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Southern Michigan Orienteering Club



OCTOBER 17, 2010

Bright sunshine, vivid colors, crackly leaves underfoot – it was another great day for orienteering. And as a bonus, the green areas on the Silver Lake map didn’t seem to put up quite its usual “fight”. Not to say the autumn olive, multi-flora rose, and exotic honeysuckles had disappeared, mind you, just that they didn’t seem so formidable.

This was the second week of the club’s experiment with electronic timing. Igor Guskov has been the force behind the project, renting the equipment and software from USOF for a four-week window. The hardware consists of three components: (1) a set of two-inch long “sticks”, which serve as the “receivers” in the system and are attached to a competitor’s finger with a Velcro strap; (2) a set of 4”x 8 boxes (the transmitters); and (3) a laptop computer. A box is attached to each control, while four additional units are stationed on a table in the start//finish area. Table unit #1 is to “clear” each “stick” of any previous data, #2 confirms the stick is now clear, #3 is the start terminal, and #4 is the finish unit A fifth box is attached to the laptop, which is operated by the timer (in this case, Igor) and serves to download information from the stick after the competitor finishes the event.

The process is relatively straight-forward. When the competitor checks in, he/she is assigned a particular stick and the stick is cleared & checked. When ready to start, the stick is dipped in the start terminal hole, which produces a beep and the competitor is “on the course”. At each control, the competitor dips the stick into the slot, listens for the beep, and then is off to the next control. At the finish, the stick is dipped in the finish terminal – then given to the timer, who dips it in the box attached to the laptop and downloads the data. Scoring, including total time and all splits, is immediate.

The beauty of the system comes in several layers. First, because you know exactly when a competitor was at a control, you know if all controls were visited and in what order. Second, you can give everyone their exact splits and those splits can be compared with those of everyone else. And third, it makes it much easier for the organizer to provide on-the spot results.

In the current experiment, we are using the electronic controls only on the red and green courses. The first meet scored that way was Pond Lily on October 10. The third and final one will be directed by Mike Keating at Peach Mountain on October 31.

1 Phil & Deanna Otte 36:00
2 Sebastin Voit 46:30
3 Vanessa Cllinton 51:09
4 Bill Girardin 55:00
5 Mary Jocelyn & Jessica Roberts 55:40
6 Linda & Olof Arevang + Benita Sjogen 1:03:30
7 Emilia Monroy + 2 1:04:15
8 Diane & Alex Deangelis 1:06:10
9 Ramsey Zeitoun 1:12:50
10 Ronald Miller + 3 1:14:30
11 Shelley Poliner & Rebecca Ginther 1:23:55
12 Kiran Prasad + 2 1:33:30
13 Team Anderson (3) 1:40:25
14 Tom & Diane lAmerman 1:51:40
1 Brian Slane 1:13:05
2 Rioux Trio 1:18:35
3 Jess & Carl  1:20:53
4 Pam, Bruce, & Jeremy Kittle 1:26:15
5 Bob Climie 1:28:30
6 Bob & Erin Waddell 1:31:00
7 Shannon Waddell & Mark Fransen
8 Tyler & Bill Scanlan 1:41:44
9 Alan Baljeu 1:34:20
10 Kit & Nancy Moran 1:52:23
11 Dick Fortune 1:56:40
12 Hayder Allebban 2:06:05
13 Casey VanKampen 2:10:25
14 Dan & Logan Tuttle 2:15:55
15 Rich Lee & Larry Duffield
16 Stephanie Kempa 2:37:05
17 Gail Perkins 2:55:40
18 Phil & Deanna Otte OE
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