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© 1998-2003,2007-2011 Centre for Orienteering History
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Orienteering punching

History of orienteering punching (TCH/CZE)

1950–1960 - a judge makes time or other records in competitors card at a control point
three members groups took part in an event and if a few groups met at a control point their time was interrupted
control points without judge began to use later, for example competitors group should rewrite a text from a tourist signpost
1960–1965 - "children" stamps at some control points; a judge was only at a few control points
stamps blurring in a rain was a great disadvantage
1965–1999 - "classic" control points with manualy punching
the first punching equipment was brought from Sweden
a home-made production of similar punching equipment followed
there was a gradual development in the production
at last the punching equipment was exported into Scandinavia
1996–1999 - the electronic device "Regnly" (Emit) for Elit events
the first electronic equipment was imported from Norway
but it was not widely spread for its technical shortages
1999–today - the electronic device "SportIdent" at all events
an enormous expansion of this electronic punching system
was caused by its trouble-free usage
today SportIdent is used almost at all O-events
You can get biger picture after click on the small picture in table.


Pictures from history of SportIdent

1996 - The punching unit BSO
The prototype of first devices for demonstration of basic working principles.
Only three pieces were made.
1997 - The punching unit BS 1 a with the card
A hundred devices were manufactured together with BS1 b.
1997 - The punching unit BS 1 b with the card
A hundred devices were manufactured together with BS1 a.
1997 - The punching unit BSF 2 with the card
Three hundred devices were manufactured and used in Scandinavia.
This type determined a typical shape for SportIdent.
1998 - The punching unit BSF 3 with the card
This type was smoothly authorized by IOF.
1999 - The punching unit BSF 3-2 with the card.
Today it is the most used system.
1999 - The electronic punching SI card 5.
Cards are made in various colours.
You can get biger picture after click on the small picture in table.

© 1998-2003,2007-2011 Centre for Orienteering History
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