This user manual is for the Audio-Jack version of RangeTech only.RangeTech Bluetooth User Manual
The audio jack device is only compatible with Android devices with a built-in 3.5mm audio jack that is capable of running an external microphone. "Dongle" adapters are not reliably compatible and due to limitations with iOS devices, the audio jack version of RangeTech is not compatible with iOS, and is not presented as an option within the iOS version of the RangeTech app.
The audio jack device is fairly simple to use and understand. It is an external microphone that is specifically designed for shot detection, as well as a system that ensures shot times are recorded accurately. It also includes a pass-through audio port that can be used to connect to headphones, a speaker, or earpro so start signals and other audible cues can be heard easier.
Occasionally, the RangeTech attachment may not be recognized correctly on the first try. If you have the device plugged in, and you are still seeing this screen, try clicking on “Re-Test”. If a second test still does not find the attachment, there are several things to check for and try:
The main screen in RangeTech is where you can actually run the shot timer from.
For the most part, RangeTech is similar in basic operation to other shot timers. You press "START", the timer beeps, you shoot, and the shot timer records the time of each shot, in seconds from the start beep. This allows you to measure your reaction time and overall shooting speed.
The primary on-screen controls for your shot timer are fairly straight forward. RangeTech allows you to restart infinitely without clearing, if you wish, and you can record, display, and store an unlimited number of strings on the main page.
Timer Summary allows you to quickly see results from multiple strings totaled or averaged together. This is very useful for multi-string courses of fire, such as a law-enforcement qualifications. This works with Raw Time, Time with Penalties, and Hit Factor. You can also "Exclude Highest" for discarding the "worst string", such as is normally done with Steel Challenge.
To see these totals, tap on the top-right menu, and select "Timer Summary".
Rotate your device to landscape view to automatically switch to billboard mode. Billboard mode is a paired-down, large-font veiw for simplified usage and reading from a distance.
Billboard mode only displays basic controls, basic data about the current string, and only the current/most recent string. To return to normal display, with full options, rotate your phone back to portrait veiw.
Once you have shot a string, you have the option of scoring it by tapping on the score button in that string's header.
"Title" allows you to enter additional information about that string, such as the shooter's name, the stage name, or whatever you like. This is primarily used to help with sorting if you save the string.
You can change the scoring scheme for each string without affecting any other string. It is recommended to use a scoring scheme that you are already familiar with. The "(simple)" scoring schemes allow you to input raw values, such as total number of points or total amount of time to add to the raw total.
Scoring schemes other than "(simple)" are more in-depth and easier to use. They provide one or more scoring inputs representing common scoring items used with those scheme. Each scoring input displays its name, it's effect, and the number of these items applied to this string. For example:
Once you are done scoring, tap the back button to go back to the main page. You will see that your score is now applied to that string.
Accessible under the main menu, scoring settings includes additional settings and tools you can use.
Then, when you are scoring, the "Hits" will display the number of currently scored hits over the number of expected scored hits. This number will be amber when not enough hits have been scored, green when the correct number has been scored, and red if too many hits have been scored.
Not all inputs under a scoring scheme count as a "hit". Under USPSA, for example, only the A, B, C, D, and M count as scored hits. NS (no shoot) and P (Proceedural) do not, as these do not replace an expected scored hit.
Under the scoring scheme selection you can choose to use your custom scoring scheme. By default, this is empty and cannot be used, so you will need to set it up. You can also set it up or change it under the scoring options in the main menu.
You can also attach photos to your strings. These can be photos of targets to document accuraccy, photos of a stage to remind you how it was set up, or whatever you like.
Tap the "Photos" button for the string to get started. From there you can take new photos or delete existing ones using your device's built-in cameras. Remember that the photos are only attached to that specific string. They are displayed at the bottom of the timesheet, and are show or hidden by tapping on the bottom of the timesheet header.
These photos will be saved or shared with these strings, if you save or share them.
Currently, all RangeTech customers have free online saving and sharing of their strings. All scoring, titles, photos and other data related to the string will be saved with it.
Saving does require you to sign in. The accounts for saving are free, and, if you already have a LASR Community Account (from the LASR Software) you can use that same account information. If not, you will want to create an account.
Once you have signed in on the device, save your current strings by tapping the "Save" button. If there is only one string, it will automatically save without any other input.
If you have multiple strings on saving, you will have some additional options.
Open the main menu and click on "Saved Results". Occasionally, you may need to provide your login information.
You can go to ShooterTechGroup.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "Access Saved Results" under "RangeTech" to log in and have full access to your saved strings and groups from any device with an internet connection. Here is a direct link: Access Saved Results
We wanted to find our best runs of a certain steel challenge stage called "roundabout".
Each string is displayed as a condensed header, showing only the key metric, when it was saved, and the title. You can tap on "show hide" details for each string to see the timesheet, other data, and even the photos that were saved with that string.
Each group of strings is wrapped in a border and shows the group's key metric (based on the "Group Calc" setting) as well as the group's title, if there is one.
Each string includes a checkbox. You can tap this checkbox to exclude a string from the statistics at the bottom of the page.
We would de-select the bottom string from each group, since the worst of the five runs are discarded in steel challenge scoring. The group's header will then display the accurate score for each group, by steel challenge rules.
Optionally, we could then tap on "Invert Selected" to select only those worst runs in each group (the opposite of what was just selected) and then tap "Delete/Hide" to remove them more permantently. This will cause those worst strings to be excluded from any scoring calculations in the future, so they do not have to be individually unselected again.
In this example, we want to see who won a USPSA stage. There were three shooters, and each shooter had three strings. Those three strings were saved as groups.
General Settings, found under the main menu , includes various settings for the app and device.
Like all shot timers, you can adjust the sensitivity settings, found under the main menu , for RangeTech to better suit your situation. With the headphone jack, sensitivity levels can vary between devices, so some trial and error may be needed to find the correct setting for your needs.
If the "Live Ambient Noise Sample" is showing major movement from things like talking or clapping, this is an indication that the phone is not using the RangeTech attachment's microphone. You will want to attempt the following troubleshooting steps.
Timer Settings, found under the main menu , contains most of your commonly changed and accessed shot timer settings.
Par is a common feature on most shot timers, and is signifigantly expanded in options with RangeTech. The basic idea is that you can set a goal or limit based on time or number of shots.
A quick adjust option will appear in the main menu area when par is set to "Time", so that par time can be quickly and easily changed. You can use the "+" and "-" for 0.10 adjustments, or tap and type in any number.
Found under the main menu
"Announcements When" controls if and when the RangeTech app will audibly announce results.