We have a 42' 4 lane Best Track with a "Champ" timer.
Last year we used a different software package that had issues. This year I purchased GPRM to run the race. I've been playing with GPRM to make sure I know what I'm doing.
I've also hooked the entire system up to the timer and tested it out. I did this without setting up the track or running any cars. It was still a bit cumbersome as I had to grab the first section of track that had the start switch installed and use that to connect to the timer to start the races.
I want to run some more "mock" races to make sure I'm ready. However, I don't want to dig out that first section of track again to connect the start switch to the timer. I also don't want to dis-assemble the start switch from the first section of track.
I know that GPRM has a "test mode" where you can test without use of a timer. I've done that. What I want to do here is a full system test, including the timer and Race Replay. I want to run through a complete mock race to ensure I don't have any resource issues as I get to the end of the race.
I see that the Champ timer has a command set that I can use to control it. I'm wondering if I can use "Tera Term Pro" or some such terminal program and send a "rg" command to the timer to have it return results when I pass my hand under the sensors.
The question is, can I use this "rg" command to simulate a race start, or will it confuse GPRM or confuse the timer in some way?
I've got to believe there is a good way to do this. I'll try playing myself, but thought I'd check in with the experts first to see if anybody has done this.
I'm wondering how to mimic the start switch getting clicked without having the hardware to actually click it.
Do you recall how you solved that problem, or did you have a start switch you used?
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Personally, I think that the start switch should get packed away with the timer, not the track.
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I figured you'd have an answer, but thought if I posted here, others who may be wanting to try something simlar may look here first and see the answer.
I'll give it a try. I'll also make sure our start switch gets packed away with the timer hardware this year. That sounds like a better idea than the way it was done last year. That way, next year, I won't have this issue.
I suspect given that I only do this once per year, I'll want to test everyting out a few weeks prior to race day every year and having that start switch will just make life easier.