Specs at a Glance:
Can switch between 216, 217, 218, or 219 MHz
1000 channels on each band
2.30 lbs. -- receiver w/ antenna, handle, & batteries
6.9"L x 2.8"W x 1.3"H (slopes to 1.6" at control panel)
Yagi -- 12"L collapsed, 18"L x 18"W fully extended
Antenna Mounts with 2 Phillips Screws
Direct Frequency Key-in
Near / Medium / Far Attenuator Switch
Uses 6 AAA Alkaline or Lithium Batteries
Quick Release Removable Handle
Two Speakers (1 top, 1 bottom)
Front Lit Control Panel
External Power Jack
FREE Holster Included -- Features an over-the-shoulder custom-fit design, made of cordura.
Pick Up Any Frequency -- The Field Marshall doesn't rely on crystals to determine the frequencies it can cover. It uses an all-digital circuit, allowing the receiver to pick up any frequency within any of 4 bands (216, 217, 218, or 219 MHz).
Easy Tuning -- A broad, smooth tuning mechanism makes tuning into the signal a pleasure and much faster than before -- the tune knob is not "touchy." In addition, the tuner is protected from accidental contact, so it's not easily bumped off your tune setting when getting in and out of your vehicle.
Higher Sensitivity -- With the digital receiver board inside the Field Marshall, sensitivity has been improved by 3dB over previous Field Marshall models, making it the best in the market. This increase means you will see a significant increase in reception distance.
Improved Sound -- The actual sound of the receiver has been improved through the elimination of harsh harmonics and distortion, making it easier to track weak signals and far more pleasant to listen to.
Night Illumination -- Three red LEDs illuminate the entire Field Marshall control panel for better visibility at night without affecting your night vision.
Quick Release Handle -- As great as it is to have a handle on long walks or when holding the receiver out the window, there are times when you may need to remove it for greater portability and reduced size. The quick-release handle allows you to choose when to use it and when to put it away in your pocket. It's tight and secure when installed in its bracket mount, and it takes only seconds to remove it with the thumb wheel screw.
Multiple Configurations -- The quick release handle can also be attached directly to the yagi antenna, giving you three possible setups for your Field Marshall: As a one-piece unit with the handle, a palm-held device without the handle, or as a two piece system allowing you to keep the receiver safely in the truck while holding the antenna out of your window when it's raining.
Top and Bottom Speakers -- The Field Marshall uses three speakers, two on the top and one on the bottom. This gives it increased volume over previous models. More importantly, it has improved the sound's omni-directionality, meaning the volume doesn't change as you rotate the receiver. This can be a problem for other receivers that can lead to erroneous perception of the signal strength in certain directions.
Background Noise Reduction -- A narrow-band filtering system is used to give better noise rejection without reducing your signal, letting you hear the signal more clearly with less distracting background noise (including noise near power lines) -- even for the weakest signals. The receiver also has special circuits to minimize the effects of nearby transmitters on other channels which can sometimes cause interference to your reception.
Better Range Estimation -- The three range settings (Far, Medium and Near) on the Field Marshall have been adjusted so that each of them covers a much greater range than before. You can therefore switch between these in most situations to get a better idea of how far away your dog really is.
Rugged Materials and Components -- The outer casing of the Field Marshall is machined from a solid block of aircraft aluminum. Sealed connectors, mylar speakers, and overlapping seams all make this receiver one of the most durable designs currently on the market. Purposely made for heavy use outdoors, the receiver is designed to give you more years of trouble free operation through the widest range of temperatures, travel and weather than any other.
Case Improvements -- In addition to all the performance improvements made to the Field Marshall, Marshall Radio engineers redesigned and shrunk the receiver board by about 20%, allowing everything to fit inside the case much more efficiently, leaving no wasted space. The result is a smaller overall receiver that, with the handle removed, fits even better in your hand. To further hand-held comfort, the receiver was designed with a large radius on all corners and flush mounted earphone and power jacks, resulting in a feeling similar to holding an over-sized iPod in your hand. This smaller case is also more stout and rugged than previous Marshall receivers.
Batteries -- The Field Marshall uses six AAA batteries which are cheap to replace, easy to find, and simple to change.
Smaller, More Durable Collapsible Yagi Antenna -- The Field Marshall features a field proven, collapsible, three-element directional antenna design for maximum directionality. It's a full gain yagi when deployed, but now it collapses to an even smaller size and features solid rods instead of the hollow tubes used on previous models. The cables and large springs have also been eliminated for a streamlined look. This improved antenna also makes it simple to track up to within inches of a transmitter lost in the grass with the same pin-point directionality you get at a distance. The full-size three element yagi gives the best range and directionality of any antenna, and reduces the "back lobe" which sometimes fools people into tracking 180 degrees in the wrong direction.
"The new Field Marshall is a remarkable receiver with features that translate into tangible advantages in the field. It is so well shielded and filtered that, not only is range vastly improved, but localizing a signal is so fast you can literally run right to it. This difference is not lost on those of us that have arrived moments before a stalking coyote or eagle!
"In recent years, I have flown well-hacked gyrfalcons that share a rather cosmopolitan view of the sky. This past season, a talented young female, “Sonde” took it upon herself to ring long-billed curlews up to the space station. Fortuitously, I had the new Field Marshall to find her quickly when she drifted back to earth miles downwind.
"Having used or tested most other receivers, even in places as sketchy as the tropics, I think there is nothing that touches this one. The beautiful little unit is also rugged, so it is a no-brainer to always have it along. It is simply an awesome unit."
- Alberto Palleroni
"I began using the new FM 1000 in September of 2007 at first I had a little trouble adjusting to the different settings being so familiar to using the Stealth. After giving it a little time I became familiar with the new FM 1000 and found it a very sensitive and much improved receiver. I hawk Sage Grouse and unfortunately some flights result in long tail chases that sometimes end with a kill. Finding your bird quickly is important to protect it from predators. The new FM 1000 is very directional and has a much cleaner signal, filtering out most disturbances. It has three settings far, medium and near. I have found that I only use two of these setting the far and the medium. As far as I can tell the near setting would be useful for locating a lost transmitter that may have fallen off the bird. I have a secure method of attaching transmitters so I never need this setting. When the bird is on the ground over 300 yards away you will not get a reading with the medium setting this tells you your bird is down so I switch to the far it is very directional leading me to the kill. ( I use the medium setting when getting close) If the bird has missed and is still flying I will get a signal on medium, which tells me to stand my ground and wait for the bird to return. I am fortunate to have very nice flying birds although my eyesight is not as good as it used to be and finding my bird when it at a nice pitch is becoming more difficult.
"The new FM 100 is a dream, better than bells for locating a falcon in the sky. I use the medium setting and the unit is so directional that I can point it skyward and it will tell me where my bird is and then I can spot it. In the past when a falcon was high and over head you would be drowned out with a signal but the FM 100 is so directional that it will point right at the waiting on falcon using the medium setting. If you are hunting and are watching the dog it is hard to keep an eye on the falcon waiting on high above when doing this I have my FM 1000 folded up in my vest pocket with the unit on, as long as I can hear the signal I know my bird is above. If the signal gets weaker I know the bird is out of position. When this happens I stop and pull out the receiver and flip to the medium setting, which tells me exactly the position of the waiting on falcon.
"I have a hard time giving up old equipment that has worked well for me in the past I used a Marshall Stealth with another Stealth for a back up. Now after a season with the new FM 1000 I intend to find homes for my old receivers and get another FM 1000 for my back up receiver. When you hawk in wild places you know the importance of extra tires, shovels, batteries, water and a back up for anything you want to keep! (your life, bird etc.)!"
- Steve Chindgren, UT
"I was thinking about writing you to say how much I love my new receiver! The FM 1000 really is an amazing piece of technology and a real quality unit...You should be charging more!
"There are a number of features I like such as the smaller size, quick release handle and improved antenna. But, what I really like is that it's just easier to track a bird. The combination of a very directional unit plus almost no background noise makes this by far the best system I have used and I find that I can track a bird much faster than before. I am happy to say that I haven't had to track my new hybrid much this season but I use it to find him quickly on a duck in the bushes which is important because the red-tails seemed to be more aggressive than ever before. I have also used it to track the birds of my friends and we used it in Wyoming when I was at Steve's in the fall.
"I am very glad I changed my two transmitter frequencies so they each have the same last three numbers. I just switch from 216 to 218 without having to punch in the numbers each time. Thanks very much for helping me with that when Marci and I came by for a visit!"
- Dave Rimlinger, CA
"We all know that to get the full benefit of our telemetry system we need to thoroughly test it, to become well acquainted with it, so that we understand the full meaning of that reassuring bleep. And yet, if I'm honest, I've never really done so.
"Whenever I've needed telemetry, which thankfully hasn't been too often, it's generally worked well enough to find a missing hawk --- although the reunion would have been swifter and more certain had I taken the time to practice my tracking skills, and had I possessed the new Marshall FM4000 receiver.
"In November 2007 I had the misfortune to lose my falcon to a tragic accident when out hawking. Nothing could have influenced what happened that day, but because I tend to fly just one falcon, the loss was devastating. My season was over, but I needed to look to the future.
"The need for good telemetry is at its most obvious for the falconer who puts all his eggs in one basket, and having found myself without a hawk, I resolved to develop some level of competence with telemetry in preparation for the new season.
"A month after that loss, I had the pleasure of getting to know Robert Bagley during the week of the IAF/ANFA AGM in Sezanne, France. Of course we discussed telemetry experiences, both good and bad, and I learned a lot about the development and evolution of Marshall telemetry equipment. Robert's obvious pride at Marshall's development of the most advanced and reliable telemetry system available convinced me that I should invest in some of Marshall's latest equipment. As it transpired, the investment turned out to be much less than expected, as for the price of a handful of raffle tickets I became the proud owner of the FM4000 receiver and a PowerMax transmitter, donated at that meeting by Marshall Radio. Oh the irony --- the best telemetry in the world, and no falcon!
"Still, determined to look for the positive, I set about comparing my new prize with the setup that had served me well enough over the preceding years. No doubt unfairly, I set about the comparative tests in the naive belief that my existing equipment fulfilled my requirements admirably, and could not be bettered. I expected there to be little discernible difference between the two outfits.
"But, quite simply, there was no comparison. The new Marshall equipment outperformed my old set in every department. In signal detection, both in range and clarity, in directionality, and functionality. The design and build quality are testament to a commitment to improve, in an age when the global trend is to 'dumb down.' I don't imagine the word 'compromise' figured in its development.
"Next season, as I again go through the process of making a game hawk, I hope not to call on my telemetry to save the day --- but if I need to, I'm now more confident than ever that I have the best equipment available to ensure a safe return."
- Tony James, UK
"I wanted to email you to let you know that I am very happy with my FM 4000. I have been playing "hide and seek" with Powermax transmitters and my new receiver, and I find it to be very directional and quiet. I will send in some of my transmitters this summer to have their frequencies changed so that I can have, for example, 216.005 and 219.005 on my gyrkin, 216.085 and 219.085 on my hybrid, etc. This would enable me to recruit friends to help find a lost bird, if needed. The overall quality of the unit seems improved (although I really had no complaints before) and the smaller size is nice too."
- Tim Sullivan DVM, MO
Tim in a Veterinarian who lived in the UAE for several years working at the Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi. He now lives in Missouri and is an active falconer there.
"I have been using the Field Marshall 4000 this season. During the last four months I have been on the road through sixteen states covering over fifteen thousand miles attending meets and hunting all over the western United States. I have to say that the FM 4000 helped me out on more than one occasion when looking for that very, very weak signal.
"With the new polyphase filters I was able to push up the volume and still keep the background noise down (static). This allowed me to pick up a beep when other units were only able to receive static.
"The new Field Marshall 4000 is just one of the many reasons I think Marshall Radio is number one."
- Michael Garcia
"I am quite happy with the new Field Marshall. My old Field Marshall is still in great condition but it now collects dust as my trusty emergency spare.
"The new FM's improved directional sensitivity is a real asset. Much of my daily tracking is at close range. My old hybrid likes to lay down and hide on hun kills, and with just a little ground cover it becomes a pure telemetry game to find him at times...and to avoid stepping on him. I've spent some time practicing with transmitters dropped in snow or grass, and it's real handy to be able to hold the unit (with the antenna closed) by the machined handle's lower loop, and simply skim it (upside down) a few inches above the ground. The receiver seems to be very sensitive to proximity when used in this way, and errant transmitters that find themselves off of the bird are quickly found. (I'll tell you the story of crawling around in the dark in skunk sprayed stubble looking for my micro another time.)
"I am very pleased with the new FM's ability to filter out interfering noise. My old receiver, by contrast, was quite "noisy" when switched to "far", and I regularly had troubles tracking birds while standing close to powerlines. No such problems with the new unit, and not just a minor improvement, but a great one.
"The housing and new antenna are a great package, and the removable handle is nice, but I don't find it necessary. I realize I speak only for myself on this one and I suspect some day I'll realize this advantage as others have. Perhaps pistol-grips are better received up here in Canada. The battery housing is also nicely improved.
"I rarely change channels, as both of my falcon transmitters are on 216.035. I don't understand why more don't use this method. My dog collar is on 219.035, and the switch from bird to dog (with no overlap from one to the other) is infinitely simple.
"You guys have done a great job on this new unit."
- Steve Schwartze
"I've consistently used the new Field Marshall receiver this past season as my primary receiver. It's a significant refinement from the original, which was a breakthrough receiver/antenna combination in its own right.
"Even without considering the improvements in gain and noise reduction, the new Field Marshall is a big improvement over the original in three ways:
- You finally took my advice and made the pistol grip a modular element attached with a beautifully machined bayonet fitting. Excellent execution of this concept, beautifully machined;
- The new receiver housing is significantly more compact than the original, and therefore easier to hold;
- The new folding antenna retains all of the positive, instant deployment of the original, but is much simpler and more robust, as well as being narrower in folded mode and therefore more compact. The machining on this antenna, and the mechanical design with the helical springs is just beautiful. Very elegant design. Excellent!
"I've had quite a few opportunities to recommend the new Field Marshall receiver to a number of customers and friends, without reservation. Its stout design and construction, compact size, and sensitive gain make it the compelling choice. I suspect new technology will soon displace current dominant RF technology in falconry and sporting dog telemetry. Until this happens, the new Field Marshall will be the last word and only choice for falconry or hunting with sporting dogs."
- Doug Pineo
"I have been using the Marshall receivers 8th years now. Started with Dave Jamieson's Stealth in Nevada deserts. Then after three seasons went back to Czech Republic and start use it here in small hillside with many small villages and towns around. So I had to learn new tracking tactics.
I and mine few freinds tested four different receivers from europe and US and one made here in CZ. The Marshall was on top.
"Now I sold mine two years old FM-10 receiver and and start use the FM4000 firs season. In the start it was hard as I was knowing the old receivers sensitivity well. After few chases the receiver start be mine new friend.
"Has very good sensitivity, is more directional, small to carry in mine hawking vest, has nice professional dezine. And it is not like a toy receiver that does not get good direction when you need it because it points to the falcon like no other receiver I have ever tried, straight to the falcon with no mistake.
"I think it is the best in all the world, not just the Czech Republic."
- Stanislav Menclik
"When describing and answering questions about falconry, I have, more than once, said that I would have given up on the endeavor if it wasn’t for radio telemetry. Fortunately, I was able to put a transmitter on the first long wing that I flew in 1979. That eyass female merlin would have been lost in her first season if it wasn’t for a leg mounted unit.
"Today, more than ever, I rely on this equipment to pursue my favorite style of falconry. When flying solo, without the aid of another pair of eyes, I often need to locate a high flying, wide ranging falcon or to make fast tracks behind a tail-chasing grouse hawk.
"Thinking back to earlier models of telemetry receivers, I am so glad that there have been a handful of people with the inspiration to push innovation forward to give us the choices that we have today.
"This last season I had the pleasure of using the new Marshall FM 4000. Some things do get better with time! This new version of the Field Marshall receiver has some developments worth noting. The biggest overall improvement is the use of a polyphase filter to lower the background noise level to improve signal recognition. For those times that you are up on a high point frantically sweeping the horizon, you can count on this receiver to locate that distant beep.
Smooth and sturdy are the first words that come to mind when describing its updated physical characteristics. The antenna with its new helical springs deploys with a quick and concise motion. Another neat change is the addition of two keepers to seat the last elements folded, making a unit that only deploys when intentionally engaged.
"There is also improvements you can really put your hands on. With its slightly smaller size and rounded edges, user comfort has been enhanced! And last but not least, the removable handle offers the option to comfortably palm this extraordinary unit.
"More than once I was able to put it to the test at the end of the ’08 hawking season. Often, my late blooming immature Gyr/Perg. Tiercel would mount wide and disappear from site as I moved in for a flush. With this unit’s super directionality and sensitivity, it was possible to quickly relocate my bird and seize the moment."
- Rick Sharpe