Subject: Re: Pet Locator Design Help Needed
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Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 16:36:51 GMT
On Sat, 11 Jan 2003 07:14:05 -0800, mike wrote:
>Direction finding is really the pits. You really
>need some sort of directional antenna. If you're gonna walk
>around the neighborhood with a yagi, you should also wear an
>aluminum foil hat. ;-)
LOL, hey, when I moved to this new neighborhood and my old cat
disappeared for 4 days, I would have worn the hat and bozo shoes if it
would have helped.
>They make some pretty small pagers these days.
>Just phone the cat. Set it up to administer an electric shock and
>"volume" won't be a problem.
I almost spit coffee into my keyboard on that one, I had never
considered using the cat for the noise maker :))
>Put the size and power consumption
>in the tracking receiver. Use a cheap police
>scanner and a yagi or sheilded loop antenna.
Sorry for dumb question #35 but, is a yagi antenna one of the ones I
saw with the commercial tracking units, looks kinda like a schematic
>I don't know much about feline psychology, but
>don't they do mostly the same stuff all the time?
> You may >find that once you discover their hideout(s),
> the radio may be redundant.
This is true for a cat once they are established in an area. One of
the reasons to try to keep the cost down is that once the cat is
familiar with the area, it won't be needed any more, I thought I might
give it to my vet to give to others that move into the area when I am
Thanks for your humorous and somewhat informative reply.