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Just when it was all going so well....

Firstly a huge thankyou to Dave for helping me with timing for this event, wouldn't have been able to do it without him. So with the last post I thought I had multi-sport event timing cracked. 100% read rate at Killerton, job done, got a model to follow. I'd got a similar read rate for the Devon Duathlon previously, but that was using bib chips, this was Hu-Tags. Therefore it was with a bit of trepidation, but quiet confidence, that I headed off to the Dawlish Triathlon. I had put quite a bit of prep time into this one, testing chips and equipment, repairing two of the reader boxes, building a bespoke box for the swim and testing that, and generally going over everything. Previous experience at Dawlish was that it was high paced, stressful and if something could go wrong, it would. And so trial by Dawlish began.... As you can probably guess from the image above, the swim was cancelled. Replaced by a run. No need for the fancy timing box I'd built up with a separate network

Timing a Duathlon - How to Do It!

 Following on the last post, I was asked to cover the Killerton Duathlon as part of Sportiva Events covering it for the organiser due to family health situation. It was the first event using the new HuTag XC-3 ankle chips, therefore to be sure of reads some gates used multiple readers and each gate was timed using a separate computer (well two computers and a tablet). This was via Webscorer's multi device timing feature. A really useful feature if- Your timing gates are far apart Everyone starts in one wave or very close waves (meaning gates are not active when people are still milling around) Internet connectivity is good And there is not much to say, other than 100% read rate!!!! Was very happy, here's a few conclusions I drew from this event- Wifi linked gates using the TP Link point to point adapters is fine Hu-Tags generally respond better to side antennae Two mats + two sides is ample for the gates, except bike For bike, four sides angled to create a read "zone"

Timing a Duathlon - how not to do it

Duathlon's (for the uninitiated) are an event involving two sports, and in the South West it is normally running and cycling. Sportiva Event's put on several such events, which I time. In the autumn I got these sorted (finally) using a combination of more sensitive antennas and two of the higher power, EU22 spec Impinj readers, and two of the lower power models (EU21 spec). So when it came to this spring's Donut Duathlon, we raised the bar. Each bike lap would be logged. The event was top be held at Torbay Velopark. The timing software was Webscorer . There is an image below and setup was as follows (excuse the small size of the details at the top of the image)- Finish gate - an EU21 spec reader connected to two mats plus and EU21 spec reader connected to 9dBi gain side antenna's (circular polarised) running in conjunction with the run gate on the same device. Run gate - a single mat powered by an EU22 spec reader. Bike gate and bike track - an EU22 spec reader connec