Begin forwarded message:
> From: Wester Potter <email@example.com>
> Date: October 13, 2006 12:12:39 PM MDT
> To: Jon Wennerberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Timing light wires
> We tried a system at World of Speed that was developed and is used at
> ski races. The problem is the distance over which the signals must
> travel on the salt. There are major problems with interference from
> salt gremlins when you are talking about radios and distance on the
> salt flats. The GMC folks found that out several years back when they
> ran the GMC pickup with Don Stringfellow driving. They intended to
> relay data from the truck to a chase van to a van with an antenna that
> would connect them with a satellite link to the GM Proving grounds.
> They NEVER solved their problems. We have the van with the big
> antenna, a gift from GMC. Gary and crew are going back out to the
> salt on the 21st for some additional testing to try and overcome the
> linkage problems with taller antennas and such.
> Right now we know we can run lots of vehicles and get times reliably.
> Miss one time and you're a BUM! We can't afford the possibility.
> On Oct 13, 2006, at 11:56 AM, Jon Wennerberg wrote:
>> Okay: First, my stipulation that I don't know what research has gone
>> into this subject, so I may be asking a question that's been
>> Why is the timing light system connected by hard wires? Why hasn't
>> the system been converted to radio links?
>> Let the responses fly -- I'll ask more detailed questions if I think
>> more questions need to be asked. I'll offer to end the discussion if
>> definitive reasons for NOT using radio are listed.
>> Jon Wennerberg
>> Seldom Seen Slim Land Speed Racing
>> Marquette, Michigan
>> (that's 'way up north)