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Friday, June 3, 2011

So, What If A Time Expansion Bat Detector Isn't In Your Budget?

On the subject of time expansion bat detectors. What is one to do, if one cannot afford a TE detector, but would still like to be able to identify the bats that are being picked up? Well, in my opinion, the next best thing would have to be a detector that displays the frequency of the calls being received. A Bat Scanner.

Basically, as their name implies, a scanning bat detector scans through the typical bat echolocation frequencies. Quite similar to what is commonly referred to as a "Police scanner". Anyone who has used a radio frequency "Police scanner" should have an idea of what I mean.

At the time of this writing, there are only 2 bat scanner detectors in production:

The Bat Scanner, heterodyne detector (kit) from Tony Messina, in the US.
- And -
The Batscanner, heterodyne detector (pre-built) from Elekon, in Switzerland.

I have already written and posted a full review of the Bat Scanner kit, from Tony Messina - On this blog, and on other Web sites. It is only available in a (partially built) kit form. So, if you are not familiar with building electronic kits, or have no experience soldering (electronic components) then you have no choice, but to go with the Batscanner from Elekon.

I have placed my order, for the Batscanner from Elekon. So, as soon as it arrives, I'll be able to do some testing. And, I'll be posting the results here.

Tune-in tomorrow - Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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