sound" > you get a sound you are good to go. (If NO SOUND check the selection on the pull-down "Playback Device").

• Hit APPLY

4. Under OPTIONS (Left-hand column) select CAPTURE

•Under Profile Details (Right-hand column) ensure the correct capture device is selected in the second pull down "Capture Device" (Should be the same name as your headset named in PLAYBACK)

• TEST - Hit "Begin Test" > Say; "Test 1 2 3 Test" > Your sound capture device is now set.

• Hit APPLY

5.Under OPTIONS (Left-hand column) select WHISPER

•Under Configure Whispering (Right-hand column) select the first radio button "Use individual settings, else allow". (This will be the ONLY radio button selected on this list)

•DO NOT SELECT THE NEXT FOUR RADIO BUTTONS!!!!! If one or more are selected you need to de-select them. When you use a whisper command if you have them selected you will be KICKED OUT OF FULL SCREEN.

• Hit APPLY

6.Under OPTIONS (Left-hand column) select NOTIFICATIONS

•Under Configure the Notifications (Right-hand column) "Sound Pack:" use the pull down to select "Sounds deactivated" (Unless you are an Admin Staff member that wants to stay on top of activity on the server)

• Hit APPLY
OPTIONAL: OPTIONS (Left-hand column) PLAYBACK look at the bottom of the window for the “options” √ boxes. This is personal preference and helps avoid stepping on someone, however, I find it distracting when playing.

7. Mic KEY-UP sound (When you key-up) On/OFF

• Options -> Playback - Look on the right column under the "Play Test Sound" button.

• Uncheck "Own client plays mic clicks" to turn off

8. Mic KEY-UP sound (When others key-up) On/OFF

• Options -> Playback - Look on the right column under the "Play Test Sound" button.

• Un-check "Other client plays mic clicks" to turn off

CLOSE THE OPTIONS WINDOW

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Definitions:

Let's make sure we are speaking the same language moving forward.

  • Station a radio (communication) station is one or more transmitters or receivers or a combination of transmitters and receivers, including the accessory equipment, necessary at one location (YOUR SHIP) for carrying on radio communications.
  • Transmit (Tx) to broadcast or send out (a radio or television signal) using your microphone.
  • Receive (Rx) to take in and convert (radio signals, for example) into an audio. What you hear from your speakers. 
  • Transceiver (XCVR) A transmitter and receiver housed together in a single unit and having some circuits in common, often for portable or mobile use. In this case your primary channel. 
  • Channel(s) a band of frequencies used in radio transmission, especially as used by a particular station.
  • Tactical Channel (TAC) Think of it as just a list for mission specific assignments predetermined by command or during mission planning. In this case used for Whisper Lists. Comprising of specific player slots (Ref fig2 below) and channels or a mixture of both to facilitate mission organization and communications.
  • Primary Chan Is the channel you are physically on in the TeamSpeak3 (TS3) server. When you physically move to another channel that becomes your Primary Chan.
  • COM# Is a "radio" frequency you want to Tx on. It can be a Primary Chan or an assigned Whisper List. 
  • COM 1 Default; transmits on your Primary Chan with the button you NORMALLY use to "push-to-talk".
  • COM 2 GUARD TX to ALL channels in your squadron, group and or Mission channel tree. This is a "Whisper to Channel" in the "Whisper List" that we will go over in a moment. It is called guard because everybody is supposed to listen/guard the frequency just in case someone has a problem like a MAYDAY!
  • COM 3 WINGMAN (optional TX assignment) Tx to a specific pilot(s) you are attached to (Your Wingman) in a formation and during combat maneuvering. (With limited stick assignments or available open keys this is not a "must" have)
  • Hotkeys A keyboard shortcut that is a finite set of one or more keys that invoke a software or operating system operation when triggered by the user. They can be programmed in TS3 to do a variety of functions from Transmitting on a single or multiple channels to changing volume or channels.
  • Whisper Lists Allows you to Tx to a defined recipients list of player(s), channel(s) and or server(s) and or a mix of the three. So you can Tx to Tactical (TAC) Chan 1 and to the individual player(s) on the list. Very easy Drag and Drop from a list of channels and players into the wanted button assignment.
  • Alternate Channels (AltChn) Using Whisper Lists you can set up as many AltChn as you want. Configured to Tx when an assigned hotkey is activated.
  • Flight (when discussing a grouped set of ships) designates a tactical sub-unit of a squadron consisting of two or three elements, with each element consisting of two or three aircraft. The flight operates under the command of a designated flight leader.

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Advanced Communications: COM 1, 2, 3 and beyond!

By using this system your team will DRASTICALLY reduce the "walk over" and confusion during combat. Requires only two key assignments more than what you have now. With this setup, a group or squadron commander can divide all assets between TAC channels as needed. The commander will be heard by all allowing C&C to provide Group Control Intercept (GCI) or Joint Task Force mission organization. A pilot will be able to Tx to wingmen or squadron without overlapping other squadrons transmissions and if needed Tx to all group channels for 6 calls, MAYDAY calls or passing critical intelligence.

This is all drag and drop from the list of players in the TS3 address book. VERY EASY 2-5 min from start to finish when you learn where everything is.

EXAMPLE Mission: A Reconnaissance mission code named "Barndoor" has six ships that will be looking for a shorter route to enemy space. The Command ship is a Carrack with a Combat Escort Flight of four Sabers in two Elements. Running out front is the scout ship a Herald with an EWAR/AW loadout.

The formation: consists of the Carrack centered, trailing left is the Escort Flight Leader RED 1 and wingman RED 2, trailing right is Element Leader GOLD 1 and wingman GOLD 2. Capped with the Herald out front keeping just in sensor range of the Carrack.

The Set Up: The Operations Admins have opened a Primary and Subchannels on the TS3 server specifically for the Barndoor mission. So three (3) server channels total for this mission.

Barndoor Main TAC 1

Subchannels

  • Combat Escort TAC 2
  • Scout Recon TAC 3

During planning the Mission commander established who would be filling each pilot slot and TAC Channels. This way when the crews show up to the ready room they have the assignments and can quickly set up the COM 2 and COM 3 Whisper Lists by dragging players and channels into the lists. (1-4 min from start to finish if you already have pre-assigned COM keys)

TAC 1 C&C on Barndoor (Primary Chn)

TAC 2 Combat Escort with RED 1-2 and GOLD 1-2 (Primary Chn)

TAC 3 Scout ship Herald (Primary Chn)

TAC 4 RED Flight (Whisper List of named players)

TAC 5 GOLD Flight (Whisper List of named players)

TAC 6 GUARD (Whisper List of named players and Primary Chan) 

Each Pilot has keys/buttons mapped out on their controllers and the keyboards for COM 1, COM 2 and COM 3. Let's look at RED Flight, specifically RED 1. In ( ) you will see the keys he uses for each channel. They are programmed into his HOTAS so he can talk on any of the three COM's at will.

  • COM 1 (NUM /) = TAC 2 (as a Primary Chan everyone on it will hear, in this case, the other three SABERS)
  • COM 2 (NUM *) = TAC 6 GUARD - Whisper List programmed with Barndoor Main (TAC 1), Combat Escort (TAC 2) and Scout Recon (TAC 3). Anyone "on" these three Primary Chan will hear the transmission.
  • COM 3 (NUM -) = Wingman - whisper List with his wingman only

With this layout, RED 1 (The SABER Flight commander) can speak to all four (4) fighters when he Tx on COM 1. If he needs to tell every pilot on the mission something he would Tx on COM 2 GUARD.

(PRO TIP: Once programmed never change your COM 2 & 3 Tx button/Key layout - All you have to do is drag and drop to add or remove players and channels from the Whisper List the button/Key is assigned to)

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So let's make a Whisper List!

GO TO: Tools > Whisper List = Whisper list window is now open.

WINDOW DESCRIPTION:

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fig3 Whisper List window open from main menu "Tools" pulldown select, Whisper List.

1. It has three columns left to right.

a. Far left "Whisper List"; three buttons at bottom

i. New - create a new "whisper to" channel
ii. Remove - deletes a highlighted selection
iii. Rename - renames a highlighted selection

b. Center "Whisper List Details"; Three selections at the top for assignments and target then a column below.

i. Hotkey - What is programmed to push and whisper to this selection
ii. Reply Hotkey - (DISREGARD NOT NEEDED)
iii. Whisper to:- select what type of target category you are whispering to.
iv. The column is the location you will DRAG pilot(s) or the channel(s) to the list.

c. Far Right Target selection with 3 pull-downs and list column.

i. Top Pull down default is "View All"
1. View All
2. Contacts
3. Clients
4. Channels
ii. Contacts - YOUR list of friends. If you don't have friends saved you won't have a list.
iii. Server Channels - All the channels and subchannels on the server.

2. Drag the two vertical columns so you can see everything (especially the far right column)

3. Let's make a GUARD channel. DECIDE WHAT BUTTON YOU WANT TO USE!

a. Hit "New"

b. Enter your chosen button to the "Hotkey assignment"

i. You may have to select what "profile" to use.
ii. If you only have one profile then move on.
iii. If you have several game profiles then select the appropriate profile.
iv. MAKE SURE you select "Clients & Channels" from the "Whisper To:" pull down.
v. Rename the channel to GUARD by highlighting the new channel (it will be named after the Hotkey you used) in the "Whisper Lists" column and selecting "Rename" at the bottom.

c. Now select from the far right "Target List"

i. Go to the server channel pull down (bottom selection) and hit the triangle to expand.
ii. Expand the "Channels" list.
iii. widen the column by dragging the left bar.
iv. scroll down to your Group/Squadron parent channels.
v. Drag the channels you want to the center column.
Repeat iv and v till ALL your group/Squadron channels are in the center column.

4. To make a WINGMAN channel follow the directions for GUARD. Just as simple and with a few minor differences.

a. Rename channel to WINGMAN
b. Instead of selecting "channels" use "Clients"
c. Hit "Apply"

5. For ANY Whisper Channel, you set up. To test, key up with the appropriate Hotkey. You will see RED lights (on the main TS3 window) to the right of each channel or pilot you have in THAT whisper channel list.

6. To modify a list;

a. Tools > Whisper List > Highlight the list to be modified = Center column will have the current list.
b. Mouse over and "right click" the channel or pilot to be modified and "Remove"
c. From the appropriate list on the far right (Clients or Channels) drag the updated selection to the middle column.
d. Hit "Apply" and then test.

(PRO TIP: When transmitting on guard say clearly: “CALL-SIGN” ON GUARD! Then your brief message ended with OVER! (GunHog ON GUARD! Request evac at….. OVER!) This lets EVERYONE on the selected channels know who you are, what you need and that they can now reply or resume normal channel transmissions.)

TIPS  and TRICKS

  1. You can right click on a player and select add as friend. This enables you to add them to whisper lists even when they are not online.

2. You can right click on a player and individually adjust the volume for them--so for those LOUD TALKERS you can dial them down to a humanly acceptable level, and for those quiet guys who seem to whisper "Dobs break right" and you not sure if you heard anything or not, you can boost them!

3. You can also set up TS to auto-log in-- Under bookmark>manage bookmarks select the bookmark you want to edit. On the bottom left is a checkbox that says connect on startup. Check it. You can also set the default channel to go in with a channel password. This will help get you in the air faster:)

Getting Started ⋅ Connecting to the Server ⋅ TS3 Client Basic Setup ⋅ Definitions ⋅ Advanced Communications ⋅ Whisper List


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