The Timetech timers cost approx. $800 each to replace. They're designed for timing large events with the potential for many finishers crossing together. They can download times to a computer with compatible software (ie Runscore) and special cable. Each Seiko timer requires 5 AA batteries, an internal lithium clock battery, plus thermal paper loaded with the correct side facing up.
Slide the back cover off and load 5 AA batteries into the timer, paying attention to the markings for the +positive and -negative direction of each battery. Load sufficient paper into the paper feeder/hopper. A rough estimate is that 100 finishers can be printed on about 18 inches of paper (approx. the length from your fingertip to your elbow). Verify that the correct side of the thermal paper is facing up by turning the printer on. It should print out a few introductory lines with a timestamp or zeros. If you hear printing but nothing prints on the paper, take the paper out and re-feed it into the slot with the other side up. Use the paper feed button to advance the paper. Turn the printer off/on again to verify that it's printing OK.
Push the On/Off button to power up the timer. Answer the following prompts:
- 1-Track or 2-Road Running? Enter “2”
- 1-Time 2-Transmit 3-Reprint Enter “1”
- Clear Memory? Enter 1-Yes
- Same race format? Enter 1-Yes
- If prompted for tens/hundreds, select tens for 1/10th sec precision or hundreds for 1/100th
- 1-Fast Print or 2-Match Bibs? Enter “1”
- 1-New Race or 2-Single? Enter “1”
- 1-Start at 0 or 2-Set Clock? Enter “1”
After doing the steps in "Preparation", you should be ready to time with zeros across the screen. Click the clicker-button at the start of the race. Then as people come across the finish line, click once for each finisher. After clicking the last finisher, push the “Stop Clock” button. Push the “Paper Advance” button until you can tear off the tape with all times showing. Then push the On/Off to turn the unit off. Remove 5-AA batteries before storing.