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Dakota Alert Kit (1) MAPS and (1) M538-BS

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  • Great for: businesses trying to monitor customer traffic,
  • Security guards trying to monitor remote warehouses,
  • Farmers monitoring vacant farm sites,
  • Hunters monitoring game trails.
  • MURS AlertTM will give you real time monitoring of any location that you choose!

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Dakota Alert Kit (1) MAPS and (1) M538-BS + Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT + Birdhouse Unassembled Kit
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Dakota Alert
  • Model: DK-MAPS-BS-KIT
  • Weight: 6.50 pounds

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.2 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001C7ABKY
  • Item model number: DK-MAPS-BS-KIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

- Dakota Alert kit includes (1) DK-MAPS alert probe sensor and (1) DK-538-BS base stationDKMAPSBSKIT

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No false alarms!
J. Jaunakais
Nice to find a company that believes in what they sell and honors the warranty.
Matt Widmer
8oo ft driveway and perfect reception.
Lanty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gandalph on March 15, 2010
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First of all I am overall pleased with the unit. It works with no false alarms. I am using it at about 500' and it works every time. I have had a few problems that other people might want to watch out for. This unit uses 6 AA batteries in a cheap little battery holder. After only a few months the internal connections on the battery holder started corroding and the unit would quit working unless I cleaned the connections almost daily. To solve this I made up a 9 Volt battery out of 6 C cells that were soldered together with wires between the cells. This connects to the little terminal block on the circuit board where the original battery connected. No problems at all after this. Plus the C cells will last 3 times as long as the AA cells, probably more than a year!
As one other reviewer noted, the auxiliary contact is only rated 5amps at 28 Volts DC. Be careful not to connect this to a large device. I used a small 12 volt relay and a battery to make the transition to a heavier duty contact. The driveway alert causes the relay to close and the relay then operates a loud buzzer to get my attention. Works fine with very low power draw through the units small relay.
One other thing to watch out for. I have the transmitter mounted on a flat wall outside. Snow accumulates on the top of the transmitter box. When it touches the antenna, the unit stops transmitting. You must either protect the transmitter from snow or clean it often.
Watch out when mounting the transmitter, the box is fairly fragile and you can snap off the mounting tabs very easily.
The bottom line is that it works reliably and no false alarms. I would buy it again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Johnson on December 6, 2009
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This alarm works every time, unlike the infrared alarms that sporadically detect motion. The extended range of the transmitter is a nice feature, I have it located about 800 feet from the house. There is one oak tree at the end of the driveway where I installed it that attracts deer, so the magnetic sensor only detects vehicles, and there aren't any false alarms in the middle of the night. The sensor even detects ATV's driving by it.
While setting it up, I was going to use a 12 volt buzzer with the external relay. The manufacturer should have installed a fuse, because the buzzer fried the unit, even though it is rated for 28 volts. The people at Dakota Alarm quickly sent a new unit when I returned the damaged one. So the lesson learned is put a fuse inline with whatever you are turning on with the relay. Better yet, Dakota Alarm should have installed a fuse and better instructions about using the relay.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Emory D. Keller on September 12, 2010
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Had mixed results at first, but very satisfied in the end (the MURS Alerts are the only Wireless Alerts that reliably work beyond 500ft !). I use them for both Wild Game detection and driveway notification.

My story ==> I bought 2 of the original "Reporter Alerts" about 5yrs ago, they worked fine for about 3yrs up to about 500ft. After 3yrs one of the PIR transmitters failed because of corroded batteries, so I bought 3 new reporter transmitters. By then Reporter had been sold to Chamberlain and the 3 new PIR Transmitters were ALL total junk (worked to about 50ft, if you were lucky... total trash...). So, I gave up on reporter/Chamberlain, although I still use the one old unit that just keeps on working.

Last year I purchased 2 Dakota WR3000 units with 2 extra PIR transmitters (4 total). Two transmitters worked to about 300ft and two worked to about 50-100ft. I used them for 1 year but have been very unsatisfied with the reliability of detection/transmission. So, I just bought 1 MURS Base Station, 1 MURS Probe, 1 MURS PIR Transmitter. Initially I had 2 problems, the Base Station Relay connection did not work - which I wire to my house door bell, and the MAPS probe started giving me false Alerts after about 15 mins, but the PIR Transmitter worked great for both detection and transmission anywhere on my thick hilly property within about 1/4mile (1500ft) of the Base Station in my garage. So, I immediately returned the BS+MAPS unit for exchange/replacement from the supplier AutoBarn.

AutoBarn sucked for the exchange. They answer the phone, but their constant delay/excuse tactics took 3 weeks until I got a new unit. I will NEVER buy anything from AutoBarn again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2009
The manufacturer, Dakota Alerts, claims this system has a range of 2 miles, sometimes achieving 4 miles, depending on terrain. While I haven't tested its long-range capability, it works beautifully for me at about 600 feet through forest, and is easily picked up every time in the basement. The portable unit allows you to communicate with a person at the base station.

o Dakota Alert o - MURS 2-Way Handheld Radio
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lanty on January 11, 2012
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8oo ft driveway and perfect reception.I also bought the walkie talkie and it performs great too. Nice security supplement for the house off of the road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jaunakais on April 4, 2012
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We live off-grid on 40 acres. We have a 1000 foot driveway and live in the high desert region of Arizona. I bought this system to alert us whenever delivery trucks arrive (or neighbors or intruders). This is important because our home is so well insulated I seldom here any engine noise outside until a person has arrived at our front door! So far it has met all of my expectations! It works great and now I know whenever anyone passes through our outer gate! This is really convenient since we run a home business and often get deliveries to the house. I love knowing someone has arrived. My wife and I find it really relaxes us knowing we do not have to check outside whenever we think we hear an engine sound. If the alert does not sound NO ONE IS HERE BUT US! So far it has worked exactly as advertised with a 100 percent success rate with no false alerts or failures to detect!

It was very easy to set up. After unpacking the system and reading the manuals, I adjusted the sensitivity as instructed in the manual (dial should be at 12 o clock position as per manual). Then I dug a hole parallel to the driveway right on the edge where the tire tracks are (I have a 16 foot wide driveway and wanted to make sure I get vehicles coming and going so decided to bury the sensor partially IN the driveway). I put the sensor in a 2 1/2 inch Schedule 80 PVC pipe (though schedule 40, 2 inch would have sufficed), then used gorilla tape on the ends of the pipe to add some water proofing. Then I buried the pipe in the hole in the driveway (again parallel to the driveway). I direct buried the wire from the sensor to a nearby tree in a shallow trench since it will never be disturbed and we live in a dry climate. The wire says on it that it is a direct bury type for use in sprinkler systems.
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