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Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:17:25 PM »
Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review.

I just had my doorbell ring. By the time I got there the FedEx lady was already halfway across the street. Wait I thought. Then I looked down and saw that I had a delivery from Utah Airguns! Oh the joy. It was Christmas morning all over again. Woot!

Opened up the smallish box to find a tiny bit of bubble wrap, an even smaller black box and a plastic bag with a plastic mount doohickey.

Opened up the small, and I mean tiny black box and found a lovely FX Pocket Radar Chronograph. Oooooooh, that’s tiny.

What? No directions? Huh? Oh nooooooooes! Heh, I don’t need no stinking directions. This is especially true since the back of the Pocket Radar Chronograph points you to the FX Airguns.com website. I head that way just to see what they say.

To be continued...


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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 12:30:00 PM »
Congratulations. Good thing FedEx works on MLK day!

This included barrel mounting bracket isn't all that special. It requires you to remove the camera mount, and replace it with the barrel mount. The barrel mount is held on by rubber bands! As a result, I didn't go that route. Incidentally, the 1/4X20 threaded hole isn't deep enough, so I used a rubber washer to tighten it up a bit.

Note that there is a built-in clip which is part of the case. I haven't made my mount utilizing this built-in clip. But once I finish it, I will.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 03:01:23 PM »
Thank you Alan for sending this !

I have shot a few strings from my QB-79 HPA .177. Worked perfectly.

Set up the Texan .257 and first box of ammo in reach was the rather heavy 94.4 Grain Flat Point. Worked perfectly.

Fetched some other boxes of .257 all around the 72 + grain size. And zip, zero ,nada.

Whaaaaat?  The FX will not record the Texan shooting any of my 72.x 257420 or the boat tail Hollowpoint version or a blue powder coated version. I’ve move the FX Radar forward and backward, to the side, above, mounted and not mounted and changed sensitivity settings up and down.

Scratching head over this.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 03:11:00 PM »
Wait! I bet I know what the issue is. I have the FX Pocket Radar on the bench. Will move Airgun and Radar off bench and try again. I shall return.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 03:33:25 PM »
Here are a few photos of the "black" I made. A little rough as I haven't sanded the edges yet.

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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2020, 04:48:42 AM »
Wait! I bet I know what the issue is. I have the FX Pocket Radar on the bench. Will move Airgun and Radar off bench and try again. I shall return.

Which way is it suppose to be facing?
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2020, 06:29:52 AM »
The label is the back of the unit.

The FX radar is a neat little package, but the instructions are sadly lacking. There is an on-line video, but if all you have is an iPhone SE, you can't see it very well! Even the video doesn't explain the mounting options. For example, what is the built-in clip used for? Apparently, whatever it is, FX hasn't released the data, or they've already abandoned the scheme. And, as I reported earlier, the barrel mount is a bit hokey. Wiggly too!

Aside from all, it does fit the bill! Its mounting position isn't all that important, as long as it it pointed down range, and it can hear the muzzle report. The microphone in on the right side, when the back is towards you, so it should be placed on the left side of the gun.

One thing I did do, just for fun, was mount it 20 feet from the muzzle to take the FPS further out in order to calculate the BC. Well, it works sometimes, sometimes not as it has to hear the muzzle blast. It will measure out to 20 feet or so, about 6 out of 10 tries. Not a real accurate way to calculate the BC, but it was closer than I thought it would be.

Would I buy another one? Well, I have already bought three; One for me, one for Steve (part of his webmaster pay), and one for the current contest which is still running.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2020, 11:25:52 AM »
I put the Texan .257 in the Born Wild Shooting Chair this morning. Hung the FX Radar about 3” from the muzzle and fired the rifle twice at a target 25 yards away. First shot with a powder coated 257420 bullet was recorded. 2nd shot was not.

I was set up a couple feet from my house on the left and my shop on the right 10 feet away. Of course the smack of the bullet is way louder than the Texan.

The good stuff about the FX Radar Chrony:
1. Tiny, fits in my pocket
2. An app is readily available for iOS and Android.
3. You can install on barrel or put on a tripod.
4. No bloody lighting considerations.
5. Can easily set up different profiles and comes with sample profiles.
6. So far has worked flawlessly for small bore air rifles.

Not so great issues with the FX Radar.

1. A bit annoying there was no included documentation. A simple quick start guide would suffice.
2. My Texan .257 is inconsistent in getting recorded by the FX Chrony. I know I will have to gain more experience and find the sweet spots for FX Radar. I suspect all my big bores may require finding their sweet spots.  I will keep notes and share as I go along so that the next FX Chronograph owners will have an idea of what to do when stuff doesn’t work.
3. The app has a bunch of features and I assume and hope coming updates will improve features and the User Experience.
4. The included mount requires removing the existing mount. That’s pretty lame. I’d make one that uses a 1/4-20 screw to attach to the existing standard mount.

More to come as I wrap my head around this high tech Airgun Kit.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2020, 11:36:11 AM »
As I mentioned previously, set the FX Radar to the LEFT of the muzzle, as the microphone is on the right side of the unit when pointed downrange.
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Re: Fx Pocket Radar Chronograph Review
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2020, 02:22:08 PM »
I love this tiny little FX pocket Radar Chronograph.

Used it on Marauder just a few minutes ago. I had 7 pellets in the magazine and it recorded each one.

Copy and paste feature!

Shot count: 7
Low: 791
Hi: 830
Avg: 813
Spread: 39
STD Dev: 13.4
807
791
814
830
807
814
828

The FX Radar is mounted to the barrel of the Marauder. Actually to the Neil Clague Moderator., about 3 inches from the muzzle.


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