audible start/stop indicators (with a different sound for start vs stop) or some other visual way to see start/stop trips from hardware directly
Our scoring laptops are right next to the Farmtek console, so we can usually hear the start (1 beep) and stop (2 beeps) signals from it.
On the main laptop, I usually keep TK open, with a Chrono view tiled in a narrow window down the right of the screen. That makes it very easy to see who is currently on course and how accurately the system queue matches the real-world queue.
Everything hardware; timing hardware, networking gear, computers
I spoke to Mike Weds. He strongly recommended getting another yagi and attaching it to the polaris timer at T/S ... the catch is the other 2 yagis need to be within 10deg off the axis of the yagi at T/S. If I position the T/S trailer on midway between I should be able to make that happen and the distance would only be 700' to each. http://take.ms/X35sj
Of course at 700 the omni and yagi's on the ends should also work. Will be a fun experiment :)
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Aaaaaaand, our local community college turned us down, despite the fact that 2 of their faculty - 1 of them the head of their automotive department - autocross with us regularly. In fact, the department head drives a '65 Valiant that the students built for autocross, and it has prominent college logos on it for great advertising. But NOPE.
Starting to feel like the kid who can't get a date for the prom.
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Last year, our club adopted an MCO based 'mod points' system and it was our most successful year yet!
We had the same concerns from our members that SCCA classing didn't suit our needs due to smaller club size and smaller lots. We get between 20-35 drivers per event and wanted something easy to use and understand..... Enter the MCO system!
Their system uses 5 pre-dertermined base classes - your car's SCCA Street class will determine what MCO base class you start in. Then from there, as you mod your vehicle, modification points are accrued. Every 15 points gets you bumped up a class.
What we did to modify the system for our club was:We determined which SCCA Street classes would fall into 3 Thunder Bay Autosport Club base classes. We had to account for MCO having 5 classes. We felt our club numbers could support only 3 classes at this time. We crunched numbers and determined that a 3 class/25 point bump would keep the same ratio as MCO's 5 class/15 point bump. The number of points assigned to each mod on MCO's car classing sheet was kept relatively the same. With us having only 3 classes to advance through vs their 5, this allows our drivers extra room to mod their vehicle before being bumped up a class and stops you from reaching the top class (A class) too quickly. Finally, we determined which mods on MCO's classing work sheet were our system's deal breakers and gave the largest competitive advantage (tires & weigh reduction) and upped those points according to the same ratio as MCO (ie. assigning our full 25 mod points to sticky tires so this mod initiates an automatic jump and forces you up a class).
View our system here: http://tbmotoring.com/threads/1426-Autocross-Registration-Guide
I recommend giving the MCO system a look, it's fun, fair, simple and new-user-friendly. If you have any questions, Naresh has been a great help while we figured our system out and of course I am also happy to answer any questions if able.