|Dec 24, 2012, 12:42 PM|
Having timing tracks at practices
Sorry I can't join you on Friday. Skyler gets to fly with the group---great! And it's neat that Mark and Greg can come up too.
Alternatives for having timing tracks at practices
There are other ways to broadcast a timing track than our sound system. If anyone has car speakers that are up to the task, it is possible to put a playlist on a music player like a phone or MP3-capable player, and use a radio frequency or direct connection method to put the sound over the car's sound system.
I have the tracks, and can email them to whomever.
The tracks are grouped as:
There are also optional files for pilot names.
Oleg's F3K Score software will export a playlist usable in iTunes (.xml) and other players (.m3u). Although I have not tried it, the .m3u format is supposed to work in Windows Media Player, Winamp, foobar2000, Totem, and JuK.
Using Oleg's software as the foundation, you can set up a contest with X number of tasks, rounds, and heats. The audio files require the same filenames as the one's Oleg's application expects. This is the method I have been using for the past year or so.
Another method which I have yet to try myself, but would be great to try is Adrian Dybwad's application for Android devices. Set the contest up in his software, and it will use some version of Google Reader to voice the contest guidance and timing.
I know it's easier to just play AU-LD games, but maybe not as much fun. Perhaps someone is willing to step up and help with running our little events?
The free-standing ASA sound cart is a great tool for practice. So long as a pilot is an ASA club member, he could hold the ASA cart during and between events. With most of the ASA members living in or around Albuquerque, it seems it would be better if the device was stored in ABQ than at my place.
Or we could all chip in and make another portable sound cart just for our group. The Radio Shack portable 40 watt PA amp is $110 and works from 110V AC or 12V DC. With a 12V Power Supply, there is a Pyramid 80 watt amp that might work too. The power horns are $40 each. The cart is a cheap thing from Harbor Freight that I had laying around, or alternatively it could be put on any sort of cart we could think up.
Is there support for having a sound system at practices when I am not able to be there?
|Dec 24, 2012, 12:43 PM|
Once a month hand launch practice?
If a majority would support it, we could have a practice once a month. My thinking is we would use the ASA club events, all scheduled for Saturdays, as our foundation.
Then for every month there is no ASA event, we get together on a Friday or a Sunday.
The ASA events are usually on the last weekend of the month, so we could try to keep that rhythm the same, except where there is a weekend event on the calendar.
What do you all think?
New Mexico Hand Launch Schedule (Proposed)
Western U.S. Hand Launch Schedule
John Erickson Memorial (JEM) January 19–20
Arizona Open ?? - ??
Red Rock Challenge ??
International Hand Launch Glider Festival (IHLGF) April 26–28
Blue Skies over New Mexico July 13–14
Blue Skies over Colorado June or August ??
Blue Skies over Utah September ??
Las Cruces Chili Challenge October ??
Blue Skies over Arizona November 2–3
I look at this potential schedule for ASA, NM, and Western Region events and get all excited!
|Dec 24, 2012, 03:28 PM|
I'd like to schedule the monthly's to happen 1 week before all the major two day comps ,that way we're getting in preperation / practice right before the "real thing" seems like the best timing IMO
|Dec 24, 2012, 04:24 PM|
Since some of the 9 two-day contests will occur during months where there is an ASA Hand Launch event, and the ASA event might be afterward, I suggest we conduct a practice one week before the event, on a Friday or Sunday, everyone's schedule permitting. If an ASA event is positioned one week before a major, we'll use that event as our pre-major practice.
In all cases, unless we decide we need a different sort of practice, I can prepare a task list and playlist that mirrors the upcoming major event. So long as the respective task list is published in time.
|Dec 24, 2012, 06:02 PM|
So unless everyone says: "I'm not coming", or weather is significantly adverse for flying, I'll be at the agreed upon location ready to run an event.
I'd like to fly, and the 29th is the ASA hand launch day. Please let me know if you are coming.
|Dec 24, 2012, 06:48 PM|
Forecast for Friday and Saturday look okay in terms of wind, but darn cold.
34° in Albuquerque at noon, both Thursday and Friday. Highs of 39° and 40°, around 2-3 p.m.
How much do you guys want to fly? .
Oh, and forget about Moriarty. Too likely to have higher winds than ABQ at this time of year, and colder.
If we're going to do this I'd suggest Manzano Mesa or BFP.
|Dec 25, 2012, 08:34 AM|
Joined Jan 2008
You have no idea.
It will be the "layered look" - lots of sweatshirts, at least for me.
I'll look a lot like you, actually.
|Dec 26, 2012, 10:24 PM|
Joined Jan 2008
Just so you know: the travel time from Las Cruces, coupled with the ability to load up on Starbucks, will put me at the BFP roughly 0900, perhaps a bit earlier.
If no one is there, at that time (it will be cold!), I'll just go get some breakfast then check back.
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