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Hands-On PIT Antenna Workshop: From Design to Deployment

Gabriel Brooks1, Kyle Meier2

  1. NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  2. Merck Animal Health/Biomark, 705 S. 8th St, Boise, ID 83702

Join Gabriel Brooks and Kyle Meier as we delve deeper into the intricacies of PIT tag antennas, offering practical experience and expert guidance.

In this interactive session, you'll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the essential components that make up loop antennas, while exploring the delicate balance of inductance and capacitance that dictates their resonant frequency.  We'll cover calculating the proper capacitance values for your antennas and understanding inductance and "Q".

We'll explore common antenna types and techniques for installation in stream environments, discuss our experience in real-world scenarios, from single antenna temporary PIT sites to Lower Granite style installations.  We will have antennas on-site for demonstration and will cover how to build an antenna from scratch.  Whether you're a beginner or an experienced user, this presentation will provide valuable insights and practical know-how for your PIT tag sites.