BSF8-DB red

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The SPORTident Station BSF8 is based on a newly developed hardware core. The BSF8 design offers a number of significant improvements with lower power consumption and new features compared with the older series of SPORTident Stations. It becomes more easier to configure since the BSF8 station has top/bottom display and is fully compatible with the already existing SPORTident system.

Additionally, the new BSF8 is also available with short range radio (SRR) which enables wireless transmission of SPORTident data records over distances of up to 8 metres. The radios are working in the licence-free 2.4 GHz radio-band and can be used worldwide. SRR creates a wireless data bridge to a receiver or repeater mounted some metres away by using SRR dongle. SRR dongle receives data records sent from BSF8-SRR and SIAC. The device features an USB interface for easy connection with PC, laptop or other standard communication equipment.

Application : universal use
Options : Display top (blue), display bottom (red or blue), SRR module(blue)
Battery : Lithium non-rechargeable, 1/2 AA / 1000 mAh
Max. punches : 21802 / 1022
Working time : 3-5 years
Warranty : 2 years

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  • The SPORTident Base Station Field 8 is based on an advanced hardware core. The design offers a number of significant improvements and new features compared with the older series of SPORTident stations. The BSF8 station is compatible with the existing SPORTident system parts and can be used mixed with older equipment.
  • The BSF8 station is designed as a smooth and compact device. It is about the size of a keypad based phone but still large enough to incorporate a number of future enhancements. Different mounting options allow the station to be used for a variety of applications in different environments. A special semi-transparent plastic is used to show off the insides.
  • The BSF8 station is “always on” and works in a low power Stand-by Mode. There is no need to switch on the station or to make any special preparations before the unit can be used. Also in Stand-by Mode the station is ready to process SPORTident-Cards. The maximal wake up time is 1 second but can be adjusted by the user. A faster wake up will increase station’s power consumption. The station is switched from Stand-by Mode to Active Mode when the first SPORTident-Card is inserted.
  • Once the station is in Active Mode the reaction time to the insertion of subsequent SI-Cards is very quick. After an adjustable period without a SI-Card being inserted, the station drops back to Stand-by Mode.
  • The BSF8 station features with an on-board service display visible from the back side (BSF8-DB) or from the top side (BSF8-DT). The display shows quickly main stations’ settings like real time and code number. After a card has punched the card number is displayed for 3 seconds.
  • From Stand-by Mode the station can also be switched to Service Mode. This is done by switching on the station with the Instruction card “Service/OFF”. In Service Mode the station’s LCD display offers additional information like the serial number, battery consumption and firmware version. Information about station’s battery is given both by measuring the battery voltage and by computing the station’s battery consumption in relation to the battery performance. Service Mode is automatically terminated after 10 minutes or earlier if the Instruction card “Service/OFF” is used.
  • The SPORTident station BSF8 features with a very low power consumption. In typical application cycles a battery will serve for several years. This battery type does neither contain Cadmium nor Mercury. Other points of importance are decreased use of plastic material as a result of the smaller volume and weight.
  • The station’s real time clock system is calibrated and temperature compensated (starting with firmware V5.53). This offers higher accuracy also at very high and very low temperatures. The internal time resolution is 1/256 s, approximately 4 ms.
  • The station’s backup memory is increased and stored more than 20.000 punching records.
  • The BSF8 station supports contactless punching according to the latest IOF specification for foot-o. No hardware investments are required but firmware 6.65 or higher must be loaded. In addition to the direct punching functionality beacon records are sent out by the station one a time slot base. A “mixed” usage of the station direct/contactless punching within one event is possible. To enable mixed working mode the station has to be programmed in a working mode with a prefix “BC_…​”. The default working time for beacon mode should be set to 12 hours. The station explicitly must be switched into active mode by a direct punch. Stations backup memory does not record contactless punching records by default for power consumption reasons. Instead SIAC’s backup radio channel can be used together with a radio dongle or the SI-GSM.

Power consumption

  • BSF8 stations power consumption in general depends how often and how long the station is used. The station is always on but features a very low power consumption in standby mode. Within 5 years only 15% of the battery capacity are consumed in standby mode.
  • In active mode stations power consumption is higher. But the biggest impact on the power consumption has the number of feedback cycles, flash and beep. In any case it should be avoided that a SI-Card is kept in direct punching contact with a station resulting in a never ending loop of feedback signals.
  • If a BSF8 station is used twice a month in a typical orienteering event with about 500 participants, the typical working time of the station before battery change is 4…​5 years.
  • A station in BC_… mode consumes about five times the energy compared to direct punching mode only. But the total impact to stations life time is less significant. In contactless punching the station does not emit feedback signals. As a rule of thumb the life time of a station becomes shorter by 20%, this means from 5 years to 4 years. But after the end of an event it becomes much more important to switch the station from active to standby mode by using the Instruction card “Service/OFF”.
  • The BSF8 station features an in built working time counter and a battery voltage measurement unit. The working time counter considers the different consumption elements like standby, active, beacon and feedback. SI-Config+ should be used to monitor stations life cycle.

Handling and service

  • The BSF8 station only needs minimal services. In typical application cycles only station’s real time has to be monitored.
  • The station’s settings can be changed by using PC-software SI-Config+. In the inductive coupling process between a SPORTident master Station and a slaved station a coupling stick can be used to improve data transmission.
  • To achieve highest synchronism in the station’s real time clock it is recommended to adjust station’s real time by using the SPORTident Station BS8 SI-Master (coupling stick needed).
  • The battery has a capacity of 1000 mAh. This value should not be changed in the setups.
  • SPORTident Station BSF8 features with an easy firmware upgrade mechanism. Station’s firmware can be uploaded by the user via simple inductive coupling. This feature keeps the station up to date and enables the implementation of additional functionality. To upgrade the firmware a main station BSM8 in combination with SI-Config+ must be used. Please also refer to our User Guide with detailed information about the latest firmware features.

Operating modes

This base station can operate in different modes.

Classic punching system

The following operating modes are available for the classic system using direct punching.

Operating mode Functionality


Removes all data from the SI-Card.


Verifies that the SI-Card is empty.


Verifies that the SI-Card is empty and writes the start time on the SI-Card if this is the case.


Reads the competitor’s SI-Card and writes the control code and time on the SI-Card.


Writes the finish time on the SI-Card.

Contactless punching system AIR+

The following additional operating modes are available for the AIR+ system using both direct and contactless punching.

Operating mode Functionality

BC STA – Beacon Start

Start time will be written on the SIAC in the contactless way.

BC CN – Beacon Control

Works like a normal control station, but also in the contactless way.

BC FIN – Beacon Finish

Finish time will be written on the SI-Card in the contactless way. The SIAC automatically turns off after receiving BC FIN.


SIAC’s AIR+ functionality will be activated.


SIAC’s AIR+ functionality will be terminated.

SIAC Radio Readout

SIAC will be triggered to send out all data records stored by internal radio.

SIAC Battery Test

Measured and shown the SIAC’s battery voltage.


Tests the SIAC’s Air+ functionality is activated. If not already activated, the SIAC’s AIR+ functionality can be activated.


Internal power supply

1 x Lithium ½ AA cell, no rechargeable

Battery capacity

1000 mAh


3 – 5 years

Battery exchange

by SPORTident GmbH and authorized SPORTident partners

Operating range

– 20°C to + 50°C

International protection class

IP 64 (DIN EN 60529)
Protection against penetration of dust
Protection against splashed water from all directions


101 mm x 51 mm x 19 mm


62 g

Accuracy at normal temperature

less than +/- 20 seconds a month

Switch on time

< 1 second (standard)

Backup memory

maximum number of punches: 21802
maximum number of SI-Cards data records: 1022

SPORTident BS7/8/9 Firmware Changelog

657 (2018-11-12)


SPORTident has released firmware version 657 for the following devices

  • BSM8-USB: SPORTident Base Station Main 8
  • BSF8-SRR-DB: SPORTident Base Station Field 8 with short range radio

Changes since 656

Firmware version 657 introduces performance and stability improvements and fixes known issues. No new features have been added since firmware 656.

Bug fixes
  • The device could get bricked when being operated on a computer

656 (2016-10-05)


SPORTident has released firmware version 656 for the following devices

  • BSF7: SPORTident Base Station Field 7
  • BSF8: SPORTident Base Station Field 8
  • BSM7-USB: SPORTident Base Station Main 7
  • BS7-P Printout Station: SPORTident Printout Station 7
  • BS7-S Sprinter Station: SPORTident Sprinter Station 7
  • BSF8 SI-Master: SPORTident SI-Master Station 8

Update to the latest firmware version is supported for every listed device above running firmware version 500 or later. We recommend to update all of your SPORTident devices to the latest firmware.

The new firmware version is available through the firmware update feature of the SPORTident Config+ application. We recommend to use the latest available version of Config+ available at the SPORTident website.

To use BSM7-USB and BSM8-USB stations on your computer, you need to install a USB device driver. SPORTident supplies a driver for Windows operating systems (Windows 2000 up to Windows 10). It is included in the setup of Config+ or can be downloaded at the SPORTident website.

Linux users can use the generic CP2102 device driver that ships with their distribution.

Mac users can use the Silicon Labs driver for CP2102 that is available at

Be aware that SPORTident does not provide support for Linux and Mac operating systems.

Please refer to the section Config+ / Firmware update to find instructions on how to update your firmware.

Changes since 649

Firmware version 656 introduces performance and stability improvements and fixes known issues. No new features have been added since firmware 649.

  • Optimized power consumption, enhanced battery consumption counter accuracy
  • Improved SIAC Battery Test display message:
    • Station will show “WARN” (warning) for voltages ≤ 2,72 Volts
    • Station will show “FAIL” (failure) for voltages ≤ 2,44 Volts
  • Field detection improved for waking up the station from sleep mode
Bug fixes
  • Fixed SIAC readout in legacy protocol mode

649 (2016-06-22)

Changes since 623

Firmware version 649 introduces performance and stability improvements and fixes known issues. No new features have been added since firmware 623.

  • A clear station now always clears a SI-Card6 completely, ignoring the setting “Card6 with 192 punches” to prevent problems with incompletely cleared cards
  • Printout station now always sets “Autosend” setting and disables “Legacy protocol” setting
  • Voltage is not shown anymore for USB stations when connected to a computer
  • Faster clearing of the SIAC
  • Battery voltage is now measured after firmware boot
  • Reading and writing a SIAC with a readout station is more stable and faster
  • Improved robustness of backup memory writing routine
  • Improved checking of default values when programming wrong values for beacon mode settings
  • Improved master-slave communication of stations with coupling stick
Bug fixes
  • Fixed incomplete initialization of BS8-SRR in some cases
  • Fixed battery measurement bug showing wrong values (“1.6… V”)
  • Fixed crash of SIAC Battery Test station when beeping and showing “LOW” value
  • Fixed printing on printers with low battery
  • Fixed beacon not being sent when a full card is punching and remaining in the station
  • Fixed wrong baud rate initialization of BSM7-USB when USB is connected

623 (2015-04-28)

Changes since 618

  • Clearing of SI-Card5 is faster (below 7 seconds)
  • Readout of SI-Card5 is more reliable and faster
Bug fixes
  • Fixed a clock issue when the station woke up from standby
  • Fixed erroneous beacon pulse after readout
  • Fixed blocking of serial connection (BS7-P) after incomplete readout and printout of cards
  • Fixed faulty (too short) beep after beep instruction (0xF8)
  • Fixed page overflow issue when writing punch records to backup memory in non extended protocol mode
  • Fixed an issue when reading cards to the backup with BSF7/8

618 (2015-03-02)

Changes since 580 (2012-10-22)

Introduction of beacon operating modes for BS7/8 to work together with SIAC

The SPORTident classic equipment grows in the AIR+ direction. The new beacon operating modes allow all BS7/8 stations to operate in a mixed mode. Punching all classic SPORTident Cards is still possible (direct punching) while the new SPORTident ActiveCard will be able to record the control point at a range of 50 cm around the station (remote punching).

The new operating modes are possible to be configured with Config+ and will be enabled for all BS7/8 stations running firmware 618 and later.

config bsf8 beacon

config operatingmodes

Beacon modes are available with the operating modes Beacon StartBeacon Finish and Beacon Control.

The beacon operating modes offer more settings parameters to be configured. The parameters and its meanings are the same as for BS11 devices.

Punching mode is mandatory for the Beacon operating modes for all BS series 7 and 8 so this value cannot be changed.

Stations running in beacon operating mode must be activated using a direct punch. The instruction card Service/OFF does NOT enable the beacon field of the station but switches to service mode/standby only. The device will have about ten times the battery consumption as in non beacon mode when it is active. A BSF8 with a brand new battery will operate about 1500 hours before the battery is dead, a BSF7 about double the time.

If you will solely use SPORTident ActiveCard (remote punching) you need to be aware that the operating time counter is not reset when a SIAC passes by. Therefore you are required to set the operating time long enough to end after your event. A setting of 12 hours minimum is recommended. Afterwards you are recommended to turn off your stations with the instruction card Service/OFF to save battery life.

Introduction of SIAC special functions operating modes

The SPORTident BS7/8 can be programmed in various operating modes to integrate with the SPORTident AIR+ system.

The following new operating modes are available:

  • SIAC Battery Test – Measures the battery of the punched SIAC and indicates its status by beeping/blinking and displaying its voltage. Critical battery voltage is indicated by no beeping/blinking and the display caption “FAIL”. The backup memory of the station additionally contains the battery voltage of all checked SIACs. Backup memory can be read with Config+.
  • SIAC ON – Actives the beacon interface of the SIAC to enable remote punching, does not modify the card memory, also the card does not need to be cleared.
  • SIAC off – Deactivates the beacon interface of the SIAC to disable remote punching, does not modify the card memory.
  • SIAC Radio Readout – Instructs the SIAC to send its memory via SRR (short range radio) to the next available receiver device (SRR USB Dongle or SI-GSM), does not modify the card memory, beacon interface of the card does not need to be activated.

SPORTident BS7/8 stations that are configured as one of the SIAC special functions operating modes do not perform any other action/mode (like control, start …).

The new operating modes are possible to be configured with SPORTident Config+ and will be enabled for all BS7/8 stations running firmware 618 and later. Be aware that the code number setting is not available for these operating modes.

config batterytest

Additional improvements and fixes

  • SI-Master station: Extended master mode
    The operating time is set to a value of 12 hours, if the touched station is programmed in one of the beacon operating modes and the current value is less than 12 hours. Higher values are disregarded.
  • fCard handling
    If a SPORTident fCard is punched on a station that has the extended protocol flag disabled, the device will automatically enable the extended protocol flag because this is required for fCard to work.
  • Remote time setting with PC software
    When a remote station time is set via PC software, the master station will set its own time to the time delivered by the PC software and afterwards will set the time of the remote station itself. This ensures a higher accuracy of time setting as the PC software does not need to compensate the round trip time from the PC interface via coupling interface into the remote station.
  • SI-Card6 handling
    The general performance of SI-Card6 handling has been improved and made more secure.
  • Service mode display enhanced
    The service mode now displays the following information (cycling every 3 seconds):

    • “SERVMO” – only displayed on the first cycle: indicates service mode active, station will switch to standby mode after 5 minutes
    • [TIME] – displays the current time of the device
    • [MODE] – displays the operating mode and code number (if applicable)
    • OFFxyz – displays the remaining operating time in minutes
    • SWxyz – displays the current firmware version
    • PC xyz – displays the number of punch records in the backup memory
    • BATxyz – displays the last measured battery voltage or “BAT” if no battery voltage has been measured
    • CAPxyz – displays the battery consumption in percent

Known issues

We are aware that the current firmware still contains an issue that might lead to loss of punch data in SI-Card6. The reason is a corruption in the internal memory structures of the SI-Card6 that lead to existing data being overwritten by new punches. This problem occurs in very rare conditions (less than 1 out of 100 000 punches). We have introduced countermeasures during the last firmware version to make this problem even less likely.

In case this problem occurs at an event, we recommend disproving the apparent misspunch by reading the backup memory of the relevant field stations that are missing on the SI-Card.


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