Argos Trapsite Transmitters (TTA)

The information below is provided for individuals who are still deploying these older systems. Some of the system information or limitations, information on frequency allocation or usage, and/or comments made on "state of the art" may be time sensitive or even outdated. Please contact Telonics if you have any questions about the information provided on this page.
Model Dimensions L x W x H (in, cm) Unit Weight (g) Power Level (mW) Operational Life
(transmission count)
Temperature Range (°C)
TTA-4610-3 3.0 x 2.7 x 1.9
7.62 x 6.85 x 4.82
485 500 (Typ) 168,400 -40 to +60

Lifetime estimates are based on continuous operation at 25°C, VHF disabled, and 60 second repetition rate.

Key Features

  • Users must establish an Argos account an obtain ID codes prior to ordering this device
  • Real-time clock calendar (RTC) controls all timing functions
  • Flexible transmission schedules
  • User programmability allows changes in transmission schedules, Argos ID codes, uplink power levels and Argos frequencies
  • Units can be refurbished to their original condition at the factory but batteries are not field replaceable
  • Unit contains lithium batteries to support operational temperature from -40°C to +60°C
  • Able to be stored and redeployed
  • Shutdown with a magnet allows users to turn each of these configurations "on" or "off" for storage

The TTA-4610-3 transmits continuously for 3 days after the trap is triggered. After that 3 day period, the unit transmits for 6 hours every 3 days until the trap is reset by the researcher.

Data Decoding Options

Option 1. Use Argos data decoding by supplying Argos (technical file) with the following message fields:

  • Low-voltage flag: Bit 1; 0 = Voltage is okay, 1 = voltage is low
  • Trap-triggered time: Bits 2-24 (23 bits); Up to 2026.01.01 with 1-minute steps (23 bits)

Option 2. Data are processed using the Telonics Data Converter (TDC), which provides complete data decoding of Argos DS files and supports complete memory downloading. TDC provides a comma separated value (csv) output file with time stamps for all data collected. TDC can also be run in the "batch mode" for hands off operation. Argos message fields:

To extract the trap-triggered time from the Argos message using TDC, please request the Argos Technical File and Data Format with the following settings:

  • 32 8-bit sensors for Argos IDs less than 32768; 31 8-bit sensors for all other Argos IDs (including new IDs)
  • Message length is variable, so length should not be checked
  • Decimal/A1 (recommended) or Hexadecimal/A2 formatting

To extract the trap-triggered time without using TDC, get the 23-bit value from the Argos message by setting up an Argos technical file with a 1-bit sensor followed by a 23-bit sensor. This value represents the number of elapsed minutes since 2010.08.01 00:00:00.

 

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
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e8334217c2c8d081457a5156872ad037&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title49/49cfrv2_02.tpl#0

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: Argos Systems

Telonics warrants its Argos 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.