Changes between Version 3 and Version 4 of A day in the life of a scorer


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Mar 31, 2008, 6:47:29 AM (11 years ago)
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davis@…
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Based on a bit of experience.

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  • A day in the life of a scorer

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    1313It has the columns:
    14 id, name, nat, female, birthday, glider, sponsor, fai_licence, CIVLID
     14id (pilot number), name (first <space> last), nat (ionality), female (0 = no), birthday, glider (make model and size in one column), sponsor, fai_licence #, CIVLID
    1515
    16 Nils adds a "cell-phone" column a "paid" column as this is info he needs.
     16Nils adds a "cell-phone" column a "paid" column as this is info he needs (see the instructions in the Excel Workbook about where to place these columns).
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    18 He expects about 30-40 pilots, so he quickly make the numbers 1-40 in the id column, then saves the Workbook to the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder.
     18He expects about 30-40 pilots, so he quickly make the numbers 1-40 in the id column, then saves the Workbook to the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder. (Hopefully he has a registration page on his web site that he can use to copy and paste the information from a few days earlier, otherwise his morning will go very slowly and painfullly. He has a pilot number (ID) for each pilot already, except those that come in for the first time in the morning.)
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    20 Then he attach an USB to Serial extension cable to his laptop (not having serial port).
     20Then he attach an USB to Serial extension cable to his laptop (not having serial port). Let's hope that he has the driver for the USB/Serial extension cable installed. Also the Garmin USB drivers installed for USB Garmins (download from the Garmin web site).
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    22 He hooks up his GPS where he got all the waypoints to the PC, downloads these with GpsDump, save them to the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder as "Geographical files(*.wpt).
     22He hooks up his GPS where he got all the waypoints to the PC, downloads these with GpsDump, save them to the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder as "Geographical files(*.wpt). Make sure that they are in this format. And that the N/S and E/W designation are correct as GPS Babel doesn't do this correctly (if you used that program to change formats). Use GPSDump to create the correctly formatted waypoint file a few days earlier.
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    24 Last thing to do before pilots arrive, set GpsDump in comp mode (under "Misc" menu) and selects all waypoints in the list.
     24Last thing to do before pilots arrive, set GpsDump in comp mode (under "Misc" menu) and selects all waypoints in the list. GPSDump now says in competition mode between session until you tell it otherwise.
    2525
    2626He place GpsDump in upper left corner of the screen and Excel to the right.
     
    3636Nils asks the pilot to plug in his GPS to the serial port (with their own cable).
    3737
    38 Then he goes on the "Wpts" menu in GpsDump, select the correct "Send to ..." menuitem, types the next free id (from the spreadsheet) into the "Comp." field and press OK.
     38Then he goes on the "Wpts" menu in GpsDump, select the correct "Send to ..." menuitem, types the next free id (from the spreadsheet) into the "Comp." field and press OK. (Or he matches the pilot in front of him with the pilot name on the worksheet.)
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    40 GpsDump starts uploading waypoints and also create a waypoint named COMPID which got the id encoded in the coordinates.
     40GpsDump starts uploading waypoints and also create a waypoint named COMPID which got the id encoded in the coordinates. Let's hope that GPSDump works with all the GPSes and all of them get their waypoints. He has other programs available to download waypoints if he runs into programs. These won't supply COMPID waypoints either.
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     42He uses GPSDump to send waypoints to Compeo+ and Flytec 5030/6030 (5020/6020) making sure to send just the Name or the ID of the waypoint and he makes aure that the names going to these instruments matches those going to the Garmins.
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    4244(Some pilot's didn't bring their GPS to rego but got the waypoints from internet, which means they don't get the COMPID waypoint for this comp. That's OK, Nils just tell them to delete the COMPID waypoint in their GPS if they have one from a past competition.)
     
    7476Now he is set to download tracklogs.
    7577
    76 Nils ask the first pilot to plug in his GPS to the serial port (with his own cable) and clicks on the (relevant) download button.
     78He may have had an opportunity to do all of this before the task and he could have set up the task then also (see later).
     79
     80Nils ask the first pilot to plug in his GPS to the serial port (with his own cable) and clicks on the (relevant) download button. Niles may actually have a series of cables that allow for pilots to plug in themselves to the cable and not to the serial or USB port. He can make the pilots do this and also make sure that they have their GPSes turned on and set to the correct screen, of required.
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    7882GpsDump tries to find the COMPID waypoint, then shows a dialog for selecting pilot and saving the tracklog.
     
    8387He then checks that the pilot selected is correct and press OK.
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    85 (Some GPS models do not hand over their COMPID waypoint, also some pilots do not have the COMPID waypoint or have one from another comp, in which case Nils must type in the id or select pilot from the list).
     89(Some GPS models do not hand over their COMPID waypoint, also some pilots do not have the COMPID waypoint or have one from another comp, in which case Nils must type in the id or select pilot from the list). This is easy to do.
    8690
    8791The tracklog is downloaded and saved.
    8892
    8993Nils is good at multitasking and got two serial cables more so he opens two other instances of GpsDump and does the same...
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     95Good luck with this (multi-tasking). It can speed things up, but it can also get confusing as to which pilot to doing what where. If the COMPID's are in all the GPSes, and the downloading works, then yes it can go well.
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    101109Then he right-click and select "Check tracklogs (NYP)".
    102110
    103 Then he sort on status and find the 5 that is missing tracklog, selects the two that did not fly, right-click and set status DNF, selects the other three that did fly and set status DF dist 0.
     111Then he sorts on status and find the 5 that is missing tracklog, selects the two that did not fly, right-click and set status DNF, selects the other three that did fly and set status DF dist 0.
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    105113Then he saves the changes to the fsdb file ("File/Save Competition") (to be on the safe side in case the PC crash...).