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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any instructions on how to use the systems?
You can download our Instruction Sheet here.

Do you ship outside the United States?
Yes, we can ship our Strike Sensor products anywhere in the world. Product prices will be consistent with prices shown on the website in US dollars. The shipping rates will vary depending upon items ordered and destination. Our website shopping cart is geared toward domestic (US) addresses, so if you live outside the United States, you may email us at info@strikesensor.com for shipping quotes, order totals or questions. For your protection, please do not send payment information via this email address.
 
How much is shipping?
Strike Sensor products are shipped through the US Postal Service; First Class, Priority or Express Mail. Shipping costs are actual postage rates plus $1.00 (to cover shipping supplies). Postage rates vary depending upon what is ordered and destination. Actual shipping charges are calculated prior to check out.
 
What is the Return Policy?
You may return most new, unopened items fulfilled by StrikeSensor.com within 30 days of delivery for a full refund (less shipping cost). If the return is a result of our error, we will reimburse for shipping cost. Partial Refunds will be issued for the following items:
•Any item that has obvious signs of use.
•Any item not returned in the condition it was received.
All returns must include Receipt and a note specifying your reason for return. All returns must be sent to: SensorTronics Inc. PO Box 509 Campbellsport, WI 53010
 
What is the Shipping Policy?
Products ship within 48 hours of order receipt. All orders are shipped via the US Postal Service.
 
How does Strike Sensor work?
Strike Sensor is a wireless remote strike alert system. It consists of a receiver (pager) and any number of transmitters. Set up in a variety of ways for different fishing methods, the transmitter is triggered when a fish strikes. Silent radio waves are transmitted which ‘beeps’ the pager you are carrying with you.
 
What is the range of the Strike Sensor system?
Because Strike Sensor works on radio waves it is governed by the FCC and Industry Canada rules. Strike Sensor is designed to provide the maximum possible operating distance while complying with governing regulations. Our newest models (introduced in the Fall of 2001) have been tested to operate at distances of over 500 feet. Reception distances will vary depending upon many factors including atmospheric conditions and precipitation. For optimal range, the area between the pager and the transmitters should be unobstructed and in a direct line of sight. The pager antenna wire should be kept straight up. Carry the pager outside your clothing in a chest pocket or as high as possible. The higher the pager is elevated from the transmitters, the better the reception. When fishing from a metal shanty or lake cottage, place the pager in a window facing the transmitters. View Certifications:
FCC Certification
 
So what do I need?
The initial package we offer is a receiver and one transmitter (Pager and Transmitter package). Then you will want to get additional transmitters to monitor more lines; one transmitter per line. You only need one pager to monitor any number of transmitters.
 
How many transmitters can I use with my pager?
As many as you want. Just be sure to set the DIP switch (located in the battery compartments) patterns exactly the same in all your units.
 
Will my transmitters trigger my buddy’s pager or vice-versa?
No, not if the DIP switch patterns are set differently. Just use a unique pattern and there should be no problem. There are 134,217,728 possible combinations.
 
Can I use more than one pager?
Not recommended. If you have more than one pager within a few feet of each other, they can interfere with each other as they will compete for the same signal and the range may suffer.
 
Can this system be used at night?
Yes. Each transmitter is equipped with an indicator light which illuminates when the unit is tripped.
 
When I am fishing with several transmitters, and my pager beeps, how do I know which one is tripped?
You cannot differentiate which unit is tripped by the pager. You must visually check your lines during the day or look for the indicator light at night.
 
Does the transmitter emit any sound when tripped?
No, the transmitter is completely silent. The only sound comes from the receiver (pager). So there is no chance of disturbing other fishermen nearby.
 
Can I use Strike Sensor with any kind of tip-up?
Most that we are aware of. The transmitter is activated when a metal tab is removed from a slot. So any tip-up that uses a spring-up or pop-up flag would be able to lift the metal tab.
 
How can I get the Velcro to stay on my tip-ups?
Do not apply the Velcro in the cold. Affix the Velcro when both the Velcro and the surface in which it is to be applied, are at room temperature or warmer.
 
What is the best way to use Strike Sensor for bank fishing?
We offer an accessory to Strike Sensor called Line Minder. Line Minder can be attached to any rod holder or bank stick. It provides a holder for your transmitter and offers completely adjustable trip tension. Using Strike Sensor in concert with Line Minder is a most effective bank fishing method. You can also refer to our Bank Fishing page for more information and photos of different set-ups.
 
What kind of batteries do the units use?
Both the transmitter and receiver (pager), operate with one 9 volt alkaline battery each.
 
What kind (brand) of battery works the best?
Batteries are very important. Any quality 9 volt will work, however it is necessary to use either alkaline or lithium batteries. These batteries hold up best in cold weather and offer optimal performance. Alkaline batteries are less expensive than lithium batteries, however lithium batteries are rated for colder weather and longer battery life. Our tests indicate lithium batteries last more than 2 to 3 times longer than alkaline batteries. See the "Battery Life Expectancy Chart"
 
How should I care for my Strike Sensor units?
As with any finely tuned electronic devices, these units must be handled with care. Avoid dropping, jarring or rough handling. Keep your Strike Sensors in a protective case or box. We offer a hard-side carrying case that will hold a pager and up to six transmitters as well a canvas carrying case that can accommodate up to four units. Avoid condensation! After each outing, bring your units indoors and completely dry them off and store them in a dry area. During the off season, remove the batteries from the units before storing for periods longer than 1 month.
 
Are the Strike Sensor units water-proof?
The transmitters are designed to be weather-proof. They can be used in rain and snow without damage. However, do not allow the transmitter to become submerged in water. They are not water-tight. If a unit, either a pager or transmitter is dropped in water, DO NOT attempt to operate until the unit has been completely dried inside and out. Water on a circuit board can short out the circuit and cause permanent damage.
 
Can the pager be powered with an AC or DC adapter?
Yes, we offer AC and DC adapters that allow you to power your Pager unit without the need for a 9v battery. The AC adapter operates the Pager with 110v household current. The DC adapter operates the Pager through a 12v cigarette lighter socket or other 12v systems. Adapters plug into the jack on the side of the pager with an "F" style tip. It is important to note that when using interchangable tips, the tip must be positive. The adapter will override an installed battery. Adapters with an output of 500mA are recommended.
 
Can Strike Sensor units be repaired?
Some repairs are cost efficient and can be made at our facility. Bulbs, switches, battery harnesses, antennas and housing components can be repaired. However, nearly all circuitry problems are not repairable. If the Strike Sensor unit is beyond the warranty period and you would like to see if it is repairable, you may contact Customer Service either by email at info@strikesensor.com or by phone at (920) 533-3624.