This user manual is for the Bluetooth version of RangeTech only.RangeTech Audio Jack User Manual
The bluetooth device is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and does not experience any device-specific issues due to using its own dedicated hardware.
Approximate maximum range of the Bluetooth connection is 75ft, but this can vary widely by environment and what the host device (phone/tablet) is capable of. In some cases, it may be as little as 15 ft.
If there is a disconnect while detecting shots, the final “lost shot” can and will be automatically recovered when reconnected, ensuring that accurate recording and scoring can take place. Reconnecting is automatic.
Intermittent short flashes mean that there is no connection currently. The LED also lights up for start and par signals*.
The device will also “sleep” if left on with no connection or activity. Sleep mode is indicated by 3 short chirps.
Use any common mini-USB charger. Takes approximately 2 hours to charge fully, and lasts approximately 8 hours of typical usage on a single charge.
Located on the back of the shot timer, near the open side of the belt-clip. This is also how to identify a particular RangeTech timer in bluetooth options, as that serial number will be broadcast as part of the device's ID.
In general, you will want to keep this pointed towards the shooter/gun without obstructions.
Makes the start beep and par beep. A single short chirp indicates that the timer has been connected. 2 chirps means that the timer has been disconnected.
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.
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.
"Disable Button on Bluetooth Timer" enables or disables all of the dual-purpose button functionality on the timer. You will want to disable the button to avoid accidental presses in some circumstances, such as when ROing with the timer attached to the shooter.
"Enable Flash on Start for Bluetooth Timer" enables or disables the flashing of the LED on the shot timer for start signals. This may be desired during low-light shooting, as the LED is quite bright.For all dialogs, clicking on the back button will take you back to the previous screen. Any changes are automatically saved.
The connections screen is accessible under the main menu where you can connect, disconnect, and veiw additional information about the bluetooth device.
If an accidental disconnect happens during shooting, RangeTech will automatically begin trying to reconnect with the device. When a reconnection is established, the app and device will check to see if there is a "missing shot" that the device detected while disconnected, but the app is not yet aware of. The app will automatically add the last of the missing shots to the timesheet to ensure that the total time is correct.
RangeTech BlueTooth can be run and controlled when your device is locked, in order to save battery, and prevent accidental button presses on your touchscreen.
Simply lock your screen with the RangeTech app open, and then wake your device up. The RangeTech notification will display the time of the last shot of the current string, and you can swipe down on the notification to access a Start/Restart button.
As with any other shot timer, the RO can hold the shot timer and the paired tablet/phone is left on the table or with the scorekeeper
Clip the RangeTech shot timer to the shooter and run everything from a safe and comfortable distance.
Safer, easier, and sensible. Avoid potential collisions and issues that arise when ROs have to be all up in ya business! Lemonade optional.
Under "Announcements and Buttons" in the main menu you can disable the control button on the shot timer to prevent shooters from "accidentally" interfering with it.* Assuming default settings
Press and hold the button on the timer and your phone will audibly “announce” the current string’s total raw time.*
Turn your phone/tablet sideways to put RangeTech into “billboard” display. This shows the latest string’s raw time in large, easy-to-read font!* Assuming default settings