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LiNK (Kestrel)

Instructions for the use of the Kestrel LiNK App

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Yes! The Kestrel 5 Series now has both Android and iPhone integration through our Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android Apps. Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android apps allow LiNK enabled Kestrel 5 Series Meters and DROPs to connect wirelessly with mobile devices to view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts, download data and perform firmware updates. The Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app, designed specifically for the Kestrel 5700, Kestrel 5 series Sportsman, and Kestrel 5700 Elite meters, provides full gun management and access to the Applied Ballistics library of G1/G7 curves (5700) and custom drag models (Elite). For a quick look at all of the Kestrel LiNK Application Features - Click Here.

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All models of the Kestrel 5000 Series have optical data ports that can be seen through the openings of the battery door. A USB Data Transfer Cable can be purchased separately, which plugs directly into the back of the Kestrel and extends to a USB port in your computer.  You will NOT be able to connect a non-LiNK model unit to a mobile device (e.g., any device without a USB port).

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These programs handle uploading the weather data from the Kestrel to a specific device. This weather data can then be exported into MS Excel. You can also update your firmware any of these programs. Visit the Kestrel LiNK Software and Apps page to learn more.

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Kestrel 5 series units with LiNK will need to use the Kestrel LiNK Wireless Dongle to connect with a computer. The Kestrel 5 series will not work with any internal Bluetooth modules. To connect, insert the Kestrel LiNK Dongle into an open USB port. On the Kestrel, go to the Main Menu->Bluetooth and turn it ON. Set Conct to "PC / Mobile." Open the application on the computer and select the Kestrel as the device to connect to. There is no more “pairing," "COM port numbers," or "PIN Codes" to worry about for those familiar with the 4000 series.

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Please see our guide for this Bluetooth issue:

Kestrel 5 Series Instruction Manuals

Get help connecting my Kestrel 5 series unit to my computer using a bluetooth dongle.

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Please see our graphing guide:

LiNK (Kestrel)

This tutorial will show you how to create a graph of the data that you exported from your Kestrel 5000 series or Kestrel DROP using one of the Kestrel LiNK applications.

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Yes! The Kestrel 5 Series now has both Android and iPhone integration through our Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android Apps. Kestrel LiNK iOS and Android apps allow LiNK enabled Kestrel 5 Series Meters and DROPs to connect wirelessly with mobile devices to view real-time measurements, receive on-screen alerts, download data and perform firmware updates. The Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app, designed specifically for the the Sportsman , the Kestrel 5700, and the Kestrel 5700 Elite meters, provides full gun management and access to the Applied Ballistics library of G1/G7 curves (Sportsman and 5700) and custom drag models (5700 Elite).

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Any of the LiNK Ballistics applications will allow you to transfer gun profiles to your Kestrel. So LiNK Ballistics for iOS or LiNK Ballistics for Android will allow you to use a mobile device to transfer gun profiles but you would need to have the LiNK (i.e., Bluetooth) model. If you are using a Windows computer, you can use the Applied Ballistic Profile Loader (Version 42 or higher).

NOTE : Please be aware that currently the Applied Ballistics Profile Loader cannot be used with Bluetooth; therefore you will need to purchase the USB Transfer cable to transfer files with a Windows PC.

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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app for Android and iOS is the ideal companion to the Kestrel 5 Series Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, and Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics unit before you set out. The app is also the perfect way to display your ballistic solutions remotely via Bluetooth.

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We have separate LiNK applications without “Ballistics” in the title. The programs handle uploading the weather data from the Kestrel to a specific device. This weather data can then be exported to MS Excel. You can also update your firmware or upgrade your unit (upgrade through Windows only) with these programs.

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Currently mobile devices cannot perform firmware upgrades. An upgrade is defined as going from a 5 Series Kestrel Sportsman or Kestrel 5700 to a Kestrel 5700 Elite with Applied Ballistics. To upgrade your Kestrel Sportsman or Kestrel 5700, you will need to connect to a Windows or MAC computer. More info can be found on the Kestrel Upgrade packages.

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You must disconnect and then reconnect the DROP to get any additional logged data uploaded into the program. You can do this by closing and re-opening the program as long as Device Power Saving is turned ON.

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Yes. Once you make the settings to the DROP (custom name, logging rate, data refresh rate), those settings stay with the DROP itself. This means that all anyone else would have to do is download the Kestrel LiNK(Formerly Kestrel Connect) app from the iTunes App store and connect to the DROP to access.

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No. Once a device is connected to a DROP, another device will not be able to connect to the DROP until the first connection has been closed.

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To read the data that has been logging on the DROPs, all you have to do is simply connect to the DROP with your iOS or Android device and the data log will be downloaded. You can tell it’s downloading by looking at the DROP’s name near the top of the screen, as you’ll see a spinning graphic and a percentage that changes over time. Once it has reached 100%, you’ll have to navigate to the Stats screen using the menu at the bottom of the app. There you’ll find an Export Data button at the top which you can use to email the data log to yourself and then print it out.

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There is no barometric pressure reading on the DROP D3. Currently only station pressure is provided. Station pressure is the pressure felt at the current location without adjusting for altitude. Station pressure is used in applications like ballistics and auto racing. Typically barometric pressure is only used for weather related phenomenon. Barometric pressure may be added in a future release.

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LiNK (Kestrel)

Setting up Alert Services on Kestrel LiNK Application for Multiple People

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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, and Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for iOS:

LiNK (Kestrel)

An iOS application to view you Kestrel Ballistics data.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Multi Target view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 8 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 8 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 9 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The free Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app is the perfect companion to the Kestrel Sportsman, Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter, and Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics. Build and manage your gun/bullet profiles and download them to your Kestrel Ballistics Meter before you set out. At the range or match, secure your Kestrel Ballistics Meter to a tripod using the optional Kestrel Vane Mount and use the LiNK Ballistics app to quickly adjust the target range and view the shooting solution and wind rose without leaving your shooting position. It’s like having a meteorologist and ballistician standing next to you while you shoot.

Download Kestrel LiNK Ballistics for Android:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Download the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app from the google play store.


Quick Look

  • Wirelessly adjust the target range on your Kestrel and view resulting elevation and windage solution without ever leaving your shooting position.
  • Build and transfer custom gun/bullet profiles.
  • Comprehensive Applied Ballistics bullet library provides G1/G7 ballistics coefficients, weight, diameter and length data for over 500 bullets.
  • With Kestrel Elite Meters, also access and use Applied Ballistics Custom Drag Models, providing exact drag profiles for supersonic, transonic, and subsonic bullet flight for maximum accuracy at extreme long range.
  • Advanced Multi Target view allows you to simultaneously view the elevation and windage solution for up to 8 targets defined by direction, range and angle - giving you the edge at precision rifle matches (available for Kestrel Elite only).

Example Screen Shots


See elevation and windage solutions as well as wind speed and direction without leaving your shooting position. Changing Target Range in the app automatically updates the solution from the Kestrel remotely.

Input up to 8 separate target ranges to see elevation and windage solutions for each. Perfect for competition multi-target stages.

Create and manage gun and bullet profiles for easy upload to and from your Kestrel. Includes bullet data from the Applied Ballistics G1/G7 bullet library.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 4.3 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android Devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

LiNK (Kestrel)

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The Kestrel LiNK App for iOS puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for iOS (Formerly Kestrel Connect):

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an iOS device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for iOS can connect to up to 8 devices at the same time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates..


Kestrel Firmware:

LiNK (Kestrel Ballistics)

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for iOS

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: iOS versions 6 and higher.
  • Hardware: iPhone 4s onward, iPad 3rd generation onward, iPod Touch 5th generation onward.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Mac computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for MAC:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.03 for OSX


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots


Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.21 Update Installer for OSX

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.21 Update Installer for Windows

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Compatible with El Capitan

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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The Kestrel LiNK App for Android puts crucial information at your fingertips with remote mobile device viewing of real-time readings from your Kestrel 5 Series Meter or DROP Logger. Kestrel LiNK also provides easy transfer of the Kestrel’s stored data log, a clear graph of all historical data, and customizable alerts based on temperature, heat index, wind or other measurements. Data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart® up to 100’ line of sight or more.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Android

LiNK (Kestrel)

An application that can be used to view and analyze your Kestrel data on an Android device.


Quick Look

  • Compatible with Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters with LiNK and all Kestrel DROP Wireless Data Loggers.
  • View real-time measurements and download data logs from devices within range. LiNK for Android can connect to one device at a time.
  • View and analyze logged data using range Min/Max/Average statistics and clear scrolling graphs.
  • Get alerts when conditions exceed thresholds you set in the app. (Note: Use of alerts feature reduces battery life of mobile device.)
  • Easily export and email selected data ranges or entire log in .csv format for record keeping and analysis.
  • Post snapshots of current conditions to social media with one click.
  • Manage your Kestrel's name, logging rate and other device settings.
  • Get alerted to available firmware updates for your Kestrel and install them wirelessly.
  • *New* Remote Monitoring – Set Alert Service on a local mobile device and receive emails from your DROP or Kestrel 5 Series whenever conditions go outside your preset threshold.

Example Screen Shots


Drag and drop your desired measurements to the real-time Dashboard. Share your Dashboard to social media.

See every current measurement from your Kestrel meter or DROP on the Readings screen.

Select data ranges to see Min/Max/Avg or export data.

New logged data is automatically added to the history in the app every time your device is within range. Scroll forward or back though all data to see all time-stamped measurements.

Bluetooth Smart makes it easy to make connections to devices within range from within the app.

Manage settings on your Kestrel 5 Meter or Kestrel DROP from within the app - alerts, name, connection settings. Install firmware updates..


Kestrel Firmware:

LiNK (Kestrel)

A simple guide to help you update your Firmware on your Kestrel using LiNK for Android

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Device Compatibility:

  • Firmware: Android 4.3 and higher.
  • Hardware: Most Android devices with Bluetooth Smart®, including Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid and other recent generation phones and tablets.

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel DROP D1 Wireless Temperature Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D2 Wireless Temperature & Humidity Data Logger
  • Kestrel DROP D3 Wireless Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Data Logger
  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
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Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device and archive on your Windows computer. Data logs can be exported as csv files for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets. This software also facilitates updates and upgrades to your device firmware.

Download Kestrel LiNK for Windows:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Kestrel LiNK Version 1.04.03 for Windows


Quick Look

  • Manage updates and upgrades to device firmware
  • View device information such as device name, model number, firmware version, hardware version and serial number. Rename device.
  • Transfer data from your Kestrel 5 Series device wirelessly or with a USB cable.
  • Archive data logs.
  • Export data logs in csv format for viewing and analysis in spreadsheets.

Example Screen Shots

Easily connect your Kestrel to the application using bluetooth.

Manage your Kestrel: change its name, download data, and/or update your unit.

Export and analyze your data.


Kestrel Firmware:

Kestrel 5 Series Downloads

Version 1.21

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.21 Update Installer for OSX

Kestrel Firmware Version 1.21 Update Installer for Windows

Device Compatibility:

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

Kestrel Compatibility:

  • Kestrel 5000 Environmental Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5100 Racing Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5200 Professional Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with LiNK
  • Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with LiNK

Bluetooth Support:

LiNK (Kestrel)

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Dongle Issues with the Kestrel 5000 Series Models and LiNK for Windows.

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If using interface Cradle, please install software driver and directions below.

Kestrel 4 Series Downloads

Kestrel Communicator Interface Software, v 2.1.1 compatible with ALL Kestrel 4000 series models

Prolific USB to serial driver

Kestrel 4 Series Instruction Manuals

Kestrel Communicator Software Instructions

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