This is the main screen of the Matrix Generator V2 scoring program. The “Nuke” button will take
you to the options screen, as will pressing F3.
Summer contest season was eventful
by Don Grissom
It has been a great year so far with many contests being held across the country. Once again, Texas is
showing that it is the top in scoring
when scores are looked at by state. The
Maryland and Virginia areas are also
putting on some great contests and I
hope to make it there later this year.
One area we do not hear much
about is Idaho. This is one part of the
country that continues to fly 2610
Scale Combat. This category uses
1/12-scale airplanes and some of the
same rules as Open B, such as no rpm
One issue with Scale was always
the build time, so the slower 2948 has
been adopted in most of the country
because there is less damage if you
have a midair collision. As of July, the
Idaho fliers have flown 18 rounds of
2610, with Jerry Haines as the point
Scoring at the Nats
Keith Jones and Jill Aldridge were
unable to make it to the Nats in July,
which meant that we did not have our
normal scorekeeper. Because I had a
computer for reporting for NatsNews,
I volunteered to run the scoring for
this year’s contest.
There is a link to the software on the
RC Combat website that will allow
you to install Matrix Generator V2 on
your Windows PC. You will also need
Microsoft Excel on your computer. The
installation was simple, but there were
some configuration issues that I had
after it was installed.
After it is installed and running, one
of the first things to do is press the F3
button on your computer. This will
bring up an Options screen where you
can remove frequencies that you cannot
use at the field, plus you can add more.
There is not a 2. 4 GHz option, so
you will need to create one or use a
frequency that is not in use for each pilot. Another configuration issue that I had
was in the Input/Output (I/O) tab on the Options menu. You will need to change
the “Save Folders” to a folder that can be written to such as your My Documents
folder. I noticed that this was an issue when I tried to create the MS Excel file.
When everything is set up, it is a matter of entering in the names and setting
the number of rounds and heats that you want to run during the contest. After
you press “generate” you will see the information in the text window at the
bottom. You can export an MS Excel file which will allow you to print heat cards
for each pilot and run the scoring at the end of the contest.
This is a great way to run a larger contest because you want all of the pilots
to fly against each other at some point, plus it removes the issue of frequency
conflicts, although this is not much of a problem anymore with 2. 4 GHz.
Battle for Beantown
One of my favorite contests each year is the Battle for Beantown in Lima, Ohio.
Although it is a 10-hour drive for me, I enjoy the weekend and Bob Loescher puts
on one of the best contests at a great flying field.
Bob and his wife are terrific hosts, letting people stay in their house for the
weekend. We traditionally go out to eat the night before so that we can do a little
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