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Brett Lanier


From:
Vermont
Post Posted 8 Oct 2017 8:03 pm     Reply with quote

I don't know much about this stuff. Is it reasonable to think I could buy several small inexpensive tracking devices to keep track of my gear in case it goes missing?
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Matthew Walton


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Denton, Texas
Post Posted 9 Oct 2017 9:16 pm     Reply with quote

Brett, I haven't looked into this personally, so take what I say with a grain of salt: I suspect that you're correct in the devices themselves being fairly cheap. However I imagine the limiting factor would be the cost of some sort of subscription based service such as LoJack (though I think they only do vehicles) to be able to view the location of your equipment.
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Steve Sycamore


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Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 5:00 am     Reply with quote

They are available. Some weeks ago a criminal network from Poland was raided by police. The criminals were bagged after they had traveled to Sweden to steal a number of motor boat engines. One of the engines had a hidden transceiver inside. Smile
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Jack Stoner


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Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 5:14 am     Reply with quote

I would think this is feasible with the hardware and technology today. Track it with a smart phone. I see ads for small "trackable" devices.
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 11:58 am     Reply with quote

My cat has a little tracking chip,so I'm guessing that it's similar?
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 11:59 am     Reply with quote

My cat has a little tracking chip,so I'm guessing that it's similar?
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Mike Wheeler


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Delaware, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 6:52 pm     Reply with quote

Stu, the chips used for pets are passive until the scanner/reader is passed over them in close proximity.

The OP needs an active device that broadcasts its location in GPS coordinates, or in some kind of location beacon.
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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 9:02 pm     Reply with quote

There are small stick-on devices you can buy that can be used to try to track things later. They require a subscription. I don't remember the names but if you Google the subject you should be able to find the info.
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Stu Schulman


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 10:44 pm     Reply with quote

Mike Wheeler,Thanks for the info!!
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John Limbach


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Billings, Montana, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 3:53 am     Reply with quote

I've seen one advertised on FaceBook lately that is very small, costs about $50, no subscription and talks back to a smart phone. Has an internal lithium battery.
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Brett Lanier


From:
Vermont
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:00 am     Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Might just have to pick one of the many options and let ya know how it goes. I like the idea of being able to track stuff down on my own in case anything happens.
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Jeff Metz Jr.


From:
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

I know there was a company making "Tiles".
Little key ring size tracking devices that use bluetooth.
https://www.thetileapp.com/
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 4:11 pm     Reply with quote

Bluetooth has a fairly short range. Maybe 200 to 300 feet.
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