RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ATTACHMENT OF
SATELLITE TRANSMITTERS TO CRANES
DAVID H. ELLIS, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 11410 American Holly Drive, Laurel, MD 20708-4019, USA
PAUL W. HOWEY, Microwave Telemetry, Suite 260, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21046, USA
GARY L. KRAPU, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, ND 58401, USA
Recent advances in miniaturization of satellite transmitters have resulted in thumb-sized packages weighing less than 30 g. These are smaller than VHF radios routinely mounted on crane leg bands. With this development and with favorable signal reception results, there is no need for, and much to recommend against the continued use of back-pack mounts. We provide details for leg-mount attachments.
PROCEEDINGS NORTH AMERICAN CRANE WORKSHOP 8:211-212
Key words: crane, migration, radiotelemetry, satellite telemetry.
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