PRC-4/6 Mounting Options
Tripod mounting: The most
popular mounting method for the PRC when used in running races is tripod
mounting. A substantial
tripod is recommended for the PRC to prevent tipping, and ScoreTronics
offers two well-suited two tripods for use in different situations, both with
5-6 foot display height. (1) The "Flat/Hard Surface Tripod" (which is based on a
musician's speaker stand) works well on flat level surfaces both indoors and outdoors.
This tripod includes an adapter sleeve that adapts the tripod pole to the
clock/timer unit. Note that if this tripod is used outdoors with the
possibility of wind, it must be sandbagged to prevent tipping in the wind.
(2) The "Grass/Sand/Soil Tripod" (which is based on a surveyor's
tripod) has legs that can be spread wide and spikes on the legs that can be
stepped into the ground to provide extra stability in the wind. It's legs
are individually adjustable to compensate for uneven ground. Because of
the spiked legs, this tripod is excellent on grass, sand, and soil, but not
suitable for hard surfaces. When the outdoor tripod is ordered, a lightweight aluminum
version of the ScoreTronics mounting pipe is provided instead of the normal
steel one to save weight carried to the event.
For non-tripod mounting methods, the basic mounting method for the PRC is to slide onto the top of a 1-1/2" steel pipe. The PRC comes with a one-foot long piece of 1-1/2" pipe called a mounting pipe. This pipe has a notch in the top end, and there is a pin up inside the unit that drops into this notch when the unit slides onto the pipe, and this prevents the clock/timer from rotating in the wind. The bottom end of the mounting pipe is threaded to fit into user-supplied 1-1/2" pipes and fittings.
Pole or Standard Mounting: If
your field allows it, the most convenient method of mounting the PRC is
to permanently set a six foot tall pipe in the ground at the field, and screw
the ScoreTronics supplied mounting pipe to the top of this pipe. You then
just slide the PRC onto this pipe when the games begin, and slide it off at the
end of the day. If the pipe is located near any area of play, make sure to pad the pipe
to prevent injury from accidental player collisions.
Hanging: The PRC can be ordered with two
"eye hooks" on the top for hanging the unit from a finish line truss,
banner hanger, a ceiling structure. Keep in mind that the battery powered
models have the "on" switch on the top of the unit.
Wall Mounting: The included
mounting pipe can be attached to a user-supplied 1-1/2" wall flange and
elbow (available at local hardware stores), with the mounting pipe facing up. The wall flange is
fastened to the wall with screws.
Table Top Use: The scoreboard
can be placed on a table top. The PRC will stand on its own on a flat
surface, but can be made much more stable in this application if a length of
1-1/2" PVC pipe is inserted into the internal sleeve to support the rear of
the unit as a third support. The tripod adapter sleeve mentioned in the
tripod section above can
be used for this purpose--to steady the unit on a tabletop. Keep in mind that while portable
scoreboards 'can' be used on tabletops, the audience and players are much
better served with a display height of at least 5-6 feet, to get it above the heads of players and
spectators blocking the view.
Floor or Ground Placement: Operating a portable scoreboard on the floor or the ground is not recommended because of the poor visibility of this situation. Spectators, players, and even tall grass often block the view. The same problem occurs with any scoreboard on an easel that holds a scoreboard at 30" off the ground. Units this low have even worse visibility problems as tabletop scoreboards and are also subject to scuffing and damage from spectators. The best height for a portable scoreboard is at least five to six feet off the ground.
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