Family Software Newsletter #34 - April 25, 2009

Drag Racing Computers and Software -


-- Reading the Wind --
Most of us are used to reading the wind direction at the race track from the American flag or a wind sock. Both of these point in the direction that the wind is blowing. With the advent of the trailer station, we are introduced to the Weather Vane. A weather vane points in the direction the wind is coming from, exactly the opposite of what we are used to seeing. If the flag or a wind sock is pointing down the track, we have a TAIL wind. If a weather vane is pointing down the track, we have a HEAD wind. Yes, it can be confusing and many people are getting it wrong!

With our Davis trailer stations, the wind arm must be oriented as parallel to the race track and aimed down track. We can then compute the TrueWind from the absolute wind speed and degrees of wind direction. A head wind is represented by a positive number, while a tail wind is represented as a negative (-) number.

Don't be confused by watching the flag or a wind sock and think that your trailer station is reading backwards. If you have it oriented correctly, it will be reading the correct wind direction. Remember, a weather vane points in the opposite direction than you may be used to seeing. See example images below.





-- REAL World Technical Support --
With Family Software, you'll get better technical support than anywhere on the planet. Why? Because, we design and/or use all of the products that we sell. All of my 40+ years of on-track racing experience and knowledge is available to you. Try to find that kind of information at any one of our competitors. You won't be able to, I guarantee it! Family Software cares about the racer and his/her success as a racer. We also want you to get the most value for your hard earned dollars.

-- Secure Ordering --
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Bob Kodadek
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Family Software - Drag Racing Computers and Software - 610.497.5561(Voice/Fax)

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