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The Bear Police

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Today I heard a news report on the radio about a bear cub in Ventura California wandering into a back yard.  Apparently the cub took advantage of the homeowners’ hot tub before returning to the woods.  The police stood by and “allowed” the bear to go on its merry way.  Maybe the police should have moved the homeowners to a safe house while a bear proof fence could be constructed and the people fitted with bear-proof suits? While the police were in the area they could also have done a sweep for mountian lions, raccoons, spiders and ants.  I mean really, can all of these creatures be allowed to live near humans?  Maybe those folks could just bite the bullet and move in to Los Angeles proper.  No bears to harm them there……rather they might just find strangers in their hot tub.

At least I can vent on this blog now rather than only shouting back at the news report on the radio. 


More air, less office.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Being tied to a desk is something that our clients try to avoid but many find themselves spending more time in the office as their careers progress.  It’s no different here at my office but in October I began making an effort to turn the tide.  I decided that I would begin hiking one Saturday per month rather than coming into the office every Saturday.  My first foray was to Yosemite.  Granted there was more driving than hiking since it was a day trip.  But I did manage a hike and was rewarded with a coyote crossing our path, stopping to look at us for a moment before disappearing from sight again.  The coyote didn’t have a GPS collar and I found myself looking at its neck trying to guess the neck circumference.  Last month a short jaunt to The Golden Gate National Recreation Area exposed me to an area that I had driven past for years and never took advantage of.  Let’s see how long I keep it up. 


GPS Rising

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

2007 marked our first full year manufacturing GPS products.  We have a brand new and diverse group of people working here.  We are starting 2008 with a product line chockablock with unique GPS solutions. Agility is the name of the game, we’re geared for it and look forward to a very interesting 2008.  Please call us anytime with your wildest GPS application. 


Eric York – One of our very first customers.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

This weekend, we received bad news that Eric York died Friday, November 2.

Eric and I had a business relationship that went like this: In 1996 Eric contacted me to make coyote and bobcat VHF collars for him. Eric was very easy to talk to, he was straight forward, patient and friendly. Eric never tried to rush to get off the phone even when I had gotten completely off the subject. He never said, “Gotta go, “ He was patient enough to explain his projects’ goals to me when I asked even though I’m sure he had better things to do. In 1998 I met Eric in person in Thousand Oaks, CA. We were going to try out a new GPS collar together in the habitat where he worked. By this time we had established a friendly relationship and when Eric told me to meet him at 4 the next day he added, “that’s 4 in the morning, you desk jockeys don’t know that 4 o’clock comes around twice every day.” No offense taken, it was part of his friendly demeanor and we joked like this for years. I decided that I would show up earlier so that Eric would see first hand that I was just as able to be up early as him. At 3:30 the next morning I rolled into the parking lot and damn it, Eric was already there! By the time the sun had risen we were done with the hardest part of the hike and it was already 80°. We were testing the collar and Eric was checking traps. In the second trap he checked there was a skunk. He tranquilized the skunk and took it out of the trap. It was very hot outside. Eric laid the skunk in the shade and we moved on. Over the years we continued to talk by phone, the friendly banter continued and I always looked forward to talking to Eric. He recently went to Pakistan to trap snow leopards. That trip provided fodder for more long conversations prompted by me and possibly dreaded by Eric, but he continued his patience and answered all of my questions. In September this year I saw Eric in Tucson. As we shook hands Eric’s grip was extremely firm. So we hand a little competition in the hand shake department. Then, a week ago today I was talking to Eric on the phone. I told him that I had finally seen my first bobcat. He was excited to hear it until I told him that it was in a zoo. Then Eric declared, “Doesn’t count.” Then we had a fun conversation, I had no idea it would be our last. Like many people, I’ll miss Eric.


One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

2007 saw the introduction of our first GPS product line, The Quantum 5000.  Our experience in 2007 enlightened us to the fact that we really needed to have a product that we could configure nine ways from Sunday.  Due to this we have developed two new product lines, The Quantum 4000 and the Quantum 6500.  The 4000 is a basic store-on-board unit that will fill the niche for those who need a GPS solution that can be configured for any animal as long as it can carry 10 grams!  And this includes the battery.  It will be a great product for anyone who wants to leave basic VHF collars behind and move into the GPS arena. 

The Quantum 6500 is a high end solution, a little less configurable because it has more complicated electronics in it.  However, this product can also be highly customized.  We encourage all of you who need a GPS backpack or collar, whether a standard or custom product, to give us a call.