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....
- A selection of SIM cards are needed for the router.
- At present, the power cable for the reader has to exit the box and plug into a power extension coil. Despite being covered with a bin bag, this increases the likelihood of water entering the socket.
- Similar to above, due to cable length the PSU for the point to point network adapters is external to the timing box (in the bin bag with the mains cable reel). Again too much chance of water ingress.
- Where possible (decent internet required) use a second computer to make the start list changes.
- Test the network hardware
- Get some extension cables to allow the point to point adapters' PSU to go inside the main reader boxes (much more weather resistant)
- Eventually move to battery powered readers and network adapters
- Raise the side antennae when using ankle tags, in hindsight I may have set these slightly too low