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Safety Recommendations

Before using the equipment, read all the instructions contained in the manual and with
special care those relative to safety.

Lue käyttöohjeet ja erityisesti turvallisuuteen liittyvat ohjeet ennen laitteen käyttöä.

Alvorens over te gaan tot het gebruik van het apparaat lees met aandacht al de instructies
van het handboek en let vooral op die die de veiligheid betreffen.

Alvorens het apparaat in gebruik te nemen lees alle instructies van het handboek en vooral
de voorschriften betreffende de veiligheid.

Avant toute utilisation de l’appareil, lire toutes les indications contenues dans le Manuel et
avec une attention particulière celles relatives à la sécurité.

Läs alla instruktioner i denna manual innan ni använder apparaten och då särskilt
noggrannt de anvisningar som gäller säkerheten.

Læs alle de vejledninger, der er indeholdt i manualen med særlig opmærksomhed på de


vejledninger, der vedrører sikkerheden, før apparatet tages i brug.

Vor Gebrauch des Geräts alle in dieser Bedienungsanleitung enthaltenen Anweisungen


und Vorschriften lesen. Den Sicherheitsbestimmungen ist dabei besondere
Aufmerksamkeit zu widmen.

Πριν χρησιµοποιήσετε τη συσκευή διαβάστε όλες τις οδηγίες που περιέχονται στο
εγχειρίδιο και δώστε ιδιαίτερη προσοχή στης οδηγίες ασφαλείας.

Prima di utilizzare l’apparecchiatura leggere tutte le indicazioni contenute nel manuale e


con particolare attenzione quelle relative alla sicurezza.

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Antes de utilizar el equipo leer todas las instrucciones contenidas en el manual, poniendo
particular atención a las de seguridad.

Antes de utilizar o aparelho, leia todas as instruções que constam no manual e com muita
atenção as instruções relativas à segurança.

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GPL LICENSE

The VRC (VoIP Remote Control) product uses the Linphone software version 3.5.0.
The Linphone is released by the Open Source community under the terms of GPL license (Gnu General Public
License) and its source code is downloadable.

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Contents
1 GENERAL________________________________________________________________ 1
1.1 Handbook Organization ............................................................................................................ 1
1.2 OTE-VRC system overview ...................................................................................................... 2
2. INSTALLATION AND START-UP _____________________________________________ 5
2.1 PC requirements ....................................................................................................................... 5
2.2 Preliminary operations for the first installation .......................................................................... 6
2.2.1 Create an user account ..................................................................................................... 6
2.2.2 Network configuration ....................................................................................................... 6
2.2.3 Disable Updates ................................................................................................................ 8
2.3 VRC Software Installation and Upgrade ................................................................................... 8
2.4 Touchscreen calibration .......................................................................................................... 10
3. USER INTERFACE________________________________________________________ 11
3.1 Start and main operating window ........................................................................................... 11
3.2 VRC settings window .............................................................................................................. 18
3.2.1 General tab...................................................................................................................... 19
3.2.2 Radios tab ....................................................................................................................... 19
3.2.3 VHF & UHF Frequencies tab .......................................................................................... 23
3.2.4 Audio & Accessories tab ................................................................................................. 24
ANNEX A. AUDIO ACCESSORIES __________________________________________ 1
A.1 Headset with PTT (P/N HPI-1675/01) ........................................................................................... 1
A.2 Totem iAD (P/N HPI-1463/01) ..................................................................................................... 2

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List of Figures
Fig. 1-1 – VRC architecture ...........................................................................................................................3
Fig. 2-1 – User Accounts ...............................................................................................................................6
Fig. 2-2 – Network Connections ....................................................................................................................7
Fig. 2-3 – Editing Wired connection ...............................................................................................................7
Fig. 2-4 – Software & Updates ......................................................................................................................8
Fig. 2-5 – Appearance ...................................................................................................................................9
Fig. 2-6 – Touchscreen calibration ............................................................................................................. 10
Fig. 2-7 – Calibration values ....................................................................................................................... 10
Fig. 3-1 – VRC operating main window ...................................................................................................... 11
Fig. 3-2 – Information.................................................................................................................................. 13
Fig. 3-3 – Zero volume level advise ............................................................................................................ 13
Fig. 3-4 – PTT button OFF (not pushed) .................................................................................................... 14
Fig. 3-5 – PTT button ON (pushed) ............................................................................................................ 14
Fig. 3-6 – Not configured radio ................................................................................................................... 14
Fig. 3-7 – Radio frame ................................................................................................................................ 15
Fig. 3-8 – Not controllable radio ................................................................................................................. 16
Fig. 3-9 – Rx activity on the channel .......................................................................................................... 16
Fig. 3-10 – Rx activity on the channel with RX disabled ............................................................................ 17
Fig. 3-11 – Tx activity on the channel ......................................................................................................... 17
Fig. 3-12 – PTT busy .................................................................................................................................. 18
Fig. 3-13 – VRC settings window ............................................................................................................... 18
Fig. 3-14 – Tab Radios ............................................................................................................................... 19
Fig. 3-15 – Radio Enabled .......................................................................................................................... 20
Fig. 3-16 – Single Frequency setting .......................................................................................................... 21
Fig. 3-17 – Transmitter/Receiver Uri Sip .................................................................................................... 22
Fig. 3-18 – Main/Standb checkbox flagged ................................................................................................ 22
Fig. 3-19 – VHF & UHF Frequencies tab.................................................................................................... 23
Fig. 3-20 – Invalid frequency ...................................................................................................................... 24
Fig. 3-21 – Tab Audio & Accessories ......................................................................................................... 24
Fig. 3-22 – External PTT............................................................................................................................. 25
Fig. 3-23 – External PTT unplugged warning ............................................................................................. 26
Fig. A-1 – Headset assembly ........................................................................................................................1
Fig. A-2 – Integrated Audio Device (Totem) ..................................................................................................2
Fig. A-3 – Buttons and knobs ........................................................................................................................3
Fig. A-4 – Internal microphone, light and loudspeaker ..................................................................................4
Fig. A-5 – Sockets and connectors ................................................................................................................4
Fig. A-6 – iAD connections ............................................................................................................................5
Fig. A-7 – iAD accessories ............................................................................................................................6

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List of Tables
Table 2.1 – PC Requirements ....................................................................................................................... 5
Table 3.1 – Tool bar meanings.................................................................................................................... 12
Table 3.2 – Call & PTT priorities ................................................................................................................. 21
Table A.1 – Headset technical characteristics .............................................................................................. 2
Table A.2 – Legend of Fig. A-3 ..................................................................................................................... 3
Table A.3 – Legend of Fig. A-4 ..................................................................................................................... 4
Table A.4 – Legend of Fig. A-5 ..................................................................................................................... 5
Table A.5 –Audio accessories for iAD ........................................................................................................... 6

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Glossary
ACRONYM MEANING
AC Alternate Current
AF100/D Automatic Filter, 100/D series
BSS Best Signal Selection
COTS Commercial Off The Shelf
C/N Carrier to Noise
DC Direct Current
ETH Ethernet
EUROCAE EURopean Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment
E-VCS Emergency Voice Communication Switching
GUI Graphical User Interface
iAD integrated Audio Device (Totem)
HMI Human Machine Interface
HW Hardware
IF Interface
IP Internet Protocol
LAN Local Area Network
O&M Operation and Maintenance (also OeM)
ONM100 Open Network Management System, 100 series
OS Operating System
OTE DR100 Digital Receiver, OTE D100 series
OTE DT100 Digital Transmitter, OTE D100 series
OTE DTR100 Digital TRansceiver, OTE D100 series
P/N Part Number
PC Personal Computer
PTT Push To Talk
RF Radio Frequency
RSSI Received Signal Strength Indication
RX Receiving, or Receiver
SIP Session Initiation Protocol
SQL Squelch
SW Software
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TRX Transceiver (Transmitter and Receiver)
TX Transmission, or Transmitter
UHF Ultra High Frequency
URI Universal Resource Identifier
VHF Very High Frequency
VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol
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1 GENERAL
The VRC, VoIP Remote Controller, is a sw application that allows voice communications by means of IP
network.
The purpose of this guide is to provide information about the installation of the VRC, its start-up and
operating; in the annex of this guide the radio accessories are also described.

1.1 Handbook Organization

The Handbook is organized into the following sections:

Section 1 – General. This section introduces the VRC and the user guide itself, also providing a short
description of the OTE-VRC system.
Section 2 – Installation and Setting-up. This section gives information about the VRC sw installation
procedure and the related PC requirements. In addition, it gives procedures for the configuration of the IP
addresses and OS functionalities.
Section 3 – User Interfaces. This section describes the HMI.

In addition, the handbook includes following annex:

Annex A – It describes the audio accessories.

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1.2 OTE-VRC system overview

The VRC VoIP Remote Controller is a software application designed for the management of Ground-Air
ATC communications. It combines the advantages of a VoIP protocol (according to the EUROCAE
ED137B standard) with a powerful interface based on a touch screen color LCD display, to perform
operating commands towards OTE D100 radio series equipments.
The system uses VRC operating positions to offer maximum connection flexibility. It can be configured
according to customer needs in terms of the number of operating positions and connected radios.
VRC-based architectures are very scalable: the simplest, involving the connection of one VRC to one
OTE D100 radio, can easily be improved in remote control and radio equipment numbers without the
replacement or upgrade of hardware and software.
For this reason, the VRC can be used as:
• Remote Control Unit for emergency radio systems
• Remote Control Unit for main radio systems of small airports and Air Traffic Control centers

The VRC Remote Control panel is based on Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) hardware. It utilizes a
tablet computer with color touchscreen, equipped with audio accessories to allow the remote
management and operation of the radios.
An operator uses the panel PC via the company’s proprietary software application, permitting the
management of multiple OTE D100 series radios connected through the IP network.
The analogue audio interface can be managed by connecting a GAT100 radio gateway.
The VRC provides the following capabilities:
• Tx and Rx audio communications management
• Display of incoming audio communications
• Display of radio transmission (PTT response)
• Settings of main radio parameters (i.e. squelch and frequency value)
• High level of radio and IP connection status for each channel
• General volume control of connected ancillaries
• Radio architecture configuration (e.g.: IP addressing, radio channel type, frequency availability, etc...)

The VRC system architecture is designed according to the following requirements:


• Control of up to 4 radio channels, each one composed of OTE DTR100 transceiver or separated OTE
DT/DR100 transmitter/receiver in standalone or main/standby configuration
• Sharing of one radio channel by up to 4 VRCs.

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Fig. 1-1 – VRC architecture

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2. INSTALLATION AND START-UP

This section of the handbook includes all the necessary information for a correct sw installation of the
VRC onto a proper hardware platform, which must comply with specific requirements.
Also the IP addresses management and some OS settings are explained in this section.

2.1 PC requirements

The VRC sw application must be installed on a tablet PC with the features listed in Table 2.1.
Table 2.1 – PC Requirements

Item Feature
Operating system Linux UBUNTU 12.04 LTS or Linux UBUNTU 14.04 LTS

Monitor Touchscreen (resistive, type 5-Wire); 10.4” min. resolution 800x600 (350
2
cd/m )
Interfaces Input: microphone, PTT
Output: headphone
Internal loudspeaker Minimum frequency range: 200 ÷ 4000 Hz
Frequency response: [+1;-2] dB @ 1 kHz
Audio output ripple: ± 3 dB SPL
Distortion: ≤ 1%
Power RMS: 2 W minimum
Dimensions Height: from 3HE to 5 HE
Width: 42 TE maximum
Depth: 120 mm maximum
Rack arrangement The Tablet PC dimensions must be smaller than its own front panel to allow
arrangement in 19” standard chassis
Desk arrangement The Tablet PC for desktop application must be equipped with at least 25°
tilting system. Up to 60° tilting system is preferred
Ports IEEE802.3 10/100BaseT Ethernet ports for VoIP (speech, signals and
recording) and data connection with radio sub-system and ONM100
USB ports for connection with audio ancillaries and key containing software
upgrading. Audio ancillaries should be also connected by means of
Bluetooth wireless technology
DC power supply port for connection with an external AC/DC power supply or
for direct connection with DC source
Port for analog recording system
Mini-jack port for external loudspeaker
Analog recorder interface 2W interface
600 ohm impedance
Output AF level: -10 dBm without regulation (± 2 dB)
Power supply DC input: 24VDC nominal (-10%; +20%)
AC input: 110/230VAC nominal (-20%, +10%), 50/60Hz, by external AC/DC
power supply (preferred: 88VAC to 265VAC full range)

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2.2 Preliminary operations for the first installation

The preliminary operations required for the first VRC installation are gathered in this chapter.
Before installing VRC sw application, it is necessary to create a new user account, to configure
the network and to set the update options as described in the following.
• Connect a keyboard and a mouse to the USB ports of the target Panel PC.

2.2.1 Create an user account

• Click “gear” icon on the right top bar.


• Select “System Settings...” → “All Settings” → “User Accounts”; then click on the icon “Unlock” on the
top right (the Administrator password is required).
• Press the “+” button in order to add a new user account; select for “Account Type” Administrator,
“User” user and “Password” password1234 (for default).
• Select “Automatic Login” ON (see Fig. 2-1).
• Click “gear” icon on the right top bar and select “Log Out...” (the next login will be carried out by the
user account just created).

Fig. 2-1 – User Accounts

2.2.2 Network configuration

• Disable networking.
• Select “Wired connection 1” and press “Edit...” button (see Fig. 2-2).

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Fig. 2-2 – Network Connections

• The screen shown in Fig. 2-3 appears where an example is reported; in any case, it is important to
refer to the IP plan related to the specific installation.
In tab “IPV4 Settings”, after selecting “Manual”, in the “Method” drop down menu, press “Add” button
and insert the proper addresses (“Address”, “Netmask” and “Gateway”), then press “Save..” button to
return to the “Network Connections” screen; press the “Close” button in order to close it.
• Enable networking.

Fig. 2-3 – Editing Wired connection

• By means of the command ifconfig check that the net is correctly configured.
• Carry out a ping test with the connected radio equipment.

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2.2.3 Disable Updates

• On top bar click the icon related to “Software & Updates” (if the icon is not available use the “search”
tool).
• Choose the tab “Updates” and set as shown in Fig. 2-4.

Fig. 2-4 – Software & Updates

2.3 VRC Software Installation and Upgrade

This installation and upgrade procedure refers to the username “user” which is already
configured by default on the target Panel PC with Linux Ubuntu 12.04/14.04 LTS.

• First of all, check if the user with username “user” is already present on the target PC. The Target PC
has by default the following credentials: username = “user”. In case of the user is not already present,
create a new one as described in 2.2.1.
• Plug the USB pen drive, containing the VRC installation sw package, to the PC and copy the sw
package on the PC desktop.
• Unplug the USB pen drive from the PC USB port.

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• Connect a keyboard and a mouse to the USB ports of the target Panel PC.
• Open “Terminal” using the “search” tool; if it is hidden, proceed as following:
click “gear” icon on the right top bar;
select “System Settings...” → “All Settings” → “Appearance”;
choose the tab “Behavior” and select “Auto-hide the Launcher” ON (see Fig. 2-5).

Fig. 2-5 – Appearance

• Extract the archive:


user:~$ cd /home/user/Desktop
user:~$ tar xvf VRC_InstallationPackage_a_b_c_d.tar.gz (_a_b_c_d is the VRC sw release)
• Launch the installation script:
user:~$ cd VRC_InstallationPackage_a_b_c_d
user:~$ ./vrc_install.sh /home/user/Apps (refers to Baseline Release Notes for more details)
Note: to continue the activity, insert the user password every time it is required.
• Once the VRC sw package has been installed on the PC, the related icon on desktop is automatically
created.

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2.4 Touchscreen calibration

Once the VRC sw package has been installed on the PC, the touchscreen already calibrated.
If necessary, it is always possible to carry out a new touchscreen calibration by means of the
xinput_calibrator command. Once typed the command, the screen shown in Fig. 2-6 appears.

Fig. 2-6 – Touchscreen calibration

Once the calibration procedure is executed, the resultant values are shown on the screen (see
Fig. 2-7); copy the values in order to modify the configuration file.

Fig. 2-7 – Calibration values

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3. USER INTERFACE

In this section the VRC GUI is explained.

3.1 Start and main operating window

Once the Tablet PC is switched on, the VRC sw application auto runs and main operating
window appears as shown in Fig. 3-1.

Fig. 3-1 – VRC operating main window

Four radio frames, related to four different radio frequency channels, are available.

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On the right side of the screen a tool bar is available with the meanings reported in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1 – Tool bar meanings

EXIT button: exits the VRC sw application

INFORMATION button: shows the sw versions

VRC SETTINGS button: enters the VRC settings window

VOLUME regulation: regulates the audio volume level

PTT button: push it to talk (pushed status)

EXIT button
Exiting, the VRC sw application is stopped; it’s necessary double clicking on the icon in
order to restart the application.

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INFORMATION button
Pressing the button, the information related to the sw versions is reported; an example is shown
in Fig. 3-2.

Fig. 3-2 – Information

VRC SETTINGS button


Press this button to open the VRC settings window; the VRC settings window is detailed in
chapter 3.2.

VOLUME regulation
By means of the +/- buttons it is possible to regulate the audio volume level; the current level is
displayed on the proper sliding bar. If the volume level is set to zero, it is notified as shown in
Fig. 3-3.

Fig. 3-3 – Zero volume level advise

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PTT button
The PTT button doesn’t appear in case of external PTT is not configured. When the PTT is not
pressed, it is as shown in Fig. 3-4.

Fig. 3-4 – PTT button OFF (not pushed)

Once the PTT button is pressed, it becomes as shown in Fig. 3-5.

Fig. 3-5 – PTT button ON (pushed)

The radio frame depends on the VRC settings.


If the radio is not configured, the related radio frame is as shown in Fig. 3-6.

Fig. 3-6 – Not configured radio

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On each configured radio frame (see Fig. 3-7), on the top left of the screen, it is reported the
alias of the radio and below the radio frequency (UHF or VHF) is shown.
If other frequencies are set, a different channel frequency can be chosen on the proper field.

Fig. 3-7 – Radio frame

On the top right of the screen, a colored circle is shown with the following meanings for the radio
status:
• green: the radio is available
• orange: (off line) the radio is in maintenance status
• yellow: the radio is in not-critical faulty status (warning)
• red: the radio is not available or it is faulty (critical)
• grey: the radio is not configured

On the bottom side of the screen, three buttons are available:


• SQL ENABLED/DISABLE: squelch enable/disable button
• RX: rx activity button
• TX: tx activity button

SQL ENABLED/DISABLE
When the squelch is enabled (the noise is filtered) the related button is yellow colored; when the
squelch is disabled the button is blue colored.
The button is grey colored if the associated radio doesn’t allow its remote control; in this case
only VoIP application is available and the related radio frame is as shown in Fig. 3-8.

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Fig. 3-8 – Not controllable radio

RX
RX button is blue colored when the related radio is configured, but the rx activity is not enabled;
it becomes green colored once the rx activity is enabled.
The managements of the rx and tx activities are separate.
With RX enabled, when a rx activity is present on the channel, a loudspeaker symbol appears,
as shown in Fig. 3-9.

Fig. 3-9 – Rx activity on the channel

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With RX disabled, when an rx activity is present on the channel, a symbol appears, as shown in
Fig. 3-10, in order to alert the operator.

Fig. 3-10 – Rx activity on the channel with RX disabled

TX
TX button is blue colored when the related radio is configured, but the tx activity is not enabled
(monitoring only); it becomes green colored once the tx activity is enabled.
The managements of the rx and tx activities are separate.
With TX enabled, after pressing PTT, the tx activity on the channel is signaled by means of the
screen, as shown in Fig. 3-11.

Fig. 3-11 – Tx activity on the channel

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After pressing PTT, if the radio is already controlled by another VRC it is signaled by means of
the screen, as shown in Fig. 3-12.

Fig. 3-12 – PTT busy

3.2 VRC settings window

By pressing the dedicated button, located on the tool bar of the operating main window, the
VRC settings window appears as shown in Fig. 3-13.

Fig. 3-13 – VRC settings window

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By means of the VRC settings window, it is possible to carry out the VRC configuration.
The VRC settings window consists of four tabs:
• General
• Radios
• VHF & UHF Frequencies
• Audio & Accessories

After setting the parameters and saving the configuration (by SAVE button), it is necessary to
exit the sw application and to restart it in order to take effect of the setting up; by pressing
CANCEL button all the parameter changes are deleted.

3.2.1 General tab

On the tab General, the VRC address must be set in the proper “VRC Uri Sip” field; the VRC Uri
Sip format is: <name>@<IP address>, (see Fig. 3-13).
3.2.2 Radios tab

The tab Radios is displayed in Fig. 3-14.

Fig. 3-14 – Tab Radios

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By means of the “Radio Selection” field, it is possible to select the radio frame, among the
available ones, to be set; it is necessary to flag the “Radio Enabled” checkbox to enable all the
fields of the setting as shown in Fig. 3-15.

Fig. 3-15 – Radio Enabled

In the area “Radio Type” two radio buttons are available:


• Transceiver, to be chosen in case of transceiver radio type (i.e.DTR100)
• Transmitter/Receiver, to be chosen in case of transmitter or receiver radio type (i.e.DT100 or
DR100)

In the area “Frequency” two radio buttons are available:


• Single Frequency, to be chosen in case of mono frequency channel; in this case on the operating
main window it is possible no more to choose the radio channel frequency in the related radio frame,
as shown in Fig. 3-16
• Multi Frequency, to be chosen in case of multi frequency channel (the allowed frequencies list is
configured in the "VHF & UHF frequencies" tab)

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Fig. 3-16 – Single Frequency setting

In the “Call Settings” area the following items must be set:


• Transceiver Uri Sip is the field where to type the Uri Sip address of the transceiver; the Uri Sip
format is: <radio-name>@<IP address>. If in the “Radio Type” area “Transmitter/Receiver” radio
button is selected, two separate fields are present where to type the Uri Sip address related to the
Transmitter and another one related to the Receiver, as shown in Fig. 3-17
• Call type is the field where it is possible to choose the channel tx/rx use or only rx use (only
monitoring). In case of only monitoring use, in the operating main window, the TX button on the
related radio frame is disabled
• BSS is the field where it is possible to choose how to evaluate the rx signal quality; the two available
chooses are RSSI or C/N
• Codec is the field where it is possible to choose the codec (VoIP Standard EUROCAE ED137B-1)
between the PCMA, A-Law (used in Europe) and PCMU, µ-Law (used in USA and in Japan)
• Call Priority & PTT Priority are two fields where it is possible to choose the priorities (normal,
priority and emergency, according to ED137B-1) related to call and PTT; the priorities combinations
are summarized in Table 2.1

Table 3.2 – Call & PTT priorities

CALL PRIORITY PTT PRIORITY


Normal Normal
Normal Priority
Emergency Emergency

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Fig. 3-17 – Transmitter/Receiver Uri Sip

In the “O&M Parameters” area the “O & M” checkbox must be selected for the radio remote
controlling. If the radio doesn’t allow its remote control (i.e. legacy analogue radio connected
using a VoIP gateway (GAT100 equipment)), the “O & M” check box must not be selected and
in the operating main window, the SQL button on the related radio frame, is inhibit. In case of
mono-channel Main/Standby configuration, the “Main/Standb” checkbox can be flagged to allow
O & M activities on both the equipments related to the two IP addresses, as shown in Fig. 3-18.

Fig. 3-18 – Main/Standb checkbox flagged

Note that, if “Transmitter/Receiver” in “Radio Type” area is select and “Main/Standb” checkbox
is flagged, four ID addresses will be reported in the “O & M Parameters” area.

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3.2.3 VHF & UHF Frequencies tab

The tab VHF & UHF Frequencies is shown in Fig. 3-19.

Fig. 3-19 – VHF & UHF Frequencies tab

To add a frequency to the available Frequencies List VHF (MHz), type the frequency value (in
MHz) in the proper field and then press “Add” button. If an invalid frequency value is typed a
warning message appears, as shown in Fig. 3-20.

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Fig. 3-20 – Invalid frequency

To remove a VHF frequency from the available ones, select it from the list and then press the
“Remove Selected” button.
Until 50 frequency values can be set on the list; the set frequency values will be available on the
main operating window in the corresponding radio frame.
The same remarks are valid for UHF frequencies too.

3.2.4 Audio & Accessories tab

The tab Audio & Accessories is shown in Fig. 3-21.

Fig. 3-21 – Tab Audio & Accessories

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If “external PTT” checkbox is not flagged, the PTT button will be available on the tool bar of the
main operating window. If an audio accessory (connected to the VRC PC) is PTT supplied and
the “external PTT” checkbox is flagged, the PTT button will be not available on the tool bar and
the screen becomes as shown in Fig. 3-22.

Fig. 3-22 – External PTT

In “PTT Device” field it is necessary to choose the audio accessory connected to the VRC PC
and in “Audio Device” field two choose are available: “Automatic” (the sw application
automatically load the audio device settings) or “OS Default” (the sw application load the audio
settings of the Operating System).
If the “external PTT” checkbox is flagged, but no one audio accessory, PTT supplied, is
connected to the VRC PC, a warning will appear in the tool bar, as shown in Fig. 3-23.

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Fig. 3-23 – External PTT unplugged warning

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ANNEX A. AUDIO ACCESSORIES


The information of audio accessories fit for VRC use is here gathered.
The audio accessories, which can be used, are:
• Headset with PTT (see chapter A.1)
• Totem (see chapter A.2)

A.1 Headset with PTT (P/N HPI-1675/01)

The Headset assembly (see Fig. A-1), a VRC audio accessory, consists of earphone, microphone and
PTT; its technical characteristics are gathered in Table A.1.

Fig. A-1 – Headset assembly

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Table A.1 – Headset technical characteristics

Item Feature
Weight 72 g
Temperature range -20°C ÷ +70°C
HEARPHONE
Impedance 600 Ohm (@ 1 mW/1 kHz)
Sound pressure level 91 dB (@ 1 mW/1 kHz)
Frequency range 200 Hz ÷ 10 kHz
MICROPHONE
Impedance 2200 Ohm
Sensitivity -47 dB V/Pa; 1 kHz
Frequency range 60 Hz ÷ 12 kHz
PTT
Protection class IP43
Dimensions (LxWxH) 108 x 40 x 20 mm
Switching performance 0,71 W

A.2 Totem iAD (P/N HPI-1463/01)

The Integrated Audio Device (iAD) (see Fig. A-2) is the indoor VRC audio accessory that allows audio
calls management.

Fig. A-2 – Integrated Audio Device (Totem)

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The structure of iAD is robust and lightweight. The mechanical structure integrates one loudspeaker (3W),
microphone and 1W LED courtesy light that lighting the iAD down side without disturbing the user. The
base contains buttons and knobs for calls management and the necessary sockets.
The iAD is composed by the following main HW components:
• A/D converters; to convert the digital audio streams (SEL and USEL)
• Class “D” audio stereo amplifier
• Microcontroller; it is used to control the I/O and interfaces available

In Fig. A-3 the buttons and the knobs of the Totem are shown, their function is reported in Table A.2.

Fig. A-3 – Buttons and knobs

Table A.2 – Legend of Fig. A-3

Ref Function
1 Balance - Rotary knob. Sound balance control between the internal and external
loudspeaker (if connected)
2 Volume - Rotary knob. Permits the internal and external loudspeaker volume regulation
3 MUTE microphone - Button. Permits the activation/deactivation of the mute functionality for
all the available microphones. The LED indicates the functionality status when is ON (yellow
LED active)
4 ON/OFF - Button. Activation/deactivation of the iAD power source. The LED indicates the
functionality status when is ON (green LED active)
5 PTT - Button. With the button pressed the conversation is active and the LED is ON
6 MUTE loudspeaker - Button. Permits the activation/deactivation of the mute functionality for
the loudspeakers (internal and external). The LED indicates the functionality status when is
ON (yellow LED active)
7 HOLD - Button. When the PTT button is pressed and the conversation is active, the Red
LED is ON

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In Fig. A-4, the microphone, the light and the loudspeaker are identified on the Totem.

Fig. A-4 – Internal microphone, light and loudspeaker

Table A.3 – Legend of Fig. A-4

Ref Function
1 Internal microphone
2 Courtesy light (white LED)
3 Internal loudspeaker

In Fig. A-5 the sockets and connectors of the Totem are identified.

iAD right side

iAD rear side

iAD left side

Fig. A-5 – Sockets and connectors

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Table A.4 – Legend of Fig. A-5

Ref Connector Description


1 12 pins connector Allows the connection of the handset
2 Mono jack female 3.5 mm jack, allows the connection of foot PTT
3 DB 15 male Connection of the FPG3 front panels series
4 RCA mono female Allows the connection of any type of standard loudspeakers
5 USB type “A” Standard USB connector, allows the PC connection
6 Standard coaxial Allows the connection of the DC power supply
7 Sliding switch Allows the LED powering
8 Stereo jack female Allows the connection of standard “headset”, earphone and microphone (like PC)

The iAD is connected to PC, where VRC application is downloaded, via USB (Fig. A-6). The PC handle
the iAD as device like a standard USB Stereo Sound Controller device (i.e. Sound Blaster). All
accessories, like pedal PTT, headset and so on, can be directly connected on the iAD via suitable
connectors.

Fig. A-6 – iAD connections

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In Table A.5 the audio accessories available for iAD are summarized and in Fig. A-7 they are shown.

Table A.5 –Audio accessories for iAD

Accessory Code Ref Fig. A-7


Headset 9401287M0016 1
Handset HPI-0244/01 2
USB cable AA (male-male length:1m ) 1301376M0018 3
Pedal PTT 978-0181/02 4
AC/DC power supply 9401260M0017 5
External loudspeaker (COTS) 6

1- Headset COTS 2 - Handset with PTT 3- USB cable

4- Pedal PTT 5- AC/DC power supply 6- External loudspeaker COTS

Fig. A-7 – iAD accessories

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