WinSpeed© Frequently Asked Questions
clocks with deviation are not calculated correctly
If WinSpeed© is calculating the
speed correctly for non-deviated clocks but gives incorrect speeds
for clocks with deviation, then you have a data entry problem. What
you should look at are the dates that you have entered. Look at
the data that you have created the race with (Edit\Add Race Screen)
first. Then look at the date that you have entered for the deviated
clock (Clock Birds - Clock Knockoff\Deviation Screen). The date
of the race must fall between the date\time that you start the clock
and the date\time that you stop the clock. In other words you can
not start the race (released the race) before you set the clock.
is the error "Invalid Bird Type"?
WinSpeed© will mask out the "out
of season" birds so you can’t see them for a particular
race. You can not race an Old Bird in a Young Bird race, nor can
you race a Young Bird in an Old Bird race. When you create a race
as either Young Bird or Old Bird, then go to the Clock Bird Screen,
you will notice that "out of season" birds are not displayed.
The error "Invalid Bird Type" comes when you try to
enter an "out of season" bird on that screen. This feature
prevents data entry mistakes.
do I get my diplomas to line up better?
Use the new AU 'Blank' diploma form
so you don't have to fiddle with those lines. Every diploma
(weekly, end of season, UPR) can be printed on these now.
is the difference between a Merge and a Backup file?
There is actually quite a difference.
A backup is a feature that allows the entire contents of data
for the currently opened database to be placed in a file for
archival purposes. We highly suggest, as with any program, frequent
and periodic backups. Here is what we suggest. If you have an
8 race week series, we suggest that you have 8 separate backup
files (week 1, week 2, etc.). Calculate your race, print your
reports, then do a backup. Now here is another important tip:
Store your backup files in another building. Put them on a flash drive
and take them away from where the computer is. If you have a disaster where the computer
is located, you will still have the data. Don't let your clubmates
down. Store your backups off site.
A merge is a feature that allows one race day's worth of information
to be combined with that of other clubs into a combine\concourse\federation
for an all inclusive race. Only data pertaining to that one particular
day is sent or placed in a merge file; This includes all
station information, loft information, bird information, race
information, and clocking information - for that race day only.
A merge should never be confused with a backup. A club should
not rely on a merge file as their source of archives.
do I send my merge information to our combine through the Internet?
When you create a merge file with
WinSpeed©, a file named club.dat (‘club’ being
the name of your organization) is created. All e-mail programs
have the ability to send attached files. Many people get caught
up in the fact that their Internet connection is not the same
computer that has WinSpeed loaded on it. A merge file can
be transported to the machine with the internet connection.
printer does not print through WinSpeed©. What can I do?
Some printers cause problems. If you
can’t print, select CONFIGURATION/SYSTEM CONFIGURATION.
There are two options for ‘printer methods’. Each
one runs different computer code so hopefully one option will
work. Also, you can "Open in Wordpad". Wordpad is a
simple word processor that comes with all Windows operating systems
and is automatically loaded on your computer. Wordpad should always
print. The really nice thing about using the Wordpad feature is
that you can change margins, fonts, bold, italicize, add comments
to create a very fancy report. Many of our users utilize this
feature to create "reports within reports". What we
mean by that is that some clubs bold the first bird to each loft.
Other clubs bold or italicize their junior flyers within the report,
giving them wonderful recognition for what they have done.
How should I set Point Configuration?
WinSpeed© is as flexible as possible
on point configuration. Clubs around the country set their points
differently. You are not required by the AU to have any particular
point configuration, because all National Awards are figured with
So how do you determine what to set the points to? Many clubs
choose to start their points at 100, lower the points by 5 each
time until they reach zero.
NOTE: A new 'Standard' Points system has been implemented. Select this option on the
Edit Race screen. There is a 'Help' button which will explain this new system.
is the NTS column on the Clock Bird Screen
The NTS column is for indicating how
many nights the bird was out. For example: if you release the
birds on Saturday morning, then clock that bird on Sunday - you
would put a 1 in the NTS column.
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