Archery Competition Timer - WA Indoor Rounds
This page allows you to run an Archery Competition to Archery GB and World Archery timing rules. It has been tested and used in Open Competitions by Lasswade Archery Club. It runs entirely on your computer, so does not require an internet connection to run - save this page to your laptop before the competition.
Hardware: For best results, use an external/second monitor or two - this will show the timer info without the controls, and this system will support up to four remote displays (in addition to the laptop screen).
We also recommend the use of a plug-in mouse, in case your Judge has any difficulty with a trackpad. Finally, you will probably find that an amplified desktop speaker (or two) will be clearer than relying on whatever speakers your laptop has built-in.
HDMI cables can be found that work over distances of 15 metres or more. VGA cables cannot reach very far on their own, but special adaptors can be bought very cheaply to use Ethernet cables of almost any length. Other options are also available, and this system will work with any monitor(s) that your laptop supports.
It is also possible to use various cable-splitting devices, so that any number of monitors get the same picture.
When you are ready to start, (and have finished reading these instructions), press the "Toggle Controller" button to make the controller section full-screen. Press 'ESC' on the keyboard, or the "Toggle Controller" button again, to return to normal mode. Similarly, a click on the remote timer screen will toggle it in and out of full-screen mode.
- Download this page to your laptop - "Save As..." then choose "HTML only". This prevents any issues with Internet access from spoiling your day.
- Connect your speaker(s) and external monitor(s) or TV screen(s).
- Make sure that the remote screen(s) are set up as an "Extended Desktop" not as "Mirrored". (Terminology may vary, depending on your system.)
- Open the saved page.
- Click the "Show Timer" button (black outline) once for each remote screen.
- On some systems this will open a new window, on others it will open a new tab. For the latter, the tab needs to be detached, either by a right-click> "Move Tab to a new window", or by 'tearing off' the tab.
- Move each window to a seperate monitor.
- Press the "Clear Screen" button - this will 'populate' the remote screens.
- Press the "Toggle Controller" button to expand all windows to their maximum. Press again, or hit the [esc] key to revert.
- Press the "Test Audio" button - three clear beeps should be heard. Adjust your laptop's volume control as necessary.
- Press the large green "Start Wave" button when ready - two beeps will sound, the timer surroung will turn ready, and a flashing red countdown will start.
- When the countdown period has ended, the display will turn green, stop flashing, and a single beep will sound.
- If an equipment failure or a bouncer occurs (if relevant) then press the amber coloured "Equipment Failure" button. The list on the right will log this, noting the time it occurred, and the time remaining.
- When ninety seconds have elapsed, the timer surround will turn amber, and the numbers will flash gently.
- If nothing unusual has happened, at the end of the countdown, the second wave will start automatically: the display will turn red again, two beeps will sound, and the countdown will revert to 2:10
- If "Equipment Failure" has been pressed, there will be no audio signal at the end of the wave - manual control should be used, either with a whistle, or by using the "Independant Audio" buttons.
- Once the failure/bouncer has been dealt with, press the large green "Start Wave" button again.
- At the end of the second wave, (assuming no unusual events) the display will turn red, and three beeps will sound to indicate 'clear to collect'.
- If an emergency occurs, press the red-outlined FAST button. Five beeps will sound, the display will stop, and a note will be written to the list on the right, noting the time it occurred, and the time remaining.
- Once the first end of actual competition (as opposed to practice) has started, the everage end time, and estimated finish time will be calculated and displayed at the bottomof the screen. This will be re-calculated at the start of every end.
- In order to allow for the usual 'Judge's Instructions', there will be no audio signal at the end of the final end.
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