Sporting Dog News & Events
When testing collars to find which ones have the best range, there are a few important rules to follow:
1) Always compare collars at the same place at the same time and hanging up in the same way. Once you know which collar is putting out the strongest signal, then you can try placing them in adverse places like in a ditch or behind some obstruction to see the differences there.
2) Hang the collars so the antenna is vertical. Since the signal radiates broadside from the antenna in a donut pattern, you'll be able to drive off in any direction there are good roads and get an equal signal. Your strongest signal will be when the yagi antenna on the receiver is also lined up with the collar antenna, as shown in this image, because the signal is polarized.
3) Drive off in whatever direction is accesible for you, and stop at regular intervals to check the signal strength of each collar. You will want to continue out until the faint signal from only one collar can be heard. Remember that sometimes, due to an obstacle such as hills or a gradual elevation change, you may be in a radio "shadow" where all the signals are suddenly lost. You may find that you can continue even further out and to a higher spot and pick up the signals again. This is an important thing to remember: if you've lost the signal, get high fast. A FireTower is a great spot that will suddenly give you miles of new range. If you see a radio tower in the vicinity, it's probably the highest spot for miles around.
New National Hound Representative for the US and Canada
Based in North Carolina, Dennis Messer accepted his new position effective January 1st, 2010.
"I'm a 5th generation houndsman that enjoys just about anything that can be done with a hunting or working dog. I've been hunting, raising and training dogs for over 30 years and was taught at a very young age that a dog could be a very important tool to have around. I've been married to my wife Cindy for almost 15 years and we have a daughter named Kinzie (5) and a son named Tanner (3 years). My wife is an outdoor enthusiest that enjoys hunting deer, turkey, bear, coon and squirrel. Together we raise and train Treeing Walker Coonhounds as well as Fiests and Border Collie Cowdogs. The sport of coonhunting has been very good to me and I've met a lot of very nice people from being involved in it. I worked almost 7 years with S&S Wholesale and learned a whole lot about buisiness and customer service from the company founder Steve Cox. I've used Marshall equipment for a good many years and believe it to be the best that you can buy and wouldn't be working with them if I didn't think so. I look forward to meeting everyone at the many hunts we attend throughout the year."
Calls and questions can be directed to 828-400-7554.
Good news for customers with ATS receivers on the 151 MHz bands: you can now increase the range of your system by switching to Marshall Radio Collars.
As with the 217-219 MHz collars, these new designs are also programmable, which means whatever number you need to match your old box, we'll have it for you.
The new 151 Collars are in stock and can be ordered on-line here, or you can call us to place an order using (800) 729-7123 MST.