Technical questions about electronics and sensors
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Does anyone have any data or experience with this at the competition site? Are there rules preventing teams from testing their radio links while another team is competing or is it completely unregulated?
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The Official Rules state that the teams must assure that their data links (if used) are "bullet-proof" in that there will be no frequency control as one might find at an R/C aircraft field. Time will be allotted at the arena during non-competition hours to allow teams to test their systems. This would include testing of data links. Out of courtesy, teams should test independently (not 2 or 3 teams in the arena simultaneously) so that testing can be valid for not only your team, but the other teams wishing to test items. Keeping transmitters off when not testing would be common courtesy, but that being said, it is up to each team to use spread spectrum, frequency hopping, or other techniques to keep their signals from getting "stepped on" by other outside sources which may not even come from the other teams, but from military, scientific, EMS, or commercial users outside of the building.