BRAC Discontinues Timing System!

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January 28, 2013

As of January 22, 2013, the Board of Directors has elected to discontinue the use of the BRAC – D&L Sound Chip Timing System in light of recent circumstances that impact the price, support, production and provision of equipment necessary to maintain the system. In late November, 2012, Orion, the French company who manufactures the system, hardware and software, sold the distribution rights to their product to a Belgian company, and released their North American representative from his contract.

Since its inception, our chip-timing efforts have been compromised by technical issues (including those with power and radio frequencies), faulty equipment, and compounded by errors in race registration. Many of these issues have been addressed and improved in the last two years. Our intention, in accordance with the direction provided by the Club Council at our December Annual Meeting, was to re-deploy the timing system in a more efficient manner. However, the change in ownership and distribution of the system, which includes a price increase of nearly 300% for replacement chips, represents an expense that would severely impact the cost of promotion and participation in our races, and compromise the long-term financial health of our organization.

BRAC will continue to work with local service providers and our promoters to ensure the use of appropriate technology (which may include high-speed cameras and race-day chips as offered by professional timing companies) to provide accurate race results as well as a safe and positive racing experience to our members. Racing policy for Cup contests further defines requirements for Gold, Silver and Bronze events to ensure these races meet out standards and expectations.

We appreciate your cooperation over the last two years in our efforts to improve the sport for our athletes, officials, and event directors. We would also like to thank Doug Ashbaugh, Clint Bickmore, Yvonne van Gent, Chris McGee, and our officials for their dedication and thorough efforts in deploying and maintaining this system for the time that it was in use.

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It's not over yet...

The Chips
Wed, 2013-01-30
BRAC will store timing chips in the event of future deployment of the system.

Chips can be returned through your club. For every ten chips collected, your club will receive a complimentary entry to the 2013 State Time Trial Championship. Please note that chips must be delivered to Yvonne by June 1 in order to qualify for this offer.

In addition, chips will be collected at events this spring.

Once again, thank you all for your patience and efforts over the last two years.

Shelf life of chips

What good is storing the timing chips when the majority of them were purchased approximately 2 years ago and they only have a 3-5 year shelf life on the battery. I'm glad we all paid the $35 and now must return the chips, but we're not getting a refund. I'm assuming that BRAC will look to sell this system with as many chips as possible to get the highest price as it'll be more attractive to a buyer with 1000 chips to go along with it.

Your are right, and here is why (from Kris Thompson)

Your right and here are a few factors of why that is.

1. Traffic always hits the lowest point of the year near xmas and takes awhile to recover which it usually does around Feb/Mar
2. Day jobs have us working to the bone.
3. (Best reason of all) We are working on a new 303, with new features, mobile friendly, comment voting, and better ability for the community to share content. So if I'm working on getting content then I can't work on the new site... work on the new site and I don't get any content.

Of course if you have something you think is relevant to the 303 community then drop us a line and write something up for the community. Here is where you would start

Now that this is done (timing system gone) can we

Can we all cut back on our desire to know who had 23rd or 46th place? All we need is the podium or top 10 for big ones. It is amazing how much tension was built up over results this past year! If you were in the top 10 then you knew it, and maybe you say, "hey I want my 8th place prize". Please, it's going to be a box of tooth picks if anything. Speaking of which, promotors should cut back on prizes but that is another topic or poll for the 303 guys.