Getting Started with your QStarz Loggers

QStarz Loggers

Your QStarz CR-Q1100P or BT-Q1000XT loggers are simple and reliable devices to use. To get started, there are a few things you need to do:

Charging

The trackers charge through their USB port - and any standard 5V USB charger may be used. The most convenient solution is a multi-port USB wall charger, which are readily available from most electronic stores.

First time charging will take around 3 hours and the devices will operate for about 40 continuous hours between charges. We recommend giving the devices a charge before any important event.

Install a USB Driver

Windows PCs:

You will need to install a USB driver on your Windows computer to allow TackTracker to talk to the devices. This can be downloaded from the TackTracker download site. (MT3329_USB_Installer.zip)

Extract the zip file to your desktop before attempting to install. Then follow the README instructions in the MT3329_USB_Installer you have extracted.

MAC OS X:

For your Mac, you will need to install this CDC Driver.

Setup your Tracker

You should now be ready to connect your device to TackTracker. (If you have not installed TackTracker yet, download and install it now. A Logged Tracking or Club Regatta License is also needed.)

  1. Switch on your logger and connect it to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Launch TackTracker and open the Track Loader
  3. Click "Load Tracks From GPS". TackTracker will now try to connect to your tracker. If necessary, you may need to select a USB port. If this step fails, reconnect your tracker and try again.

When connected, you will see the tracker manage dialog:

Tracker Manager Dialog

Identification

Your first step is to identify your tracker. The most important field here is the Name. This is the label that appears on the map to identify your track. Alternatively, for club trackers, you may use a numeric ID, such as "T1", which matches an identification sticker you've placed on the Tracker. The Competitor Schedule or Navigation Rally Schedule can be used to map this ID to a name.

Only a limited number of characters is available on the device to store these identification details, so it is important to keep them short. Use of special (non-latin) characters is not allowed. After entering these details, click "Save ID to GPS".

Reset

You will now need to reset your GPS to configure it correctly for TackTracker. The most important setting here is the tracking interval. For small boat sailing, 2 Sec is a good starting point. For larger boats and longer races, you may choose a longer interval. For Navigation Rally use, you should configure a 1 Sec interval.

Click "Reset GPS" and wait for the reset to complete (about 23 seconds). Do not unplug or switch off the GPS whilst the reset is taking place. You will be told when it is safe to switch off and connect another GPS.

After the Reset is complete, you are ready to start tracking! Any Track Data you have recorded is shown on the right pane of the tracker manage dialog. Use the "Upload Tracks" button to upload those tracks to your Track Loader.

Care for your Trackers

Your trackers are robust devices, but they must be kept dry! If going near salt water, always use the supplied waterproof pouch. Dry the pouch with a towel before removing the tracker. These simple steps will ensure your trackers last a long time.