Wireless Reel replacement system

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  1. jkormann

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    Those cost more than a 24-pack of AA or AAA regular batteries. And I would almost guarantee the batteries walking.
    AAA Amazon-named rechargeable, 8-pack: $14. ($1.75 each)
    AAA Amazon-named non-rechargeable, 8-pack: $4.99 ($0.63 each)
     
  2. Inquartata

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    They cost more, but not as much as all of the regular batteries which they would replace. Because they are, you know...rechargeable.
     
  3. jkormann

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    Can't recharge something if it went home with someone else.
     
  4. Inquartata

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    Never heard of anyone stealing batteries. Is this really a thing?
     
  5. Zebra

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    Can't say that's been a problem at any of the tournaments I've worked.
     
  6. K O'N

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    Are you saying someone is going to open up the fencer packs and steal the rechargeable batteries?

    I think you've been hanging around some sketchy fencing clubs, my man.
     
  7. Privateer

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    my gut feeling is EnPointe or something like it will trickle down from finals strips, wheelies, to semi-pods, to smaller events, to pods near the armory pit, to eventually every strip.

    probably be some proof of concept events first to ensure it works. probably have 'normal' reels standing by in case someone refuses to use it or it flakes or whatever. probably have some back up fencer packs in case something bricks.

    eventually, like most things, people will accept it, or they won't, and we can have a new branch of fencing that refuses to use wireless gear.
     
  8. Mergs

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    Well, since we have implemented the grounding system, strip calls seem to have been radically reduced! Which is not necessarily a good thing. Armorers with too much time on their hands are a dangerous thing, so maybe an increase in strip calls wouldn't be a bad thing! :confused: Seriously, though, yes in the beginning there would probably be an increase, but over time would decrease as referees become more familiar with the system.

    As for batteries, given the fact that remotes tend to walk away from tables, along with weights and shims, I would definitely think that putting spare batteries out would not be a good thing, And yes, I know that this comment will turn the conversation to the issue of maintaining control of the fencer packs. Again, with time I think this will eventually work itself out.

    The comment about first starting at the finals, and working their way down to the semis and then eventually to all the strips is a fair estimation of how this will be implemented, but not before it is accepted by the FIE SEMI. That in itself will be interesting to watch. I predict it will fail to get their approval because of the NIH (Not Invented Here) mentality they seem to have. We'll just have to wait and see.
     
  9. Inquartata

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    I'm not sure where the idea of "putting out spare batteries" came from. I would think that it would be handled the same way as it is when the batteries for a remote die: ref goes and gets some more, send someone for some or calls the armorers for some.


    But how will we maintain control of the fencer packs? :D
     
  10. Mergs

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    I meant to add "yet, again." to the end of my post!:eek:
     
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  11. Privateer

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    WHAT CAN WE TAKE APART NOW!!!
     
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  12. Inquartata

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    May I suggest the FIE? And don't just take it apart, fix it. Thank you. :)
     
  13. neevel

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  14. Mac A. Bee

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    ?:confused:
     
  15. Mac A. Bee

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    My ref kit includes a knife with which I can remove remotes' screws. Don't think this is common, though.
     
  16. Mergs

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    Putting the copper rodent mesh under the strips to provide continuous contact, even though the panels may shift.
     
  17. Mac A. Bee

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    *Grounding Drift*: Only panels or fabric as well?
     
  18. Mergs

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    Just panels.
     
  19. Purple Fencer

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    Might I suggest that the first strips to be laid down be close to the armory rather than all the way across the venue? We all know those first one down are the first ones to have issues (especially if it's one pod that seems cursed...looking at YOU, Pod K from Nats in San Jose. We'd finish a call and get another oone n a different strip in the pod right after we got back to the armory! I think all 4 strips had multiple calls just in 2 days), and wading through or around that sea of people to get to the opposite side of the hall is irritating at best.
     
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    Get that Segway like you had at a NAC or two.
     

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