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MartiniMik
09-05-2009, 05:09 AM
I've been on patrol for almost a week and have nothing to show for it. I decided to get aggressive and chase down any contacts. My hydrophone person located many contacts at "long range". Surface...ahead flank...head right for it...and the contact always disappeared! Has anyone had any luck chasing down a long-range contact? How? I've tried heading straight at it as well as trying to anticipate where it would be and the result is always the same...nothing! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Thanks for the help,
MartiniMik

MartiniMik
09-05-2009, 05:09 AM
I've been on patrol for almost a week and have nothing to show for it. I decided to get aggressive and chase down any contacts. My hydrophone person located many contacts at "long range". Surface...ahead flank...head right for it...and the contact always disappeared! Has anyone had any luck chasing down a long-range contact? How? I've tried heading straight at it as well as trying to anticipate where it would be and the result is always the same...nothing! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Thanks for the help,
MartiniMik

Celeon999
09-05-2009, 05:48 AM
Long range contacts are a difficult thing. Especially fast going task forces.

It can happen that a contact changes its course at some point after you recieved the contact report resulting in you fruitlessly cruising in the intercept area with nothing ever happening.

You have to get a feel for assessing if a contact is worth intercepting or just too far away. It can be very frustrating though.

Try making use of the map that came with SH-3 , the one showing you the convoy routes and dates. When you cant find a enemy , try to get yourself positioned in some one of the routes.

Mittelwaechter
09-05-2009, 10:14 AM
Hi MartiniMik,

make good use of the information provided by the report. A closing contact will have an AOB less than 60 - otherwise it will be reported as "constant distance" (or similar), sometimes as moving away too - due to a bug in SH3.
And the guy tells you the contact speed. Fast moving contacts are hard to catch as Celeon stated above. Even medium speed contacts can be difficult to find. Go for the slow moving ones until you get used to the concept.

Don't move but ask for constant contact reports to find the sector the contact is moving in.

Now move fast into the assumed direction and dive after 10 kilimeters again to check the hydrophone. Adjust your course and hunt on.

You may be interested in this thread: http://www.subsim.com/radioroo...dd1e5f51e0c&t=154461 (http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?s=1e7cea08bcc4f40f31886dd1e5f51e0c&t=154461)

MartiniMik
09-06-2009, 05:33 AM
Celeon & Mittelwaechter,

Thank you so much for the advice. I'm patrolling the extreme southeastern quadrant of AM51 which suddenly seems to have gone dry. I'll try moving to another hot spot and pay more attention to the contact's course, Excellent video by the way Mittel...thanks!

PhantomKira
09-06-2009, 05:58 AM
Also, remember that contacts move. Don't go where the contact is reported, but rather where the contact is going to be when you get there. As stated, it takes practice to get it right.

The AM grids are usually a good location. BF 13 and 15 are also almost always hot.

GoldenEagle8
09-08-2009, 07:20 PM
what i do is when the sonar guy finds a contact, I mark an X on the map, then I wait a while and mark an X on the new contact position, then I draw a line through the two X's extending it very far in the direction that the contact is heading. Then I go somewhere down the line and wait, and listen to the sonar guy to tell me if I got there in time, if I missed him, or if he's going a different way. It normally works for me.