Appendix A: Definitions
See Appendix C for parts lists, pictures, and descriptions
Term
Definition
Collaborators
Any person who uses Motus for research, education, or otherwise
Receiver
A computer designed to receive radio signals
Receiver deployment
Describes a single setup of a receiver station. This includes information such as: number, types, directions, and heights of antennas; location of station, receiver listening frequency, computer serial numbers, type of antenna mounting structure. Deployments are registered on Motus.org.
Station
Encompasses all receiver deployments at a single location.
Coax
Coaxial cable, typically used to connect antennas to receivers.
CTT
Cellular Tracking Technologies (i.e.; one of the companies that makes tags and receivers).
Lotek
One of the companies that makes tags and receivers.
Antenna mount
The part which connects the antenna to the mounting structure. Typically a metal plate with U-bolts.
Antenna mounting structure
Usually a mast, but can be anything imaginable, such as a guard rail, a tree, or a wall.
Mast
A structure used to mount antennas. Typically a metal pipe and often telescopic (pop-up), such as the 20A and 50A masts.
Tripod
A three-legged structure used to support a mast. Usually 10-feet (3 m) tall (TRM-10L).
Angle iron
Can be steel or aluminum. Angled piece of metal typically used to affix solar panels to tripods.
Mast collar
A ring around the mast typically used to affix guy lines.
DMX
A triangular tower structure used for more permanent installations. Usually requires a concrete footing or a building for support.
Non-penetrating Roof Mount
A type of mast mount which does not require anchoring. Typically used on flat roofs. See non-penetrating roof mounts.
SensorGnome
Open source receiver developed at the Phil Taylor Lab, Acadia University.
CTT SensorStation
Receiver made by Cellular Tracking Technologies
Lotek SRX
SRX-series receiver made by Lotek Wireless Ltd.
Tag
A radio transmitter made by Lotek or Cellular Tracking Technologies.
Tag deployment
The time period of when a tag was activated and in the field.
Motus Network
A collaborative network of receivers, transmitters, partners, and researchers which use radio telemetry to study animal movement.
Galvanic Corrosion
When two dissimilar metals meet in a corrosive electrolyte (salt water), the more reactive metal will corrode much more quickly than normal. Aluminum when in contact with steel.
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