Remotely Controlled Camera
I thought Amateur Radio operators may like the capability of remotely viewing a location some distance from them. It could be useful in a number of ways. eg. viewing the condition of antennas remotely during a storm. You will have your own reasons for its use. The Remote Camera shown is used to send 'live video' back to our home Qth from our property when it is unattended. It is located at the back window of the shed and faces the water troughs where the kangaroos and other animals and birds have a drink. It is turned on and off remotely using an SMS switch which also turns the radios on and off for remote operation. (This particular SMS relay switch has 4 separate switches.) So, when I want to have a look at the water troughs from the home Qth in Adelaide, 150 klms away, or the weather conditions there, I just turn the camera on using my cell phone to send the SMS switch an SMS message and then connect to it via the Internet and have a look at the picture. This IP camera uses a dynamic web address because it is a wireless Internet connection at the property. The camera, which I purchased from Jaycar, is not expensive as it cost about $100 Australian. It also has infra red and pan and tilt capabilities. In other words, you can easily turn it around to view a wide area. Being a cheap camera, the picture quality is not that good but even so, having this capability is terrific because you can see the conditions of the remote location in present time. It is much easier to set up a remotely controlled camera, than a remotely controlled radio. The page about remotely controlling Amateur Radios may be helpful in setting up a remote camera like this too. If you intend to use a wireless Internet connection, as this camera does, then you will still need to address the 'CGN' problem though. The Remote link is at the bottom of this page.
TV and Wireless Internet antennas. The nearest town is about 10 klms away.
The camera transmits 'live video' but these images show 'still' screenshots.
The resolution is VGA 640 x 480.
Remotely Controlled Radios
Remote camera now located behind another window in the shed.
Wild Goats. May 2019.
To see a basic remotely controlled FT-450D station, click on this image of the green shed.
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