With our PinPoint VHF tags, GPS locations are logged, then a radio-beacon allows you to find your animal and download the data from a distance using our PinPoint Commander and Yagi antenna. Alternatively, the PinPoint Commander can be left in the field to download data when the animal is close enough.
For efficient power use, you can either have the beacon and radio-communications turn on at the end of the GPS schedule, or periodically when you know you have time for downloading the data. You have the choice to schedule it as you wish.
Additional information on activity from an accelerometer or proximity of other tagged animals is also available for remote download.
Automated Remote Download
You can track down your animal manually for downloading data without re-capture, or save time by leaving the PinPoint Commander in a location where you think your animal will be going on a regular basis (e.g. nesting or roosting site) to automatically download the data.
As with all our PinPoint GPS tags, a user-friendly PinPoint Host allows you to schedule GPS location records when you want, as well as when to activate the VHF beacon for finding the animal and turn on the communications so that data can be downloaded or new schedules uploaded.
Record activity (2D, 3D, raw accelerometer data or OBDA), temperature, mortality or there is even an option for proximity.
Alerts can be sent, or schedules changed, when your bird enters or leaves a Virtual Fence defined by you.
Swift locations (or fixes) are more efficient than standard locations, so the tag can record more of them, although they can not be used for virtual fences.
Convenient Data Processing
Use the PinPoint Host software to convert data to spreadsheets or GoogleEarth files with a few clicks of a mouse.
PinPoint VHF download works well for species which are difficult to re-trap to retrieve a tag for download, but they are likely to stay within, or return to, a known area. For example, you may wish to know the home range of an animal that does not venture far and can be easily tracked down using the VHF beacon. Alternatively, a migratory species may return to its nest after migration, and the logger can be left close to the nest to download its migration and wintering area.
What is more, there are great behavioural data that can be remotely downloaded, which would be prohibitive over a remote network for practical or financial reasons.
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|Model||PinPoint VHF-50||PinPoint VHF-75||PinPoint VHF-120||PinPoint VHF-240|
|Standard weight (g)||3.0||3.5||–||–|
|Heavy duty weight (g)||4.1||4.8||5.3||8.0|
|Size (LxWxH) (mm)||15 x 13 x 3||15 x 13 x 6||25 x 14 x 8||55 x 17 x 11|
|Estimated number of
|90 – 5,500 depending on tag model, GPS, beacon and RF communication schedules;
contact us to discuss your application
|Antenna length ||5cm GPS antenna, 18cm VHF antenna|
1. Weight includes tubes for fitting harnesses. Customised, heavy duty (more robust with stronger antennas) and marinised versions of these tags are available for additional weight.
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 if the tag is retrieved after deployment.
A PinPoint VHF Commander and Yagi antenna are required for remote download.
Operating temperature: -5°C to +50°C
Waterproofing: Standard & Heavy duty models: Splash tolerant
Rechargeable: Limited recharges, depending on deployment
Data Download: PinPoint Commander & Yagi Antenna