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Now Hiring: Manufacturing Manager

About the Job

We’re winning the race at Nevco-FinishLynx! We want every track and field event, skating rink and race track to utilize the latest in scoring and timing technology. The love of the game is at the forefront of everything we do. The FinishLynx product is arguably the most popular and powerful photo-finish results technology in the world. It is used at major sporting events across the globe, including the Olympic Trials, Kentucky Derby, NASCAR, and the Tour de France. Nevco-FinishLynx, is looking to bolster our manufacturing team with a Manufacturing Manager at its Haverhill, MA location. When you join Nevco-FinishLynx, you join a team. It’s what we do together that sets us apart.

This role reports to Director of Manufacturing and manages a small team focused on the production of race-timing and photo-finish technologies.

Scope of Responsibility:

  • Develop and document manufacturing processes
  • Advance quality assurance procedures and standards
  • Drive opportunities for product and process improvement
  • Manage and allocate production manpower resources
  • Resolve order specifications and details with sales department
  • Prioritize production schedules to accommodate customers’ needs
  • Coordinate material planning RMI, WIP, and FGI
  • Support shipping and receiving efforts; including material storage and cycle counting

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, business or engineering OR equivalent experience/certification.
  • 3+ years prior production management experience preferred
  • Technical competencies in electronics manufacturing
  • Proficiency in reporting capacities and MS office suite
  • Strong background in continuous improvement and lean manufacturing
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building abilities

Job Type: Full-time

Location: 179 Ward Hill Ave. Haverhill, MA. Haverhill is an industrial suburb about 25 miles north of Boston. Applicants must be willing to relocate to the Boston area.

How to Apply

Please send your resume to recruitment@finishlynx.com with the subject line: Manufacturing Manager

Company Profile

Lynx System Developers is the maker of FinishLynx photo-finish technology and produces fully automatic timing systems and sports technology for markets across the world. The company is privately-owned and located in Haverhill, MA. It was founded in 1992 by President and CTO Doug DeAngelis after he developed the prototype for FinishLynx as a graduate student at MIT. As a long-time runner, DeAngelis saw an opportunity to use digital line-scan technology to produce more accurate photo-finish results for sports. Today, FinishLynx is the most popular (and powerful) photo-finish timing system in the world. It is trusted by thousands of customers, including major sporting events like the Olympic Trials, Kentucky Derby, NASCAR, and the Tour de France.

Nevco Sports, LLC is the largest private manufacturer and provider of display, scoring and audio solutions. For over 85 years, Nevco has provided athletic and recreational facilities of all sizes with the most innovative scoring and LED video display products in the industry. Nevco is known for its specialty in designing custom facility solutions, quality of products, and superior long term financial value. Today, Nevco scoring solutions are used to enhance the fan experience at events in more than 100,000 locations around the world.

Lynx & MYLAPS Join Forces to Expand Product Portfolio

Lynx MYLAPS Logos

HAVERHILL, MA / HAARLEM (July 2022) – Lynx System Developers and MYLAPS Sports Timing are partnering up to offer best-in-class photo-finish and timing technology to athletes and racers. The companies signed a multi-year partnership to offer a wider product portfolio to sports races and venues around the world.

Based in Haverhill, MA, Lynx System Developers offers arguably the most popular and powerful photo-finish results technology in the world. FinishLynx is used at major sporting events across the globe, including the Olympic Trials, Hong Kong Jockey Club, MotoGP and Giro d’Italia. Founded in 1982, MYLAPS is the inventor of automated sports timing and develops state of the art timing technology combined with services to offer the ultimate sports experience to athletes, their followers, and events. MYLAPS products and platforms are used at professional events like the Olympics and INDYCAR to countless local events around the corner.

Picking the Solution that Fits Best

The partnership enables Lynx to offer MYLAPS timing technology to their partners and MYLAPS can add state-of-the-art finish-line cameras to their portfolio. ‘We are excited to partner up with the global market leader in sports timing’, says Edward Evansen, CEO at Lynx System Developers. ‘We can’t wait to start offering premium systems for chip and transponder timing, so our customers can pick the solution that fits them best.’

Creating the Ultimate Sports Experience

Camiel Slaats, CEO at MYLAPS: ‘At MYLAPS we strive to offer the ultimate sports experience to athletes, racers, event organizers, and fans. Adding high-end photo finish cameras to our product portfolio will contribute to a better race experience. We believe this partnership improves our one-stop-shop solution for our partners and we are looking forward to work together with Lynx in the coming years.’

About FinshLynx

Lynx was founded in 1992 by engineers from MIT to leverage line scan technology into photo-finish applications. From day one, our mission statement has been to bring the technologies currently available at the highest levels of sport to a wider market. To overcome the problems often associated with these technologies — low reliability and high cost — via elegant product development. To distinguish our products as they mature by assuring superior value and constantly utilizing customer input. Thirty years later, we are proud to say we remain dedicated to this very same mission statement.

About MYLAPS Sports Timing

At MYLAPS we support racers, athletes, and events in creating their ultimate sports experience. Every year we capture the performance of over 20 million people all over the world. We develop accurate, reliable, and easy-to-use technology to turn data into insights, progress, and fun. Founded in 1982, we have revolutionized the world of sports timing with groundbreaking innovations and set the standard ever since. Our products and platforms are used at professional events like the Olympics and INDYCAR to countless local events around the corner.


More Info

If you have any questions or need Hi Resolution images, please contact Krijn Snuif (Marketing Manager at MYLAPS), krijn.snuif@mylaps.com or +31 (0)6 29 72 18 59.

Now Introducing: TentLynx Laptop & Camera Covers

April 1, 2022 – We’ve heard it time and time again…how can we keep our camera safe from the elements? There’s a glare on my laptop from the sun and I don’t have a pop-up tent! We’ve got the solution for you! TentLynx Mini-Tents are here for all your camera & laptop covering needs. These mini-tents are the durable, waterproof, hail-proof, tornado-proof (not yet tested), answers to your callings.

Worried about the Lynx purple clashing with your company’s colors? No problem! For an additional fee, we’ll be happy customize the color to match your brand. Want your logo on top of the flag or on the side of your tent to really let spectators know who’s in charge? We can do that too. As we like to say, “We’ve got you covered.” 

Read on to see our latest in tent technology – or tentology if you will. 

1. The “This Track Meet is a Real Circus” Mini-Tent

April Fools Tent 1

This tent is for the service provider who isn’t afraid to hide their feelings. They’ve dealt with one too many athletes running into the cameras, or parents hovering over the shoulder, or stray dogs infiltrating the course. Some days just feel like you’re trapped at the circus, and this tent will let others know it.

(Also great for kids birthday parties!)


April Fools Tent 2

2. The Extend-a-Tent

The Extend-a-Tent does exactly as the name suggests – it extends to fit your needs! Do you require a short covering for your laptop? Check! How about a taller version to protect your latest Vision PRO camera? This does that too! Simply adjust the legs to the height you need (up to a whopping 50ft!) and you’re in business. No rain on your parade!


April Fools Tent 4

3. The “I’d Rather Be Camping” Mini-Tent

Looking for something basic that will just get the job done? This mini-tent doesn’t need any bells and whistles to prove how truly rugged it is. Meant for those who understand that sometimes simplicity is the key to perfection. 

As an added bonus, this mini-tent is the perfect size for your feline companion (preferably smaller than a Lynx). Treat them like the royalty they are. 


April Fools Tent 3

4. The “We Enjoy the Finer Things” Mini-Tent

And finally, this impressive display of wealth is our top-end model. Equipped with extra interior space for those days when you just need to get away for a few minutes. Plus this model comes with additional tie-downs for those extra gusty days. This tent lets others know you care about your business and you aren’t afraid to go the extra mile. 


We have a feeling you may have already guessed, but APRIL FOOLS! We hope you enjoyed the post and encourage you to share it if you enjoyed it.

Now Hiring: Electromechanical Technician

January 2022 – Join the team at Lynx! We’re currently hiring for the position of Electromechanical Technician at our Haverhill, MA location. Please read the description below and send your resume to recruitment@finishlynx.com for consideration, or forward the position to someone you think would be a great fit!

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assemble electrical or support structures and install components, units, sub-assemblies, wiring, or assembly casings, using screws, bolts and soldering equipment.
  • Configuration and test of electronic assemblies and sub-assemblies.
  • Read and interpret drawings, diagrams, specifications, work orders, or reports to determine materials requirements or assembly instructions.
  • Work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Production assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most roles.
  • Use basic tools, including screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, wire cutters, crimpers, and soldering equipment.
  • Fine pitch solder/rework skills preferred, but not required.
  • Review work orders to ensure work is performed according to specifications.
  • Perform and record quality checks on products and parts.
  • Ability to produce defect-free assemblies.
  • Rotate through all the tasks required in a particular production process.
  • Maintain production equipment and machinery.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Applicant must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Electrical Assembly: Minimum 2 years

Location: 179 Ward Hill Ave. Haverhill, MA. Haverhill is an industrial suburb about 25 miles north of Boston. Applicants must be willing to relocate to the Boston area.

Compensation & Other Perks

Lynx System Developers offers a competitive salary, full benefits, 401k, and more.

How to Apply

Please send your resume to recruitment@finishlynx.com with the subject line: Electromechanical Technician

Company Profile

Lynx System Developers is the maker of FinishLynx photo-finish technology and produces fully automatic timing systems and sports technology for markets across the world. The company is privately-owned and located in Haverhill, MA. It was founded in 1992 by President and CTO Doug DeAngelis after he developed the prototype for FinishLynx as a graduate student at MIT. As a long-time runner, DeAngelis saw an opportunity to use digital line-scan technology to produce more accurate photo-finish results for sports. Today, FinishLynx is the most popular (and powerful) photo-finish timing system in the world. It is trusted by thousands of customers, including major sporting events like the Olympic Trials, Kentucky Derby, NASCAR, and the Tour de France.

Lynx System Developers Merges with Nevco Sports, LLC

Nevco Lynx

EDWARDSVILLE, IL, January 5, 2022Nevco Sports, LLC today announced the acquisition of Lynx System Developers, Inc., a sports technology data company based out of Haverhill, MA. The acquisition of this sports timing pioneer will further enhance Nevco’s position as the industry leader in end-to-end scoring and display solutions for sporting facilities worldwide.

“Lynx System Developers has been a trusted partner to Nevco for many years,” says Jeff Fiorini, CEO of Nevco Sports. “Their state-of-the-art timing and results technology solutions paired with an impeccable reputation made for a natural fit into the Nevco brand. This addition to our product portfolio will be pivotal in enhancing race-day for our customers”.

“We are excited to integrate our technology and timing systems to expand Nevco’s product line,” says President and CTO of Lynx System Developers, Inc., Doug DeAngelis. “Together, we look forward to providing sporting facilities of all sizes with the highest quality scoring and display solutions combined with our photofinish timing and results technology solutions.”

Lynx System Developers, Inc. will maintain operations in Haverhill, MA. To learn more about Lynx solutions please visit finishlynx.com.

About Nevco Sports, LLC: Nevco is the largest private manufacturer and provider of display, scoring and audio solutions. For over 85 years, Nevco has provided athletic and recreational facilities of all sizes with the most innovative scoring and LED video display products in the industry. Nevco is known for its specialty in designing custom facility solutions, quality of products, and superior long term financial value. Today, Nevco scoring solutions are used to enhance the fan experience at events in more than 100,000 locations around the world.

About Lynx System Developers, Inc.: Lynx System Developers, Inc. is the maker of FinishLynx photo-finish technology and produces fully automatic timing systems, line-scan cameras, and athlete tracking technology for sports markets across the world.

Today, FinishLynx is arguably the most popular and powerful photo-finish results technology in the world. It is used at major sporting events across the globe, including the Olympic Trials, Kentucky Derby and NASCAR.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Maria Manville at 618.659.7532 or email mmanville@nevco.com.

FinishLynx 12.00 & the Introduction of VeriLynx

November 2021 – Taking effect November 1, 2021, World Athletics (WA) Technical Rule 30.1.1 states that horizontal jump take-off failures are re-defined to include any breaking of the vertical plane of the take-off line. In addition, Rule 29.5 strongly encourages judges to use video, or other technology, to assist in the decision process.

As a response, the latest version of FinishLynx (FL 12.00) includes a new profile called VeriLynx. This profile is customized to support the use of IdentiLynx cameras for video review of field events. Read below to find out more about VeriLynx and other updates included in FinishLynx 12.00. The latest version of FinishLynx can be downloaded from our FinishLynx Software page.


Profiles

FinishLynx supports the concept of profiles. A profile can be created and used to store configuration and camera settings, as well as an associated language file or splash screen. When a profile is used, all of the settings are saved to the current profile when FinishLynx is closed, and re-loaded the next time FinishLynx is started. This makes it easy to switch from one application to the next (such as Track to Cross Country and back, for example).

VeriLynx Profile

Field Event Video Verification

FinishLynx includes the VeriLynx profile. This profile is customized to support the use of IdentiLynx cameras for video review of field events, such as the verification of take-off fouls in the Long or Triple Jump events. Align the IdentiLynx camera with the take-off board, load the field event start list, capture, verify, and timestamp every attempt. VeriLynx will save all images to disk in real-time (no image loss) and allow you to quickly review every attempt for every athlete, providing proof in case of a foul. 

VeriLynx also has the option of exporting a JPEG of each attempt automatically when marking a frame, and keeping multiple IdentiLynx image panes synchronized (time tracking) to view multiple angles.

VeriLynx Profile Screenshot
  • Pre-configured profile available with standard FinishLynx installation giving a customized user interface for field events
  • Ability to load field events from the field event schedule file (fldlynx.sch)
  • Ability to view a vertical line in alignment mode for IdentiLynx cameras to facilitate camera alignment with the take-off board (see image above)
  • Ability to capture and review all attempts from a flight into the same FinishLynx event
  • Ability to set the ACM active area so it is limited to the image’s vertical area of the take-off board
  • Ability to mark/log attempts with the time of day to allow quick review of all attempts for each athlete during or after the event
  • Ability to display the attempt number of each attempt in the Results Zone and on the image using Line Labels
  • Ability to automatically export an image (jpg) when an attempt is marked/logged
  • Ability to time track (scrolling through an image of one camera refreshes the other image panes with the equivalent frame) between images of multiple cameras to easily review different angles, including the option of using a front-facing camera to identify the athlete

LapTime & Scoreboard Status

LapTime objects now show the connection status in the Status bar.

In addition to existing states (not loaded, not running, running), the Status in the object box for the LapTime and Scoreboard Options tabs can now show Not Connected if the TCP connections are not connected, but otherwise loaded and configured. 

Additionally, there have been updates made to scoreboard scripts, Remote Control Commands, and the Lynx Data Port (LDP) Plug-in, plus Advanced Other Settings. 


Downloads & Resources

If you require additional support, please contact Tech Support.

Lynx Support Resources & Where to Find Them

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For many Lynx users, timing is a seasonal job that comes and goes. Some of our service providers are busy timing events year-round, but we know that many others, including high school and college customers, put their systems in storage between seasons. Because of this, we want to share some resources that will help get your FinishLynx system and operators working as efficiently as possible. Lynx offers an array of online tools that can benefit the novice to the pro timer.

FinishLynx Sports Timers Facebook Group

The FinishLynx Sports Timers Facebook group was started in the hopes of giving FinishLynx operators a space to network and share their questions and timing photos. Over the years, it has grown to over 1,400 active members who post regularly. We love seeing the community grow and engage with one another to help solve problems and brag about their timing setups. When you join, be sure to introduce yourself and let others see your best “Office of the Day” photo!

Join the FinishLynx Sports Timers Group Today


Lynx YouTube Channel

The Tech Support team here at Lynx has been working hard over the years to provide FinishLynx operators with helpful video content to aid in system setup and operation. To help find what you’re looking for, click on the ‘Playlists’ tab to see videos broken down into categories. Some of the popular playlists include Video Release NotesNew User FinishLynx Timing System Setup and Advanced Operation of FinishLynx. Be sure to also subscribe to the Lynx YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are added.


Online Help Manual

This online support tool was created to act as a searchable FinishLynx Operator’s Manual combined with years of software release notes. Support videos have been integrated into the relevant sections for added clarity, and other features include the ability to print a page that’s particularly helpful, search hundreds of informational pages at once for exactly what you’re looking for, and use it across all devices as it’s also mobile-friendly. This resource is updated with each new software release or new features/products.

Benefits of the new online operator’s manual:

  • Up-to-Date: It will constantly be updated with the latest release notes, technology, and software information — unlike the current PDF version of the FinishLynx manual which is a few years old at this point.
  • Searchable: The key feature of this user manual is that it’s a search engine of sorts for FinishLynx information. You’ll no longer need to look through page after page for the answers you’re trying to find.
  • Mobile-Friendly: Have a question during your meet? Pull up the Online Help Manual to quickly find your solution. Use this resource across all of your devices.

Find the Online Help Manual Here


Guides & Support Documents

Product Quick-Start Guides (QSGs) are designed to provide simple, step-by-step directions for setting up your FinishLynx timing system. These setup guides are included with every product and system we ship. But you can also view and download them at any time. The guides vary by sport, competition level, and product – so be sure to select the QSG that best fits your system.

Visit the File Library for a full list of product manuals, release notes, quick-start guides (QSGs), and other support documents that may be useful to FinishLynx operators. You will also find direct download links for various software and firmware applications.


Other Helpful Links


Email & Phone

If you need to reach out to Lynx Technical Support, please send an email to support@finishlynx.com or give us a call at 978-556-9780.

2020 Lynx Winter Holiday Schedule

Haverhill, MA – Lynx Headquarters is closing for our annual extended winter break for the holiday season. The Haverhill office will close Wednesday, December 23rd at the end of the work day. We will reopen at 9:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, January 5th. 

Limited technical support will be available during our winter break by calling the office and following the prompts to leave a message: (978) 556-9780. You can also submit a tech support web form, and it is possible that you may receive a response via email.

2020-2021 Holiday Schedule:

Close: Thursday, December 24th 2020 

Re-Open: Tuesday, January 5th 2021

2020 Happy Holidays

Quarantine Hobby: Breathing New Life into the Silver Bullet

What does a FinishLynx operator who spends his year timing meets do during a global shutdown?

Answer: He rebuilds and restores outdated computer hardware.


Many in the timing community know Roger and his father Tom Jennings as they were some of the earliest adopters of the Lynx timing systems. So it comes as no surprise when we receive an email from Roger saying that he’s rebuilt a period-correct computer and has connected the Lynx Silver Bullet to it and a scoreboard. Even better, it’s capturing images.

You can read more about the beginnings of Lynx and how Tom and Roger played their role in our 25th Anniversary blog post.

Early Days of FinishLynx Press Box at the 1996 DII NCAA Championships.

Roger’s original computer was purchased in 1990. It was an Intel 386 running at 25mhz, 2 megabytes of RAM, and a 80mb hard drive. It had a SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) controller card which was used to communicate with the FinishLynx timing box — these were also used as a controller card for high-end internal and external hard drives at the time.

From Roger:

At the time the initial beta (alpha?) release of FinishLynx, finish image was limited by the amount of RAM in the computer. There was no disk cache or toggling on/off of image, so you would hit the space bar and FinishLynx would capture an image until RAM was filled up, then it would display the image. I used to have a little chart that would let me know how much image length (in seconds) I could capture at different frame rates. I think I could squeeze 30 seconds out of the slowest frame rate setting. If the race finishers didn’t fit within that time/RAM limit, they’d be looking for hand-times. However, even in the limited form, FinishLynx was already far, far ahead of anything being used for fully automatic timing in the US.” Roger Jennings Computer Rebuild

The next FinishLynx beta release allowed the toggling off/on of image capture, even though I was still limited by my measly 2mb of RAM, it was a game-changer, allowing my former 30 seconds of image, if done correctly, to 1-2 minutes of finishers. To get more image it was as simple as buying more RAM — which I did from 2mb to 8mb (the maximum for my computer). Not a cheap investment in 1992, it was about $45/megabyte, but it’d quadruple the amount of image I could capture, a major investment for me at the time.

Roger Jennings Computer RebuildBy the end of the summer in 1992, FinishLynx added hard disk cache to the image capturing which enabled a seemingly endless amount of image length (limited to the size of the hard drive). Also FinishLynx had full integration with database software (Clerk of the Course) and scoreboard displays, television running time clock/results.

This iteration was fairly similar to the functionality of the FinishLynx of today, it was light years ahead of anything else used in the US or Internationally.

My 2020 computer that I used in my modern test was the exact same system, with an upgrade to 8mb of RAM and a 100mb hard drive.

Rebuilding the Original Computer & Capturing Image Today

With a mission to build a period-correct computer that could run the original Lynx Silver Bullet, Jennings took to eBay and the local Goodwill to find the equipment. While some of the original hardware is more difficult to locate than others, he was miraculously able to score a monitor at Goodwill for a mere $5 that was slated to be tossed. Because so much was unknown in the early days of computers, there hadn’t been any product standardization yet. This makes finding RAM that much more difficult, because each generation of computer had a new type of chip. In the end, Roger’s rebuilt computer is a nearly exact replica of the computer that he first used almost three decades ago.

Flash Results Display Board

With his restored computer set up, he was able to connect the Silver Bullet and a Seiko display board (from the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics), and was off to the races (so to speak).

Final Takeaways

The backward compatibility of Lynx products has always been a key focus, and Roger’s latest project is the ultimate example of that backwards compatibility. With it, systems that are purchased can be added to and expanded as needs grow over the years without the need to buy a completely new system. While we’re not saying you’d necessarily time your next track meet with a 27-year-old Silver Bullet, we think it’s pretty remarkable that you could.

RJ Silver Bullet


Thank you to Roger Jennings of Flash Results for sending these images & story!

Do you have your own timing-related hobby or story to tell? Email marketing@finishlynx.com to be featured on our blog.

Tips for Wave Starts (Time Trial Mode)

Since the release of the wave start feature in FinishLynx when using the Time Trial mode, we have received a few questions for which the answers could serve many users. Here are some advanced tips for wave starts.

Note – These tips assume FinishLynx 11.20 is used.

How do I stop FinishLynx from switching the running time to the next start after I evaluate a result?

TT Advance Setting

The default configuration has an auto-advance feature to simplify operations in a traditional trial. To disable (or customize) this behavior:

  1. Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
  2. The Other Settings dialog opens.
  3. Expand Event.
  4. Expand Starts.
  5. Select TTAdvance.
  6. Set the value to 0 (disabled).

How do I avoid having the cumulative split time change to time of day when evaluating the finish from the image?

Create Splits

When a laptime device is used in Time Trial mode and a time is evaluated from the image, FinishLynx needs to know explicitly that this should also be considered a From Image split. The easiest solution is to enable the CreateSplits function.

  1. Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
  2. The Other Settings dialog opens.
  3. Expand LapTime.
  4. Select CreateSplit.
  5. Set the value to 1 (ON).

How do I enable the start mask so it is applied to all waves (not just the first)?

By default, FinishLynx will assign laptime events to all participants as soon as one start exists. If the participant’s start key value does not exist when a laptime event is received, it will fall back to the first available start to establish a time.TT Start Mode

For the start mask to be applied, the TTStartMode must be set to Key Field only.

  1. Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
  2. The Other Settings dialog opens.
  3. Expand Event.
  4. Expand Results.
  5. Select TTStartMode.
  6. Set the value to 2 (key field only).

In such a case, FinishLynx will not find an associated start time and simply create a results line without laptime data in the Results Zone. By default, the first laptime event received in such a case is marked as deleted by remains available in the Edit Split… dialog. To save all received laptime events as deleted, modify the AddSplitCtrl option.

Add Split Ctrl

  1. Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
  2. The Other Settings dialog opens.
  3. Expand LapTime.
  4. Select AddSplitCtrl.
  5. Set the value to 2 (keep all start masked).

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See the video on using Time Trial for Wave Starts here.

To contact technical support, please send an email to support@finishlynx.com or give us a call at 978-556-9780.