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Old 11-23-2022, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Weather Station Selection (Help!)

I have been seriously considering investing in a weather station. I have mainly looked into Altronics but am open to any suggestions you all may have. I do not need the best of the best since it will mainly be used for a slower footbrake car but I also believe in the buy once cry once idea.

My main questions are:

1: Pros and cons between trailer based and hand held? ( Is it a pain to set up and tear down trailer based, Is it better to just have a hand held with you in the car, Is trailer based more accurate)

2: What software would you all suggest? (currently looking at crew chief pro and family software)

3: Am I just over thinking this or should I just keep using the old gut feeling approach to dialing my car? (This does work about 80% of the time)
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Old 12-03-2022, 06:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Weather Station Selection (Help!)

Hand held, price wise. Crew Chief Pro program. I've been using a cheap Taylor Precision Products traditional weather station for 40 plus years and it's just as accurate as my friends $1000 unit. You still can get it on Amazon for 60 bucks. Join us on Bracket Racing group on Facebook. These class guys don't care about bracket racers.
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Default Re: Weather Station Selection (Help!)

I use a trailer based system - started with Altronics since that came with the trailer and subsequently switched to an AltaLab after playing with one. I found it more accurate and easier to use. I also use CrewChief Pro which takes the readings from the AltaLab every 15 secs to calculate a dial in based on what runs I select to dial off of. I also have it set up to text/email me the prediction. I'm a fan of this approach for a couple of reasons - 1 I don't have to manually calculate an estimated dial in anymore leaving me time to do other things (I race by myself) and 2 when I'm up in the staging lanes and there's a delay (like an oil down) or it's early/late in the day and the weather is changing quickly I can get updated info.

This doesn't replace the gut feel element, particularly if you're pitted a long way from the track or there are obstacles that impeded the station's readings (mostly wind).

It takes me about 3 minutes to set up when I get to the track, so it's not a big deal. It's an essential part of racing for me.

Good luck!
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Thank you both for the information!
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