We are a bunch of rally navigators, software developers and rock stars who are passionate about TSD rallying.
It was exactly a year ago that we discovered the FX9860GII. We were thrilled of course; this was the first piece of programmable hardware that fit all our requirements. Big numeric keyboard, inexpensive, large screen, battery life that ran into days. While programming in BASIC was the easy way to go, we knew from the beginning that our product had to have a kickass UX and that BASIC was not up to the task. C and ASM it was, and after dusting off the old K & R and with a little prayer to the pointer Gods, we wrote the first main() we had in more than 20 years.
Half a bottle of Old Monk and five Pearl Jam albums later, the alpha version of TSDMeter was born.
We knew ‘TSD Rallying’ was a niche market. There was no money to be made making a product for it and we had no business plan or model. But we did have a clear goal: ‘make TSD Rallying an easy sport to get into’. After more than 9000 lines of code, many iterations to the product, countless rally wins and helping many a novice come into the sport, we are proud to have lived up to that goal!
But the success is not ours alone, it is yours too, our passionate customers! It is you who helped us through all of last year to improve the product and market it.
“We are all rockstars” -:)
Remember days when rallies
were simple and serene
You had a chance to cruise along
and dig the local scene
But an HMS and a stopwatch
would make it for the worst
And when your wife could navigate the course
and still have time to smoke
Those days are gone forever
it’s a nightmare not a dream
Instructions for the rally teams
would make an Einstein scream
For the pros are running rallies
and to make it all worthwhile
They calculate the distances
in the millionths of a mile
You think that you have got it made
when you’re three seconds late
You find that you are 30th
in a field of 28
There’s a Terratrip on your dashboard
a Garmin in the door
PB on the clipboard
and a Tripy on the floor
Your wife no longer rides with you
you kept her out by force
It doesn’t build togetherness
but it helps prevent divorce
Now your present navigator
is a real live Ph.D.
He teaches Calculus and stuff
at a school called IIT
But even he can’t beat the game
you’re still lost in the pack
You’d better kick him out
and get a TSDMeter!
(bastardization of The Rally Song, Oscar Brand, 1962)
TSD rallying is all about your equipment. And size does matter! Here’s a list of some of the rally stuff we love:
(1) TSDMeter – obviously!
(2) Casio HMS calculator – ’til better sense prevails -:)
(3) Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx – discontinued, so try here.
(4) Tripy – digital roadbooks.
(5) Terratrip 202 PLUS V3 – the best rally tripmeter going around.
(6) AST Fastime 15 – nothing like an accurate timekeeper!
(7) RAM mounts – putting them all together.