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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Need For Un-biased, Bat Detector Review Blogs

It recently occurred to me, that when I first started this blog, there weren't many like it out there. There seemed to be a need for an honest, un-biased, bat detector review blog - One that was almost all-inclusive. Something concise and detailed - Which included (or aspired to include) all of the different bat detectors from all around the World.
So, I'd like to make something else clear - Just because I haven't had the opportunity to perform a hands-on test and review of a particular bat detector - Does not mean that I haven't researched it extensively. There are several well-known/World-class instruments which may not be featured. Please don't presume that I've neglected to research a particular bat detector, simply because a full, detailed review doesn't appear on this blog.

The fact is, that I carefully study all of the currently available documentation for just about each bat detecting device in existence. The only exceptions, being the devices that don't have any detailed documentation available. For example - A device such as the Nanobat: There is really only one page of documentation available; a PDF Here.

There is practically no bat detector out there, that is too "minor", too remote, or too obscure for me to overlook...
What I mean by "studying" documentation, most times translates into reading a full 250 to 500 pages. Which typically include: Manufacturer Specifications, User Manual, Case studies, Field reports from Professional Bat Workers/Researchers, Comparisons/Findings made during past (and recent) Surveys, etc. Many of these documents are written by PhD.'s. Most are difficult to find and/or obtain. But, again, for me: It's just what I do - A labour of love.
Again, the point of all this, is just to illustrate how thorough I am when it comes to bat detector research. I consider myself dedicated and persistent, and it probably helps to have a healthy obsession with bat detectors. 

"Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember" - David Mamet

Happy bat detecting!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Al,

    I was wondering if you have had a chance to try out the Nanobat N1 Bat detector? and if so, what are your views on it? Its price is very competitive so has caught my interest.

    cheers
    Nicola

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  2. Hi Nicola,

    Thanks so much for your comment! Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to test or review the Nanobat yet... I'll sent a request, to the owner (to be loaned a unit for review). I think the unit looks very promising. The microphone offered, appears to be good quality. The display(s) look excellent, and the portability looks wonderful. I sure would like to give it a test drive :)

    Kinds regards,
    Al

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