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BREEDER ALERT

INSTRUCTION MANUAL
(FOR COMPLETE SYSTEM AND TELEPHONE AUTO DIALER SYSTEM)

BREEDER ALERT SYSTEM OPERATION

SYSTEM SET-UP INSTRUCTIONS

Breeder Alert Foaling Monitor is designed to alert you via Pocket Pager and/or Telephone when Mare is flat out in foaling position. Please read Instructions thoroughly to assure System is functioning correctly. System is extremely easy to set up. Placement of Main Unit and Repeater/Antenna is very important for proper operation and desired range.

Transmitters and Pagers sent with your new System are already coded to Main Unit. If ordering additional Transmitters or Pagers at a later date, you will need to follow programming instructions to code to your Main Unit.

The Main Unit/Telephone Auto Dialer receives signal from Transmitter/Mare. Range is up to 400+ feet, clear line of sight (obstructions, building material, terrain will affect signal range). Place Main Unit in barn where mares will be foaling. If mares wander outside of barn, position Main Unit accordingly (inside by door or window). Main Unit can be easily moved to suit your situation.
1. Connect Power Cord to Main Unit and to power source (green power LED will illuminate on Main Unit). Extension cord may be used if needed. When using 12V Battery (i.e., fully charged car battery), alligator clips are included for easy connection (battery can be used along with AC power for backup or if power is not available).
2. Connect Repeater/Antenna cord to Main Unit. This Antenna has two functions, it sends signal out to Pocket Pager and registers programming input when you are in the Programming Mode. Red LED Act light will be on when connected to Main Unit/power. Repeater/Antenna must always be attached.
3. Refer to Range Test Instructions for placement of Main Unit to obtain the best range for your application. Clear line of sight to foaling mares is always best and closer the better. Unit can be easily moved depending on where mare travels.
4. Place Main Unit/Auto Dialer, 4 – 6 feet off ground on table/shelf or hang on wall via screw/nail slots on back of Main Unit.
5. Place Repeater/Antenna inside barn by window or door especially if barn is metal or stone (protect from moisture) to insure signal gets outside barn to Pocket Pager. Range to Pager is up to 1 mile clear line of sight. This Antenna can be easily moved to insure strong signal to Pager.
6. If using Telephone Auto Dialer Feature, attach phone line to back of Main Unit in the “OUT” connector (see Main Unit Diagram) and to a single line telephone wall jack. Do not use on Telephone Exchange systems or parallel jacks (double jacks). Depending on your phone system, you may not be able to also attach a phone to the “in” connector (so you can also have use of a phone), in this case just attach phone cord to “out” connector and wall jack. Follow Programming Instructions and read the following Auto Dialer Instruction details.
7. All locations are different, follow Range Test Instructions to find best locality for your application.
8. Camera monitors work well with the Breeder Alert System especially at night to save you steps to the barn. When Breeder Alert sends a signal, you can easily check your monitor and determine if it is time to assist mare. We always suggest reseaching at your local electronic stores for simple, cost effective systems.

Note: If you have more than one foaling barn, one Pager can be used to monitor up to three barns by using additional Main Units and up to 20 Transmitters per barn. Pager Display will show barn location (01 – 03) and identify Transmitter/Mare (01 – 20). If interested please contact us for details.
Note: You can use all Transmitters with all Main Units as long as you first program Transmitter to the specific Main Unit. Follow Programming Code Instructions.

SYSTEM OPERATION PROGRAMMING CODES

**Transmitters and Pagers sent with new System are already coded to Main Unit.**

Once System is Armed (see below), you are ready to proceed with coding as needed per Instructions below.
System Armed ………… When system is connected with Power, (AC and/or DC), green power LED on Main Unit will illuminate. Attach Repeater Antenna to Main Unit, red ACT light on Repeater Antenna will illuminate.
To enter programming mode proceed with the following:
Enter Programming User Code: Press 1 2 3 4 #
“Set” LED light will illuminate
You are now ready to program with codes listed below. When
programming is complete you must exit.
Enter Same User Code To Exit: 1 2 3 4 #
“Set” LED light will turn off
To Change User Code ………… 1 + * + new user code + #
Pre-set User Code is 1234.
You may enter your own customized four digit User Code if desired.
Store up to 6 Telephone Numbers Begin with Location 1 ………… 2 + (1-6) + * + (Phone No) + # sign Don’t forget to press # sign after entering ph. Number. You must enter phone number the way you normally dial out (some may need to enter the area code before phone number)
Deleting Telephone Numbers ………… 6 + * + (01-06) + # sign. The 01 – 06 is the position location (note: you must enter a “0” before the position number/location to delete)

Coding Additional Transmitter(s) to Main Unit ………… 4 + * + (01-20) + # (Note: “0” must be entered with single digit numbers).
Up to 20 Transmitters (01-20) can be used per System. When alarm is received on Pager, number code will be shown on Pager Display for easy Identification of Mare/Transmitter.
See Transmitter Coding page for complete instructions.
Panic Button ………… Pressing the Panic button on Main Unit, System will send alarm to Pager and/or programmed Telephone numbers. Display on Main Unit will flash “119”. Code received on Pager will be 01 00.
Record New Message For Auto Dialer to Customize and Change Factory Set Message ………… 5 + * + 01 + # + (Press and hold Record Button while Recording new message). Record time is up to 15 seconds. Short message is best as it repeats for 60 seconds.
NOTE: If the Main Unit beeps while programming and Display shows error (Err.), start over.

NOTE: Exit Programming Mode after programming (press 1234 #).

WHEN USING TELEPHONE AUTO DIALER FEATURE PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY:

The Telephone Auto Dialer is an Automatic Dialing Device that transmits a pre-recorded voice message to telephone numbers (up to 6 numbers) you program into System. Auto Dialer is activated when the Main Unit receives signal from the Transmitter, alerting you that mare is in flat out foaling position.

NOTE: You need a landline in barn to use this feature. Breeder Alert cannot call the same telephone number that it is dialing out on.  If you don't have a landline then the Complete System with Pocket Pager will work for you.

1. Attach phone line cord to back of Main Unit (“OUT” connector) and to single line telephone wall jack. See Main Unit Diagram. Dialer cannot be used with Telephone Exchange Systems or dual/parallel line. Depending on your phone system/wiring, you may not be able to also attach a telephone to “in” connector on back of Main Unit so you can have use of a regular telephone, in this case just use phone cord attached to “out” connector on Main unit and other end of phone cord to single line wall jack.
2. Follow instructions on System Programming Code page to input phone numbers you want Auto Dialer to call. Input numbers how you would normally dial them (may need to also enter area code). You also have the option of changing factory set recorded message to your own personal message (see Programming Code Instructions).
3. When Transmitter or Panic Button triggers Main Unit, Auto Dialer will dial each programmed phone number up to three times if call is not acknowledged.
4. When you answer call sent by Auto Dialer, and after listening to the recorded message, press the "#" button on your phone (press during break between recorded message) to acknowledge call has been received. The “#” button is to be pressed between recording breaks to prevent system from calling that number 3 times. Recorded message repeats for up to 60 seconds.  Inform everyone Auto Dialer is programmed to call, to press the “#” button or the Auto Dialer will continue to dial their number three times.
5. If you have more than one phone number programmed into the Auto Dialer and you do not want system to continue to call the other numbers, you must press the “0” (zero) button on your phone between recordings. The “0” button is to be pressed between recording breaks to prevent system from dialing other numbers and your number again. Recorded message repeats for up to 60 seconds. If you want Dialer to call all additional programmed numbers, just follow step #4 above (press the "#" not the "0" button). If message comes on while on the phone, press the # or 0 key per above instructions.
6. If a phone line is not attached to back of Main Unit, Auto Dialer will not dial numbers programmed. When you want to use Pager only, you can simply detach phone line from back of Main Unit or delete all programmed telephone numbers. Pager can be used along with Auto Dialer, if Pager is not needed you can simply turn Pager off.

TRANSMITTER OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS

Transmitter In Flat Horizontal Non-Transmitting Position:

APPROXIMATE TRANSMITTER ANGLES OF TRANSMISSION:
Transmitter @ 45~110 degrees angle tilted to the right
Transmitter @ 45~110 degrees right and 30~40 degrees up/down.
Transmitter @ 45~110 degrees angle tilted to the left
Transmitter @ 45~110 degrees left and 30~40 degrees up/down.
Transmitting angles above depict tipping left to right.
Transmitter will only cycle twice if the Transmitter/Mare remains in a transmitting position so you will only get 2 alarms. This prevents continuous signal if mare lies flat out to sleep. System resets automatically when mare raises her head to a non-transmitting position.
Note: Always check mare when alarm received to confirm if sleeping or foaling. Most mares will not lie flat out that close to foaling.
Note: If angles seem off or Transmitter seems to be sending too many alarms, see Troubleshooting tips to correct the angle issue.
NOTE: THE “SPRING” SOUND YOU MAY HEAR IN THE TRANSMITTER IS A SMALL ANTENNA AND IS NORMAL.

Installing Transmitter Batteries

After installing two AAA batteries, the Transmitter is ready to send signals to Main Unit. Make sure positive (+) and negative (-) poles are installed correctly (as indicated in battery compartment). Transmitter must be in the neutral “FLAT” non-transmitting position (pictured above, LED facing up) when not in use or batteries will drain.

Replace batteries at least once a month depending on usage. Low batteries will affect Transmitter operation. Better to be safe than sorry.

At end of season remove batteries for storage as damage can result if batteries corrode while stored.

Transmitter Instructions

When Transmitter is in a transmitting position, the LED on Transmitter will light within a couple of seconds. After a 13 second delay signal will be sent to the Repeater Antenna. Main Unit transmits to Pager (via Repeater/Antenna) and Telephone Auto Dialer (if Dialer has programmed phone number/s and if telephone line is attached). Signal takes a few additional seconds to reach Main Unit and Pager depending on distance and obstructions between components.

NOTE: LED on Transmitter is timed to turn off after 13 seconds while in the transmit mode to conserve battery power. If mare stays flat out LED will flash again and send 2nd signal after a few seconds.
The purpose of the LED illuminating is to visually test transmit angles and confirm batteries are installed properly.
System re-sets automatically when mare raises her head to a non transmitting position.

NOTE: The “spring” sound in Transmitter is a small antenna and is normal.

1. After System Test (see System Test Instructions) you are ready to place Transmitter in pouch.
2. Open pouch and slide Transmitter - label side up, into pouch (if label is facing ground it is upside down). It does not matter which end is facing mare’s neck.

NOTE: For added protection against moisture, place Transmitter in plastic zip lock bag (included) or wrap in plastic before placing in pouch.

3. Pouch easily attaches to halter’s connecting strap (strap under jaw connecting noseband to throat latch). Wrap flap of pouch over top of halter connecting strap to secure to halter. Transmitter in pouch will be positioned under halter connecting strap (ground side) with Label on Transmitter facing up. Use halter with stationary connecting strap (halter that does not have rings connecting the strap to nose band or throatlatch) so Transmitter follows movement of horse’s head.

NOTE: Good halter fit is important so pouch follows movement of mare’s head. For added security, you can wrap with tail/vet wrap if mare tends to rub.

NOTE: When Transmitter/Pouch is correctly attached to halter, Transmitter sits under connecting strap of halter. The flap that secures pouch to strap will be on topside of halter strap. Use halter with stationary connecting strap (without rings) so Transmitter follows movement of mare’s head. See above picture.

Up to 20 Transmitters can be used with System as long as they are within
range of the Breeder Alert Main Unit. See instructions for Set-Up of Main
Unit.
Coding Additional Transmitters To Main Unit

Additional Transmitters (up to 20) can be ordered and added to your system at any time. Transmitters sent with your new System are already coded and ready to use.

When adding additional Transmitters to your System you will need to code them to work with your Main Unit. Refer to System Operation Programming Codes page for programming codes and then follow instructions below.

After entering Entry Programming Code (1234 #) you are ready to program your Transmitter(s). See instructions on System Operation Programming Codes page. For example, if coding a second Transmitter enter: 4 * 02 # (if it is your third Transmitter then enter 4 * 03 # and so on). Lay Transmitter flat in non-transmitting position and briefly press once on face of Transmitter below LED (see picture of Transmitter showing where to press). The button you press for coding is not visable – please see diagram. You will see LED flash and hear one beep in Transmitter and one beep in Main Unit. Your Transmitter is now coded! Test to confirm coding was successful.

When testing, lay Transmiter flat and tilt Transmitter to one side for 13 seconds. After alarm is received on Pager (you will see Main Unit # and Transmitter code # on Pager), lay Transmitter flat (LED/label facing up) for a few seconds before tilting to opposite side to test. If also using Auto Dialer feature: You will see Transmitter number flash on Main Unit, Main Unit State light will come on telling you Dialer is now dialing programmed numbers.

You can change Transmitter code numbers (ie, 01, 02, 03, 04 etc) easily and at any time by following above coding instructions. You can also check the code (01 – 20) of Transmitter by manually tipping Transmitter to a transmitting position to activate Pager. LED display on Pager will display number code of Transmitter after alarm is received.

Be sure to make a list and mark your Transmitters accordingly so you know which mare is sending alarm when number code is displayed on Pager LED. You want to be sure not to have more than one Transmitter per number code (01 – 20).

REPLACE BATTERIES AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH DEPENDING ON USAGE. LOW BATTERIES WILL AFFECT RANGE.
REMOVE BATTERIES AT END OF SEASON.

PAGER OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS

Installing Pager Batteries

After installing two AAA batteries you will hear “one-long beep”. Make sure positive (+) and negative (-) poles are installed correctly (as indicated in battery compartment). When the Pager is “ON” the LED will flash once every 3 seconds. Coding memory will be retained when changing batteries.
ON/ OFF

ON Press On/Off button once
(Display will show “8.8. 8.8.”) One-long beep
LED will blink when on
OFF Press On/Off button once for about 2 seconds
(Display will show “-- --“) Two-short beeps
LED will not blink

Pager Instructions

1. When the Main Unit sends a signal (via Repeater/Antenna) to the Pager, the paging cycle will last about 3 minutes if not acknowledged. Press Pager On/Off button to acknowledge signal. Pager will stop beeping and return to stand-by mode.
2. If signal is ignored Pager will continue to beep through above cycle and then once every 60 seconds (LED display will show Err.) to remind user that an alarm was received and ignored. Press Pager button to acknowledge.
3. Pager LED display will show Main Unit ID (01, 02 or 03) and Transmitter ID (01 – 20) for easy identification.
4. Pager has range of up to 1-mile clear line of sight from Main Unit in barn depending on terrain and obstructions.

We recommend batteries be replaced at least once a month or sooner depending on use.

At end of season remove batteries for storage.

**Low Battery Indicator: Pager will send “3-short beeps” when battery is low. LED Display will show [1111] and beep, until batteries are replaced.**

Coding Additional Pagers to Main Unit

Additional Pagers can be ordered at any time and easily coded to your System. There is no limit on number of Pagers used per Main Unit.

1. Before coding additional pagers, make sure Main Unit is on and Power Light is illuminated. Repeater Antenna must be securely attached (red ACT light is on).
2. Hold down Pager ON/OFF button while installing the batteries until you hear “10-short beeps”, and then release the button.
3. Press Pager On/Off button once to code to your Main Unit. Pager will sound “one beep” and you will see “. . .” moving across LED display.
4. Use tip of a pen to press button located on Repeater Antenna (see System Overview diagram on page 2). You will hear one beep in Pager.
5. Press Pager button for 2-seconds to quit ID coding mode. Display will show “8.8. 8.8.”.
6. Your Pager is now coded!
7. If using more than one Main Unit, you will follow same procedure but press Pager button twice when coding to second Main Unit or three times for third Main Unit. You will hear two beeps for second Main Unit and three beeps for third Main Unit. (Note: When coding multiple Main Units, they must be coded one at a time). When alarm is received on Pager you will see number code 01-03 letting you know which barn is sending signal. You can monitor up to 3 barns using the same Pager.

NOTE: If you do not hear beep indicating coding is successful, repeat above steps.

NOTE: If just changing batteries you do not have to re-code Pager. Pager memory will retain coding after battery change.

NOTE: One Pager can monitor up to three locations/Main Units. This function is useful if you have more than one foaling barn.

NOTE: All Transmitters can be used with multiple Main Units but you must first code Transmitter to the specific Main Unit you want to use it with.

Low Battery Indicator

Pager will send “3-short beeps” when battery is low. LED Display will show [1111] and beep, until batteries are replaced.

BREEDER ALERT SYSTEM TEST

Follow previous Set-Up instructions. It is important that you follow set up procedures for location of Main Unit/Telephone Auto Dialer, Repeater/Antenna and Transmitter.

If using Telephone Auto Dialer feature, make sure Auto Dialer is programmed and phone cord connected to “OUT” connection on Main Unit.

1. Turn Pager on. Pager will beep once, you are now in stand-by mode ready to receive signals.
2. Tilt Transmitter on side to a transmitting position. If left in transmitting position for at least 11 - 13 seconds, signal will be sent to Main Unit (State LED will flash on Main Unit and show Transmitter code number and green PWR light on Repeater Antenna will flash) and in turn send signal to Pager and/or Telephone. After alarm is received, lay Transmitter flat (LED facing up) for a few seconds before next test. Push Pager button to stop beeping and return to stand-by mode. Wait for Main Unit to complete transmitting cycle (State LED will be off and green Power LED will remain illuminated). Repeat test by tilting Transmitter on opposite side.
NOTE: Because Transmitter utilizes a “G Sensor”, be sure to allow for a few seconds in flat position between manual tests when testing left to right. For example, after testing on right side, return to flat non-transmitting position for a few seconds before tilting and testing on left side.

BREEDER ALERT TRANSMISSION RANGE TEST

1. Take Transmitter and Pager (if using Breeder Alert Pager) to foaling areas you want to monitor. Follow Step #2 in System Test. Test close to ground since Mare will be down in foaling position. Obstructions will reduce range but you will still have good range in a barn situation with stall walls and paddock outside barn by placing Main Unit and Repeater Antenna with best line of sight locations. Slopes, hills, etc. will affect range.
2. Then have someone bring Pager to locations you want Pager signal received (field, house, etc.) and again follow Step #2 in System Test. When testing Pager range, someone needs to be in barn with Main Unit (or where mare will be foaling) tilting Transmitter to activate Main Unit.
3. You may find you need to change locations of Main Unit/Dialer and/or Repeater/Antenna for optimum range and when mare travels outside.
4. You are now ready to place Transmitter on mare (refer to Transmitter Instructions) and use System.

NOTE: Be sure to always use fresh batteries and change at least once a month or sooner depending on use. Your System depends on good batteries.

TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS

FIRST CHECK TO MAKE SURE BREEDER ALERT POWER SUPPLY IS ATTACHED PROPERLY. IF POWER IS NOT AVAILABLE, ATTACH ALLIGATOR CLIPS PROVIDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM TO FULLY CHARGED 12V BATTERY PER INSTRUCTION MANUAL. GREEN POWER LIGHT WILL BE LIT ON MAIN UNIT.

MAKE SURE REPEATER ANTENNA/CABLE IS PROPERLY ATTACHED TO BACK OF MAIN UNIT. THE TWO SCREWS ON CABLE CONNECTOR SHOULD BOTH BE FASTENED (NO NEED TO OVER TIGHTEN – BUT BOTH SCREWS MUST BE SECURED TO MAIN UNIT). IF ONLY ONE SCREW IS ATTACHED, RED LIGHT MAY BE ON BUT BOTH SCREWS MUST BE CONNECTED TO MAKE SURE SIGNALS ARE RECEIVED AND SENT PROPERLY.

THE TOP RED LIGHT ON REPEATER ANTENNA SHOULD BE LIT AT ALL TIMES WHEN MAIN UNIT IS ATTACHED TO POWER SOURCE. ALSO, CHECK TO MAKE SURE REPEATER ANTENNA’S “PLASTIC CONNECTOR” IS PROPERLY ATTACHED TO CABLE.

WHEN A SIGNAL FROM TRANSMITTER IS SENT, YOU WILL SEE STATE LIGHT FLASH ON MAIN UNIT AND THEN THE BOTTOM “PWR” LIGHT ON REPEATER ANTENNA WILL FLASH. ONCE “PWR” LIGHT GOES OUT ON REPEATER ANTENNA, SIGNAL IS SENT TO POCKET PAGER AND/OR TELEPHONE.

IF NOT USING POCKET PAGER, THE REPEATER ANTENNA MUST STILL BE PROPERLY ATTACHED. REPEATER ANTENNA ALSO PICKS UP THE SIGNAL FROM THE MARE AND SENDS TO MAIN UNIT.

REPEATER ANTENNA SHOULD BE PLACED 4 – 6 FEET HIGH IN BARN (AT LEAST A FEW FEET AWAY FROM MAIN UNIT) WITHIN RANGE OF MARES. BE SURE NOT TO PLACE TOO HIGH OR OUTSIDE. IF MARES ROAM IN AND OUTSIDE OF BARN, YOU CAN EASILY PLACE REPEATER ANTENNA CLOSER TO BARN DOOR OR WINDOW (ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A METAL OR STONE BARN) FOR OPTIMUM RANGE AS NEEDED.

YOU CAN ALSO TRY TO RECODE THE PAGER PER INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

IF YOU FEEL TRANSMITTER IS NOT SENDING SIGNAL PROPERLY OR YOU ARE RECEIVING TOO MANY ALARMS:

• MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INSTALLED FRESH BATTERIES CORRECTLY (CHANGE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH DEPENDING ON USE).
• TEST TRANSMITTER TO MAKE SURE LED LIGHT COMES ON (RED LED ON TRANSMITTER LIGHTS WHEN TIPPED ½ - ¾ OF THE WAY UP). TIP ON LONG EDGE, SIMULATING SAME POSITION WHEN ON MARE. TEST ONE SIDE AND THEN LAY FLAT FOR A FEW SECONDS AND TILT TO OTHER SIDE TO TEST.
• NOTE: IF ANGLES ON TRANSMITTER SEEM INCORRECT, YOU CAN EASILY RECALIBRATE (BRING BACK TO CORRECT ANGLES). LAY TRANSMITTER ON FLAT LEVEL HARD SURFACE WITH LABEL UP. USING THE SAME “HIDDEN” BUTTON ON TRANSMITTER WHEN CODING ADDITIONAL TRANSMITTERS (SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR LOCATION OF “HIDDEN” BUTTON), PRESS BUTTON 3 TIMES. YOU WILL SEE LED ON TRANSMITTER FLASH AND TRANSMITTER WILL BEEP. TIP AGAIN TO TEST PER ABOVE TO MAKE SURE ANGLES ARE NOW CORRECT. ANGLES HAVE NOW BEEN RECALIBRATED. RECALIBRATING MAY BE NECESSARY IF SOMEONE INADVERTANTLY PRESSES CODING BUTTON A COUPLE OF TIMES OR MARE HITS SHARPLY ON FENCE POST OR SOMEONE DROPS TRANSMITTER ON HARD SURFACE. THIS RARELY HAPPENS BUT IS EASILY CORRECTED. WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK ANGLES REGULARLY MORNING AND EVENING TO MAKE SURE ALL IS WORKING PROPERLY.
• MAKE SURE TRANSMITTER IS PLACED IN POUCH ON HALTER WITH LABEL UP (TOWARDS MARE’S JAW/HEAD). HALTER SHOULD HAVE STATIONARY CONNECTING STRAP (CONNECTING STRAP SHOULD NOT HAVE RINGS CONNECTING IT TO NOSEBAND OR THROATLATCH). RINGS WILL ALLOW CONNECTING STRAP TO SLIDE WHEN MARE LIES FLAT OUT AND NOT GIVE ACCURATE ALARMS. TRANSMITTER/POUCH FOLLOWS MOVEMENT OF MARE’S HEAD.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US. WE ARE HAPPY TO TROUBLE SHOOT WITH YOU TO AVOID ANY FRUSTRATION ON YOUR END.