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Trackmate - Using The Call Button

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Hi all

 

A mate is using Trackmate timing software on his track, and is losing brakes when the call button is used to pause a heat.

 

We've tried Slot.It & Difalco controllers, and all lose brakes.

 

There are brake pots also wired into each driving station for use with non-brake controllers- possible problem???

 

He wants to change to Race Coordinator software, could this solve the problem?

 

Cheers Caddo

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Depending on where the power relays sit in the wiring harness will determine weither you have bakes available on track call or not.

 

If the relays are before the controllers, then yes, if your controller supports it (i.e. brakes on power cut jumper on slot.it controllers), you should get brakes.

If the relays are after the controllers, then no, brakes on the controllers will have no effect regardless of the software used.

 

That said, if the relays are after the controllers, you can change the wiring on the relays to have the relays apply brakes to the lanes.

Simplified%20Track%20Brake%20Relay%20Diagram.jpg

Edited by shadow_rusty

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thanks Rusty

 

Just tried a basic Parma controller, and it has brakes when the call button/space bar is pressed.

 

Before I look at re-wiring the track, is there a reason the electronic controllers behave differently to the old style Parmas in this situation?

 

I've heard the original Slot It controller had brakes/no roll on when the call button was activated.

 

Cheers Caddo

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The reason some controllers have no brakes on power cut is that the relay is normally on the 'white wire', which means that the controller turns off during a track call.

This means that it has little control of the output on the 'black wire'.

 

The slot.it's have a selectable brake / no brake on power cut. Remove the module from the controller, and there should be a little jumper.

Remove the jumper for no brakes on power cut, or fit the jumper for brakes on power cut.

 

 

Even with the parma's, you should still get no brakes if you keep holding full throttle when the track call is done too...

 

 

This circuit can be used between your controller and controller port to enable brakes on power cut for a specific controller...

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Controller%20Side.jpg

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Found out that Slot It decided to do away with the option for braking on power cut with their V2 controller.

 

As Shadow Rusty mentioned, V1 Slot It controllers had a small, removable jumper that slid over 2 pins. Remove jumper = no brakes on power cut, leave jumper in = brakes on power cut.

 

Maurizio from Slot It commented that most racers wanted their car to roll on after a power cut to gain racing advantage, so Slot It ditched the option on the V2 controller.

 

Can cause some carnage for cars if power is cut when they are at the end of a long straight though.

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Interesting news on the V2 slot.it controllers...

I certainly hadn't noticed it...

 

This circuit can be used between your controller and controller port to enable brakes on power cut for a specific controller...

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Controller%20Side.jpg

This can be used on any controller to apply brakes on powercut.

You could also fit it under the control panel so it applies to all controllers...

 

The biggest advantage of per lane relays is that you can get the power cut relay to apply brakes for you to each lane.

If you use a single relay for all lanes, it's unfortunately not possible without the addition of extra relays.

Edited by shadow_rusty

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