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@JasonPowell - That is excellent news! We also had very few problems last year, except for the OLR issues that were noted and resolved. I still have a list of suggestion open in the v3 thread, but like you, I'm happy to hear that at least the status quo will continue for the foreseeable future.
Thanks for getting a hold of Chris, and thanks for reporting back to us.
@Duke That's the issue, it wasn't working for us. It worked for a while and then stopped for no apparent reason. I outlined the entire problem in another thread. I know we were on a Macbook which some speculated was this issue. So it had stopped working, support had become non existent and we had no choice but to abandon it. Ironically enough we're now running Windows on the Macbook Pro with different software and it works perfectly.
@JasonPowell The software we're using now was written by a Canadian autocrosser with the Southern Alberta Solosport Club and is called MJ Timing. It's free but not open source.
All things RM Live
I have a NetZero mobile internet USB dongle. It works most of the time, with occasional troubles, but is overall pretty reliable. It typically drops once or twice during an event, and needs to have the connection reestablished.
But starting when I was bench testing on Friday night, and during the event on Saturday, clicking the Sync button instantly killed the internet connection and reset the dongle as if it wasn't even inserted. I would have to unplug / replug for the connection software even to recognize the device so I could restart the connection. When the connection was established, even without attempting to manually sync via the button, Axti.me was giving continual connection errors and never uploaded data. The internet connection worked fine for other sites.
There were no known settings changes on my part, though there were the inevitable Win10 updates, since it was last used successfully in June. The timing gear input is using COM3 and the dongle is using COM4-6, so there is no conflict there.
Any ideas or advice will be appreciated. Thanks!
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In case you guys didn't see my post in the other threads...
Chris is still alive! Had a phone chat with him tonight. Here's the short version: His startup has consumed all his time, but he hasn't forgotten about axtime. Version 3 is about 1/2 done. There is a possibility he'd make the current version open source which would allow clubs to tweak things to their liking. LIVE CLOUD RESULTS will continue to work for many years as this service is set to auto-renew each year. IF we see the oddities with live results like last fall, I'll let Chris know and he'll restart the cloud services. He's hoping to give us all an update in the coming months about his plans for the software in 2018.
Personally, I'm happy with current version of the software (we had zero glitches in 2017) and I feel good about the 2018 season knowing the cloud results will continue to work :-)
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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.
How to do stuff
An update on our approach:
Instead of using a judgement based approach to mapping Street Classes (AS through to HS) to our A through E base classes, we're using PAX values to determine where one base class starts and another ends.
You can read about it here: http://www.mco.org/wordpress/2017/02/06/2017-classing-worksheet/
Each year, we'll feed the new pax values into our spreadsheet and it will spit back base classes.
The 2018 sheet is here: http://www.mco.org/wordpress/autocross-news/autocross-rules-classing/
If it's not obvious, we do not further adjust times using PAX values. All our results are based on RAW time.
A is also out top class. As far as competitor distribution, its pretty good, but B Class tends to be least well represented., You can see our results over time here: http://www.mco.org/wordpress/autocross-news/autocross-results/
You'll find we spend a great deal of energy on posting results. We find it builds community and makes competitors feel like their investment of time in the sport is special and worthwhile.
Hope this is helpful to others.