Colorado Time Systems 4, 5, or 6

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Click on Set-Up from the Main Menu Bar and then Timing Console INTERFACE.  Now click on the CTS 4, CTS 5, or the CTS 6 radio button and then OK.


Hardware Requirements

The HY-TEK computer is connected to the CTS 4 or CTS 5 or CTS 6 with a straight through RS 232 serial cable. Some of the early CTS 6 models require a null modem cable. Click Here for information on the difference between a null modem cable and a straight serial cable. The serial cable should have 9 pin female connector on one end and a 9 pin male on the other end. Connect the serial cable to COM PORT 1 on the CTS 4/5/6 and to the 9 or 25 pin male serial port on the HY-TEK computer. The COM port number for the HY-TEK computer can be any number from 1 to 60, but is normally 1 to 8. To verify the COM port number on the HY-TEK computer, go into Control Panel in Windows and go into System and check Device Manager and then check Ports. If your HY-TEK computer does not have a serial port, you will need to purchase a USB to serial adaptor and install the software that comes with the adaptor.


Checking Your Connection

Click on Run from the Main Menu Bar, click Interfaces then Timer, and then choose Open Serial/Close Port. MM will ask that you specify the computer COM port that is connected to your CTS 4 or CTS 5 or CTS 6 - you may select COM ports 1-60.  Click OK and MM will check the COM port you have selected and then send a request to the CTS 4/5/6 Timer to verify that the connection is working.


MM will either display the Timer's response which will be the CTS 4/5/6 Version of the software that is loaded or after five seconds notify you that it did not receive a response back and to check your cables and connectors. If you get a negative response, the serial port will be reset to 0. After checking the connections, you will have to reopen the port until you are successful. At any time after the serial port is successfully opened, you can test the communication by clicking on Timer and then clicking on Test Communication and MM will again make the Version request to the CTS 4/5/6. If you get a message that says Port already Open , it means some other program is running and has control over the port.


Downloading Events to the CTS 5 or CTS 6


Select the "Timing Console Meet"

Every time you power on the CTS 4/5/6, it creates a new "meet" defined with the current date and time. Previous "meets" are stored in the CTS 4/5/6 with their unique date and time. The INTERFACE defaults to pointing to the most current meet in the CTS 4/5/6. After you have checked the connection to the CTS 4/5/6, you can change the "meet" that the INTERFACE is pointing to by clicking on Interfaces then Timer and clicking on Select Meet in CTS 4/5/6. The INTERFACE will display a window with the date and time for the currently selected meet. Click on the Next Meet or Previous Meet buttons to select the appropriate set of meet data stored in the CTS 4/5/6. You would only access prior meet data if you needed to correct a previous session's results to, for example, pull over a DQ'd athlete's splits and time.


Please Note

HY-TEK recommends that before every meet session, you turn off the CTS 4/5/6 and then power it back on to force the CTS 4/5/6 to start a new meet. That way each CTS session has its own set of data. This is especially important in Prelim/Final meets because the CTS 4/5/6 cannot store results for Prelims and Finals for the same event in the same "CTS meet".


Reading in Results From the CTS 4/5/6

As each athlete touches the pad in his or her lane, a time is stored in the CTS 4/5/6 timer. When a given race has been completed and the Timer operator has pressed Store/Print, the finish times, the backup button times, and the split times are stored in the memory of the CTS 4/5/6 and are immediately available to MM.


From the Run the Meet Menu, there are two ways to request times from CTS 4/5/6:

1.By Event/Heat using the Get Times button.
2.By Race Number using the Race # button.


Click one of the links below for how to bring times in from the timer.

Get Times Button.

Race # Button