Select ‘Run’ in the main menu to choose a course to run. You can also download a course, see ‘App functions/Courses’.
Turn on the GPS of the smartphone and select course. Wait until the GPS accuracy is good (< 10m), which is shown in the upper left corner.
If you want voice messages during the race, for example when you punch or course drift messages then select that in the Settings menu before you start the race.
You can select how often you will get your position logged, between 1 and 30 seconds. Select interval in Settings menu under Log interval.
The time measurement starts automatically when you have reached the startpoint or start by manual punsch. You can turn off the automatic start punching in the Settings menu by selecting ’Disable auto-start’.
When you have reached a startpoint the smartphone will beep and it will change to next control point.
If the smartphone doesn’t punch automaticallt although you are on the position of the control point, then you can punch manually. The reason can be that the GPS accuracy is too bad (for example in dense forest), the map is not correctly calibrated or skewness in the map.
Manual punching can be done either by clicking the control point button or by slowly turning the smartphone vertically back and forth a few times (|_|_|_). If you have the smartphone on your arm, then stand still and raise and lower your arm a few times to punch manually. You can disable gesture punching in the Settings menu.
The app supports 4 types of courses and the punching depends on the course type. You must always begin with the start point and end with the finish point.
- Standard orienteering – you punch at the control points in the given order. Manual punching can be done at any distance from the control point.
- Any order – you punch at the control points in any order, but you have to punch at all control points. Manual punching can be done max 50 meters from the nearast control point.
- Rogaining – you punch at the control points in any order. You can end the race at any time by punching at the finish point. Manual punching can be done max 50 meters from the nearast control point.
- Scatter orienteering – you punch at the control points in any order. You can punch at the finish point when you have taken the specified number of control points. Manual punching can be done max 50 meters from the nearast control point.
Figure 1: Ongoing standard orienteering race
Figure 2: Rogaining race. Remaining time and control points and their values.
You have the possibility to see the map with the control points during the race. The controls that you have taken are crossed on the map.
When you have punched at the finish control point the result is automatically saved. (The file format is GPX which means that it can be read by a lot of other programs.)
You can get extra orienteering support during the race if that is set as allowed in the course properties. You can get different support depending on the course type (standard, rogaining etc.):
- Show your current position on the map.
- Show distance and direction to next control point (standard-orienteering only).
- Voice message for distance and direction to next control point (standard-orienteering only).
- Voice message for course drift (standard-orienteering only).
If you use orienteering support it will be noted in the result file.