The new machine are up and running. They are kick butt! I was able to have a heck of a time and I needed no one to pull for me. Here is how it works.
Go into the club house and register.
Your get a coded key that fits in the control boxes located at each station. There is diagrams at each station, but some are not the greatest. If you come in a group plug in the key and shoot like normal. Each station has a button trap 1 trap 2 and doubles. It is left open as to how you want them. It doesn't say true pair or report. It's up to you. Instead of paying a course fee they keep track of individual birds and it is very accurate. $.30 a bird so 50 costs you $15 cheaper than it was before. You still can throw a see them pair, but it costs you to do so. Some don't like that. 20 birds in 10 rounds you'll spend $6 extra. I spent a few extra cents having to see a pair over. I just couldn't find where the bird was to even shoot it. Oh well my first couple birds where on the house to learn the new system anyway. They give you 3 broken so keep track because at the end is when you pay. Depending on the weather you could have more broken.
The cool part. Shooting by yourself. When you touch the control hit the second trap button. Machines wake up and the control box lights with simple displays. There is user instructions on your clip board. You can program the delay for each machine. Trap two button adds seconds trap, one button subtracts seconds and the doubles button switches the machines that your programming. Really simple with 0 seconds to a max of 6 seconds delay. So using the trap two button press it for how many seconds you wish it to delay for trap 1 to pull the first bird in order for you to be ready. Hit the doubles button to switch to trap twos delay time setting. If you want true pair don't program it. Just stick in your coded key to lock in the settings. I set mine up mostly in following pairs. I set the first delay at 4 seconds and the delay for machine 2 at just one second. I did some true pairs and I guessed for a time delay to simulate a report pair and came pretty close with a 2 second delay on one of the stations. It only takes few seconds to do this at each station after the first couple times. Once the machine is programed your ready. The control reaches the PCV shooters box so when you are set just press the doubles button yourself and let it hang on the stand. The automated machines do just what you programed them to do. The first bird was launched after my 4 second time delay and the second perfect every time.
Being I thought my programming was too easy at one station I pulled the key reprogrammed it and reinserted the key. I continued to shoot the station with my new settings. It really is truly wonderful. Even in a group you might as well program them to make it consistent for all. How often does one to the next constantly pull. These machine are perfect in timing what you program them to do.
The only ones that really didn't like this system are them same guys that liked to take a few more shots at various stations. Now it isn't up to you doing the right thing. In the end your paying. Expect the machines to be in the future in entirely different locations never perhaps scene before. The machines are wireless out there. They are not limited by a cords reach. I expect it to be really something exciting to shoot. Being able to tailor it some and being able to shoot it on your own makes it a very inviting place to shoot.
I hear in the future the plan is to have separate code keys to sell as prepaid for a 1000 birds. This to will save you money. As it is taking no see them birds you save $1.50 a round over the old price. In a 1000 birds with the planned prepay passes your going to save a good amount more.
One other thing I thought of with this system. I've shot with many guys that call it when it starts to poor rain. No problem your only paying for your birds and it's at the end. You just shot 25 and quit your just paying for that 25. Not trying to get a partial refund after you already charged it to your card. Simple for everyone.
Don't forget this coming weekend is a quiet weekend for the skiers. No shooting and in the new year leagues all start after the holidays. SC, 300rifle, 25yard pistol, and 3D archery. McMiller is the place to be in south eastern Wisconsin this winter. Hope I'll see some of you there...