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Click on Set-Up from the Main Menu Bar and then Timing Console INTERFACE. Now click on the Kyrotech radio button and then OK. Now click on Run from the Main Menu Bar, click Interfaces then Timer, click Open Serial/Close Port, and choose the COM port that your Kyrotech Tec-Timer is connected to on your computer and then click OK.
The INTERFACE software requires that you connect your computer to the Kyrotech Tec-Timer with connectors and cables supplied by Kyrotech Industries. In using the Kyrotech Tec-Timer, The INTERFACE captures the times "in background" and stores them on your hard drive as you are running the meet. Then, whenever you are ready to request them by event/heat or by race number, they are retrieved from the MM computer's stored data files. 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 than comes with the adaptor.
Checking Your Connection
For the Kyrotech Tec-Timer, you should set up a test race and send it over to the MM computer before you start the meet. The INTERFACE cannot store the data from a race until the timing console operator presses the "Reset" button on the Kyrotech Tec-Timer. When The INTERFACE receives this signal from the timer, that's when the actual data is written to your computer's hard drive for later retrieval.
Pick The Right "Timing Console Meet"
After you have sent over a test race, click on Interfaces then Timer and click on Select Meet in Kyrotech. The INTERFACE will display a window with the date and time and the number of races that have been stored for the "timing console meet" that MM is pointing to. Remember, you could be running a three day meet and The INTERFACE must know what "set of meet data" you want to access.
Click on the Next Meet or Previous Meet buttons to select the appropriate Meet Session or Day. This is a great feature to use to go back to a previous session's results and pull over a DQ'd athlete's splits and time.
Reading in Results From the Kyrotech Tec-Timer
As each athlete touches the pad in his or her lane, a time is stored in the memory of the Kyrotech Tec-Timer. When a given race has been completed, the finish times and the split times are stored on the MM hard drive and are immediately available for reading into your MM database.
From the Run Menu, there are two ways to read in times from the stored result files received from the Kyrotech Tec-Timer:
HY-TEK recommends using method #1 which assumes the timing operator is entering the proper event and heat number before pressing the "Reset" button.
In both methods above, after a result file is selected, the data in the file is compared with the event and heat number, the number of expected splits, the number of athletes in the race, and the lanes used in the race. If any of these do not match, you will be so notified and will have the opportunity to either Accept or Reject the data.
For example, the meet referee may have allowed an athlete to swim in an empty lane for this heat. The INTERFACE expected to receive times for 5 athletes but it received times for 6 athletes. The INTERFACE will let you know about that and you can Accept or Reject the Import.
When receiving times from a timing console, lanes that have no times because the swimmer scratched or missed the race are automatically entered with an NS for No Show.