Monday, February 06, 2017 #

Upgrade to 656 !

Around November 2016 SPORTident posted the latest version of the SI-Config+, along with a new firmware version (656). As there are known deficiencies in firmware versions 623 and 649, it is strongly recommended to upgrade any controls with 600-series firmware to 656.

posted @ Monday, February 06, 2017 12:42 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, September 30, 2016 #

Using SI-Print in 2016

So it seems that SI-Print (version 2.0.2) doesn’t work anymore – at least not in Windows 10 with the printer control directly connected.  I could not talk to it successfully when directlyimage connected to the computer with a USB-to-Serial cable and then through a null-modem (the grey cable with a female 9-pin socket at either end). 

SI-Print just wouldn’t work.  SI-Config+ talked to it just fine, and a terminal emulator showed me that the printer control sent the correct data.

But there is a solution.  SI-Print does work when a download control is connected, and the printer control is accessed as Remote.  You can’t use SI-Print to test yimageour layout, but you can leave your printer connected to the printer control and test on the printer itself.




Below are the settings I specified (follow your printer specifications, and type a percent - % to code the ESC character), and the finished goods, below.




The printer specific codes for the current SPORTident printer (MCP7830 by Martel) can be downloaded at

Make sure to use the tables on page 5 (RS232 mode).

posted @ Friday, September 30, 2016 4:14 PM | Feedback (12)

Thursday, November 05, 2015 #

SPORTident Newsletter for Organizers

Somewhat belatedly, here’s a link to a newsletter from SPORTident, specifically targeting event organizers and SPORTident equipment maintainers:

It mentions a rare issue with some controls after upgrading to firmware 623.  If you notice this, please let SPORTident or me know.  I can be reached as always at mailto://

posted @ Thursday, November 05, 2015 9:04 AM | Feedback (2)

Saturday, May 23, 2015 #

New firmware 623

It is strongly recommended to upgrade all controls to firmware 623, as it has improved SI-5 handling.

posted @ Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:05 AM | Feedback (1)

Friday, March 27, 2015 #

New firmware is out: Version 618

An improved firmware has been released, with an issue using SI-5 sticks resolved. Now all the great new features of the 600 Series of firmware is available again. You can get the latest SI-Boot software to install this firmware at this address:

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 2:39 PM | Feedback (0)

The LCD screen with 600 series firmware

When a unit is started with the SERVICE/OFF key, a lot of information is shown on the LCD screen.  Seven key units are shown for three seconds each, cyclically.

Here’s a description of each unit of information, in order:

cn_thumb1. What the unit is programmed as.  If it’s a regular control, it will show like the sample on the right. Other possibilities are START, CLEAR, FINISH, etc.

time_thumb2. Time of day


3. Next it shows how many minutes the unit will be idling awake before going to sleep.  In this example, the unit will go to sleep 4 hours after the last user punched the control. We consider 2 hours (120) a good number for day-to-day operation, and 4 hours when the control is used in an important A meet.

sw4. The version # of the software.  It is a good idea to follow this web blog; I will advise when the software should be uploaded.  618 is the latest version in March 2015.

PunchCount5. The number of punches that are currently recorded in this control.

bat_thumb6.The current battery voltage.  When it drops below 3.15V (315), time is nearing for a battery replacement.


cap_thumb7. Consumption of the battery.  A brand-new battery will have a consumption of 0, while 100 is typically an exhausted battery.  But this value is a computed approximation, not the actual level. The example on the right shows that the battery has consumed approximately 24% of its power.

While the unit is in this Service mode, current use is higher than normal.  It is advised to turn the unit off after inspecting these values; however the unit automatically turns itself off after 10 minutes in Service mode.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 1:41 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 #

Firmware 618 has been released

SPORTident has released a new firmware for the BSF7 and BSF8 family of controls.  This includes the standard controls, the download controls, as well as the specialty (master, printer and the sprint) controls.

As always, try it on a few controls to make sure everything works as expected.  As this release is a fix from the previously released 614, I expect few if any issues.

What’s changed

This new firmware has many new features, improvements and fixes over version 580.  Here’s a list:

  • Use of these controls with Air+ and SIAC finger sticks. A follow-up article will discuss Air+ and the use of existing BSF7/8 with the Air+system.
  • The SI Time Master has a new mode “Standard Master”, which will restore the configuration of the device being sync’d if this configuration has been backed up in advance with SI-ConfigPlus (more on SI-ConfigPlus in a future article).
  • When using a PC to set the time of a remote device (not direct connect), the direct-connected device will also get its time set.  This allows higher accuracy in the time-setting algorithm to the remote device.
  • If a control is used with an fCard, the extended protocol flag will automatically be set in the control on the first fCard punch.
  • The display information on the LCD has been updated.
  • SI-6 finger stick handling has been improved.
  • A start control can now also be a start clock