Every month, there are more Timers in the world. We’re aware that the journey of becoming a Timing Expert is filled with many difficult tasks. A lot of times mistakes happen. And when we start a new profession, it’s particularly hard to admit we did something wrong. That’s why we’re sharing the mistakes beginner Timers should never make!
When we start a new hobby or a profession that we are not familiar with, it is normal to make mistakes. There is so much to learn and understand about the Timing world, and technology advances so fast, that it is possible we’ll do something wrong many times along our path. Making a mistake is not bad, but not learning from it and repeating it is.
Here are some things you should avoid from the beginning of your journey as a Timer:
1- WRONG STORAGE OF THE CABLES
Sometimes we are in a hurry or without sufficient experience and we store our equipment incorrectly. We should always pay attention to store the materials in the right way. Keeping the cables in a good condition depends purely and exclusively on us. This will affect their life-span and above all, the power transferred to the antennas to carry out the readings!
2- NOT CARRYING A TEST CHIP TO CHECK THE ANTENNA READINGS
It is essential to do reading tests before the start of the race. That way we can solve problems before the participants (chips) start passing through our antennas.
3- FORGETTING TO SYNCHRONIZE THE TIME OF THE SYSTEM WITH THE TIME ON THE PC
Be careful, we work with time! If our timing systems are not synchronized with the computer which we use to time, our results will not match.
4- WRONG PLACEMENT OF ANTENNAS
Depending on the sports discipline different chips are used. The correct placement of antennas depends on the sports discipline and the chips. Do you have doubts about the right placement of antennas for your races? Check out our eBook: http://landing.macsha.com/ebookantennas
5- NOT GOING THROUGH ‘MACSHA SYSTEMS TRAINING’ BEFORE THE FIRST RACE
Access the information base in our School of Timing (http://help.macsha.com/)
6- LEAVING EVERYTHING FOR THE LAST MOMENT
Constantly delaying your tasks does not only prevent you from achieving your goals but can also be annoying and bad for your health and work. An example of a mistake that we shouldn’t make is importing the database to the software at the last moment, just before the race starts.
7- NOT ADJUSTING THE DATABASES THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE ORGANIZERS
We usually struggle with databases. More often than not, we receive shortlists, some participants names written in capital letters and others in lowercase letters, lists with missing data, with people listed twice, etc. We can demand well-organized lists, but the finalized list depends on us.
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Which of these mistakes have you made when you started timing?
Are there more mistakes you would add to the list?