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Transmitter Attachments

We've included important application details for each type of attachment.


  • If not used as a Glue-on, may be surgically implanted under the skin of reptile. A small incision is made and a long hollow needle is inserted under the skin where the antenna will be placed.
  • The antenna is inserted into the needle which is used to pull the transmitter into place.
  • The incision is closed with 3 or 4 stitches.
  • Training is required to surgically implant the transmitter; involves recuperation period for the reptile.
  • Reduced field range compared to external transmitters.
  • Programmed options available on R1500 series'.
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  • For turtles, attached to the carapace using various epoxy adhesives.
  • Glue-on’s are easily attached and removed in the field; little or no affect on turtle's behavior.
  • Field range greater for terrestrial than aquatic species (water interferes with the VHF signal).
  • Enhanced range option available on models with "B" suffix.
  • Programmed option available except on R1600 and R1605 series.
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Body Implant - Coil Antenna

  • Used where external antenna may become tangled.
  • Surgically implanted into body cavity and sutured.
  • Minimizes fish behavioral change.
  • Field range 1/3 of trailing whip antenna models.
  • Extended range option available (B model).
  • Programmed options available.
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  • Archive tags combine datalogging capability of specified sensors (temperature and activty, typically) along with a VHF beeper tag.
  • The archive tag must be retreived in order to download data from non-volitale memory.
  • Communication is via IRDA (infrared) wireless communication.
  • Typically used internally in fish, externally on reptiles.
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Tracking System Options

GPS Systems

Today's GPS systems have come down in price and weight. ATS has models ranging from as light as 5 grams, to 800 gram big game GPS collars.

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Remote Unattended systems

Many presence-absence studies involving reptiles use one or morea data-logging receivers in located in strategic  positions. Use of a remote download modlule suchas the RDP1000 allow you to collect your data from your PC.

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Mobile Tracking systems

If you can drive or boat in, you can mobile track. You can use a simple hand held antenna, but to increase range, use a larger antenna mounted on a mast.

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Manual Radio Telemetry

Homing, pure and simple, with maybe some triangulation thrown in, to locate your animal. Your range will vary and is dependent on line-of-sight between your transmitters and your receiving antenna.

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