SpeedCoach OC 2

The original on-the-water OC performance monitor, the SpeedCoach GPS 2, offers athletes accurate, high contrast information about speed, cadence and glide in a completely waterproof package. Use with an impeller on moving water (OC 6), or switch to GPS mode for wireless splits and distances.

Add the Training Pack software to program any workout ahead of time, start and record training and race pieces “on the fly,” and upload data wirelessly to a computer or mobile device for deeper insights over time.

$399.00
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SpeedCoach OC 2

Introducing the ONLY training tool built specifically for Outrigger Canoes!
With nearly 40 years as the industry leader in paddle sport training technology for elite athletes, NK's SpeedCoach OC 2 will make your boat more informed and cross the finish line faster. Train smarter and improve your performance with one simple tool – SpeedCoach OC 2.

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Measurements & Performance Features

The SpeedCoach OC 2 is the ONLY performance monitor specifically designed for outrigger canoes. With this groundbreaking product, your athletes will be more efficient, and ultimately more successful, at moving the boat in the water.

Available only with upgrade purchase of the SpeedCoach OC 2 Training Pack

 

Measurements

  • Speed

    Get real-time speed without slowing down to look at your watch. Our precision 5 Hz GPS allows for accurate and responsive speed.

  • Distance

    Get accurate distance with the SpeedCoach OC 2 5 Hz GPS processor. This unit pulls satellite readings 5 times a second, compared to once a second for most GPS watches.

  • Distance Per Stroke (Glide)

    Save energy by determining how effective each one of your strokes is. Get the most glide and speed while expending the least amount of energy.

  • Stroke Rate

    Real-time stroke rate information is critical to improving your performance and also helps determine which paddle and board are right for you.

  • Paddle Specific Calorie Burn

    The SpeedCoach OC 2 now features NK's propriety measurement of energy expenditure displayed as both total calories burned per hour.

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  • Heart Rate

    Pair the unit with a heart rate belt to enable heart rate monitoring and logging. The heart rate measurement also provides an even more accurate energy expenditure reading. Learn More »

Features

  • Programmable Workouts

    Program up to six workouts right on the unit based on time or distance.

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  • Wireless Data Transfer & Review

    Wirelessly transfer just go and workout interval data to PC or Mac for viewing and storage.

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  • On-Unit Data Recall

    Data recall tied to workout sessions for in-depth review of pieces on the water.

  • Two Flex Fields

    Determine what real-time measurements are important to you and display them in the two bottom flex fields.

  • Wirelessly Upgradeable Firmware

    The SpeedCoach OC 2 is built on a modular and expandable platform. As new features and firmware updates are released, use the LiNK application to upgrade or update your unit.

  • Rechargeable Batteries

    Rechargeable battery lasts multiple sessions.

  • Auto Backlight

    Get more out of your early morning and late-night paddles with proper lighting.

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SpeedCoach OC 2 with

Training Pack

Take your paddling to the next level by purchasing the SpeedCoach OC 2 with Training Pack. The Training Pack software adds programmable workouts, detailed on-unit data recall, heart rate, and wireless data transfer via LiNK™.

Programmable Workouts

Program your workout right on the unit based on time or distance. Workouts are easy to set up, save and run. Unit comes pre-programmed with 6 editable workouts. Get the most out of your training plans by programming them into your SpeedCoach.

Wireless Data Transfer

Transfer data via LiNK to your PC or Mac for review. Export data as a CSV file to Excel for more detailed analysis and charting options. Or export data as a FIT file to enable transfer to most third-party training websites, such as Endomondo, Strava and Training Peaks. Map your paddling course, share your results with friends or coaches via Facebook and Twitter, even challenge your fellow paddlers to a battle to improve on your results.

Heart Rate

Compatible with any Bluetooth® low energy (also called Bluetooth 4.0 or BLE) heart rate belt. Paddle specific calorie equation incorporates heart rate feature to provide the most accurate energy expenditure calculation for intense paddlers.

Log & Track Your Performance with LiNK

Expand the performance improving capabilities of the SpeedCoach OC platform. LiNK includes Bluetooth® low energy wireless connectivity to heart rate belts, sensors, phones, tablets, PCs (dongle required) and Macs (dongle required), as well as cloud connectivity, web analytics, and real-time tracking via third-party training apps.

Download LiNK for Windows or LiNK for Mac OS X
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    Wirelessly transfer 'just go' and workout interval data to PC or Mac for viewing and storage

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    Export data to charting and analysis programs, such as Excel, via CSV.

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    Export data to FIT file format to enable transfer to any FIT-compatible third-party websites, such as Endomondo or Strava

SpeedCoach OC 2 is

Impeller Compatible

The SpeedCoach OC is compatible with our SpeedCoach Impeller (sold separately), which will give the paddler a more accurate speed when traveling on moving current. Training with an impeller has been the gold standard for rowing for years, especially for teams that train on moving water. Impeller speed measures the movement of the boat relative to the water, while GPS speed measures the movement of the boat relative to the ground. This can be a powerful training tool and a great way to learn more about your paddling. To get started training with an impeller you will need the SpeedCoach Wiring Canoe/Kayak Sensor, Wireless Angle Bracket Mount, and SpeedCoach Impeller.

If you are interested, we wrote a blog post highlighting the differences of impeller speed versus GPS speed.

Speed Matters. Stroke Counts. Buy Now.

Train smarter, improve your performance and stay fit with the only training and fitness tool built specifically for Outrigger Canoes.
The SpeedCoach OC 2 is designed and built in the USA and comes with a 2-year warranty.

Compare ModelsStandard
$399
Training Pack
$449
Wireless Data Transfer  
Programmable workouts  
heart rate belt compatible  
Calories / Hour
distance per stroke
Odometer
Mile split
1000m/0.5mi split
500m split
On unit data recall
Impeller compatible (speed through water) sold separately
3-Axis surge rate
GPS speed/distance

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Specifications
Included in Package
  • 110 Volt US Charger
  • NK Life Preserver Float
  • Quick-Wrap Mounting Strap
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer Battery
  • SpeedCoach GPS Protective Bumper
  • SpeedCoach OC 2
  • Training Pack USB Dongle (If Option Selected)
Water ResistanceWaterproof (IP67, NEMA-6).
Memory18 hours of memory. Approx. 125 2000m workouts, or 55 5000m workouts.
Programmable WorkoutsProgram up to six workouts right on the unit based on time or distance. (Training Pack only)
Wireless Data Transmit/ReceiveWirelessly transfer JustGo and workout interval data to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android for viewing and storage. (Training Pack only)
Control Unit Weight5.3 oz (150 g) with bumper
Unit Weight7.2 oz with quick-wrap mount
Display Dimensions3.6 x 2.6 x 1.2 in (92 x 67 x 31 mm)
BuoyancyDoes Not Float ( Use NK foam float.)
DisplayHigh contrast, sunlight readable monochrome liquid crystal display with 400 x 240 resolution and large, clear numerals.
BacklightLED backlight illuminates the display in low-light conditions and triggers automatically when needed.
ControlsFour soft-touch buttons, large primary start/stop/clear button.
Battery TypeOne rechargeable Lithium-Poly battery provides up to 8 hours of battery life (backlight dependent).
Battery Life ExpectancyBattery can be expected to last 300 full charge/discharge cycles. The expected cycles increase greatly for partial charge/discharge. After 300 cycles, expected capacity is 80% of original.
Power ConservationAuto-off after 8 minutes of inactivity (no button presses or movement).
CaseImpact-resistant polycarbonate case with sealed acrylic window. Sun and saltwater resistant.
Warranty Period2 Year Warranty
Measurements
MetricUnitsRangeNotes
Average Split/Speed GPS 00:00.00 0 - 00:00.00 Rolling Average
Average Split/Speed Impeller 00:00.00 0 - 00:00.00 Rolling Average
Average Stroke Rate 000 ½ 6 - 99 1/2 Total strokes/total time
Calories 0000 0 - 9999
Calories per Hour 0000 0 - 9999
Cumulative Splits 00:00.00 0 - 00:00.00 Elapsed time
Date MM/DD/YYYY MM/DD/YYYY
Distance per Stroke GPS 000.00 0-0000.0 Updates per stroke, (total distance - last total distance)
Distance per Stroke Impeller 000.00 0-0000.0 Updates per stroke, (total distance - last total distance)
Heart Rate 000 0-999
Instantaneous Split/Speed GPS 00:00.00 0 - 00:00.00 Speed over land averaged and updated every stroke. GPS speed smoothing from 1-stroke to 8-strokes
Instantaneous Split/Speed Impeller 00:00.00 0 - 00:00.00 Impeller mode averaged and updated every stroke
Stroke Count 0 0 - 999 Count input from accelerometer, autostart with first stroke, auto rollover
Stroke Rate 000 ½ 6 - 99 1/2 Rate input from accelerometer, auto start with first stroke
Time of Day 00:00.00 12 or 24 hour clock
Total Distance GPS 000.00 0-0000.0 Distance over land, meters, kilometers, or statute miles
Total Distance Impeller 000.00 0-0000.0 Distance over land, meters, kilometers, or statute miles

SpeedCoach/StrokeCoach Troubleshooting Documents

Comparison of SpeedCoach Model 2 Units: Rowing vs SUP vs OC

LiNK (NKSports)

a detail listing of all changes made to the LiNK software

version 1.0.13

Use the NK LiNK app to view your workout data on an iOS device. v 1.0.13

LiNK_Version_1.30

nklink_setup_1.30

SpeedCoach/StrokeCoach Instruction Manuals

SpeedCoach OC Model 2 Instruction Manual

SpeedCoach/StrokeCoach Wiring

SpeedCoach Wiring Installation Instructions

Product Questions

We have released the LiNK software for transferring, viewing and exporting data files from the Training Pack versions of the SpeedCoach GPS Model 2, SpeedCoach OC 2, and SpeedCoach SUP 2

This version of LiNK for the Microsoft Windows platform truly represents our first step in the planned development of the LiNK environment.  We are asking you to download it, start using it, and most importantly, help us prioritize our ongoing development by telling us what features and capabilities you most want us to add. 

Note: LiNK is currently compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

 Join the discussion on our "Get More SpeedCoach" Facebook Group! 

 


What can you do with LiNK for Windows?

  • Wirelessly transfer 'just go' and workout interval data to PC for viewing and storage.
  • Export data to charting and analysis programs, such as Excel, via CSV.
  • Export data to FIT file format to enable transfer to third-party websites, such as Endomondo, Strava and any FIT-compatible site. These sites enable you to view your workout or race on detailed maps, share your results with friends or coaches, and even compare your results with others.

 

To view sample "Just Go" and Workout data files please see below:

Note: FIT files need to be opened through a third-party sites such as Endomondo or Strava. 


Latest Firmware Update:

Information on past firmware updates.

Please note: For up to date firmware you only need to install the most recent firmware update

Version 2.21 - 10/12/18 Fixes issue where fuel gauge was overestimating remaining battery life in certain units.

Release notes for SpeedCoach GPS, SUP & OC (Version 2.21) - 10/15/18

 


Steps for updating your SpeedCoach unit:

  1. Open LiNK and click the "Help" tab.  Select "Update Your SpeedCoach" and click on the URL listed in Step 1.
  2. Run/install the executable file to load the new firmware files to your computer.
  3. Set the SpeedCoach unit in "Data LiNK Mode." Once in Data LiNK mode, your unit will appear in the LiNK application. Select your unit and you will be notified that a new update is available. Click "Yes" to update.


For a visual of these steps, see below.


LiNK Support:

We have created in-depth videos to walk you through each step required to install LiNK, install the wireless data transfer dongle, update your SpeedCoach, and begin using LiNK.  We strongly recommend you watch all five of these videos before beginning the process!

1. How to Install LiNK For Windows:

2. How to Install your Bluegiga Bluetooth Dongle:


3. How to Update your SpeedCoach GPS Firmware:


4. How to Wirelessly Transfer SpeedCoach Data to your PC:


5. How to Export your SpeedCoach Data to FIT file format for uploading to to 3rd party training sites:
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6. How to UPGRADE your SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 (For customers who have a SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 WITHOUT Training Pack and are upgrading to the "Training Pack" version)

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We have released the LiNK software for transferring, viewing and exporting data files from the Training Pack versions of the SpeedCoach GPS Model 2, SpeedCoach OC 2, and SpeedCoach SUP 2

We are asking you to download it, start using it, and most importantly, help us prioritize our ongoing development by telling us what features and capabilities you most want us to add.

Note: This program is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

 Join the discussion on our "Get More SpeedCoach" Facebook Group! 

 


What can you do with LiNK for OSX?

  • Wirelessly transfer "just go" and workout interval data to Mac for viewing and storage.
  • Export data to charting and analysis programs, such as Excel, via CSV.
  • Export data to FIT file format to enable transfer to third-party websites, such as Endomondo, Strava and any FIT-compatible site. These sites enable you to view your workout or race on detailed maps, share your results with friends or coaches, and even compare your results with others.

 

To view sample "Just Go" and Workout data files please see below

Note: FIT files need to be opened through a third-party sites such as Endomondo or Strava. 


Latest Firmware Update:

Information on past firmware updates.

Please note: For up to date firmware you only need to install the most recent firmware update

Version 2.21 - 10/12/18 Fixes issue where fuel gauge was overestimating remaining battery life in certain units.

Release notes for SpeedCoach GPS, SUP & OC (Version 2.21) - 10/15/18


Steps for updating your SpeedCoach unit:

  1. Open LiNK and click the "Help" tab.  Select "Update Your SpeedCoach" and click on the URL listed in Step 1.
  2. Run/install the executable file to load the new firmware files to your computer.
  3. Set the SpeedCoach unit in "Data LiNK Mode." Once in Data LiNK mode, your unit will appear in the LiNK application. Select your unit and you will be notified that a new update is available. Click "Yes" to update.


For a visual of these steps, see below.


LiNK Support:


We have created in-depth videos to walk you through each step required to install LiNK, install the wireless data transfer dongle, update your SpeedCoach, and begin using LiNK.  We strongly recommend you watch all five of these videos before beginning the process!

1. How to Download and Install LiNK for OS X:

2. How to Update your Firmware with LiNK for OS X:


3. How to Export and Review Data in LiNK for OS X:


4. How to Upgrade your SpeedCoach GPS Unit for OS X:

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We have released the LiNK software for transferring, viewing and exporting data files from the Training Pack versions of the SpeedCoach GPS Model 2, SpeedCoach OC 2, and SpeedCoach SUP 2

The NK LiNK for iOS app connects to your SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 to download workout data to your iOS device. View your performance over 100m/.1mi/30s intervals inside the app, and also export selected sessions to .fit or .csv format. Import your .fit files into Strava, Endomondo, Training Peaks and other popular workout logging and mapping programs, or open your .csv files in Excel or other spreadsheet applications to see the full stroke by stroke details of the session. All downloaded sessions are saved on your smart device allowing you to safely clear your SpeedCoach memory and record new sessions.

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Quick Look

  • Download, view and analyze SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 workout data down to the interval level inside the LiNK application
  • Export selected workouts to .csv or .fit format and email or save for record keeping and analysis
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your SPC and install them wirelessly

Important

  • Bluetooth® low energy required in your smart device for connectivity. Requires iOS 8.0 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  • SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 must be placed into “Data LiNK” mode to connect. Bluetooth must be enabled on your mobile device as well.
  • To enable wireless firmware updates via the LiNK app, the SpeedCoach must be at firmware version 2.11 or higher. If your SpeedCoach is presently at a lower firmware version, you will need to connect to desktop LiNK for OSX or Windows using the dongle to perform your first firmware update, and will be able to use the mobile app for wireless updates thereafter.

SpeedCoach Compatibility:

  • Compatible with SpeedCoach GPS 2, SpeedCoach SUP 2, and SpeedCoach OC 2.
  • Training Pack is required to download stored sessions. Non-Training Pack units can connect to the mobile app to update their firmware if they have fw version 2.11 or later.

Example Screen Shots:

View all downloaded workout sessions. Easily selectable to export or review in app

In app interval review

 

 

Interval detail reviewable down to the 100m/.1mi/30sec


Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 8 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.
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We have released the LiNK software for transferring, viewing and exporting data files from the Training Pack versions of the SpeedCoach GPS Model 2, SpeedCoach OC 2, and SpeedCoach SUP 2

The NK LiNK for Android app connects to your SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 to download workout data to your Android device. View your performance over 100m/.1mi/30s intervals inside the app, and also export selected sessions to .fit or .csv format. Import your .fit files into Strava, Endomondo, Training Peaks and other popular workout logging and mapping programs, or open your .csv files in Excel or other spreadsheet applications to see the full stroke by stroke details of the session. All downloaded sessions are saved on your smart device allowing you to safely clear your SpeedCoach memory and record new sessions.

Download NK LiNK for Android


Quick Look

  • Download, view and analyze SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 workout data down to the interval level inside the LiNK application
  • Export selected workouts to .csv or .fit format and email or save for record keeping and analysis
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your SPC and install them wirelessly

Important

  • Bluetooth® low energy required in your smart device for connectivity. Requires Android OS version 4.3.1 or later.
  • SpeedCoach GPS Model 2 must be placed into “Data LiNK” mode to connect. Bluetooth must be enabled on your mobile device as well.
  • To enable wireless firmware updates via the LiNK app, the SpeedCoach must be at firmware version 2.11 or higher. If your SpeedCoach is presently at a lower firmware version, you will need to connect to desktop LiNK for OSX or Windows using the dongle to perform your first firmware update, and will be able to use the mobile app for wireless updates thereafter.

SpeedCoach Compatibility:

  • Compatible with SpeedCoach GPS 2, SpeedCoach SUP 2, and SpeedCoach OC 2.
  • Training Pack is required to download stored sessions. Non-Training Pack units can connect to the mobile app to update their firmware if they have fw version 2.11 or later.

Example Screen Shots:

View all downloaded workout sessions. Easily selectable to export or review in app

In app interval review

 

 

 

Interval detail reviewable down to the 100m/.1mi/30sec


Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android minimum version is Jelly Bean v4.3.1
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Nielsen-Kellerman has been around since 1978. Our roots are in the sport of rowing, and we have been building performance products for athletes of all levels since the beginning. Year after year, we have created newer and better products for our customers, including novice coxswains, Olympic athletes, college coaches, masters rowers, and everyone else in between. Some of our products including the SpeedCoach family, have crossover unto other paddle sports(outriggers, dragon boats, canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards). We have worked closely with partners and customers within the paddling community to make the best product we can. We are always open to new ideas and ways to make the products a better tool for your training, fitness, and racing needs.

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FeaturesSPC GPS2SPC SUP2SPC OC2
GPS Speed X X X
Impeller Speed compatible X X
Stroke rate, stroke count, distance/stroke X X X
Distance X X X
Elapsed Time X X X
Empower Oarlock compatible (in TP version only) X
500m Split X X
1000m Split X X
1 mile/1 km Spilt X X X
Wireless Data Transfer (in TP version only) X X X
Programmable Workouts (in TP version only) X X X
HR belt compatible (in TP version only) X X X
Recommended for Rowing, Canoe, Kayak SUP OC, Dragonboat
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LiNK is the SpeedCoach’s data transfer program. It is also how you are able to update your unit as firmware updates and new features are released. If you purchased a version without Training Pack, LiNK is what you would use to upgrade it if you decide to purchase those features in the future.

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  • Exporting as a csv file lets you review your workout in Excel.
  • This file will breakdown your workout view to the stroke level. You can also use this data to graph within Excel
  • You’ll get a session summary at the top of the page, and then interval summary below that, and then the session detail, which will show you your information at each stroke.
  • You can also upload csv files to rowsandall.com to view the data graphically, including Empower oarlock data.
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  • Exporting a fit file will allow you to upload your workout to a 3rd party training site, such as Strava, Endomondo, Rowsandall.com, or Training Peaks.
  • These sites will all let you see your GPS map! Most of these sites will also let you export to a GPX file, which you can then upload to a site like Google Maps if you’d like.
  • Here you’ll be able to see your workout overview and your “laps” at each .1 mile or 100m
  • Most of these sites will also give you some graphing information about your cadence (stroke rate), speed, and HR if you are using it
  • You get a lot of great information from these sites even on the free account level. If you have questions about the details in a paid account, feel free to reach out and ask us.
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If the battery has become very flat (low), it may take a little longer for the unit to show that it is charging. First please make sure the unit has “clicked” into place on the charger so that the silver contacts are aligned together. Then make sure you give the unit at least 30 minutes for the “charging” to appear on the screen. Typically after 30 minutes you should see a change from a blank screen to “charging”. If the unit is still not responding after more than 30 minutes on a charge, please contact NK for assistance.

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Unfortunately there are hardware differences between the GPS 1 / SUP 1 and the GPS 2 / SUP 2 so they cannot be upgraded. We offer customer trade-ins for anyone who would want to upgrade their current model SpeedCoach into a GPS 2 or SUP 2. The details of the trade-in program can be found here

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No, the SpeedCoach has a lot of dense electronics inside and this causes it to not be buoyant. Please make sure you secure your SpeedCoach to your mount using the lanyard. Extra precautions such as the NK Life Preserver Float should also be considered.

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No. Unfortunately the SpeedCoach has a GPS receiver, not a transmitter. So while it can receive GPS signals, it cannot send a GPS signal. If you lose you SpeedCoach, NK has no way of detecting where it currently resides.

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Yes, with the Training Pack model and connection to the LiNK software. Once you have downloaded a session to the computer, you can then export it as a CSV or FIT file. This CSV or FIT file can be uploaded into Rowsandall.com. Rowsandall is the only site currently that can also display EmPower Oarlock data. There are many other websites that accept FIT files such as Endomondo and Strava and display the data well.

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Yes and no. The GPS 2 / SUP 2 / OC 2 will be recording all of the GPS coordinates during your session. After uploading your data into your LiNK application, you can then export a “FIT” file for this session as mentioned above. These FIT files can then be uploaded into a website such as Strava or Endomondo, which will then show the path on a map of your workout session. Measurements such as speed and stroke rate can also be viewed in relation to the location on the map that you are viewing.

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The time is updated when the GPS unit has acquired a satellite lock. The customer has the option of inputting their time zone and daylight saving time. Please note: In most U.S. locations daylight savings time is ON in the summer and OFF in the winter.

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You may have the wrong time zone selected or daylight savings time is toggled wrong. Please go to the Time / Date option and adjust to the proper values. Please note in most U.S. locations daylight savings time is ON in the summer and OFF in the winter.

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When you update the firmware on your GPS unit, the heart rate belt will need to be re-paired. You will also lose all session data currently on the unit.

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  • GPS 1 / SUP 1: It is recommended that you use the NK provided heart rate strap. While other heart rate belts may pair with the unit, the heart rate may still not appear on the main screen. If you cannot get the NK heart rate belt, the Wahoo Tickr model is the best choice (Please Note: not the Tickr X model however).
  • GPS 2 / SUP 2 / OC 2: Any heart rate belt that connects with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) should work.
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If you are sure that your belt is paired but is either not showing a heart rate or showing an erratic heart rate, it may be one of a couple issues. First if you are getting “---“ make sure there is enough moisture on the heart rate belt’s rubber contacts against your body. Very dry skin may not be enough to create enough of an electrical connection to get a proper reading. Secondly, if these rubber contacts are dirty, this can also cause a problem. Our suggestion is to use mild soap and water and clean the belt occasionally to help prevent dirt build-up. Finally if neither of these suggestions help with your issue, the problem is most likely related to corrosion in the heart rate belt buckle contacts. Please see the document below to clean these contacts to help restore proper connectivity.

A quick solution to fixing a heart rate belt that is displaying erratic readings

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Training Pack adds the following features:

  • Programmable workouts
  • Ability to upload session data to a PC, Mac or Android or iOS device
  • Heart rate capable with Bluetooth Low Energy heart rate belts
  • Ability to connect to EmPower Oarlock (Rowing model only)
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  • Firmware version 2.08 includes a satellite icon on the workout screen header that will let you know when you have a satellite lock
  • Make sure you have clear visibility to the sky
  • If you aren’t seeing the icon, go to the Main Menu ->Setup->Advanced->Diagnostics
  • Scroll to the GPS Diagnostics Page
  • Press either the up or down arrow on the GPS Diagnostics page to reset the GPS in the unit.
  • If the issue persists, please contact techsupport@nkhome.com
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Please go to the Main Menu and the About screen. The model (1 or 2), firmware version, hardware version, memory used and options (training pack or not) will be listed here.

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For many customers, the stroke rate should work great right out of the box with the factory settings, but there may be some customers that need to make some slight tweaks to the unit in order to get a better stroke rate reading.

First you should make sure the unit is properly mounted so that it is directly facing you (perpendicular to the port or starboard sides). If you need to mount it on an angle, for example a 45 degree angle from the port or starboard side, then you will need to toggle the Axis to Any (3). You can do this through the Main Menu->Setup->Advanced->Stroke Rate Setup->Axis. For the majority of the time we do recommend leaving the setting on Front-Back (2). This is especially true if you have choppier waters. If you are in choppy waters, it is best to remove the Z-axis motion and set the axis to Front-Back (2). If you are having issues with the unit detecting too many strokes or not enough strokes, our recommendation is to adjust the Noise Filtering setting. To do this, you would go to Main Menu->Setup->Advanced->Stroke Rate Setup->Noise Filtering

Note:

  • If you are getting more strokes than you think you should be getting, please raise the Noise Filtering value (default is 3).
  • If you are getting less strokes than you think you should be getting, please lower the Noise Filtering value (default is 3).
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When you are in Ready mode, the timer will start when it detects the first stroke. If the timer is starting prior to your first stroke, you may want to raise the Timer Start Acceleration setting. Please go to Main Menu->Setup->Advanced->Stroke Rate Setup->Timer Start Acceleration and raise this value slightly (default value is 4). If, instead, the timer is not starting on your first stroke, the remedy would be to lower the Timer Start Acceleration value slightly (default value is 4).

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When set to ON, auto pause will stop the timer if the unit has not recorded a stroke within the last 6 seconds. It will automatically start again once a stroke is again detected. If you leave Auto Pause to OFF, then the timer will continue the entire time, whether a stroke is detected or not.

Note: Average Speed is always calculated as a function of the distance covered in the elapsed time shown. Because the timer will continue to run while you are not rowing, turning Auto Pause “OFF” will impact the calculation of your cumulative average speed.

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When the SpeedCoach GPS/SUP is powered on, it begins to search for GPS satellite signals. Until the SpeedCoach acquires a strong GPS fix (typically under 2 minutes), the location and speed measurements can be erratic. If the timer has been started during this period, you may see jumps of up to 100m per stroke. It is recommended to allow at least 2 minutes between powering up the SpeedCoach and starting a Just Go session or a workout.

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To change the battery on your heart rate belt, please see this document:

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No. The SpeedCoach GPS can be used without any additional wiring. The stroke rate is picked up by an internal accelerometer and the speed and distance are picked up by satellites.

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Yes. You can toggle the Setup->Input to Impeller. The unit will then get the speed and distance from the impeller instead of the GPS satellites. With the latest firmware installed, the unit will record both GPS and Impeller speed and distance when using with an impeller. It is also recommended to run the impeller calibration on a per boat basis, if using the impeller.

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The unit will shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity. If it is registering a stroke rate, it should not shut off. If the timer isn’t running or distance isn’t accruing, you most likely are in STOP mode. Please hit the power button to set the unit in READY mode. If you would like to turn this off (so the unit will always keep running unless you shut it off), go into Main Menu->Setup->Auto Shutdown, and toggle it from 10 min to OFF.

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LiNK data can be reviewed in the application itself by simple clicking on a data session. This will give you a session and interval summary as shown below.


You have the ability to click on a specific interval and view the details by clicking on an interval. You can also cut and paste the data from LiNK to a new document for 100 meter increments


If you would want to review stroke by stroke details, you wll need to export the data as a CSV file

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First please make sure that you have the training pack version installed on your unit. The training pack is required for downloading data sessions to a computer. You can review this on your SpeedCoach unit by going to the Main Menu->About and note if Options reads “Training Pack”. While on this screen, please review that you have firmware version 2.04 or higher. If you have a firmware version below, 2.04, please update your firmware per the instructions.

Next please make sure that the computer is picking up the dongle correctly. When you open up the LiNK application, the very bottom left of the application window should say “Searching for SpeedCoaches.” If the application instead says “Searching for dongle”, then you will need to troubleshoot the Bluetooth dongle. There is help here to install the Bluetooth driver

Once you have verified the above and have connected to your SpeedCoach, please first ensure there is data sessions stored on the unit. If you recently upgraded the firmware, you may have erased all the data sessions. Otherwise, please just be patient with the program. We have found that on some Windows computers, data transfer takes a long time (up to 30 minutes in the worst cases). Some of this can be alleviated from disabling other Bluetooth devices, but sometimes anti-virus and other programs can delay this transfer. The data session will transfer eventually though, if program is saying “Not Responding”. The program should eventually alleviate the issue and transfer the data.

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While it may appear the LiNK for Windows application is locking up, it should eventually resolve itself and transfer the data. If it appears that the LiNK for Windows program has become unresponsive, please be patient and let the program resolve itself and the data should eventually transfer. This could take up to 30 minutes although this is definitely not typical in most cases. We are working on improving this connection for Windows users.

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If you stopped the LiNK program prematurely (even if the program said "Not responding"), the data might have become corrupted during the transfer. Please erase the sessions from the LiNK program and try and upload the data sessions off of the unit again. Please allow the transfer to complete without any interruptions.

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You can view stroke-by-stroke details of your data session by exporting the data as a CSV file. You can see the mapping of your row, along with your overall stats by exporting a FIT file. Unless you changed the path, all exported files will be found under:

  • For Windows: My Documents->LiNK for Windows->Exported Files
  • For OS X: Documents->LiNK for OS X->Exported Files
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  • You can buy a NK LiNK dongle, download LiNK and upgrade the firmware from there.
  • If you have access to an NK LiNK dongle (maybe a very kind friend…), you can borrow theirs to perform the update.
  • You can update your unit to a Training Pack version if you are interested in the extra features that offers (programmable workouts, HR belt compatible, and downloadable data) in addition to the newest firmware version. You can find the Training Pack upgrade information for Rowing here for SUP here or for OC here .
  • You can attend a race or regatta where NK has a booth and we will be happy to upgrade your firmware there.
  • You can use our mobile Android or iOS applications if you have FW version 2.11 or higher.
  • You can send the unit into us and we can upgrade your firmware in our office and send it back to you.
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To update the firmware on your SpeedCoach, you must first run a program to import the latest firmware files from our site. To do this, please open the LiNK software. Click on the Help tab at the top of the screen. Click on the link found under Step 1 of the instructions and run this program. Link will be an .exe file for Windows users and a ZIP file for OS X users. After you have run this firmware installer, the latest firmware files will be moved to your computer. The next time you connect your SpeedCoach, you should be prompted to update your firmware. Just click Yes to update. If you do not get automatically prompted, you can go to the Manage tab and select Update Firmware. If you are not prompted again, you most likely have the latest firmware available.

Note: All data sessions will be deleted from the unit after updating the firmware. The heart rate belt will also need to be re-paired.

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You can purchase training pack upgrades through our website: (GPS2) (SUP2) (OC). You will need to provide us the serial number of the unit. You will then be physically shipped a Bluetooth dongle to use. You will be emailed the firmware file that you need. Once you have the firmware file and the dongle, please follow these steps:

  1. Save the emailed file to a location where you can find it again, such as the Desktop.
  2. Download one of the following, depending on your operating system
  3. Insert the Bluegiga Dongle that was shipped to you into an open USB port.
  4. Open LiNK for Windows application.
  5. On the GPS 2, please select Data Link mode on the Main Menu.
  6. Your SN should appear on the LiNK for Windows app. Select it by clicking on it.
  7. Select the Manage tab and then Select Model Upgrade.
  8. Navigate to the place where you saved the file in Step 1 and select it and hit Open.
  9. Select YES to upgrade the unit.
  10. Please wait until the GPS 2 reboots and the firmware file will be installed.
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For rowsandall.com, you can upload your data as a CSV file and it will map it. For other sites, you will need to export your data session as a FIT file. You will then need to upload this FIT file to a compatible website that can handle FIT files. Some sites out there are Endomondo, Strava, MapMyFitness, etc. Each site has a different method of how to upload a file, so please review the instructions on the site you are using for how to upload these files.

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Release notes for SpeedCoach GPS, SUP & OC (Version 2.21) - 10/15/18

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