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Old 11-14-2017, 12:43 PM
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the "receptor" can recive signals with a minimum of power.....the ability to re-broadcast that i'm a bird called #$^$ and my GPS shows me at location "T&^****" that's where the trouble is...receiving a signal is nothing, most of you probably have an RFID card to get into work, or like dog ear tags the reply to an RF signal... but to TRANSMIT back to the world where you are....you basically have to be on the cell network were antennas are no more than three miles away....or have a large broadcast power availability. Huge, heavy, battery power. (even with the cell option)
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You can tell me the gps brand and where to buy it thanks I mean what's in the queue
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the "receptor" can recive signals with a minimum of power.....the ability to re-broadcast that i'm a bird called #$^$ and my GPS shows me at location "T&^****" that's where the trouble is...receiving a signal is nothing, most of you probably have an RFID card to get into work, or like dog ear tags the reply to an RF signal... but to TRANSMIT back to the world where you are....you basically have to be on the cell network were antennas are no more than three miles away....or have a large broadcast power availability. Huge, heavy, battery power. (even with the cell option)
The problem keeps come back to battery power and although they have gotten smaller, still to big for even the Big MAC's to carry around. Installing solar panels only adds to the size of the unit and the overall weight!

The other problem is getting the Parrot to leave the device alone!!! The first installation of it would likely have the Parrot working on it with their Beaks.

That would have Owners really seeing 'Green' (okay RED) as their MAC's Beak turns a Thousand USD into trash!
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So I have posted about this group that is working on GPS before. looks like from their facebook posts it's successful. flying colors aviary in Utah!

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Old 11-15-2017, 04:11 AM
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excellent points there Sailboat, hence my idea is more for in the next few decades rather than years

I think the most obvious form would be to use the leg band as it's the easiest thing to modify that is permanent with most parrots but if there is another to attach a tracker to a parrot without being too invasive. It would just be a case of getting tech small enough which is happening day by day thanks to incredible leaps in tech we're getting right now. It's definitely something that should be worked on though due to the vast demand such a device could have
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excellent points there Sailboat, hence my idea is more for in the next few decades rather than years

I think the most obvious form would be to use the leg band as it's the easiest thing to modify that is permanent with most parrots but if there is another to attach a tracker to a parrot without being too invasive. It would just be a case of getting tech small enough which is happening day by day thanks to incredible leaps in tech we're getting right now. It's definitely something that should be worked on though due to the vast demand such a device could have
With deeper investigation, (and as provided above) the folks at Flying Colors Aviary are stating that: "Well, if the parrot is [not] intolerant of the tail mount it lasts about .5 seconds ;-). Delilah and Percy are gems though and allow it to stay on. The batteries last about a week of telemetry all day use." They did not state the length of service for around the clock use. Best guess is 3.5 to 4 days, temperature dependent. The on bird batteries remain an issue as they use the flat disc 'pancake' style units used in micro voltage applications. I am not aware of pancake batteries being available in a rechargeable configuration.

The transmitter would have limited output, so the receiver needs to be up-sized to track the unit, which would commonly require AC to DC converter or, use of DC power connected to the twelve Volt accessories outlet found in newer vehicle!

The time line of around the clock supply should be enough to locate one's Parrot as part of a fly away.

At present, the units are custom built by their electrical expert. I found no documentation regarding cost to build, nor anything regarding selling them.

It is important to note that they are currently using the units on bigger MAC's. The overall size of the unit implies that it could be carried by Larger Amazons and Larger Toos.

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