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  1. Some info about Commander in today's Rangestorenet podcast @30.32, also great podcast episode covering recent West Florida Steel Match https://soundcloud.com/user-326997282/new-rangestorenet-offerings-and-west-florida-match-review#t=30:32
  2. RO and scorekeeper will still communicate, with bluetooth capability to pull time remotely it greatly reduces change of incorrect time being entered, first because you reduce chance of fatfingering it and second.... well, picture this situation: shooter done shooting and RO gives "if you finished......." command and monitoring shooter clear gun, etc. Scorekeeper does not have chance to see timer just yet, and somewhere during "unload and show clear" next bay fires loud shot that gets picked up by timer adding extra 4 seconds or so. Then RO glances over the timer, calls time, and it gets typed in and error goes unnoticed. However if you have the ability to pull time remotely, as soon as RO starts clearing the shooter, scorekeeper can already download time, and few seconds later when RO calls time all scorekeeper need to do is just confirm.
  3. Connect to Bluetooth on iPhone is very easy, its done from withing Practiscore, just choose the timer to connect to and done. At our local clubs it has been dropped accidentally and occasionally, no issues.
  4. Also check out AMG Lab Commander, with its bluetooth link to Practiscore it completely eliminates human error that is possible when time entered manually. It seems from the situation you explained that perhaps scorekeeper visually mistaken 0 for 9 or considering that those two buttons are close on the keypad, pressed wrong one by accident. With that timer you just press a button on the tablet and entire string gets downloaded into the system. Practiscore also allows you to roll back up to 10 strings in history to review. And timer itself can display you last 3 strings simultaneously if necessary.
  5. The one that Jerry M uses is smaller Check it out side by side, I have them all Here is the pic with Jeff wearing it
  6. I will probably take it to the range today for fun :), will bring picture, it is huuuge!
  7. I scored one off ebay some time ago, 1984! Still works.
  8. Actually there have been, google "amg lab commander"
  9. You can also take a look into Commander from Amg Lab.
  10. To this point, we had great results running AMG Lab's timer tonight and tested remote start functionality that allows timer to be started remotely from PractiScore app, which allowed all shots to be picked up by the timer while maintaining safe distance between shooter and RO and allowing unobstructed passage from first to second set of targets. So while it is obviously important to get the last shot on the timer, it simply adds to the confidence to see all of them (in this case) or most of them (in some other cases) being picked up. https://youtu.be/e6ElU-7wO2c
  11. A quote from most recent Practiscore Dev Blog post: It also adds Bluetooth link for Competition Electronics ProChrono and AMG Lab Shot timer. Just like Eugene mentioned above, it opens a door into new possibilities in score keeping, getting your entire string from the timer into log then and there. It can be visualized, can be studied later, etc.
  12. I want to add too, that operating a shot timer (regardless of brand or type) in this sport is an art of its own, take one isolated controlled case where you can do above mentioned technique it will work just fine, but in most match setups I have seen any squad you look at has mixed guns, you can have very loud open gun right next to super-quiet PCC, some loads are so quiet I don't even know how they push bullets out of the barrel. And sound pressure spreads somewhat unpredictably at the range, everything matters, how you point a timer, if there any obstructions between microphone and gun and by obstruction I don't just mean large obstacle like a shooter's back or a wall, in my tests, as you hold a rifle even elbow can be a decent obstruction for the sound to travel adn effectively hit microphone, not to the point to completely blocking it but to the point to make it inconsistent, so if timer's sensitivity is not calibrated to particular gun, shooter my turn left and you may miss a shot being picked up. If someone shooting an open gun that projects alot of low frequency noise close to the mic and there is a drum barrel or a wall nearby, it actually may pick same shot twice as it reflects if sensitivity set too much. Remember that video on youtube someone shooting a shotgun and when he is done, he shows clear, and slams slide back and timer picks up a shot adding additional few seconds to his total time. On hybrid or indoor ranges with narrow bays and wall dividers echo is a big enemy, if sensitivity set too high and echo suppression too low you may pickup extra shots which does not sound like a big deal but when fast shooters shoot smoke and hope every 10th of a second matter and you may pickup that extra 10th (or more) on last shot and some timers obscure that from you by only showing one number on display so unless you deliberately scroll through shots and check split time on last shot you wont know that. I also, not too too often, but have seen cases where gun perceived as quiet because it does sound somewhat quiet but it is actually received by microphone as loud, and vise-versa, that is because when timer's microphone gets hit by audio wave everything matters, energy, peaks, length, frequencies, etc. Also as match progresses through the day and ROs get tired less and less attention may be paid to timer settings between shooters so yeah, so yes, we need to pay closer attention to shot timing aspect of this sport but always remember of its challenges and nuances. My 0.02 anyways
  13. Mine does that too, go button seems to be a tight fit (i.e. gap between the button sides and casing opening too small) so when it springs back sometimes it bites the edge and sticks a bit, happening to other two smaller keys sometimes too. And yes to second, sometimes I have to press it twice as it does not accept first push, I bought mine used off ebay so I am not sure if this problem existed from beginning or just repeated use wore out keys and contacts a bit.
  14. There is a new timer that is not on the market just yet and currently undergoing field tests, but I will be happy to soon report how it performs and its eta to the market once I have that info on my hands. So far what it has to offer is very promising: standard batteries with battery life outlasting other timers, clever shot detection algorithm, multiple pars, largest font to display shot time, adjustable wide range sensitivity, adjustable beep volume, ability to review few recent strings simultaneously, delay/instant/random all fully adjustable, compact, ergonomic, one hand operation with minimal number of buttons and simple intuitive interface, and more.... Just heads up all
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