Optonics

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Bjp
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Re: Optonics

Post by Bjp » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:12 pm

i have a pair of them sat around that i do no use i think i had them converted @ hounslow angling centre i must dig them out at some point maybe someone might want them somewhere

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Re: Optonics

Post by Banksy » Wed May 02, 2018 3:07 pm

I dearly wish that I still had my first electronic bite alarm.
I couldn't afford a proper one, so I made my own.

Based on the same "line behind the wire" principle as a Heron bite detecter, it boasted a visual alarm in the form of a bicycle rear light, and an audible alarm cobbled together from a house doorbell, all housed in an old Rowntrees cocoa tin.
I was insanely proud of it. But then, I was just 12 years old.

The first time I used it for pike fishing, I had a run on my legered sprat.
The peace was shattered by my DING DONG DING DONG (Avon calling!) alarm.

The other anglers on the pond fell about laughing, and my alarm never saw the light of day again.

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Slumption
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Re: Optonics

Post by Slumption » Mon May 14, 2018 1:49 am

I have one, original from the 80's and I would never replace it....I think the question about them being traditional is a hard one, my theory on bite alarms is ethics. Mine is used in specific situations and the volume is turned right down. I only use it at night if I am tired and can no longer watch a bobbin or on the the few rare occasions I fish a second rod for pike. I've not replaced it as it does the job.

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Re: Optonics

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Mon May 14, 2018 7:43 am

I don't use one. I bought a real cheapy a few years back in a sale (just in case I ever needed one) but it has never been deployed! I don't have an issue with anyone else using them provided they are set to a sensible volume. If fibreglass rods can be considered traditional, then why not bite alarms from a similar era?

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Baskey
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Re: Optonics

Post by Baskey » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:52 pm

It's not very long ago that I sold my collection of optonics. Now if I remember correctly delareed marketed them and compacts were the first out. I brought a pair and I think they were 16£ each. I used heron alarms up till then a Richard walker endorsed alarm in fact his idea. That would be sometime late sixties early seventies. I never got them to work properly optonics saved my sanity. To my shame the herons went in the bin. Now I know a bit more about how fish behave. I could probably get on with them now. I.e. they would not be set up so sensitive. That's my two penerth! Isn't hindsight a wonderful thing🎣

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Martin H
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Re: Optonics

Post by Martin H » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:25 pm

Along with a few others here I have a pair of efgeeco optronics, still in their boxes and well used. They have never let me down, the battery lasts for years and despite both having been dropped into water more than once, resulting in them being half filled with water they both continue to work fine.
I'm curious what the modifications were and why they were considered essential, I wouldn't use any other alarm.

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Re: Optonics

Post by Baskey » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:43 pm

Regards optonics modifications. Del romang and Less bamford were the main converters. GPO speakers. And an adjustable volume knob were the main selling point. But there were new circuit boards and much longer battery life as well. Both have stood the test of time. I still have my delkim optonics. And only just sold my bamford ones. 🎣🎣

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Martin H
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Re: Optonics

Post by Martin H » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:54 pm

I'm still curious, mine are very quiet, wouldn't expect them to wake me up if asleep, unless the volume knob was to turn the volume up maybe. As I said the batteries last me for years, they only seem to use juice when 'beeping'. Maybe I just bought a good pair and was lucky.

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Re: Optonics

Post by Pallenpool » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:48 pm

Does anyone remember the AJS bite alarm system
I think Kevin Maddocks may have used them - it’s quite a while back now but they ring a bell :Chuckle:

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Re: Optonics

Post by BobTheFloat » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:11 am

Banksy wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 3:07 pm
I dearly wish that I still had my first electronic bite alarm.
I couldn't afford a proper one, so I made my own.

Based on the same "line behind the wire" principle as a Heron bite detecter, it boasted a visual alarm in the form of a bicycle rear light, and an audible alarm cobbled together from a house doorbell, all housed in an old Rowntrees cocoa tin.
I was insanely proud of it. But then, I was just 12 years old.

The first time I used it for pike fishing, I had a run on my legered sprat.
The peace was shattered by my DING DONG DING DONG (Avon calling!) alarm.

The other anglers on the pond fell about laughing, and my alarm never saw the light of day again.
:laugh:
Your one bite away from the best session of your life

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