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Discussion: Control codes in bracket on the map

in: Orienteering; General

Jun 13, 2017 1:03 AM # 
Adding the control codes in bracket near the control number on the map could improve the orienteering.
In the older days before the SI systems you had a visible control of your punched controls.
In just one year in sprint competitions I missed twice at least 3 controls.
Same situation: higher running speed, a lot of controls.
PS. Or develop the SI stick with a small LCD with the number of controls punched.
What is your toughs?
Jun 13, 2017 1:27 AM # 
Emit had cards with this capability.
Jun 13, 2017 1:32 AM # 

Although I still punch splits on my watch, so I have that display.
Jun 13, 2017 1:33 AM # 
This is sort of related to the CP description thread (or what it's descended into) but in my experience putting the control code on the map clutters the map. We have to do it for MTBO and in many instances it's hard to find a clear space on the map to put the code. It would be worse for sprints.

I don't see how this would stop you from missing controls though. You just have to learn to not miss them!
Jun 13, 2017 1:41 AM # 
Using a mobile device for the map, course and punching could solve this. ;-). Just sayin'...
Jun 13, 2017 1:54 AM # 
I'd be happy to just go back to pin punching.
Jun 13, 2017 3:40 AM # 
Pin punches had their downsides.
Jun 13, 2017 4:58 AM # 
I am just 48yo and just started to miss controls (after 40 years of orienteering)...OMG what can I expect at M80+ ? Unfortunately Emit's share on the O market is low. IOF rules doesn't allow this option (not even for MTB courses).
Rule: 18.2 The control descriptions shall be in the form of symbols and in accordance with the IOF Control Descriptions and the 704 Control number (ISOM 2017) is just a number.
Jun 13, 2017 5:22 AM # 
I'm afraid I'm with you bogdanovits, dsq 2 of my last 3 outings after accidentally skipping a control :-(.
Jun 13, 2017 5:24 AM # 
That vintage compass must be worth a bit now jj! What happens if you decide to use the counter for pace-counting, and in particular what happens if you have more than 10 controls?

Bogdanovits constantly moving your thumb on the map as you go around the course might help. Recording a split on your watch/gps at each control is another way, as jj mentions.
Jun 13, 2017 1:20 PM # 
Not my compass. I never even owned one of those. That one seems to belong to yurets.
Jun 13, 2017 9:23 PM # 
Rubber band on the right hand = even # control, Rubber band on the left hand = odd # control. Basketball officials (the original tweeters) use this method to remember which team has the jump ball possession. Note: I've never tried this method, it just came to mind as a possible solution. Probably easier to take splits on a watch though.
Jun 13, 2017 10:39 PM # 
Dimple the control circle on the map with compass corner when I punch the control.
Jun 14, 2017 12:28 AM # 
Better still, tear the last control off the map so that you remember where you're up to.
Jun 14, 2017 1:16 AM # 
With enough manipulation of the map, that tends to happen anyway.
Jun 14, 2017 1:34 AM # 
Well, the way you handle maps it does, Jim. Not surprising that you'd prefer something that's more resistant to crumpling. :-)
Jun 14, 2017 1:51 AM # 
Apparently Apple's going the other way, though:

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