Storing your Timing Equipment for the Off Season

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Now that your season is over it is time to pack up the timing equipment for a little while. Here are some tips and tricks for maintaining and storing your timing equipment that will help improve its useful life. You can buy the Rid-Ox Contact Protector Spray and Dielectric grease mentioned below at many local electronics stores. They are also available on our web store.

If you had any equipment that wasn’t working at the end of your season, contact us now to get an RMA number and send it in for repair. Once the season starts up again we get very busy with last minute repairs and can’t always guarantee a fast turn around time. Now is the time to get your equipment fixed!

Software/Computer/Printer

Once you are done with meets, you don’t necessarily need to keep them until the next season. For MEETWARE and TIMEWARE users, go to Utilities/Backup/Backup to back up your system. Save the backup to a USB drive or CD for storage in case you need it again. Then you can delete the meets (TIMEWARE) or start a new season in MEETWARE by going to Utilites/ New Season. This will delete all of your meets, move your seniors to an Alumni database, and age each swimmer up a grade.

Store your computer and printer, along with your software installation disks, power cords and mouse in a cool, dry place. Make sure that you remove any paper from your printer before you store it.

CTI/Deck Cable/Backup Buttons

Before storing these items away for the summer, do some basic cleaning on them. Dip a pipe cleaner into an Electronic Contact Cleaner/Protector  spray like Rid-Ox and wipe out each connection on the deck cable boxes and ends, the connectors on the CTI and the banana plugs on the Backup Buttons. This will help clean off any corrosion that has built up and protect the metal. Be gentle when cleaning the 25 pin connectors on the deck cable and CTI; try not to bend any pins. If you notice any pins that are bent, loose, pushed in or missing, contact IST for an RMA to get those repaired. NEVER USE WD-40 OR CLR TO CLEAN METAL CONNECTIONS. Those products will damage the metal.

Once your connections are cleaned, further protect the banana plug connections by coating them with a thin layer of Dielectric Grease. Fill each hole on the deck cable, and wipe a thin layer on each prong of the banana plugs to keep them from corroding in storage. Store the CTI and associated cables, Deck Cable and Backup Buttons in a cool, dry place.

SWIMSTART

Use Rid-Ox to clean the connection for both the Microphone and the speaker. Use the Dielectric Grease on the speaker connection. Charge the start fully, then unplug it and store it in a cool, dry place with the charging cable attached (but not plugged into the wall).

Touchpads

Touchpads should be rinsed with fresh water and left to dry thoroughly. Clean the banana plugs with Rid-Ox and coat with a thin layer of Dielectric Grease. Touchpads can be stored on the deck on a cart or in a well ventilated box, but keep them out of the sunlight and away from any sharp objects that might puncture or scrape the surface.

If you have any questions about your equipment or software please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love hearing from you!

Swim Clock App is now in iPhone Beta

IST’s newest product, the Bluetooth enabled SWIMCLOCKBT can now be run with your iPhone!

IST proudly introduces the latest innovation in training, a smart phone controlled digital pace clock. Your smart phone communicates with the pace clock via Bluetooth, which offers the most stable connection. Imagine, all of your sets and workouts in the palm of your hand. You’ll be able to stop and start your pace clock from anywhere in the pool. In addition you can blow the horn with the click of a button. Soon you will even be able to import workouts from IST’s WORKWARE or other workout management software.

Already have an IST pace clock? You don’t need to replace it,  simply order the Bluetooth Adapter (SWIMCLOCKBT-ADP). The adapter plugs into the round connector on the pace clock that you already have, making your existing clock Bluetooth enabled.

The Android version of the Swim Clock app is available for free on the Google Play store.

The iPhone version is in beta test, but you can get it now! Order a Bluetooth SWIMCLOCKBT or Bluetooth adapter for your existing clock, the simply give us your e-mail address and we’ll add you to the list.

Visit IST at a Swim Clinic in 2017!

IST will be at several swim clinics in 2017.

Stop by our booth to visit with us, ask questions or play with our new Bluetooth enabled pace clocks. Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a new pace clock while you’re there! Check out the new early registration special for Central States!

Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic
1/5 to 1/8
Napa, CA

mParks Parks and Recreation Conference and Show
1/31 to 2/1
Grand Rapids, MI

CSCAA Conference
5/8 to 5/9
San Diego, CA

Central States Swim Clinic
5/19 to 5/21
Oak Brook, IL

TISCA Clinic
9/14 to 9/17*
Austin Texas

Eastern States Swim Clinic
9/30 to 10/1
Cherry Hill, NJ

Ohio Swimposium
10/13 to 10/15*
Columbus, OH

*tentative

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New Pace Clock App!

Control your pace clock with your smart phone! IST announces the release of the brand new SWIMCLOCK with Bluetooth, which allows you to program unlimited sets and workouts into your smart phone and run them on your SWIMCLOCK. An Android app is available now in the Google Play store, an iOS version is projected to be released 12/31/15.

IST Patent Awarded

April 15, 2008: Patent no. 7,358,456 for the unique design of our touchpad.

May 13, 2008: Patent no. 7,372,014 for a corrosion-proof pool deck connector system we call DECKLIGHT.