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April 7, 2020

Livetracking

This page describes the Livetracking menu of XCTrack. Check the other sections to lean more about the different features of XCTrack.

Videos have been produced to explain the different features of XCTrack Pro. Check the videos tuto page to learn quickly how to use XCTrack Pro.

The livetracking menu is only available in the menu after enabling livetracking in Menu/Preferences/Livetracking.

Check how to set Livetracking and messages in Menu/Preferences/Livetracking, how to check your Live status in the details of the Status line in the system subsection of the XCTrack Pro widgets manual and the details of the Livetracking widget in the Livetracking subsection of the XCTrack Pro widgets manual.

If you want to be seen on the Live webpage of Xcontest.org, you currently need to be enrolled in the XCTrack beta program  (Once logged in, click here). All other features linked to livetracking are available even without enrolling to the beta program.

Livetracking sends your positions every 60 seconds to a server and obtains the positions of other pilots 20 km away. Very little data consumption, around 100 KB / hour.

If you want to see a track from another pilot on the map using Livetracking, you can select the pilot in the Livetracking menu. You will get the track from that pilot and its position when the server obtains his data.
You can send messages to other pilots also through the Livetracking menu.

Click on the + sign to read details below.

Xcontest live webpage

On the Live webpage of Xcontest, you can view all the pilots using livetracking and that have registered for the beta program.

Select which pilot you want to track by checking the small square on the right of the pilot either in the filter window or directly by selecting the pilot on the map.

By clicking on the pilot’s name, this will zoom on the pilot you want to track.

 

 

As of XCTrack 0.9.4.5, a new Livetracking protocol is available. Livetracking pilots with Livetracking V2 can be seen on this page:

https://www.xcontest.org/api.s/widget/live-map/2/

New Livetracking is completely separated from the old one – it’s on a different server, pilots in old one don’t see pilots in new one and viceversa.

 

 

Advanced filters

Click on the top left button to open the menu and access the filter options.

You can filter by nationality, take off site, Live or landed,…

 

 

Full details, get Google Maps direction

Right click on the pilot’s name (long click with a smartphone) or click again on the pilot’s name after clicking once to select him, to get full details.

Full details includes a new button to get Google maps direction.

 

 


 

Once selected with simple or full details, you can follow the pilot by checking the square on the right.

The full track since takeoff will appear on the map, as well as a new window in the bottom with altitude history.

To display the vario and speed history as well, open the menu on the right of that new window in the bottom and select what additional info you want to review.

By clicking anywhere on that history window, you can replay the flight at a specific time. Increase or decrease the replay speed by clicking on the “Play” icon (just above the history window) to get the Play menu and change the play speed.

By opening the settings in the top right, you can adjust the font size, as well as choose what info to display by using the Play mode.

 

 

Sat map, Rain radar

On the top right, open the map menu to select the sat map or display the rain radar.

 

 


Flights

The flights tab lists the different pilots that are currently “live”, starting with the closest pilot.

Check the square on the left to decide which pilot you want to track. Once checked, you will be able to see the track of such pilot directly on your map.

Don’t forget to enable the “display nearby pilots” and the “display tracklogs of selected pilots” in the configuration of the XC map widget or Task map widget.

Read details how to access the configuration of widgets in the customize section, and check the configuration details in these widgets in the XContest subsection and Competition subsection of the XCTrack Pro Widgets Manual.

Click on the pilot to send a prepared message.

Once you have clicked on the pilot, you will just need to choose one of the prepared message to send the desired message. Check how to set messages in Menu/Preferences/Livetracking and the details of the Livetracking widget in the Livetracking subsection of the XCTrack Pro Widgets manual to keep the history of the received messages.


Messages

After clicking on the pilot you want to send a message, you will land on the second tab of the Livetracking menu. Just click on the prepared message you want to send and click on “send message” button to send the message. On the right side of the window, you can read the history of the messages that you sent and that you received from the pilot.

Check how to set Livetracking messages in the Menu/Preferences/Livetracking and how to read Livetracking messages with the Livetracking widget detailed in the Livetracking subsection of the XCTrack Pro widgets manual.


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