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WinSpeed© Frequently Asked Questions


The clocks with deviation are not calculated correctly


What is the error "Invalid Bird Type"?


How do I get my diplomas to line up better?


What is the difference between a Merge and a Backup file?


How do I send merge info to our combine through the Internet?


My printer does not print through WinSpeed©. What can I do?


How should I set Point Configuration?


What is the NTS column on the Clock Bird Screen? 

The 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.

What 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.

How 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.

What 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.

How 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.

My 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 different criteria.

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.

What 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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