Picking between Tri-Tronics Pro Control & Dogtra Remote Release SystemsWhen you are looking at buying many of the remote launchers, wingers and bird throwers on the market today, you will also need to pick between the two major remote release systems. Remote electronics are required for the operation of all of the Dogtra Bird Launchers, Thunder Equipment / Etch-Marc Thunderbirds, Zinger Wingers, and the Train-Rite Dummy Launcher Stand.
Both of these systems will operate most units on the market and they both work in the same basic way, so you really only have to look at a few differences to pick the correct remote release electronics system for your training needs.
Dogtra and Tri-Tronics Similarities:
Both Systems are priced around $300.
Both systems are rugged and well built. They will hold up with heavy use.
Both systems' receivers have dual outputs that allow you to independently activate two launchers from one receiver. You can either plug directly into the left and right outputs or you can use an extension cord allowing each launcher to be 15 ft. from the receiver. This can be very handy if you want to have two wingers side by side or two box style launchers next to each other for a pointing dog.
Both can be purchased as a one transmitter / one receiver system and later expanded with add-on receivers, allowing you to add units over time as your needs increase or your budget will allow.
Both systems are "field programable." This means that you can order additional receivers at any time and when they arrive, you can match them up to your existing transmitter in about 5 seconds.
Both have independent sound features that can be used as attention getters to focus your dog before a mark or as a locator for a misplaced box launcher (hey...it happens).
Dogtra has two different sounds: a standard beep locater sound, and a very realistic "Duck Call" attention getter. I'm not saying it will call ducks out of the sky, but it sounds real and you and your dog will like it. The Tri-Tronics offers multiple combinations of beeps and tones, plus a simulated duck sound that is more like a squawk. It does not sound anything like any duck I have ever heard, but your dogs will notice it and key in on it.
Dogtra has an optional loud speaker that can be added to increase the volume and pinpoint the direction of the sound.
Dogtra Transmitters are rechargeable while the Pro-Control Transmitter uses a standard nine volt battery. There really isn't a major difference here because the 9 volt lasts between 6 months and a year. The Dogtra Transmitter can be charged using the y-splitter when you charge your receiver.
You can control up to 16 different launchers with the Dogtra RR Deluxe and 20 different with the Tri-Tronics Pro-Control.
Dogtra offers a one-year warranty on their system, while Tritronics offers a two-year warranty on theirs. © 2013 GDS