If the red LED stays on solid red it means that the battery voltage is so low that the sensor cannot boot up.  Replace the AA batteries and device will begin working normal.

On power up the sensor reads all the dip switch settings.  You must have at least one of the Magnet or Motion settings in the ON position for a sensor.  If none are ON it flashes this error sequence to let you know it’s not properly configured.  If it looks like your dip switches are properly configured just reinforce the dip switch settings and cycle power once again.  Anytime you change the dip switch settings you should do a power cycle by using the on/off power switch located by the batteries.

The handheld requires 2 AAA alkaline batteries (1.5V) and the sensor requires 2 AA alkaline batteries. Ensure that you only use alkaline batteries with your units as they provide the correct voltage and work much better in the cold.  Lithium batteries are not necessary and the working voltage of each cell needs to be 1.5V nominal.

We manufactured two different versions of the sensor such that someone could use the same device year round for hunting, fishing, hunting, trapping, and for an easy install surveillance device.  The Magnet only version is useful for monitoring tip ups while ice fishing, bank fishing and trapping.  The simple action of a tip up flag, trap door, etc pull the Magnet from the Sensor activates the alarm from the device.

The Motion and Magnet version can do all of the same Magnet activated alarms but it can also be configured to sense motion based heat signatures present such as an animal or person walking within the view of the Sensor.  If you don’t plan on using the Sensor for these types of applications the Magnet only version is your best option.

The motion detectors are designed to look for human or animal body heat signatures.  It is possible to sometimes get what you think is a false trigger by smaller animals and it’s even remotely possible that direct sunlight or sudden changes in wind/temperature could cause a false trigger.  Care was taken to minimize these possibilities but it could occur.  Some general tips:

  • Don’t put motion detection eye directly into sunlight
  • Keep motion detection eye clean

Yes.  You need a handheld to receive messages and/or poll sensors.

Absolutely!  The higher you are able to mount the sensor from ground the better.  This was the main reason we designed the base bracket holder to include a stand and/or many means of fastening the sensors up in the air.  We have done extensive testing with it at different heights and even sitting directly on the ice and still have seen performance out to nearly 1 mile Line of Sight.  But let’s face it… for the VultureNet system in most circumstances it really doesn’t matter because we have such long range!

Some people cannot hear certain tones and we balanced volume, battery life, and ensuring the handheld was properly sealed for water ingress. Luckily all alarms are also visual with the LED’s on the handheld as a backup check if you cannot hear the buzzer.

The white LED was put in for a poll so the user can visually see that the unit has received the poll message from the handheld.  It was also added to aid in locating sensors during night fishing.  The LED for poll mode cannot be disabled however we are always open to feedback from our customers!

Determining whether to use POLL Mode or NON-POLL Mode is purely a persons preference.  If you want that extra piece of mind to know that you are in range and if you want to periodically check for a possible missed alarm it is recommended to use POLL Mode.  POLL Mode also gives you the ability to turn on the White LED for use as a flashlight.

If you are primarily concerned about battery life and only want to receive alarms then NON-POLL Mode is your best option.

  • If the Handheld lights all 6 LEDs and does an 3 second beep immediately upon pressing a button the Handheld has a low battery and you should consider changing them soon. The unit was designed to still have several hours of working life upon first detecting a low battery.
  • If the Handheld only lights the LED just polled and also does the 3 second beep that is your indication that the Sensor unit just polled has a low battery. The unit was designed to still have several hours of working life upon first detecting a low battery.

Yes, you can have more duplicate sensor ID’s reporting to one Handheld. However, if you had 10 sensor units with ID #1 you no longer know which one of the 10 sensor units is in alarm but you will get the alarm messages. Also if using POLL MODE it is quite possible that all 10 units will get the POLL and flash their white LED but the responses from the sensor can collide at the Handheld causing some confusion in POLL Mode.

  • Even though the range is in excess of 1 mile Line of Sight, it is necessary to have adequate range and signal penetration to ensure the packets get back and forth.
  • Some products in the field today state several hundred feet of range but that is Line of Sight and those signals will go a fraction of that range in real life scenarios and will not be able to penetrate a metal fish shanty.
  • Ensure you are following all local regulations in terms of using this product.

Any wireless device can miss a message or drop a message due to signal issues, collisions, etc.  An alarm message is only sent a few times so if you were out of range that alarm message could be missed.  Vulture Systems added in the possibility of setting your devices to 2 way mode just for this reason.  POLL Mode allows you to periodically poll the unit in case any alarms were missed.  If a device is in alarm and if you POLL it you will get that missed alarm.  POLL Mode also gives you the piece of mind so that you know you are still in range of the Sensor.  When in doubt or bored just do a POLL for that extra piece of mind!

If the button is pressed at exactly the same time that the LED flashes for an alarm it can cause a timing issue to clear the alarm.  Press the button again when the LED is not illuminated.

  • In POLL MODE the expected battery life of the Sensor is roughly 5 weeks of continuous operation. This will decrease if excessive alarms, polls, and use of the WHITE LIGHT Mode are exhibited.
  • In NON POLL MODE the expected battery life of the Sensor is roughly 6 months of continuous operation. This will decrease if excessive alarms are exhibited.
  • As a general rule of thumb one can turn off the Sensor by the internal power switch when not in use to conserve batteries.
  • The expected battery life of the Handheld is roughly 15 days of continuous operation.
  • However when not in use it is suggested to put the Handheld into Low Power Mode by pressing buttons 1 and 2 for 5 seconds.  One can tell if the Handheld is in low power mode if the button LED does not illuminate when pressed.
  • When ready to turn the Handheld back on once again press buttons 1 and 2 again for 5 seconds and you will see the LEDs turn on when the Handheld comes out of Low Power Mode.
  • Ensure the Magnet was properly installed in the correct location.  When the Sensor detects the magnet being properly installed it flashes the green POWER LED 10 times.  This is your indication that the Sensor is armed.  Always ensure the sensor is properly armed before leaving the Sensor.
  • Ensure that you are properly paired to the unit you are testing.  Units must be paired together to work.
  • Ensure that dip switch MAGNET plunger is towards the ON position (towards the battery holder).
  • Ensure you have the sensor in POLL Mode by verifying that the dip switch plunger is in the ON position or towards the battery holder.
  • Redo the pairing to the appropriate ID. It is recommended to label each base so you know which sensor is which ID.
  • Ensure that you are firmly holding down the button for 5 seconds.
  • Ensure that you have POLL Mode enabled on the dip switches.

Someone within range of you is pairing a device. Just let the pairing expire on your handheld and do NOT push a button or it may pair to your handheld only causing the person to continue trying on their end.  We have done everything we can to minimize the distance for pairing but that’s hard to do when your system is long range!

Messages are sometimes delayed a couple seconds due to a number of reasons such as collisions, multi-path, etc.  The device sending the message will go through a series of retries to get the message where it needs to go.

Of course they work.  Vulture Systems has spent a couple seasons perfecting the product until ultimately offering it to the market.

That’s a good question.

The VultureNet is a long range (in excess of 1 mile range) two way, wireless system designed to be easily installed on tip ups and fishing poles to alert the user when a fish is on.  The system consists of a Sensor and Handheld.  The sensor can be easily installed on tip ups and slip bobbers for ice fishing, traps for trapping, and fishing poles for bank fishing.  Additionally, the device can be used to monitor game trails by simply using the trigger magnet feature on the Sensor or by buying the model Motion Detection enabled.