Module 8: In The Field – Field Equipment & Troubleshooting

Welcome to the final module of the course, Module 8 – In the Field! We’ve built, coded and tested our data logger. Now we’re taking it into the field. We’ll discuss the overall field maintenance approach, and go through useful equipment to have with you including solder irons, wire strippers, wire crimpers, extra cable harnesses, extra wires, and a bunch more. Finally, we discuss visually expecting devices for damage, and debugging with and without a laptop.


By the end of this module, you would have completed the course. We hope this is just the beginning of customising your own devices for field research and conservation.

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8.0  In The Field  – Field Equipment & Troubleshooting

In this video we cover:

  • Tips for maintenance in the field such as assuming a 10% hardware failure rate and keeping logs of damaged equipment
  • Useful equipment for in-the-field repairs and and electronics development
  • In-the-field troubleshooting including visual inspections, when and how to test, and when to just swap it out.

8.0 – In The Field – Field Equipment & Troubleshooting (PDF)



Supporting Materials

Terminology Sheet

Module 8 – Terminology Cheatsheet(PDF)


Video Slides

8.0 – In The Field – In the Field & Troubleshooting (PDF)


Conversations & Troubleshooting

Module 8 Discussion (forum thread)


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