The base station is a sophisticated electronic device that receives and stores mounting activity information from the cow monitors in the form of RF signals. The information is wirelessly transferred to the access point which in turn passes it into the computer and the HeatWatch®II software. The base station also sends signals back to the monitors acknowledging the receipt of mounts and/or giving it certain instructions. The base station is encased in a weather-resistant enclosure and is positioned in a line of sight proximity to the cows. The maximum distance between the base station and the access point is a function of the types of antennas used on both devices. The standard configuration will allow for 1000 ft. The base station can be powered by either 110V outlet or 12V DC power.