Your ChronoTrack equipment represents a significant investment, so it makes sense to take care of it. Damaged equipment often under-performs which can cost you reads on race day which can in turn cost you reputation and even business opportunities. The steps in this guide offer simple guidelines to increase the longevity of your cables and antennas and identify under-performing equipment.
Our Timers have a lot of accumulated experience, and they've all got their own methods for storing and caring for equipment. Check out the ChronoTrack Forum for ideas and recommendations for antenna and cable transportation and storage solutions.
We recommend that you send your Cables and Antennas to ChronoTrack for testing two years after purchase, then once a year after that. We will test the antennas and cables for loss and recommend replacements on antennas and cables that are under-performing. If you get your cables and antennas tested, we will offer 10% off any replacements you purchase. If replacements are purchased at a discount, ChronoTrack must keep the faulty units.
Antenna/FlashPoint Care Tips
- Store threshold antennas and FlashPoints in padded bags or cases with plenty of room for the threshold pigtails
- Never lift or carry threshold antennas by the pigtail cable
- If a pigtail cable comes loose and will not fully-tighten, do not keep trying to tighten it, but contact ChronoTrack support
- Avoid exposing antennas and FlashPoints to or immersing antennas and FlashPoints in water
- Avoid dropping antennas and FlashPoints or exposing them to shock
- If you hear rattling inside a threshold antenna or FlashPoint, do not use it in an event, but contact ChronoTrack support
- If an antenna or FlashPoint connector is damaged, send it to ChronoTrack for repair or replacement
Cable Care Tips
- Avoid exposing cable connectors to or immersing cable connectors in water
- Do not allow cables to be crushed or crimped
- If cables or connectors are damaged or corroded, do not use them, but contact ChronoTrack support
- Never pull antennas by the cables
- Never wrap or knot cables around trusses or tripods
- When not in use, wrap cables in loose loops and store them in padded cases
- Do not flatten cables or wrap them around your elbow or in a "figure-eight"