The National Apivox Council What is the "National Apivox Council"?
An educational service, directed at the Intermediate & Advanced Beekeepers. As well as your local Bee Clubs, Research Depts, & a wide range of Beekeeping teachers. Strictly focused on the "Apivox Smart Monitor" operation & strategies
Our National challenge in Beekeeping? As a Nation, we suffer from a very low "Bee IQ". A sensitive topic, for sure. Over time, this issue must be resolved if we are to improve our understanding of the Honey Bee, at the same time improving & increasing our "Beekeeping standards".
Our purpose? To increase the "Bee IQ" of our Beekeepers at a National level. Thereby improving our "Beekeeping Stewardship", practices & protocols.
Our focus? To "Break the Code" in the Bees communication system, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their current condition. This is accomplished by teaching students/groups how to use the "Apivox Smart Monitor". Accurate and powerful, the Apivox tells us much more about our Honey Bee colonies, than you would initially think. Apivox reveals A LOT about our Bees, that we can't gain by "visual inspections" only.
What if, you could have a Smart Phone, with an App, that could tell you when the Bees are about to Swarm?
Important? We think so. What if, you could have an App, that could tell
you when the colony is ready to accept a new Queen? Important? We think
so. What if, you could have an App, that could tell you the General
State of the colony and how they feel? Important? Yip! And even more
variables that have an importance in our Beekeeping efforts. Does such a
device exist? Yes! But is it so complex that I can't understand it? No!
The "Apivox Smart Monitor" certainly doesn't REPLACE the Beekeeper.
But more importantly, gives us deeper insight into how the colony feels
INSIDE their house, WITHOUT us having to always open and check. This
alone, is a huge advantage in keeping colonies healthy. Less stress on the Bees & Beekeeper alike.
What are some of the "benefits & advantages" in using the "Apivox Smart Monitor"? Many! As a multi-function tool, we're able to determine the following; a 3 weeks heads up that the colony is planning to swarm, queen rightness, CO2 levels in Winter time, Mite stress load, overall condition of the colony, Queen Acceptance, Queen Rejection, Honey harvest is ready, building up of brood, reduction in brood, and much more!
How do we teach through this service?
The Individual - The student is free to text in questions, or set phone appointments for deeper discussions, at any time. The student is sent a complimentary monthly Newsletter with lessons, via E-mail, which covers key strategies or key functions of the Apivox Smart Monitor. Each Newsletter usually includes a short video lesson. Strictly focused on Apivox strategies & function. Learning how to read these signals and how to respond to what you see on the Apivox. Can be canceled at any time if you no longer wish to receive such service.
($49.95 monthly subscription)
Groups - Here, we focus on "coaching, the coach". A "Group" could be a Bee Club, or Research Dept, or College Apicultural Dept. They will receive a "Micro-PowerPoint" lesson usually monthly, that's less than 10 slides in length. This allows for groups of people to learn in a classroom setting through a Power Point presentation, which also includes at least 1 video related to the topic of discussion. The "Point of Contact" is free to text in questions, or set phone appointments for deeper discussions, one on one. A "Conference Call" can also be established in order to give better guidance & instructions to groups of students, allowing for a good quality Q & A time. The monthly subscription amount must come from the Groups acct. Can be canceled at any time if you no longer wish to receive such service.
($59.95 monthly subscription)
A powerful Beekeeping tool, with a powerful educational support system!
Still aren't sure if this is for you or your group? Check this out!
Here are some pictorial examples of what a Beekeeper might see on any given Apivox test in the Apiary. Remember, this is done WITHOUT having to open the colony and disturbing the Bees! Also know, this is but a small sampling of examples. Dynamite comes in small packages; that's the Apivox!
Here is a "Queen Readiness" test. The horizontal screen at the top, covers a timeline of approx 80 mins. Although we don't have to run this test for that long, in only a few minutes I am able to determine that the Bees are feeling "Queenless".
Action must be taken, in order to save this colony! Opening to confirm the reading I see, would be wise. Once this is confirmed, I can move to install a new Queen.
See the test below!
After the new Queen has been installed, I will then run a "Queen Acceptance" test. I may install this Queen, which is safe in her cage, and then come back to run this test later in the day. The needles are red. Not good. Either they've rejected her outright, or they've moved to build their own Queen Cells inside.
Action must be taken & another visual inspection is warranted. Cutting out any new Queen cells, forcing the colony to accept this Queen. Or, remove said Queen cage and let them raise their own. Either way, YOU know their attitude and intentions.
This view, is the "home screen" or properly called the "Continuous Monitoring" page. The horizontal scale runs from 50 Hertz to 550 Hertz. Each Diapason has a definition in the Bees communication system, ie. 200 Hz can mean "Passiveness", 250 Hz means "feeling Queenless", 300 Hz means "Good Works", working on processing wax & honey, 400 Hz means "Excitement/Recruitment for good Nectar flow".
The taller and redder the Diapason, the greater the involvement in this work.
From the "Bee Signals" that I see here, the Bees are working hard on wax & honey (300 Hz), & intense fanning (150 Hz) & possible Passive build up (200 Hz), I'll have to pay attention.
Here is a "Quick Reference" card we use to quickly remind us of key & various Diapason definitions. Sometimes, they have double meanings, most times not. It helps to refer back to this list until you become accustom to the various definitions at each Diapason. (too small of print? click on pic to enlarge.)
This page is called the "General Condition" screen. It means just what it says, the overall "General Condition" of the colony.
This is a timed test. I have 2 choices, 1 sample of sound, lasting 15 seconds. Or, 5 samples of sound, lasting 15 seconds each. If I choose the "5x15" text, Apivox will average these readings for me.
In the middle of this screen, is your "Dialogue Box". After the reading is taken, there is an interpretation given to the beekeeper. The verbiage is never the same, from test to test. Apivox Dialogue will give you several issues to consider, depending upon the readings.
We've found Apivox to be stunningly accurate! Don't doubt what you read.
The higher the "Bars", the more intense the work at that Diapason (Hz) number.
This screen is the "Honey Harvest Readiness" page. Looking at the top horizontal screen. This screen covers about 80 minutes of time. I only need to run this test for a few minutes to get a feel for any potential Honey Harvest opportunity.
Based upon top left, vertical red line, this tells me that the Colony is focused on building up the Brood area, and not focused on building any Honey at this time.
The horizontal red line, divides the work related topics. If there was a Honey Harvest available, I would see the signal appear BELOW the red line, and it would be in white.
Remember, this is done all without opening the colony!
See the "Bluetooth" ear piece slid into the porch opening? I'll sync my Bluetooth to my device (Android cell phone or tablet only), and then sync to my Apivox app. I'll do a "blow test" to confirm that I'm synced properly. I then stand BEHIND the colony and take my readings. It doesn't take long, depending upon what I'm doing. Under 10 min's is common. I can open the colony when I'm done, if I need to. Or, move on to the next colony.
This is the "Continuous Monitoring" page again. What you're seeing is WIND NOISE. We must always ensure that our Mite Tray is slid into the Screen Bottom Board, in order to cut out any wind that blows below.
We want to see specific & defined Bee Signals, as you've seen above. It's up to the Beekeeper to confirm these proper Bee Signals.
Some days are too windy for us to take proper readings. We've found that the wind needs to be under 15 mph for the best Bee Signals. Better, under 10 mph. If it's too windy, we simply wait for a better day.
This is Serjio Glebskij, the inventor of the Apivox Smart Monitor. He lives in Moscow, Russia. Here he is pictured in Spain, where the weather is better, for running various Apivox tests.
Where it all began! This is Eddy Woods, using his Apidictor to run an acoustic test on a colony.
I think he would be very excited about what we're doing to date.
We've come a long way in our Beekeeping technology.
This is what we call "Eddy Woods Timeline". Study it carefully! The colony can give us a 3 weeks heads up, that they're now in "swarm mode" and plan to depart soon. We use this during Apivox tests & visual inspections often. We want to be OUT AHEAD of the Bees! Finding yourself "on your heels" is rather stressful. Learn to get "out ahead" of your colonies. You'll have more time to plan a course of action!