The following steps outline the basics of how to set up the equipment for a timing point in a race.
What is a Timing Point?
Timing points are physical locations on a race course where the timing equipment is setup to record the times of passing racers. Most often these are: Start, Lap and Finish.
- Unravel the Wire Loop and lay the loop on the ground in a rectangle as per the diagram below
- The dimensions of the rectangle should be 1m in the direction racers cross (0.5m for running and skiing) and 6m – 12m wide.
- If the loop is on dry pavement, tape it down using Gorilla tape. If the pavement is wet, screw it down using the supplied wet weather kit.
- For other surfaces click here to find useful tips on how to attach your timing loop to the ground.
2. Pick up your Activator (shown in the photo on the right) and push the blue power button to turn it on. All the LED lights on the Activator should now light up. These LED lights give you useful information about the state of your Activator.
3. When the Activator is initially turned on, the Sync LED light will flash orange. This means the Activator is searching for GPS satellites.
Next the Sync LED light will flash green while the Activator is syncing its time.
Wait until the sync LED light is SOLID GREEN before using the Activator at a timing point.
4. Now connect the wire loop to either port on the Activator. To do this align the white arrow on connector end of the wire loop with the white line on the Activator port. Push in the connector and twist the end piece clockwise to lock the connector in place.
The Activator’s Loop LED light is SOLID GREEN when a wire loop is connected. If the loop is disconnected or cut the Loop LED light will be SOLID RED.
5. The battery LED light on the Activator is SOLID GREEN when the Activator is 40% to 100% charged. If battery power is below 40%, the LED light will be ORANGE. When the battery level is critical the LED light will FLASH RED.
While charging the Activator, the battery LED light FLASHES ORANGE. When the Activator is fully charged, the battery LED light FLASHES GREEN. The charging cable can be connected to either Activator port the same way you connected the wire loop.
To turn off the activator, push and hold the blue power button for a few seconds.
6. Grab the loop checker, which is shown in the photo on the right. You will now use the Loop Checker to check the size of the field created by your wire loop. This field is a 3D area that surrounds your wire loop. If a chip passes through this field, it will receive a time from the activator.
Hold your loop checker anywhere over the wire loop. The LED indicator light on the loop checker will light up red when the loop checker is in the field. Walk the along the perimeter of your wire loop holding the loop checker at a height of at least 2m above the loop. Make sure the loop checker’s red LED light is on over the entire length of the wire loop.
1. Set up the tripod stand and attach the phone clamp to the top. Put the phone into the phone clamp as shown to the right. Position the tripod 5-10m AFTER the timing point.
2. If you need to use the phone for longer than about 4 hours, connect a USB battery pack to the phone with a USB cable. The battery packs have a velcro patch on them, so that they can be attached to the back of the phone clamps.
3. Turn on the Android phone by holding down the power button (found on the right side of the phone) for a few seconds. Open up the Zone4 GO application found on the home screen.
4. In the Zone4 GO app, on the KEYPAD tab, enter a bib number such as ‘999’ and press the blue “+” button. This records a time for that bib number. The number you entered will be listed on the phone along with the recorded timestamp. This is how to manually record individual or group start times. Make sure the message to the right of the time changes from “Local” to “Synced”.
5. If the message remain “Local” check the phone’s internet connection through either cellular or WiFi. If you have internet access on the phone but it still says “Local” ensure the phone is authorized on your club. To find out how to do this click here.
6. In the phone app switch to the “CHIP TIMES” tab. Take any numbered chip (not the loop checker) and move it across the wire loop once. Make sure the chip begins outside the field, then quickly move it into the field and bring it back out again. This mimics someone crossing your timing point in a race. Do not leave the chip in the field. The number of the chip being used along with a time should appear at the top of the list of chip times. This time will be recorded and “Synced” to the server.
Your timing point is now setup and ready to record times!