Hello everybody! I`m a researcher in need of Audio Moths. Seeing the bad news about shortage of the parts to produce them, I came to idea of the renting the already owned ones.
Since there are few versions out there, they should all be compatible to each other. I read that in later version a better microphone is installed, well, that`s a matter of decision. If it`s a highly scientific case where all the equipment is defined and reglamented, there might be limitations, but in my case, to detect hard - to - detect Eagle Owl in huge forest territories, any version of Audio Moth would fit.
I wonder if all the Audio Moths in existance are out there recording 24/7? In northern Europe, where I come from, the recording season for birds would be February to July maximum. The rest of the year the devices would lie in shelf.
If such similar seasonability would occur in Southern hemisphere also, for example, the idle periods for devices would not overlap, they`d complement each other in such a way, that devices when idling in Northern hemisphere, could be sent over to Southern hemisphere to operate and vice versa.
So, I`m not promoting a rental business here, what I`m promoting is Audio Moth enthusiasts helping each other with their devices when they are idling. In other words, no harm done, no need to pull the Moths from the field, no! Yet, when the season`s over, why not offer the devices idling to somebody who need them right then, to receive them back when they`re needed again.
I offered this to the device creators team also, no answer yet. I believe there are online platforms out there suitable for this to organize. The question - is there anybody reading this willing to give away his owned Audio Moths for a certain period of year to some random guy at the other side of the world? It`s mostly the question of time, money and trust.
Whilst AudioMoths are currently unavailable, an alternative would be the HydoMoth. Alex Rogers has recently confirmed that the HydroMoth is functionally identical to the AudioMoth (apart from the absence of GPIO or external mic pads). The HydroMoth also has an additional Low Gain mode and an optional Delayed Start facility that allows you to enable the custom mode without opening the case, using a magnetic reed relay - could be useful on land if you are deploying the device in wet weather. There is currently an active campaign on GroupGets scheduled to end on 21st August.
The HydroMoth is somewhat more expensive than the terrestrial AudioMoth because it comes together with an underwater case. You would have to replace this with a standard case with an acoustic vent - or possibly drill out the mic aperture in the hydro case and fit a weatherproof acoustic membrane.