Vario Tone Settings
The acoustic feedback of a vario is by far the most important aspect of any vario used in paragliding as you will listen and depend on it for 90 percent while flying. This is why we dedicated a separate menu to it within the Settings and theFlightVario app itself. This is also why we added support for custom vario tone configurations using a vario tone editor such as the XCTracer Vario Sound & Config File Editor
Most of settings are preconfigured to match a typical standalone variometer. Nevertheless, have a look at what is being activated before your first flight. Also, we highly recommend to have the calibration routine run as this will make the most of your internal sensors for flying.
Vario Tone Curve
Predefined or custom vario tone curves can be selected for different conditions or preferences.
straight - this defines a roughly linear increase in tone frequency and decrease in cycle/duration times and a constant beep
responsive - this defines a logarithmic curve with a nonlinear increase in tone frequency and decrease in cycle/duration times, thus putting focus on lighter thermals
Configuration files from the afore mentioned Vario Sound Editor can be imported too. In this case choose:
custom - select a vario sound config file
This one is straight forward and describes the general sound of the vario tones generated. You can choose between different tones from soft to intense in loudness. Once set, the volume will be set as always with the buttons of your phone.
You can select a threshold for the vario app to indicate a strong sink. Currently this is set to beeping for basic, classic and fusion and freely customizable for xc vario. Support for custom vario sound configuration for all lines will follow.
You can select the threshold for the vario app indicating a lift. Currently his is set to beeping for basic, classic and fusion and freely customizable for xc vario. Support for custom tone configuration for all lines will follow.
You can select the threshold for the vario app to indicate to indicate a prelift zone. This is the zone around or close to a thermal that provides weak but not yet sufficient lift. Which is why we call it the prelift zone. You can choose thresholds between -0.3 m/s to +0.2 m/s. In this case you can choose to be indicated by single beeps or better a buzzer sound. You can also turn it off completely.
Choose the responsivenes here. We recommend to start with smooth or balanced first. This highly depends on the type of internal pressure sensor as some are precise but noisy others are less precise but not noisy. In case an external bluetooth or usb vario is connected, these settings are not relevant as readings are passed through.