How to connect a Chrony to laptop PC

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by MinimumMOA, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. MinimumMOA

    MinimumMOA New Member

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    Today I finished connecting a Beta Chrony to a laptop using about $8 worth of parts.

    This was done because the cost of software (about $100) and the cost of the USB connector and Chrony (stereo) connector (about $50) are excessive.

    Listed below:
    buy the USB $5
    buy the stereo connector $3
    download the USB driver (free)
    download the software to talk to the USB (free or if you have windows xp it is already on you PC)
    download the basic instructions used to talk to the chrony (free)


    Hardware
    PL2303 USB2.0 to RS232 TTL Converter Module + 4 x cable
    Obtained from e-bay
    Male stereo 1/8 Phone Plug (3 conductor)
    Obtained from e-bay (or Radio Shack)

    Driver
    Prolific – obtained from prolific website
    PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.8.0.exe
    checkChipVersion_v1006.exe
    PL2303 Windows Driver User Manual v1.8.0.pdf
    PL2303_DriverInstallerv1.8.0_ReleaseNote.txt
    PL2303CheckChipVersion_ReadMe.txt

    Software
    Hyperterminal software
    hypertrm.exe
    hypertrm.dll
    hypertrm.hlp
    Obtained from - any windows XP program files

    ExtraPutty
    ExtraPuTTY-installer.exe
    README.txt
    Obtained from ExtraPutty website

    Hardware
    PL2303 USB2.0 to RS232 TTL Converter Module + 4 x cable
    Obtained from e-bay
    Male stereo 1/8 Phone Plug (3 conductor)
    Obtained from e-bay (or Radio Shack)

    Driver
    Prolific – obtained from prolific website
    PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.8.0.exe
    checkChipVersion_v1006.exe
    PL2303 Windows Driver User Manual v1.8.0.pdf
    PL2303_DriverInstallerv1.8.0_ReleaseNote.txt
    PL2303CheckChipVersion_ReadMe.txt

    Software
    Hyperterminal software
    hypertrm.exe
    hypertrm.dll
    hypertrm.hlp
    Obtained from - any windows XP program files location

    Or use ExtraPutty
    ExtraPuTTY-installer.exe
    README.txt
    Obtained from ExtraPutty website


    How to set up and run the software
    Reference
    nopLabs, Shooting Chrony PC Protocol

    Set up notes
    Both Hyperterminal and ExtraPutty use the same parameters
    The serial port settings are:
    4800bps
    8 data bits
    no parity
    1 stop bit.
    Name the setup so you can click on it later

    Running the software notes
    Use the following commands
    SYSX – Enter the PC mode
    X.ALO – Ping Chrony (Hello I am here)
    X.INC – increment to the next string
    X.END – get out of PC mode

    A day at the range
    Set up the Chrony on the range
    Put the battery in the Chrony
    Plug in the USB to the PC
    Plug the USB into the Chrony
    Turn on the chrony (last step is to turn the unit on)
    Turn on your PC
    Click on Hyperterminal or extraputty
    An empty window should show up
    Type in SYSX – Enter the PC mode
    X.ALO – Ping Chrony (Hello I am here)
    Type in X.GEE
    This should be empty if you cleared out your Chrony memory
    If not – refer to the Chrony owner’s manual and clear out the memory
    Type in X.END

    Begin shooting … YES we are actually shooting NOW

    Shoot ten (successful) shots
    Type in SYSX – Enter the PC mode
    Type in X.GEE
    Copy this to a notepad file for later use in Excel
    Type in X.INC
    To increment to the next string
    Type in X.END

    Repeat as needed …
    Have FUN …
     
  2. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    You should put this in 'Equipment Discussions' or 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics' instead of 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics'
    Just a thought