VHF, GPS Store on Board and GPS/Argos Systems for Primates

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VHF Systems GPS Systems

VHF Key Features

  • All MOD configurations have two configurable power levels to accommodate either greater range or greater life
  • Duty cycling to extend operational life available
  • Mortality sensing option
  • Temperature triggered mortality in modes containing the MK-8 electronics
  • Activity monitoring option in models containing the MK-8 electronics
  • Field programmability available in units containing the MK-9 electronics
  • Various attachment options have been designed specifically for primate species

VHF Models

Standard Collar Systems

Model Dimensions L x W x H (in, cm) Canister Weight (g) Life @60BPM Std Pow (months) Life @60BPM Min Pow (months) Transmitter Electronics Transmitter Options
LB-35 1.68 x 0.8 x 0.5
4.26 x 2.03 x 1.27
20 4.1 10.5 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MS2, MS4, MS5
LB-39 1.64 x 0.77 x 0.53
4.26 x 1.96 x 1.35
14.5 4.1 10.5 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MS2, MS4, MS5
MOD-080 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.9
3.3 x 1.8 x 2.3
36 8.2 21 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5
MOD-125 1.6 x 0.9 x 0.8
4.1 x 2.4 x 2.0
53 12.3 31.5 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5
MOD-210 1.7 x 1.3 x 0.7
4.31 x 3.3 x 1.77
75 16.4 42 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MS2, MS4, MS5
MOD-225 1.7 x 1.3 x 0.7
4.31 x 3.3 x 1.77
85 20.6 52.5 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5
MOD-315 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.1
3.55 x 3.55 x 2.79
100 20.6 52.5 MK-8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5
MOD-316 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.1
3.55 x 3.55 x 2.79
100 10.4 Not Available MK-9 MS6, MS9, MDC

Implantable Systems

Model Dimensions L x W x H (in, cm) Canister Weight (g) Life @60BPM Std Pow (months) Life @60BPM Min Pow (months) Transmitter Electronics Transmitter Options
IMP-200 2.4 x 0.9
6.1 x 2.3
25 7.5 19.2 MK8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5
IMP-325 3.7 x 0.9
9.4 x 2.3
42 15 38.3 MK8 MS6, MA, MS9, MDC, MS4, MS5

*There are more implant configurations that may prove to be better suited to a specific application. To view additional configurations, click here. To view heart rate configurations, click here.

VHF Specifications: Electronic and Packaging

MK8 Transmitter General Specifications

The MK8 Transmitter is a single frequency, microprocessor controlled pulsed-CW transmitter, designed for operation in the 140 - 220 MHz frequency range.

Frequency Range 140 - 220 MHz
Frequency Tolerance ±17 ppm max @ 25°C
±25 ppm max -40°lC < Temp < +60°C
(<7ppm typical w/ variation in load impedance - 6:1VSWR)
(<3ppm typical over supply voltage range at room temperature)
Temperature Range -40°C to +60 °C (Note: Temperature range is for the transmitter only. The power supply must provide the required peak current and voltage requirements for the transmitter over the expected temperature range.)
Shutdown Component Externally shutdown by presence of a small magnet
Output Power
Output Power Option Peak Power Output Levels
Relative to Standard Power
Low 0.5 x
Standard 1 x
High 2 x
Extra high 5 x
RF Pulse Width 15 msec standard
Can optionally be configured from 12 - 255 msec
Pulse Period Configurable from 200 - 10000 msec (6-300 Bpm)
Spurious Emissions Non-coherent Spurs <-50 dBc
Harmonic Suppression Coherent Spurs <-10 dBc
Available Sensors Motion (Hg switch - activity/mortality) - options MS6, MA
Position (Hg switch - head up/head down) - option MS9
Temperature Triggered Mortality Sensor - option MS5
Temperature Measurement Sensor - MS4
Option Resolution at standard center temperature of 37°C Calibrated Accuracy
MS4-400 0.4 deg ±(0.6°C + cal. uncertainty*)
±20°C from center temperature
MS4-400 0.4 deg ±(0.9°C + cal. uncertainty*)
±40°C from center temperature
MS4-410 0.1 deg ±(0.15°C + cal. uncertainty*)
±10°C from center temperature
*(Note: "Cal. uncertainty" is the error inherent in the calibration procedure. This value is dependant on the end users calibration procedure and equipment accuracy.

For example, if the calibration process measures temperature to within ±0.1°C, then the MK8 calibrated accuracy would be:
- For 0.4 deg resolution option
±(0.6deg + 0.1deg) = ±0.7degC (±20°C)
±(0.9deg + 0.1deg) = ±1.0degC (±40°C)

- For 0.1 deg resolution option
±(0.15deg + 0.1deg) = ±0.25degC (±10°C)
Seasonal Timing 8 factory programmable on-off duty cycles - option MDC
Typical timing accuracy of < ± 30 min/yr is reasonable for most applications
Chart reflects known error limits
Temperature (°C) Error Limits (min/yr)
-40°C ~ -73 to -105 (extrapolated)
-20°C -25 to -58
0°C 2.6 to -29
25°C ±16
50°C 2.6 to -29
70°C -25 to -58
FCC Emission Designator 1k00P0N * California Users - The MK8 transmitter exceeds the emission designator requirement of 2k00P0N for operation in California. The MK8's 1k00P0N emission designator is identical to 2k00P0N except that it occupies only half of the 2 kHz bandwidth allowed by the State of California for wildlife tracking.

MK9 Transmitter General Specifications

The MK9 Transmitter is a single frequency, microprocessor controlled pulsed-CW transmitter, designed for operation in the 140 - 220 MHz frequency range.

Frequency Range 145-160 MHz, 160-175 MHz, 175-190 MHz, 210-230 MHz
The MK9 can generally be programmed in 10 kHz steps within a given frequency range (e.g. 148.010 - 148.020 MHz). Intermediate steps may be available - contact factory for details.
Frequency Tolerance Better than ±25 ppm over temperature and voltage range
Temperature Range -30 to + 50°C (Note: Temperature range is for the transmitter only. The power supply must provide the required peak current and voltage requirements for the transmitter over the expected temperature range.)
Shutdown Component Externally controllable by presence of a small magnet
Output Power Programmable standard/ high power (1x/ 2x measured into 100Ω load).
Output Power OptionPeak Power Output Levels
Relative to Standard Power
LowNot Available
Standard1 x
High2 x
Extra highNot Available
RF Pulse Width Configurable from 15 - 250 msec
Pulse Period Configurable from 400 - 2000 msec (30-150 Bpm)
Spurious Emissions <-40 dBc at frequency offset > 10 kHz from carrier
Harmonic Suppression Better than 30 dB (>40 dB typical)
Available Sensors Option MS6 - Mortality Sensor (parameters are user programmable)
Option MS9Tip Switch (head up/head down - user programmable)
Seasonal Timing Option MDC - 8 programmable seasons, 8 programmable on-off duty cycles within each season. Programmable real-time clock control seasons and duty cycles. Programming can be completed at the factory or in the field with the purchase of software. Typical timing accuracy of <± 30 min/yr is reasonable for most applications. Chart reflects known error limits.
Temperature (°C)Error Limits (min/yr)
-40°C~ -73 to -105 (extrapolated)
-20°C-25 to -58
0°C2.6 to -29
25°C±16
50°C2.6 to -29
70°C-25 to -58
FCC Emission Designator 1k00P0N * California Users - The MK9 transmitter exceeds the emission designator requirement of 2k00P0N for operation in California. The MK9's 1k00P0N emission designator is identical to 2k00P0N except that it occupies only half of the 2 kHz bandwidth allowed by the State of California for wildlife tracking.

VHF Transmitter Sensor Option Descriptions

MK8 Microprocessor Control Sensor Options

MK9 Microprocessor Control Sensor Options

MK9 Field-Programmable Transmitter Parameters

VHF Manual

VHF Related Products



VHF Systems GPS Systems
 

GPS Store on Board and GPS/Argos Key Features

  • Lower current consumption provides a 100% increase in operational life or an increase in performance during that same operational time frame.
  • The newest GPS receiver technology provides faster time to fix.
  • Up to 24 positions per day can be recovered through Argos by using the innovative paging date protocol.
  • More flexible programming schedules available to the user.
  • Single printed wiring board construction and higher integration makes the electronics more rugged and increases reliability in high shock/vibration environments.
  • uGPSi 20 is supported by a GUI programming interface (TPP) making it possible for user to program their own systems and simulate the performance of the system prior to deployment.
  • The Telonics Data converter (TDC) provides complete data decoding of Argos DS files and supports complete memory downloading. TDC provides a standard csv output file (comma separated value) with time stamps for all data collected. TDC can be run in the "batch mode" for hands off operation.
  • TDC allows you to plot GPS fixes and Argos locations with Google Earth.
  • Various attachment options have been designed specifically for primate species

GPS Store on Board and GPS/Argos Models

Configuration Dimensions L x W x H (in, cm) Canister Weight (g) Estimated Collar Weight (g) 1 YR Operational Life 2 YR Operational Life
TGW-4400-3 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.0 x 4.5 x 3.5
210 416-582 1 hr 15 min fix interval 1 3 hr interval 2
TGW-4480-3 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.0 x 4.5 x 3.5
210 416-582 2 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hrs every 5 days 1 5 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 8 hrs every 12 days 2

1. These intervals were calculated on TPP using the following criteria: average environmental temperature of 25°C, expected average time to fix of 90 seconds, Pulse periods; successful GPS fix 1200ms, unsuccessful GPS fix 1000ms.
2. These intervals were calculated on TPP using the following criteria: average environmental temperature of 25°C, expected average time to fix of 90 seconds, Pulse periods; successful GPS fix 1200ms, unsuccessful GPS fix 1000ms, and use scheduled GPS fixes to predict Argos satellite passes.

GPS Store on Board and GPS/Argos Specifications: Electronic and Packaging

GPS Store on Board Systems Show

GPS/Argos Systems Show

GPS Manual

Gen 4 GPS User's Manual

GPS Related Products

TDC Telonics Data Converter Telonics Data Converter (TDC) is used to convert raw data from Telonics transmitters into data reports and to display locations on Google Earth and Google Maps. You can review TDC reports in Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet programs.

TPP Telonics Product Programmer Telonics Product Programmer (TPP) is a powerful software tool used to program Telonics transmitters, and Telonics CR-5 and CR-7 collar release mechanisms. TPP gives you the ability to modify aspects of your Telonics GEN4 GPS and VHF transmitters including data collection and transmission intervals. TPP is designed for ease of use, with simple point-and-click navigation through the program.

TSC-4A and TSC-7 Fast/Active Smart Cable The TSC-4A and TSC-7 are multi-use USB interface cable and features a USB A type computer connector and a male BNC (bayonet style) embedded device connector. The BNC connector allows quick and easy attachment of various embedded device adapters (available separately).

CN008351-001 Adapter Adapter, female BNC to alligator clips for use with the TSC-7A cable. This adapter is used for systems where programming/download connections are made using the antenna tip or saltwater switch buttons.

TSTR-4 Test Receiver The TSTR-4 provides transmit indication for Argos PTTs (401.650 MHz). Provides both a visual indicator and audio tone with each transmission. Operates on a standard 9 volt battery. Designed specifically for short range (2-3 feet) use with PTT.

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Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations

Telonics, Inc. ships all systems containing lithium batteries in accordance with United Nation and US Federal regulations for shipping hazardous materials.

49 Code of Federal Regulations
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IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (current year)

Service Commitment

Since 1970, Telonics has built a reputation based on product quality, product support, service, and customer satisfaction. Telonics strives to produce the highest quality products, and to support those products accordingly.

Because of extreme conditions and the unpredictable nature associated with most telemetry applications, problems occasionally arise. Most problems can be resolved quickly. In all cases, we hope to be able to work in partnership with users to resolve problems to the user's satisfaction and to uphold our demonstrated commitment to excellence. If problems should arise, all products must be returned to our factory for failure analysis.

Warranty: GPS/Argos and Argos only

Telonics warrants its GPS/Argos and Argos only products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date acquired. Telonics does not warrant batteries.

If a defect occurs, return the equipment to us within the proper time frame at the following address: TELONICS, 932 E. IMPALA AVENUE, MESA AZ USA 85204-6699. The customer shall arrange for and pay all shipping, insurance and related charges incurred in the shipment to and from Telonics under this warranty. Damage to any equipment resulting from misuse, accidents, unauthorized service, extreme conditions, or other causes, is excluded from this warranty. Telonics does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to equipment during shipment. Telonics does not assume responsibility for delays resulting from shipment on commercial or private carriers. We insure all equipment shipped from our facility and suggest that shipments to Telonics also be insured.

Upon the timely return to our facility, if defective, the product will be replaced or repaired at our discretion at no cost to the customer. This remedy is the exclusive remedy. This product is supplied without any further warranties or conditions, expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability, quality or fitness for particular reason or those arising by laws, statutes or trade usage or course of dealing.

The entire risk, as to the results and performance of the product, is assumed by the customer. Neither Telonics, nor its suppliers, shall have any liability to the customer or any other person or entity for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damage whatsoever, regardless whether Telonics has been told of the possibility of such damages or that such damages might be foreseeable. Telonics has no responsibility or liability for the claims of any third party. The maximum aggregate to the customer, of Telonics and its suppliers, shall not exceed the amount paid by the customer for the product.

Warranty: VHF