# question about offset output values.

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Hi all,

I am attempting to read the Radio Altitude offset (0x31E4) and used the tracer to look at the output values. However, for any given altitude, the output values vary by tens of thousands as they scroll up the console. This variation suggests that it will be very difficult for me to read a value and instigate an action at a given altitude. The offset status list shows this offset as a 4 bit value.

Is there a solution to this? Is there a better offset I can use?

I'm very puzzled.

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With all offsets you need to refer to the FSUIPC5 Offsets Status document in /modules/FSUIPC Documents folder.

31E4     4      Radio altitude in metres * 65536

The first element is the offset in hexadecimal 0x31E4. The second is the size in bytes (8 bits) not bits. The important element is the scaling - metres * 65536 - which means that the radio altitude has been multiplied by 65536 before it is stored.

To access the Rad Alt you need to use unsigned double (UD) for 4 bytes (UB=single byte, UW=2 bytes or one word totalling 16bits, UD=4 bytes or 32bits). In LUA the code would be ht = ipc.readUD(0x31E4). This needs to be divided by 65536 to give metres and multiplied by 3.28 to give the radio altitude in feet. Or divide ht by 19980 to go straight to feet.

In LINDA Tracer to monitor an Offset in the LINDA Console, you need these setting and then click Start.

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Andrew Gransden

Scotland, UK

LINDA Support/Developer - VATSIM and BAVirtual - Airbus Flyer

i7 1TB SSD GTX980 - FSX/P3D - Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 - FS2Crew

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Thank you for this though I do have one final question; how do I represent the maths in the .Lua file?

Would it be: if (ht/19980) <= 65 then..?

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That is about right. There are plenty of examples in the supplied code like common.lua and a google search for LUA programming is a good source. It is better to avoid putting calculations inside a if/then statement. This makes it easier to debug.

Edited by ScotFlieger

Andrew Gransden

Scotland, UK

LINDA Support/Developer - VATSIM and BAVirtual - Airbus Flyer

i7 1TB SSD GTX980 - FSX/P3D - Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 - FS2Crew

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