wiki:A day in the life of a scorer

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A typical small competition, "Hemsedal Open 07"

The first day, 2007-08-10


Nils opens Explorer on his laptop and goes to his "comp" folder, creates a new folder named "Hemsedal Open 07".

He then goes to the FS folder and double-clicks on the "Participants.xlt" file.

This brings up an Excel Workbook with a single Worksheet, "Participants".

It has the columns: id, name, nat, female, birthday, glider, sponsor, fai_licence, CIVLID

Nils adds a "cell-phone" column a "paid" column as this is info he needs.

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.

Then he attach an USB to Serial extension cable to his laptop (not having serial port).

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).

Last thing to do before pilots arrive, set GpsDump in comp mode (under "Misc" menu) and selects all waypoints in the list.

He place GpsDump in upper left corner of the screen and Excel to the right.

Nils do not intend to ask for anything else than name and cell-phone and keep tab of who has paid, so he set the width of the other columns to 0.


Ready to register pilots.

As the pilots comes:

Nils asks the pilot to plug in his GPS to the serial port (with their own cable).

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.

GpsDump starts uploading waypoints and also create a waypoint named COMPID which got the id encoded in the coordinates.

(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.)

Nils then adds name and cell-phone and paid status to the row with the id he just used.


Nils got a spreadsheet with 30 rows having id, name, phone, paid status of pilots. He remembers to save it before the battery on his laptop run out.



1100 ...:

Nils is so efficient because he uses FS, so he can go flying in the competiton.


Nils is back in front of his laptop (flew far had a slow retrieve), a bunch of pilots is hanging around waiting.

Nils starts FsComp and creates a new comp ("File/New? C...") then saves it to the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder and exit FsComp.

He creates a new folder "20070810" for todays task under the "Hemsedal Open 07" folder.

He opens the Excel workbook with the participants registered earlier and types in the path to the fsdb file he just created.

Then he press Alt-F8 and runs the macro "UpdateFsdbWithParticipants?".

He starts GpsDump, select "Competition mode and pilot list" from "Misc" menu, sets UTC time, 2007-08-10, for filtering tracklogs, and browse to and selects the fsdb file for the comp.

Then he attach an USB to Serial extention cable to his laptop (not having serial port).

Now he is set to download tracklogs.

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.

GpsDump tries to find the COMPID waypoint, then shows a dialog for selecting pilot and saving the tracklog.

Since this is the first tracklog to save for this task, Nils sets the correct tracklog folder to "Hemsedal Open 07\20070810".

He then checks that the pilot selected is correct and press OK.

(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).

The tracklog is downloaded and saved.

Nils is good at multitasking and got two serial cables more so he opens two other instances of GpsDump and does the same... 2035:

Nils now got 25 tracklogs (two pilots did not fly, three flew short and didn't bother handing in the log).

He starts FsComp and opens the fsdb file.

He press Ctrl-2 which brings up the Tasks page. Right-click on the tasks list and select "New task" to create one (details left out for now).

He set the path to the task folder (with all the tracklogs).

Then he right-click and select "Check tracklogs (NYP)".

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.

Then he saves the changes to the fsdb file ("File/Save? Competition") (to be on the safe side in case the PC crash...).

Time to see some results! He select "Reports/Task? Result", in the Status field adds "complaint deadline tomorrow 9am" to the "Provisional" text already there. ...

A couple of pilots find their result strange and ask to have it checked. Nils brings up FsFlight, selects the fsdb file for the comp and they have a look at the logs. He turns of tracklog filtering (under "Tools/Options?") to see the whole log...