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JU88
07-15-2005, 07:14 AM
Ever since I changed my IIA to a VIIC Ive yet to have a convoyless patrol, thats 1 year solid of convoy encounters between 1940-41 (happy times)

I have map contact update on, but i have only found 1 convoy from that, the rest I found by myself.

I use the map of convoy routes that came with the game (its also a BMP*file on the game disk), use the maps key to see what convoy routes are operational during the current year Im currently playing. (eg AO, OB etc)

Pick one, then with the ruler tool plot/draw the convoy route as accuratly as you can on your in game navmap, looking carefully at what grid sectors it passes through.

Now, plot your course To zig zag over the line you have drawn, each zig or zag, should be about 7km long, and dont stray further than 10km off from the route you have drawn.

Now resume the course, go ahead slow or standard (dont want to waste fuel now do we)
AND CRANK UP THE TIME COMPRESSION to 512x!!
and follow this rule.. at every way point trim the boat to periscope depth to briefly listern for ships, (you can slow tc down for this if you like, personally i dont bother.)

Every 6 hours or so get your N/O to give you a weather report, or jump on the bridge your self to make sure you are not in TC in thick fog, you might also want to make sure your sonar man and watch crew isnt fatigued http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ive used this method for the last 5 patrols and found a convoy with it every time. Or am i just lucky??? The idea is to travel a large portion of the convoy route yourself, (rather than hang around in one grid waiting for it to pass through.) and zigzag along it in such a way that you cant possibly miss a group of dozen or more ships


Good luck.

FiShStoReEz
07-15-2005, 08:53 AM
Its a very good method until the air attacks start coming in every 5 minutes and send u out of tc http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

JU88
07-15-2005, 09:04 AM
Yeah but works a treat in 40/41 aka happy times.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MastaDisasta
07-15-2005, 09:26 AM
I just wait in am52/53 or bf17 with 1024tc. Been lucky twice with an english liner (1940). Dont know if it came from egypt or africa.

edit: i know egypt is in Africa, i meant freetown and egypthttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Desslock
07-15-2005, 02:26 PM
i prefer cruising near the enemy ports, all convoys routes converge there. I mean 200-300 km off the port itself, and north of ireland is an especially prey-rich area
Works well early, air patrols make it suicide starting 1942.

GT182
07-15-2005, 02:39 PM
I've been doing as JU88 for finding convoys. Works great running the main convoys routes. Just make sure that you upgrade to the snorkel and the anti radar coating asap. Once you're at the second half of 43 and on into 44 you'll need them both. Airstrikes on you will be murder. And the convoy escorts will hound you endlessly.

I also forgo heading off to the assigned patrol grids.... too far to the Americas and I can get more patrols in closer to home. The renoun doesn't mean that much anymore as I'm happy with my Type IXB. If I survive long enough I might go for the IXC.

Maj_Solo
07-15-2005, 04:44 PM
if you know what route then you know what sails on it and the usual direction. So going at 8 knots on a route where ships do just that, 8 knots is not so good. On the other hand if you now you are on a fast double tanker route 8 knots would be good cause then they catch up with you. But in most cases I think 1/3 is ok with upgrades you will catch up on the route but your own engines are not so noisy, I personally am having terrible problems when I try scan the ocean at 20 knots cause I am out of patience and I know where the hell I am going ... still lots of errors from the sonar man who pushes TC-stop, I learned you can tap tap tap up to 512 and tap tap tap ... down to normal time and listen again cause no so few TC-stops are premature stops. But sim manages x1024 TC-stops much better if your sub is at 1/3 or slow. Haven't run much on the other speeds cause either I am satisfied and calm, or I am dissapointed and in a hurry ready to RTB soon.