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radio tracking a tortoise - HELP!

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Floatything

Jan 1, 1970
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Every year, Shelly the tortoise gets lost or manages to escape the garden.
It can take days to find her. I would like to build a locating device so
that I can track her down.
The basic requirements are:

a) that the 'transmitter (transponder?) on the tortoise is as small as
possible.

b) that it can be made by an electronics numpty. I have basic soldering
skills, and can eventually work out a circuit diagram.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

TIA
Floatything (an escapee from uk.rec.sailing)
 
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spudnuty

Jan 1, 1970
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Floatything said:
Every year, Shelly the tortoise gets lost or manages to escape the garden.
It can take days to find her. I would like to build a locating device so
that I can track her down.
The basic requirements are:

a) that the 'transmitter (transponder?) on the tortoise is as small as
possible.

b) that it can be made by an electronics numpty. I have basic soldering
skills, and can eventually work out a circuit diagram.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

TIA
Floatything (an escapee from uk.rec.sailing)
There are tons of these on the web. Just google "rocket tracking
transmitter" or "model airplane tracking transmitter". There are many
circuits and kits available.
richard
 
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Matt J. McCullar

Jan 1, 1970
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Floatything said:
Every year, Shelly the tortoise gets lost or manages to escape the garden.
It can take days to find her. I would like to build a locating device so
that I can track her down.

Why not just paint her bright green?
 
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Floatything

Jan 1, 1970
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Matt J. McCullar said:
Why not just paint her bright green?
I did think of putting an led on her so I could search at night - but she
has a tendency to bury herself in the undergrowth - hence I'm going down the
raidio route.

Floatything
 
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Floatything

Jan 1, 1970
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spudnuty said:
There are tons of these on the web. Just google "rocket tracking
transmitter" or "model airplane tracking transmitter". There are many
circuits and kits available.
richard
Thanks for that Richard, I have looked briefly at these - but the ones
I've seen so far seem too big for a single Kilotort.

Floatything
 
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spudnuty

Jan 1, 1970
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Floatything said:
I did think of putting an led on her so I could search at night - but she
has a tendency to bury herself in the undergrowth - hence I'm going down the
raidio route.

Floatything

How big is Shelly?
Richard
 
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Floatything

Jan 1, 1970
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spudnuty said:
How big is Shelly?
Richard
About 20cm (8") long - perhaps15cm wide (6"), 10cm (4") high, weighs 1Kg.

Floatything
 
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Deefoo

Jan 1, 1970
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Floatything said:
Every year, Shelly the tortoise gets lost or manages to escape the garden.
It can take days to find her. I would like to build a locating device so
that I can track her down.
The basic requirements are:

a) that the 'transmitter (transponder?) on the tortoise is as small as
possible.

b) that it can be made by an electronics numpty. I have basic soldering
skills, and can eventually work out a circuit diagram.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

TIA
Floatything (an escapee from uk.rec.sailing)

Glue a key finder on her back.
http://www.ambitiousideas.com/gadgets.htm

--DF
 
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spudnuty

Jan 1, 1970
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Good call DF! I think this is the best idea. You will need to take the
responder apart and waterproof it. I gets around the problem of battery
drain since these devices draw no power until activated. Plus it will
take a minimum of electronic knowledge.
Richard
 
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Roger Dewhurst

Jan 1, 1970
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Floatything said:
Every year, Shelly the tortoise gets lost or manages to escape the garden.
It can take days to find her. I would like to build a locating device so
that I can track her down.
The basic requirements are:

a) that the 'transmitter (transponder?) on the tortoise is as small as
possible.

b) that it can be made by an electronics numpty. I have basic soldering
skills, and can eventually work out a circuit diagram.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Try seeking some advice from the New Zealand Department of Conservation
which uses these things to keep track of kiwis and native parrots. You will
find their web site easily enough. Then start emailing.

Roger Dewhurst.
 
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Rich Grise

Jan 1, 1970
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Why not just paint her bright green?

Green? Notwithstanding painting a tortoise's shell is very very bad for
the tortise, if I _could_ find safe tortoise paint, I'd go for blaze
orange. ;-)

Then, you can find her at night with a black light. ;-)

Cheers!
Rich
 
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Deefoo

Jan 1, 1970
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Roger Dewhurst said:
Try seeking some advice from the New Zealand Department of Conservation
which uses these things to keep track of kiwis and native parrots. You will
find their web site easily enough. Then start emailing.

Roger Dewhurst.


They must be veeery small then 'cause I've never found one in the many kiwis
I ate. And now they track my shit?

;o)

--DF
 
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Ban

Jan 1, 1970
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Roger said:
Try seeking some advice from the New Zealand Department of
Conservation which uses these things to keep track of kiwis and
native parrots. You will find their web site easily enough. Then
start emailing.

Roger Dewhurst.

I know you guys were tracked, especially abroad, but I thought they use your
cellphone for that.
 
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