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by gpraceman
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

Speedster wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:06 pm
Are you going to offer these for sale for the Best track?
No, Doc Jobe owns a patent on gravity gates. This was just intended as a DIY project for use on my Micro Wizard track for the races that I run for local Awana clubs.
by gpraceman
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Trading Post
Topic: ESS Solenoid Start Gate Release For Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 25

ESS Solenoid Start Gate Release For Sale

I'm asking $100 plus shipping. Retails for $200. Works perfectly. Comes with 6 ft corded push button and power supply. You can trigger it from the corded button or the button on the solenoid unit. Since I built a gravity gate with integrated electromagnet release , I no longer need this unit. https:...
by gpraceman
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

Speedster wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:12 am
If the system should fail is there a way to start the cars without electronics and loss of time?
I will keep the old gate in my gear box as a Plan B. So, if the electronics for the gravity gate fail for any reason, it is an easy swap out. Just two screws.
by gpraceman
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

Got the controller fully working, so this project is now complete. If anyone wants more detail on this project, PM me. I've got schematics, parts lists, and firmware code. Some improvements over Chuy's design: 1. Multiple ways to trigger the gate (local button switch, corded button switch, keyfob re...
by gpraceman
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need new timer- suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: Need new timer- suggestions?

This will be my 3rd year running the derby and the timer system in general is on the fritz and falling apart. Last derby we had an issue with obviously incorrect times that lucky enough was caught early on and a "wire wiggle" and reset of the system seemed to fix. To be fair the timer was not kept ...
by gpraceman
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

I checked the new gate with my simulated Best Track start line section and it will work with that brand of track with only a couple of minor changes. 1. Longer start pins, due to the height of the BT extrusion. 2. Different mounting holes. I figure just two bolts inserted into the inner hardware cha...
by gpraceman
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

Making progress on this project. Though, I've run into some parts issues which have slowed me down on getting the electronics done. I've got most of that resolved. Two out of the three ways to trigger the gate are working. Triggering from a local push button and a remote corded push button are worki...
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Commercial
Topic: Commercial Track Purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Commercial Track Purchase

I have read quite a bit through your forum and it seems that I am having a hard time finding a timing system that I know will work perfectly with the AWANA Grand Prix track. Should I forgo getting the official AWANA track and go with an outside company that sells a timer that goes a long with it? T...
by gpraceman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

Looks great! Nice work. Thanks! One other detail that I forgot to mention. I thought that cutting the steel rod and flat bar would be a pain, but I went and got one of those metal cutting diamond blades for a circular saw and put it in my chop saw. It was a 10" chop saw, but I could only find a 7" ...
by gpraceman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 478

DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

I haven't really been satisfied with my jury-rigged solenoid start gate setup for my Micro Wizard Freedom track. I use that track use for about 15 Awana races a season. I just hadn't made the time to build something better. I've seen some gravity gates that some of the league guys have come up with....
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Other
Topic: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup

bracketracer wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:30 am
I think the blue lights are to better replicate the current NHRA tree?
Interesting. Hadn't see that version of a tree.
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Latest News for the 2019-2020 Season
Replies: 0
Views: 291

Latest News for the 2019-2020 Season

Lots has gone on over the offseason and the start of this season so far. Here's the highlights: + Maximum Velocity sold to Derby Evolution + Stuart Freguson (Micro Wizard) looking to retire and sell his track and timer business + New Pinewood Derby Podcast + eTekGadget's new drag racing setup and ne...
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Maximum Velocity's Newsletter
Replies: 1
Views: 989

Re: Maximum Velocity's Newsletter

Yes, that is correct. Not sure if they will keep the two separate business names or combine them at some point.

We do wish the best to Randy Davis and his wife as they head off into retirement. We also wish the best to Joel and Ronda Redfearn as they take over Maximum Velocity.
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Commercial
Topic: New SmartLine Timer Options
Replies: 1
Views: 190

New SmartLine Timer Options

eTekGadget, looks to have made some improvements and new options to their SmartLine timers. They have also improved their website. It looks much more user friendly than their old one. New Enclosure: Looks like they now use the same enclosure to house all of the timer electronics as The Champ timer u...
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Other
Topic: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup
Replies: 2
Views: 233

eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup

Well, eTekGadget, the makers of the SmartLine timers (and Champ Timers sold by Best Track) is joining the drag racing bandwagon. They have come out with their own light tree and solenoid release offering. They sell the electronics as a kit, with you having to build the tree structure to mount the li...