Knowing that the soon to be approved Garmin only has 48 codes, I was looking in the manual to see what happens when the inevitable conflicts arise at trials.
The manual says that if you turn on the reciever and it detects more than one collar it will pop up a message about the conflict, and then give step by step instructions on how to change codes.
It sounds so easy that a caveman could do it.
It doen't say what will happen if the dog is already gone (wearing the collar) when the conflict occurs.
Perhaps someone here has done it and can educate me/us.
Does the unit simply not show any collar location?
Does it swap around to the different collar loacations?
Does it pick the strongest radio signal?
I will be out this weekend and intend to do some experimenting on this.
But it does seem to me that this could be a serious achilles heel to the Garmin's use at field trials.
I bet at most trials that there are at least a half dozen tracking collars transmitting at once. a couple of dogs running and a couple of handlers getting ready to go, and a few collars that simply didn't get turned off, because the handler forgot, or is running again soon so didn't bother.
As more people get Garmins,(and from what I'm hearing it will happen fast) the conflicts will happen with increasing frequency.
No big deal right? Simply follow the instructions and pick a new code, right?
What if after checking your collar, turning the reciever off and then giving it to the judge.... Another collar with the same code gets turned on somewhere on the grounds?
Maybe it's someone who doesn't understand how it works and the need to check for conflicts, or someone who who knows but forgot and is running a dog on another course.
At any rate it could be a big problem should a dog with a conflicted collar get lost.
Of course this could happen with the telemetry units (trackers) as well.
But with 5000 frequencys it is unlikely. And in the event one does discover a conflict with another collar, then it can be dealt with, as the collars can not change frequencys.
I do not know how the other units that have recently come onto the market handle this, so it could be a problem for them as well.
At any rate, after this coming weekend I will report the results of my experiments.
This is what happened to me with my equipment. You should confirm with your equipment. (legal disclaimer)