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zeroracing
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posted March 16, 2004 02:08 PM
I like it! The tracks around here (FLorida) had an idea about remote lights but it never got off of the ground. I like the reciever idea then they could tell you your position also. Let me know how they take to the idea.


zeroracing
Member
posted March 16, 2004 02:31 PM
I like the idea...Not only could this be a caution alert, but could limit the confusion in the lineup after the caution. I wonder if it could give the car number and then current position.


zeroracing
Member
posted March 16, 2004 04:36 PM
There are a couple of tracks in the Northeast that have tried the one way radio system. Some places have had great success and otheres had problems like the driver said that he could not under stand what they were saying to him. The track that I go to and am a crew chief, have been thinking of going to this system for a couple of years now. I think it would help, but only if the track puts enough money into it to make it work.


cozmo
Member
posted March 16, 2004 04:54 PM
We use one way radios up in the northeast, every class is required this year to have a one way radio. It works good to let you know if theres something on the track, or why the caution is out(wreck, didnt like the restart, they can tell you your smokeing,flat tire, ect....) It works real good for lineing up the cars, ect.Iv been to other tracks that dont have them and I think I drove 4 times as many laps under caution. Just my 2 cents.


NJantz
Member
posted March 17, 2004 06:53 AM
I'm kind of curious as to what is going to stop a team from finding out the frequency and start using the track system for their own gain? don't get me wrong I love the idea but you always have that "if you ain't cheating you ain't trying" mentality.


mod4
Member
posted March 17, 2004 11:22 AM
I think we are using technology to fight stupidity, and thats a losing battle :

If people stay on the gas during a caution, they are warned at the pay window. Do it again, no pay out that night.

We had several clowns pull the "we don't know how to restart" ****. Track started counting caution laps when no amount of talking helped. When the "top division" made a whole three laps under green next week and was boo'd off the track, they got the message.

I'm not against any of the above ideas, but jeeze, if we are gonna drive race cars, we gotta do our part to keep the show running smooth.

dbradley
Member
posted March 17, 2004 11:37 AM
Our track has just mandated that every car buy a raceceiver unit. the thing looks like a pager with earbuds. I'm not sure if these will work..They say anybody that has anything else will lose all of their points.
Like anything else they are pretty expensive.Has anybody used one of these??? www.raceceiver.com

[This message has been edited by dbradley (edited March 17, 2004).]

cozmo
Member
posted March 17, 2004 11:50 AM
A simple solution is to use a regular car FM radio in the cars. An FM transmitter for the track is a couple hundred dollars max. I found one online with PLL (keeps it from drifting freq) assembled for $149. Pirate radio staions use them all the time) We use one to broadcast the announcer across the grandstands and pits. You can hear him with yor FM radio headset on while the cars are racing and in your trailer. When I was the track pit announcer once I used a headset so I could hear the announcer in the tower and converse or comment when he wasn't talking. Worked fine with any kind of race cars racing.

Using a transmitter frequency for officials only and having FM radios salvaged from old cars is cheap enough. Heck, duct taping a little Radio Shack $9.95 radio to the roll cage would work. Put them away from the driver so only the ear piece is in the drivers reach. Change the freq every week if you have to and play music before the races start so the racers can find it on their receivers. The track could have a few small ones to rent to the occaisional visitor.

Good luck,
Superdave


zeroracing
Member
posted March 17, 2004 02:37 PM
That's exactly what they do at the Talladega Short Track, SuperDave. They don't use it in the race cars, but the pit announcing and grandstand announcing is on the same frequency so everyone hears it all. I wish they would do something of the sort at SuperNationals.


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