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Using the clubs laptop, I've been looking at the lap counting software called Laps Free. Although we don't own the actual AMB transponder system, I found a way to use the software to help speed up the process of lap counting and making it a little more simple.

By no means is this accurate or mistake friendly, but in the software, I can enable manual counting keys to trigger off the timer or to simulate a transponder crossing the loop.

What this means is, if we have three drivers (A, B and C), I can press the numbers 1 (driver A), 2 (driver B) or 3 (driver C) in relation to who crossed the line first giving us a *very rough lap time*, number of laps and race placings.

This also means that by hooking up a speaker system, we can utilise the full software package by using Audio alerts to race countdown, race positions, a Beep for every car passed, and even a printout (if we have a printer) of the times and placings.

Basiclly, we are using the lap timing software to it's potential without actually having the transponder system. The only problem with this is that we can not judge actual true lap times as the Race director/marshall still needs to spot the car number passing across the line and relaying it to the Laptop Director. We would possibly need a portable generator capabale of delivering 240v for the laptop and a speaker system/PA.

I would really love to try this setup at the up coming race meet and give it a go. It's a step closer for lap timing.

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Tom
 

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not sure if AMB actually supplies lapcounting software, most clubs run non-AMB code

AlyCat is probably most common, i think they still have a free trial version
that you can use to run a whole raceday to test if its suitable for your needs.
(demo version just won't tally championship point scores i think)

Before transponders the club i was at used a Pegasus system
with a human operator to press the right button on its front panel.

If you have < 10 racers each heat it wouldn't be too hard to build a similar panel
with heavyduty pinny console pushbuttons 1-9 all in a row so there's no mixup.
Just hack a USB numeric keypad for the electronics.
 

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the laps free program we'll use is definatly compatible as it is the same program that is run at sols and used for state of origin. Hope i'm not talking about something different to you lol. I got the demo of alycat and found the driver database was locked for two cars only and there were other restrictions which were annoying too. I'd love to get my head around it :)
 

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i think we're on the same page :)

yea there's 1 downloadable Alycat that becomes 2 demo versions depending on login.
Thought its a choice between having limited cars and full functionality or
you can have full field of cars but it won't export for points score.
Or that was the case last time i looked at it (many yrs ago :) )

Alycat has good support that's why clubs like it i think. Its local/Australian?


Quite a few publicdomain software as somehow many geeks race toy cars ;)
Haven't tried Laps Free myself; can't seem to get to http://www.rctiming.com/ atm.




Basiclly, we are using the lap timing software to it's potential without actually having the transponder system. The only problem with this is that we can not judge actual true lap times as the Race director/marshall still needs to spot the car number passing across the line and relaying it to the Laptop Director.
good idea using 2 ppl on the counter - 1 spots, other only pushes buttons

i wouldn't worry about timing error, the latency between crossing line & button press
would be average out the same over the course of the race if same person is doing
all the races.

main period of contention would be the last few seconds before the finish buzzer
(if car crosses line before buzzer but keypress only happens after);
situation compounded if there's several cars all bunched up together crossing line



Personally been wondering when some nerd is gunna build a laptiming system using
cheap RFID chips. RFID each and every car and the detector loops are waaay
cheaper (& multiple sources) than what MyLaps would charge for an AMB setup.

Seeing they can read multiple RFID chips in items all stacked on a moving pallet,
should be fast enough for RC use you'd think huh?
 

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Thanks Zoomer, This should be the direct download link to Laps Free.
http://www.rctiming.com/lapssetup_uk.exe

update file.
http://www.rctiming.com/download/lapsupdate0_14.exe

I'll have another play with Alycat today and work some stuff out, it cirtantly seems to do pretty much everything. Would love to get Alycat nailed out :)

QORLS have always had a spotter and Race Director spot each car and note them down each race. Things generally go very well each race but in the past, we've had some issues of miss-counting, miss spotting and leads to all sorts of drama's later on.
 
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