For Pilots

Quick Guide and Training
A General Quick Guide shows all major functions of the logger and provides you with a short troubleshooting guide. Please note that any documentation given by event officials supersede this document.
A task datasheet to use as training can also be downloaded.

Take a look at the Online Tutorial made by Mathijs de Bruijn. It is a great help to get started with the logger!

For privately owned loggers additional information is available on configuring the logger and handling track files.

Use the logger as GPS receiver for the laptop with USB
(This works with all loggers)
Pilots can use the balloon competition logger as their GPS receiver for the laptop. The logger sends standard NMEA data through it’s USB port. The NMEA records contain the current position as well as the altitude (barometric, QNH corrected).

You must first install the drivers as located on this website.
Important note, read posts for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1!
Then switch on the logger and connect it to the laptop.
The driver allocates a COM port for the logger. Use your system tools (e.g. Device Manager) to find the port number that was chosen. Use your mapping software end set it to the following settings:

NMEA device, RS232, COM-Port as chosen by the driver
57600 baud, 8 data-bits, no parity bit, 1 stop bit

Important: If the logger is connected to the laptop before it is switched on it does not work. (You can’t switch it on). The same holds for switching off the logger: If the logger is still connected to the laptop it freezes the screen but doesn’t switch off until you disconnect it from your computer.

Use the logger as GPS receiver for the laptop with Bluetooth
(This works only with privately owned loggers that have Bluetooth modules)

  • Switch on logger. The Bleutooth symbol should be shown in the top row
  • Search for Bleutooth devices with your computer. The device should be listed.
  • Connect with passcode 0000. A new COM Port should be registered on your computer
  • Use the new COM port using 115200 baud, 8 data-bits, no parity bit, 1 stop bit in your mapping application. The logger sends NMEA output.

android-logo-transparent1Also see this post about how to connect the logger to an Android device.


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Windows 8 driver file for 32-bit operating systems.

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Windows 8 driver file for 64-bit operating systems.
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USB-Driver for MAC OSX

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USB-Driver for all Windows (Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2 and above (32 & 64 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32 & 64 bit), Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 (32 & 64 bit), Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit))