Chip Handling & Replacement
Knowing Your Modes
Every 32 seconds, the SeaTag will blink with an indication of which Mode it is currently in.
SAFE SHIPPING MODE
When shipped to you, the SeaTag will be in this mode. It should also be transitioned back into this mode prior to long-distance traveling with the tag; especially by air.
Red can also mean Report Mode; which is also safe to ship.
This is the mode that you will transition to after physically arming the kinetic release mechanism. You would use this Mode to store armed tags in a darkened container until the day of (or day before) it's time for tagging. Once in ARMED Mode, it must be stored in a completely dark container for at least two hours. After that, it will naturally transition into OnFish Mode (and begin the mission timer) once it sees light again. You can also avoid the two hour wait, by simply using the below mentioned way to transition modes, to jump straight into OnFish Mode.
The tag will naturally transition into this mode after being exposed to light after at least 2 hours of darkness, while in the ARMED Mode. This is the Mode that will begin the mission timer and will carry the tag through the duration of its mission.
If left in OnFish mode, it will naturally fall into Report Mode after the mission completes, even if you never got the tags on the fish.
The order in which modes occur, is much like an elevator. When it reaches the “end”, it goes back the way it came, instead of making a loop, like so:
Safe Shipping Mode → ARMED Mode → OnFish Mode
Safe Shipping Mode ← ARMED Mode ← OnFish Mode
The method for changing the modes between ANY mode to ANY other mode is the same. The only exception is the optional method to use the 2 hours of darkness to go from the ARMED Mode to the OnFish Mode
In order to identify which mode you are in, you must observe the LED lights on the SeaTag. On the SeaTag-3D, they are located at the top.
On the SeaTag-LOT and SeaTag-GEO, they are located on the bottom.
Changing Your Mode
Begin by observing what color your SeaTag blinks every 32 seconds. If you're not seeing any blinking light, place your SeaTag in bright sunlight for about a half hour. If the weather is cloudy, you may need to charge your tag for an hour or longer.
Next, place the Sleeve onto the SeaTag and wait for a red-green flash.
Once you see that flash, remove the sleeve.
Again, wait for another red-green flash.
As soon as you see the light, replace the sleeve once more.
Upon seeing yet another red-green flash, remove the sleeve.
A long flash will then occur, which will be the new mode you are transitioning to.
Quickly remove and replace the sleeve, until you see five green flashes.
Note: there are five red flashes, you have failed to confirm the transition, and that tag will revert to its previous Mode.
The tag is now in its new Mode, which you will see flash every 32 seconds. Repeat if necessary.