Many anglers will not realise that the origins of remote alarms were in the early 1980s. Pete Melbourne made a remote drop off alarm for The Tackle Shop Gainsborough around 1982. The receiver was a FM radio and you had to have the radio tuned to the right frequency otherwise it didn’t work. Obviously if the tuning knob was nudged the receiver didn’t pick up when you had a run! It was a start though. Then an enterprising chap came up with the Otech which you could plug into any alarm head converting them to a remote system. I thought this was quite good at the time until the Tx-i arrived. The Tx-i was right from the start and I’ve used these heads ever since.
With the advent of braid for almost all predator fishing the Tx-i became even more vital, because wheel heads did not work with braid due to the braid skipping over the wheel when fishing open bail arm. The Delkims sensor solved the braid skip problem. So with a remote system that worked with braid, life went on with no need to consider any other system
For predator anglers who do not always fish with tight lines sensitivity control is vital otherwise there is the risk of random bleeps being indistinguishable from an actual take.
With care a Tx-i can be set up to avoid a lively bait setting it off all the time. Alternately when fishing for zander in running water off the baitrunner a Tx- i can be set to register the slightest knock.
Once in a while I get asked why we need remotes. The answer is simple. If you have your heads at full volume you can annoy other anglers and of course the last thing you want to do is tell other anglers that you are catching. A remote sits in your pocket and quietly tells only you that you have a take.
Be warned of one thing, the elements and the dark that conspires to part you with your Delkims. I was sheltering under a brolly on a very windy day. The brolly was tied down, but I had to get up to replace a drop off bobbin that the wind had blown off. As I got to the rod the brolly took off taking one of my other Delkims and the bank stick into 20 feet of water! A million to one chance. Then there was the time (twice) when packing up in the dark after a zander session, somehow I left the alarm on its bank stick behind. I have resolved to be much more careful in the future. Not only is there the cost to consider there is also the inconvenience of having one less alarm until you can afford a new one.