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Old 07-01-2015, 06:13 PM
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Alright so I'm yet to actually buy an rc boat but really want to and am just wandering about idea to track speed. Maybe something where you can put the transmitter in the boat and have something like a garmin screen as the receiver. Any input and a specific item would be nice.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:10 PM
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You can use something like a small Garmin GPS but you need a good 300' run to get a somewhat accurate reading.
Radar guns you need to get a reading when they're either coming directly at it or away.
There is math and a stopwatch. Set up 2 markers and know the distance that you can divide by 5,280 (feet) and time how long it takes to travel that distance.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:44 PM
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Ok thank you but is their anything that you can put the transmitter in the boat and have a screen giving real time speed . THANKS
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:49 AM
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There are a few GPS speed loggers that you can put in the boat and check after a run, only thing i can think of for real time speed is an OSD made for FPV flying, but then you will also need a video transmitter/reciever and screen.
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:55 PM
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There are none that I know of that can do that otherwise I'd get one myself.
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I believe the Hitec Lynx 4s has a GPS in the receiver that gives real time speed.
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Eagle Tree makes an onboard data-logging system...
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I used an app on my phone and wrapped it in a plastic bag.
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Originally Posted by Pintobean11 View Post
I used an app on my phone and wrapped it in a plastic bag.
+1 - Same here, I got a cheap prepaid android phone and gps speedo app and good to go. I've also used a running tracker to get routes and speeds between points. Map my run, will give you a path laid over a map. Works out good

SKY RC also makes a standalone box that will give you a speed reading for ~$60
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It would be so easy if there was a design out there to just put it inside the vehicle and it reads the speed that wasn't over $100.
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I use a Garmin Gps zip tied down in a Plastic ziplock bag. Works Great

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kintecracing.com

Quanum GPS Logger V2 Records everything from; distance traveled, start and end positions, UTC time stamps, course, speed and MAX speed the logger reached. The data can be viewed on the backlit LCD or the NEMA data can be downloaded to a PC and plotted out on map sites such as Google Earth. $55.00

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I have a Garmin Forerunner 305 watch that I removed the band and Velcro down.
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Water does not affect gps speed calculations ???
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You can use floating buoys as timing markers and time the speed with a stopwatch. The phone in a zip-lock bag idea would be my first choice though.
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