Our teeny tiny local club started a 4H group for pigeon racing. Most of the kids race out of the big loft that the president of the club has, but 5 of the kids have their own lofts. Anyway, the prez was able to get some old style clocks- the non electronic ones- donated through the AU. It is a great way to get a new generation involved. This is the first year, but there are 20 kids involved, and they each got 5 babies from local members. They will have their own races for the time being, and will participate in showing their birds at the county fair. Seems to me we need more stuff like this going on to keep the sport vibrant. Also, a middle school down near Seattle has pigeon racing as part of their curriculum. They use it as one of those applied learning, multi disciplinary educational tools, where the kids can see how math, science, etc link together, and then also throw some english in with papers written on various topics, etc etc etc.
But, as for cheap clocks for us newbs, It seems like the only way is through the difficult to find used clocks.
The real question is why the heck they are so expensive in the first place? Electronics come down in price even as they have become more and more complex. So, why so much for a chip reader that is hooked up to a timer/computer ? Obviously they are not as mass produced as typical consumer products, but really, those things are overpriced by a lot.
Any Electronics Engineer with a spare couple of hours could redesign the whole system for cost effectiveness- as well as for taking advantage of the advances made in GPS technology, etc. We just need an E.E. that loves pigeon racing.....
LOL- too true.The real question is why the heck they are so expensive in the first place? Supply and demand, if everyone wanted one they would be 9.95 at Walmart plus a 10.00 rebate and a 5 dollar gas card..
Good for you !! Now if you spread that over the next ten years, what does that work out to per week ? Pretty cheap entertainment !!Our club only uses Benzing's so the 2 choices are the really expensive model or the really, really expensive model. We tried to find one used for several months and did see one with accessories go on Ebay for about $900 which was still a deal but unfortunately couldn't scrape that much together for the birds at that time. But we saved up and after talking to a bunch of the older flyers we bit the bullet and bought the top of the line M-1 because even though it's our first year it sounds like it will serve us better in the long run. That's a big investment but one that will hopefully be well worth it...
The T3 is a manual clock with a digital timer. If your club allows manual clocks then ask the secretary if they will allow it.Does a junior T3 clock work with any system ?