The Rainier-S20 is a solar-powered, GPS-equipped Argos transmitter (PTT) tag specifically designed for birds. The Rainier-S20 is suitable for birds weighing as little as 650 grams to be tracked with GPS precision and accuracy over land and sea for multiple seasons.
The Rainier-S20 has a very low profile and sports a powerful and flexible antenna, smooth surfaces, and rounded edges with no sharp/cutting finishes. The design helps minimize mass, drag, and risk of injury to the bird.
The deployed Rainier-S20 tags collects GPS locations on a flexible, customer-programmable deployment schedule. Over 6 ½ years of archived locations can be stored on the tag and transmitted via Argos satellites together with some diagnostic sensor data. The small, solid cast, 20-gram package is waterproof and tested to 100 meters depth.
The Rainier-S20 dispels all myths that a large bird requires a large tag. It’s a simple, smart, one-size-fits-all tag suitable for deployment on birds weighing 650 g or bigger. The tag can be fitted to a bird as supplied, or it can have any size footprint or padding glued to the base to lift the tag to fit larger species.
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Here are some of the key features of the Rainier-S20.
This user guide gives you all the essential information needed for interacting with, configuring, and deploying this tag.
Administer settings to your tag.
Below are the physical specifications of the Rainier-S20.
|Dimensions(LxWxH)||56 mm x 18 mm x 14 mm|
|Tag weight (excluding neoprene)||20 grams|
|Construction||Solid cast/hermetically sealed in biologically inert epoxy resin|
|Antenna||GPS patch antenna embedded. Argos antenna 200 mm. Protrudes from back edge of transmitter at 30° to the horizontal|
|Pressure Rating||Tested to 100 m depth|
|Memory/Archive||Approximately 58,000 GPS locations timestamped to the nearest second. Equates to > 6 years data stored at hourly locations 24/7|
|Operating Frequency||401.678 MHz|
|Operating Life||Solar tags >3 years|
|Sensors||GPS, temperature, battery voltage,|
|GPS Accuracy||Coordinate positions are recorded to four decimal places yielding accuracy to +/- 11 m|
|Operating Temperature Range||0° C to 65° C|
|Communications||Via USB port and Tag Agent user interface software|
|Battery Charging||Solar or USB|
|Recovery Pinger||Optional in future designs, not currently activated|
|Battery||Lithium polymer rechargeable battery|
|RF Power Output||Maximum 500 mW, typically 200 mW when deployed|
|Tag On/Off Protocol||Using a magnet cover|
|Supply Voltage||3.0 to 4.0 volts|