The most vulnerable part of your remote training system is the antenna of the transmitter. Companies like SportDOG, Dogtra, and Tri Tronics that produce remote training systems are working hard to produce a product with the durability needed in a hunting and training environment. When an antenna is damaged problems can include decreased range of transmissions, intermittent signal, or complete loss of use. Fortunately, a major advancement in transmitter technology is the ability to easily replace the remote antenna if and when it sustains damage. Replacing an antenna is a simple cost effective way to get your remote training system back up and running.
SportDOG Replacement Antenna
A SportDOG replacement antenna is easy to change, simply unscrew the old antenna and remove it from the transmitter. Then, take the new antenna and screw it onto the remote. Because of the vulnerability of the antenna, it is a good idea to keep a backup on hand, and because they are inexpensive, SportDOG has enabled quick and simple repairs that won’t ruin your hunting or training session. Keep in mind, replacement antennas are one of the most model specific parts of a remote training system, and as such, the wrong antenna will cripple your system as badly as a damaged one.
SportDOG Tek Series Replacement Antennas
SportDOG also offers Tek Series replacement antenna. The SportDOG Tek Series is a series of GPS tracking enabled collars, some with optional remote training e-collar technology built in. To install a Tek Series replacement antenna on a handheld transmitter, simply unscrew the old antenna and remove it from the remote, and screw in the new antenna. The SportDOG Tek Series also boasts a car top antenna for reliable tracking ability in or around your car. The SportDOG Tek Series car antenna is compatible with the SportDOG Tek Series 1.0.
Dogtra remote training systems also offer replacement antenna for transmitters. Some are compatible with up to fourteen systems, others are meant to be used with one specific system or series. As always, refer to the manufacturers guide to ensure that any antenna you purchase is compatible with the remote or remotes you may need to use it for.
Tri Tonics Replacement Antennas
When purchasing a replacement antenna for your Tri Tronics remote training system, keep in mind that Tri Tronics not only sells transmitter antennas, but also sells antennas meant to be used on your dog’s collar. Confusion between the two could overturn a weekend hunting trip.
Waterproofing & Range
A word about waterproofing and range. As you search for a compatible antenna for your remote training system transmitter, keep in mind that some antenna are intended to be compatible with a broad spectrum of handheld remotes. When searching for a back up, check to make sure your selected antenna is not only compatible with your device, but is also compatible with your intended use. Don’t buy an inexpensive antenna that is compatible with your unit but isn’t waterproof, if you intend on using your device for wetland hunting. Replacement antennas can also come with boosted, or minimized range. When purchasing your backup antennas, check to ensure they support a range the range you anticipate using. Some brands offer range extenders in addition to basic replacement antennas.
No matter which replacements you choose, keeping backup antennas around is one easy solution to unexpected malfunctions or damages that can be sustained in the course of training and hunting.