• Avian

PinPoint GPS Beacon

  • Product Type Icon Tag

Find your GPS loggers more efficiently with our PinPoint Beacon tags

When you have lightweight GPS loggers that need to be retrieved for downloading,  you need to  know where they are. A GPS logger with a built-in radio beacon is the perfect combination and will help you track them down with the use of a receiver and Yagi antenna.

Built with a highly sophisticated and flexible scheduler, you can choose the days and times that GPS locations are recorded – providing you valuable data suiting your study needs. The VHF beacon can be scheduled separately, for example after you have collected the GPS locations, or for a set time each day, to optimize battery life.

Great for:

  • Relocating tagged animals after migration
  • Keep track of your subject during the GPS schedule
  • Retrieving tags after short-term home range studies
  • Mortality detection
  • Optional customization: extra protection, antenna strength etc. available on request


  • Mortality detection
  • Tubes for harness attachment
  • Other customizations (e.g. extra protection, thicker antenna) available on request
  • Product Features

    VHF Beacon:
    to track down the tag for data retrieval

    Small Size:
    Starting at just 3.2 g, these tags can be used on a large number of small animals.

    User-friendly Scheduler:
    Scheduling tags is both easy and has great flexibility to get the locations, and fire the beacon, exactly when you want

    Convenient Data Processing:
    Download the data using our DLC interface and PinPoint Host software, then convert to spreadsheets or GoogleEarth files with a few clicks of a mouse.

  • Product Applications

    Most useful where GPS data is required from an animal that is easily re-trapped, or when the tag becomes detached from an animal.

  • Product Specifications

    Model PinPoint
    Standard weight (g) 3.2 3.8
    Heavy duty weight [1] (g) 4.3 4.8 6.2 9.0
    Size (LxWxH) (mm) 23 x 12 x 6 25 x 14 x 7 25 x 14 x 10 55 x 17 x 11
    Estimated number of locations 90-5,500 depending on tag model plus the GPS and Beacon schedules
    Antenna length 5cm Antenna for GPS, 18 – 23 cm Antenna for VHF

    1. Tags can be further customised for attachment method, antenna strength and potting level. Note that these options will affect weight and dimensions. Please get in touch with one of our Avian Telemetry Specialists to discuss your project requirements.

    Other battery sizes available, please contact one of our Telemetry Specialists to find out more.


    A PinPoint DLC is required for scheduling, and downloading locations after being recovered.

    A manual tracking receiver, such as a Biotracker, and a yagi antenna with appropriate frequency band is required to find the tag using the beacon. 


    Technical specifications:
    Operating temperature: -5°C to +50°C
    Battery: Limited recharges, dependent on deployment
    Waterproofing: Standard & Heavy duty models: Splash tolerant

    Marinized Models: Depth proof to 50m

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