You want to watch a race and then compare lap times? Or perhaps you want to keep track of your rivals’ positions as you tailgate? There are a few ways to add yet another card to your collection of speedway pins without having to spend too much money.
All you need is a smartphone, a speed way app, and some imagination.
The DVR Way
The biggest expense when it comes to adding another card to your collection is purchasing a DVR (digital video recorder) set-top box. These devices store television programs in digital format, making them much easier to watch whenever and wherever you desire. Furthermore, DVRs allow you to record several shows at once, so if you miss a race you can simply rewind and watch it later. Most people utilize DVRs to stream content from the internet to their television sets, allowing them to avoid paying for large TV shows which they might not even watch. Therefore, the DVR is the perfect option for those who want to keep track of their favorite racing teams while watching games live or almost live.
Since the installation of a DVR is relatively simple and it doesn’t take long to get used to, it’s definitely a viable option for anyone who is interested in adding yet another card to their collection. Furthermore, if you’re planning on using the device often then it’s worth considering upgrading to a high-definition television set as well so you can truly appreciate the crisp images and perfect sound quality offered by modern displays and sound systems.
However, if you don’t have a DVR and you do a lot of online shopping or if you simply like to watch live TV shows, then the next best thing is a traditional TV tuner. These devices connect to your television set via an analog cable and allow you to watch any channel, whenever you want, for free.
The downside to a traditional TV tuner is that you will need to set the device every time you want to watch something different. Furthermore, it requires you to have an open space next to your television set so you can place the device and keep it plugged in all the time. Not only is this frequently annoying, but it’s also a safety issue because you have a power cable trailing behind your television set wherever you move it. You never know when this cable might trip and cause a short circuit or an accidental power surge, especially if you have older TVs or if you move the set often.
The last option is to use a traditional TV tuner with an RF (radio frequency) splitter. With this method, you only need to set the device once and then you can watch whatever channel you want, without the need to remember to turn it on each time you change channels. Traditional TV tuners with an RF splitter are generally less costly than DVRs and they don’t require as much space, so this option is great for smaller homes or for people who want to add another set later on.
Use Your Phone’s GPS
Another way to keep track of your speedway card collection is via the use of a smartphone. These devices have GPS (global positioning system) receivers built into their architecture, which help them find their way to their destinations by measuring and analyzing the device’s location against pre-stored mapping data. Furthermore, many smartphones can also detect when they’re locked into a wireless network and display the signal strength and whether or not the network is available, all on a single screen. This makes it much easier for anyone to keep track of where they are and whether or not they’re connected to the internet, without having to open multiple apps or worry about closing down a connection due to lack of available bandwidth.
If you have a phone with a fast enough processor and enough RAM (random access memory), then using the GPS receiver is a viable option. As long as you have a clear view of the sky, you can see satellite navigation signals coming in to a smartphone from all over the world. Furthermore, if you have root access (the ability to modify files on your phone), then you can use the built-in maps app to add additional markers, labels, and shapes to the map.
To use your phone’s GPS, simply open the maps app, enter your destination, and hit save. From that point on, your phone will show you the quickest route to your destination and will update itself as often as needed. Furthermore, you can use the camera on your phone to take a picture of any marker or sign you see along the way so you can add it to your collection later on.
Use The Cloud
If you have a sufficiently fast internet connection, then you can also use the internet to keep track of your collection. This is a great option for those who want to keep their card collection organized and also for those who want to add more markers, labels, and shapes to the maps as they travel. Furthermore, you can use special websites to add additional markers and track your progress as you go.
To use the cloud, simply go to a special website (such as maps.google.com) and log in using your email address and a password. From there, you can add markers, labels, and shapes and then easily compare your progress against that of others who have gone before you. Furthermore, many sites, such as Google Maps, offer directions and driving instructions so you can follow the directions given to you by the service to add yet another element of organization to your travels.
Use A Free App
If you’re still using an old-fashioned TV tuner card or you can’t afford any of the options mentioned above, then you can use a free app to add yet another layer of organization to your collection. For instance, if you have an iphone or android device, then you can download Speedway from the respective app stores (it’s free).
Once you’ve installed the app, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with it. You’ll need to add your destination (this could be a racetrack, a stadium, or any other location you frequent), then select the kind of race (such as a sprint, a midget, or a drag race), and finally choose which field you would like to monitor (straightaway, hilltop, or backroads).
After you’ve entered your chosen destination and clicked the Start button, you will be presented with a map on which markers representing other cards are displayed. You can click on any marker to view the related lap time and compare it to your own. Additionally, you can scroll through the entire collection using the gesture controls or the map’s small buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Even more impressively, the app allows you to add more markers and checkouts as you go. Once you’ve entered another destination, you can choose to add another lap or start a new collection for a different event.
The downside to a free app is that you need to keep up with the updates so the map always shows the latest markers and lap times. Also, you have to be online to access the map, so if you travel frequently then you’ll have to remember to keep your internet connection on all the time so you don’t miss out on any new markers or lap times. Furthermore, you can’t add extra information to the maps (such as text descriptions of the events or photos of the venues). So, if you want to keep a detailed collection of your travels, then you need to either write down all the information yourself or download a paper dictionary to look up the words as you go.
Record One Manually
If none of the other options mentioned above appeals to you, then you can also manually add a lap to your collection by recording the event yourself. This will require a bit of research to figure out the exact timings of each lap and how long it takes to complete. However, you can determine this information by viewing the results of previous races (especially ones which you have previously driven) or searching online for the event’s dates and times.
When you’ve found this information, simply set an alarm on your phone so you don’t forget about the due date then lock the screen and take a note of the time. You can also use a voice recorder to make sure you don’t forget any important details. After you’ve recorded one lap, you can compare it to the previous lap (using the ruler function on your camera’s touchscreen) and then add it to your collection.
The downside to this method is that it’s more work. You’ll need to do the research, set the alarm, and then follow through with the recording. Also, you’ll need to compare the two laps manually and keep track of the differences. Furthermore, it’s only as accurate as you make it and you can’t verify the information against previous data, so you could potentially add a wrong lap time to your collection. For these reasons, I would not recommend this option. However, for those who want an easy way to manage their collections and want to keep track of their travels, it’s a viable option.