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That limits the power and antenna size, then.
Steve Greenfield AE7HD
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Interesting idea!

There are a few trade-off scenarios we should work through. First, how high do you want the quadcopter to fly? Also, is the goal of the quadcopter to locate the animal(s) or simply report what was scanned during a flyby? (i.e., if a rancher wants to locate the position of an animal the quad would need to sweep the land until the animal was found; but, if you wanted to sample the population of a wildlife refuge, you might want to set a flight path and merely report which animals were present). Each scenario may have a trade-off based on the flight time available vs the distance needing to be scanned at once. So, to stay true to my previous examples, if you were locating an animal then you would need to sweep the land (much like a Roomba). The number of sweeps would need to be compared to the range of the RFID scanner.

With that said, I don't think you will have any credible choice other than using an active UHF RFID tag to extend the range. According to wikipeida, the range of an active UHF tag is 100 meters but that probably assumes that the reader is fixed and you need to have a mobile reader. It might be possible to create an array of fixed readers/antennas to create a long range mobile reader...

Thoughts anyone?


you could  use Gsm Shield to send a text to one of these thats on the dogs collar
the tracker will reply by sms with its location
there only a little bit bigger than a sim card



The key point with RFID is that it is possible to work with devices that have no battery.   The device gets enough power from the reader device,   and that limits the range to centimetres not metres [  unless you are allowed to blast the whole vicinity with high-powered transmissions from your RFID reader ].

A device that has a GPS chip and also a GSM transmitter obviously has a battery.    If you are able to attach a big enough device to an animal for that to work,   you don't need RFID.


I was hoping to revive this thread and take it on a tangent.  I am also working to use long range UHF RFD to track wildlife, but in this case wild turkeys.  I am working with a science museum on projects to connect people with urban wildlife and we want to gather data on turkeys that live on the property using an array of readers.

Does any one have advice about how to best find a suitable tag for a turkey? I was hoping there might just be a larger version of those I have seen for songbirds. 

Also, I was hoping someone could fill me in on how things would change if I needed to track more than one bird simultaneously.

Thanks a lot.  This forum is awesome.

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