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live timing question
Sep 12th, 2010 at 4:06am
 
Just wondering if there is any way to get timing data live while in the pits, etc?
Im thinking along the lines of a wireless connection/laptop.

Also, having just spent some time at Atlantic Motorsports Park, I noticed they use a FM broadcast system for race announcing and it worked great for spectators/racer's in the pit, or I guess even in your race car, lol.
I always had trouble hearing commentary when I was spectating at Mission, so I wonder if this might be another way to help improve the viewing experience.
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Reply #1 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 7:57am
 
Didn't we try the FM broadcast route at one time? It could work if it was available to all.

As for the wireless internet option, another good idea, but we'd have to make it "pay as you go" to make it work properly.

Why? Because there's no such thing as a free ride!!

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Reply #2 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 11:57am
 
http://www.selinsgrovespeedway.com/images/How_To_use_RMonitor_to_view_live_timin...

They seem to have a program available for this called "R Monitor".
Im sorta in agreement for the "charging" for the service, but I guess I wonder how much would be needed when most every hotel provides free access via password. I guess a small increase in entrance fees, and the password provided to all entrants might work.
When I went to a couple of F1 races in Europe a few years ago, I saw many renting large gameboy looking handhelds to get live timing, commentary, or both depending on what package they purchased.

Im thinking an easier thing for Mission, perhaps for both parties,  might be to have live timing(maybe even streaming the live commentary) being posted on a website(this one?) and people log in (purchase password?) with their smartphones. Everybody seems to have one these days. That would save having to setup/expand a wireless network or FM freq for the paddock.

Some ideas, anyway.

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Reply #3 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 11:58am
 

  You can pick up live timing and scoring, I don't know how far down the pit lane it will reach, Marc Ramsay will have a better answer, Also the commentary is on a fm broadcast. The PA personal just need to remember to put the antenna out and broadcast the correct frequency which they usually do.
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Reply #4 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 12:03pm
 
I actually wondered if it already existed, because it's hardly groundbreaking tech, but I've never seen a sign, heard it mentioned,printed in the program, etc.

Atlantic Motorsports park has a sign right after the entrance.

Any idea what the frequency is?
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Reply #5 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 2:07pm
 
The WiFi only works on the front two rows and about halfway down the pits from the start/finish line. Marc Ramsay needs to set-up the software on your laptop though.
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Reply #6 - Sep 12th, 2010 at 5:29pm
 
96.7FM; we did put up a sign at the Westwood 50 when we were using the 'East Paddock'. I'll see if I can find the sign, then we need to remind the announcer to put up the antenna Wink.
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Reply #7 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 3:53am
 
I suppose I'm thinking only from my standpoint. It might be beneficial for the tech guys to have timing and scoring in case of an impound situation. I'd also like to be able to access the internet on-site in the hours BEFORE and AFTER racing hours (ergo the charge and password thought).

I'm not certain how difficult it would be to set this up. Our computer geeks can probably give us a pretty good idea.

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Reply #8 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 6:40am
 
If we want to maximize what is already there, there are several ways to improve wifi signal reception for laptops.

Google "wifi antenna amplifier" etc, for all kinds of low buck solutions. I saw on utilizing old satellite min dishes. It more than doubled the reception capability.
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Re: live timing question
Reply #9 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 9:14am
 
New wi-fi equipment has been purchased by the club to extend coverage across the whole paddock. We just haven't had the time to get it all set up.

Once it is up and running I'll have a posting in the forum and a section on the website with a download and instructions on how to set up and use it.

I'll try and remember to put out the antenna for the FM broadcast when I set up the monitor for PA, and we'll post the frequency at Driver Services.

If Tech would like a PC to monitor the results then they just need to make the request.
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Reply #10 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 12:37pm
 
Thanks!
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Re: live timing question
Reply #11 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 12:42pm
 
Hey.....Can we get HBO on that thing? Grin
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Reply #12 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 12:43pm
 
When the new tech building is in place, it would be nice to have a timing & scoring drop. But, since we've only got one race left this summer (fall?), it might be a bit of a stretch.

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Re: live timing question
Reply #13 - Sep 14th, 2010 at 4:59am
 
I'll have something for tech in their new tech shack for next year...
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