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Archived MSN Zone Real-World Weather


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Here's an interesting one:

 

I download archives of the last real-world weather files for FS2K that hosted were on the long-since gone MSN Zone site:

 

http://fs2k.zone.com:80/fronts.bin

http://fs2k.zone.com/metars.bin

http://fs2k.zone.com/metars_and_winds_aloft.bin

 

...on the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine) from:

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20190421053133/http://fs2k.zone.com/fronts.bin

https://web.archive.org/web/20041210200236/http://fs2k.zone.com:80/metars.bin

https://web.archive.org/web/20041210191154/http://fs2k.zone.com:80/metars_and_winds_aloft.bin

 

...and uploaded them to my web server at http://bhservices.us .

 

Open your "FS2000.cfg" file with WinDoZe NotePad, edit the following line in the file:

 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

[Weather]

WeatherServerAddress=fs2k.zone.com

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

...to read:

 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

[Weather]

WeatherServerAddress=bhservices.us

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

 

...and save the "FS2000.cfg" file.

 

Start FS2K and it will alow you to download the real-world weather from within the sim (the ".bin" files will be downloaded from my web server)... it works just like it did back in the day :)

 

It's really a shame that there isn't some way to copy and paste METAR data (e.g. from https://www.aviationweather.gov/metar/data ) into a file, somehow convert it to the MSN Zone ".bin" files, and then load them into FS2K.

 

Anyhow, I thought this was kind of neat :)

Rich ¥Weeds¥ Nagel

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