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Comments and Questions, if you have them I want them

Discussion in 'Desert Star Systems' started by TwistedGray, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. rjm60

    rjm60 Solo Diver

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    I bough the Sport a year ago for lobster hunting. It's great to be able to find the boat when doing a free ascent. A few weeks after I started using mine, I lent it to a friend to play around with. He was so impressed that he and two other friends of mine each bought one for themself. It is very accurate and always gets me back to the boat.

    I've tried hanging it a 20 ft from the surface and 20 ft from the bottom (on the anchor line). I prefer hanging it from the surface as it's easier to find during a free ascent.

    I think there are a few things that can be improved:

    1. The battery cord in the transmitter is a little short and a little too thin for my liking. I'm always worried about breaking it when I change batteries, especially if doing so on a rocking boat while wearing gloves. It also seems like it will eventually break due to normal handling.

    2. It would be nice if there was a lock on the on/off switches. I've had to replace batteries several times because a unit was accidentally switched on when I put it away.

    3. I would prefer that the battery low light was changed to a power on light to indicate all is well instead of something is wrong. Alternately, a power on light in addition to the low battery light would be great. I'm not so worried about battery life implications, especially since I think they would be minimal.

    4. Rather than having a wired battery carrier in the transmitter, it would be better if the carrier was completely removeable and had contacts on it so when it is inserted, the battery pack makes contact - like the 9v on the receiver.

    5. If the Sport Tracker receiver functionality could be packaged in a Scout size device, it would be a very good product. The Sport package is a little large (but I still love it).

    6. Often, I use the tracker on my scooter. I mount it with some large rubber bands. It would be nice if there was a bracket that could be attached to hold the receiver in an upright angle when mounted against a round object (like a scooter body). I'm thinking 2 detachable feet set about 90° apart. These would work on both flat and round surfaces.
     
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  2. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    Keeping all the comments in one location:

     
  3. lyonsce

    lyonsce Nassau Grouper

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    I just returned from a liveaboard trip to the Bahamas. I used my Scout and was very impressed. My wife was comfortable on night dives, since she didn't have to worry about navigation since she had a receiver too. The only suggestion I would make is; how about about adding slots to the receiver to allow us to thread something like a watch strap through them and strap the receiver to the forearm. That way you could just point your arm in the direction of the signal and not have to worry about dropping the receiver, it would make it much simpler to use. Overall, I think it is a great product....
     
  4. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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  5. lyonsce

    lyonsce Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Scranton PA
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    Like a small U groove to allow threading a watch strap through, this would make it easier to carry.
     
  6. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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  7. lyonsce

    lyonsce Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Scranton PA
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    I was on a liveaboard in the Bahamas in early May and had my Scout. Several of the divers on the boat were very interested in the system and tried it out. At least 2 said they would be ordering a system as soon as they got back, and everyone who saw it was impressed.
     
  8. amijri

    amijri Angel Fish

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    I have had the scout dive tracker since 95/96 and have had a favorable experience using it. I understand the limitations of packaging a device with the long range (over 1/2 mile in my experiences) power of this unit in a smaller package, and therefore cannot complain about the size of this unit. I have logged hundreds of dives in close to 15 years use and the only problem was a lost end cap retainer wire. Which by the way, I just talked to Thomas at Desert Star about and he is mailing a new retainer out at no cost. The product serves its purpose well and has eliminated many surface ascents I would have had to make to locate my boat while exploring and spearfishing.
     
  9. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    So there is no confusion, he has the Sport and not the Scout :coffee:
     

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