Nov 9, 2010
Guide to comprehensive and competent use of RACEceiver One Way Communicators
When in control of the One Way Communication you are the only person available to talk to all drivers who are on the frequency. You cannot think or assume that only ‘ONE’ driver is listening, ALL drivers are listening so therefore some tips on clear precise communication will be important to using the device successfully.
Although a steward’s intended audience is the drivers out on the track, any person form the community can purchase a Raceiver from crew, spectators or the general public. So a lot of people may be hearing your conversation with your intended driver, so personal remarks are generally dangerous.
It is also handy to understand which class of car you are speaking too, for instance with many sedan classes the noise in car may not be too bad so you can give clear instruction on receiver and they clearly understand the message even when racing. Although in a Sprintcar or open wheel class of car for instance the driver often goes on just the fact he/she can only hear a voice “not the message” so therefore giving instruction while they are racing is a disaster for this class of car unless it is a yellow or red light call. So understand the class of car and understand the noise level in the vehicles before use. It is advised as a rule NOT to communicate to drivers while under a green flag situation.
Handy Hints on using Raceiver
- Do a Raceiver test at the Drivers meeting, making sure all drivers have them available and they are set to correct channel with a new battery ready for the upcoming meeting. Once out on track it is too late if they have any sort of problem.
- Ensure there is as little background noise in your vicinity when talking to drivers, as it will garble your message and may transmit information not intended for public use.
- Talk slower than normal conversation speed- don’t race your message across
- Announce clearly who the message is for eg- “CAR N45 Black Flag CAR N45”
- Do not yell, the ear piece is inserted into the ear of the driver for a reason, if you yell the voice comes over very muffled and hard to understand.
- Be Short and decisive, it is not for a conversation with yourself:
Do not- “ there is a car on the back straight with alot of smoke blowing, we are going to pull you infield when we can, just keep coming round corner and i will identify you and we will then tell you who you are”
Do- Wait till car come into front straight and can be indentified then-
“Car N45 Pull infield, excessive smoke, car N45”
Just remember the racers are racing, they're not there to hear you chat.
- When there is a crash or incident on track: “yellow, yellow, yellow, accident low in turn 3 yellow” Or “red, red, red, accident low in turn 3 red”
This then identifies the area of caution and gives the driver a very clear message on what has just happened.
- Use the receiver when cars are under yellow to explain the restart order, this is the time the drivers are happy to hear communication from you as all they want to do is go racing again as quick as possible.
- Use manners, be polite, don’t swear, and thank them for a clean race or warn if need be for any slight misdemeanours which may have occurred.
With this guide to competent use of the Raceiver System from Steward to driver you should be able to communicate and run the meeting to a better standard of safety and this will also shorten the time the event needs to be run. Good use of the system is your way of making the event run a lot smoother and faster.
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