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Basic race timing system information

Racing Timing system setupThe basic system consists of Computer with racing software, Transponder decoder and Detection Loop

Plus racing transponder fitted in or on each vehicle or person racing

When transponder passes over the Detection loop the signal from the transponder is detected and passed on to the decoder

The decoder logs the transponder passing and sends data to the computer which is then processed by the racing software

 

 

 

 

 

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AMB8800 system with converter for RC racing

AMB20 system for RC and Kart racing

AMBrc2 system for RC racing

AMBrc3/4 Mylaps system for RC racing

Mylaps RC4 system for RC racing

Transponder Services do not sell complete timing systems - to find where to buy new systems see FAQ
Transponder Services does stock Detection Loop Kits and parts - see Buy loop parts

 

AMB8800 system with converter for RC race timing and karts

AMB8800 race timing system

This is the very early analogue system that requires an interface card to be installed inside the computer. It is now very limited because it is only compatible with computers that have standard ISA slot and software no later than Windows 95. This was the predecessor to the AMB20 system. Many of these are still in use however if you are looking to buy a cheap 2nd system I suggest you do not consider it due to it's limitations

Starting at top left and going clockwise, components shown are...

AMB system 20 converter box

AMB8800 box

Interface cables

Charging rack with AMB20 transponders and power pack

ISA slot 8800 computer interface card

Detection loop kit comprised of black coax cable, red loop wire and a new loop interface box

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AMB20 race timing system used for RC model car racing and kart racing

AMB20 race timing decoder

This is an early analogue system still used widely for Remote Control car racing and Go Kart racing. Most AMB20 decoders only detect transponders numbered 1 to 10. Some rare systems detect transponder numbers 1 to 20. This is indicated by a label on the underside of the decoder

 

AMB20 transponder charging rack

Charging rack loaded with 2 sets of AMB20 transponders numbered 1 to 10. Transponders have rechargeable batteries sealed inside.

 

AMB20 Loop Interface Box

Analogue detection Loop Interface Box (LIB)

This box contains electronics vital for the interface between the coax cable to the decoder and the loop wire in the raceway. Features binding posts for connection of loop wire and female BNC connection for 75 ohm coax cable connection. We sell replacement version of the LIB see Buy Loop Parts page

 

AMB20 transponders

AMB20 transponder
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Buy t ransponders & parts page

Front side shows battery charging terminals

Post side shows mounting post and charging light

Light is lit only when charging

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AMBrc2 system for RC model car racing

AMBrc2 decoder front

This is the earlier Digital RC2 decoder front

 

AMBrc2 decoder rear

Rear of RC2 decoder

 

AMBrc transponder charging rack

AMBrc charging rack loaded with 20 AMBrc rechargeable handout (house) transponders
Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Buy t ransponders & parts page

 

AMB transponder detection loop kit

AMB Mylaps passive Detection Loop Kit - current model
Available to buy, see Loop Parts page

 

AMBrc transponders

AMBrc transponders

AMB Mylaps ceased manufacture of these transponders June 2010
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Transponders & parts page

Front side shows battery charging terminals

Post side shows mounting post and top two apertures are the indication lights

Steady red light - charging

Steady green light - fully charged

Flashing green - running

Flashing red - running but indicating battery is getting low

No lights - transponder is off

 

AMBrc DP personal transponder

AMBrc DP personal transponder - old model

Uses and external power source and typically is plugged into radio receiver for power

Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number

 

Mylaps RC4 hybrid transponder

Mylaps RC4 hybrid personal transponder - current model
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Transponders & parts page

Uses and external power source and typically is plugged into radio receiver for power

Improved on the AMBrc DP by increased signal power, faster hit rate, fuel resistant lead and detachable mounting clip

Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number

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AMBrc3 Mylaps system for RC model car racing

AMBrc3 decoder

AMBrc3 decoder
Note that variousAMB Mylaps decoders for different sports can look the same as this and the various types are only identified by a label on the base of the decoder. It is important to get the right decoder for your sport/transponder type.

AMB changed it name to Mylaps a few years ago so later models will be branded Mylaps

Fully digital system featuring Ethernet and Serial computer interface, Firmware upgradeable

AMBrc3 decoder insdie

Main circuit board from inside an AMBrc3/Mylaps RC decoder

 

AMBrc transponder charging rack

AMBrc charging rack loaded with 20 AMBrc rechargeable handout (house) transponders
Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Transponders & parts page

 

AMB transponder detection loop kit

AMB Mylaps passive Detection Loop Kit - current model
Available to buy, see Loop Parts page

 

AMBrc transponders

AMBrc transponders

AMB Mylaps ceased manufacture of these transponders June 2010
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Transponders & parts page

Front side shows battery charging terminals

Post side shows mounting post and top two apertures are the indication lights

Steady red light - charging

Steady green light - fully charged

Flashing green - running

Flashing red - running but indicating battery is getting low

No lights - transponder is off

AMBrc DP personal transponder

AMBrc DP personal transponder - old model

Uses and external power source and typically is plugged into radio receiver for power

Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number

 

Mylaps RC4 hybrid transponder

Mylaps RC4 hybrid (Harry) personal transponder
I have these transponders in stock available for sale. See Transponders & parts page

Uses and external power source and typically is plugged into radio receiver for power

Improved on the AMBrc DP by increased signal power, faster hit rate, fuel resistant lead and detachable mounting clip

Compatible with AMBrc2, AMBrc3 and Mylaps RC3, Mylaps RC4 systems

Each transponder has a unique 7 digit number

Pure RC4 transponder

Mylaps PURE RC4 (Purcy) personal transponder

Uses and external power source and typically is plugged into radio receiver for power

Only compatible with Mylaps RC4 decoder

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Mylaps RC4 system for RC model car racing

Mylaps RC4 decoder

Mylaps RC4 decoder - current model
Note that various Mylaps decoders for different sports can look the same as this and the various types are only identified by a label on the base of the decoder. It is important to get the right decoder for your sport/transponder type.
This system uses a passive Detection Loop System the same as the AMBrc timing systems.

Transponders supported are...
AMBrc rechargeable club transponders
AMBrc DP personal tranponders
RC4 hybrid personal transponders (2 wire)
RC4 pure personal transponders (3 wire)

Does not support 3rd party MRT PTX transponders

AMB Mylaps RC transponder comparison chart

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