Bird Dog GPS Collars Interfere With French Communications

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What's the best way to invade France? With your bird dog, apparently. Just hit the beach with a Garmin Astro or Sportdog TEK around your dog's neck and the French military won't know what hit it. Just make sure it's the U.S. version.

From this story on telecompaper.com (via Outdoor Pressroom):
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France's national spectrum agency has issued a warning to consumers concerning GPS devices for pets, and often hunting dogs, which can cause interference with military and other communications networks. The agency counsels people to not buy any such device in the US or online from the US for use in France, because they operate on unauthorised frequencies in France._

The US pet GPS products can also affect police, ministry of the interior and TV signals. Devices designed for use in Europe are available on the market and can be identified by the CE label, a declaration that they conform to the R&TTE directive, a list of European countries where it can be used, and a clear indication of the product's brand and model number. Buyers must read the manual closely for country of use if they see an exclamation mark inside a circle.