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  2. Woody Meristem

    Bears Being Bears

    If you run a camera trap in bear country beware -- https://forestandfield.blogspot.com/2018/11/bears-being-bears.html
  3. Tinhorn

    Pixel 3's Night Sight Camera

    seen on Internet, it can almost see in the Dark maybe will get one of these for Christmas and you can hack it for a game cam.... the Tax is $80 so guess what it costs!!! https://www.cnet.com/news/night-sight-camera-update-for-pixel-3-is-awesome/ Pixel 3's Night Sight The feature works impressively well. With dusk and night settings, Night Sight brightened up scenes with accurate colors and lighting sources that were true-to-life. But where it really shone (no pun intended) was in environments that had very, very little lighting. Cameras will always need some light to take a picture, but when I took photos in a dark room with very little light, the Pixel 3 managed to capture whole objects pretty clearly.
  4. bulltalk.65

    Auto on camera

    Thanks for the reply Jim. Ok, Below is a mock up of how I had to connect it. I did use a sister board to power it on, it works perfect that way, just like turning on an array, had to change the code to fit but it works like a charm. BUT, here is the problem now. The record button is a micro momentary button, just like anything else. It does have a pos side and a neg side, so I soldered a wire to each side of the button. A quick touch after the cam goes thru its powerup and it begins to record. Here is the odd part, if you touch the shutter button pos wire to cam ground/neg, it wont record, if you connect it to the control board ground/neg, nothing but if you touch itself to itself, it begins to record. I hope that makes sense, this thing has me scratchin my head. When discoed from anything other than battery power, you can touch the pos side of the shutter button to the cam powers common and it will begin to record, if you touch it to its own common, it will begin to record. So, with that seeming normal to any other type of cam hack, it should by all rights connect to the board and do the same correct??? Well, it doesn't. it will only begin to record, if touched to itself when connected to the board. really really weird. So, I am assuming here, I will need to rework a pin on my board so I can connect it like its power and the array/mic amp etc to be able to ground itself correctly to turn the record on. Is that thinking on the right lines? I have been on this most of the day, had to rewrite my own board code to get it up and going and thought I had it whipped until it was all connected up. I even tried connecting the shutter/record button to a sister board of its own and still, it will not connect itself to shutter/record.... Any ideas of how this button is working, is it a ground to pos type of switch, so it is always powered until it grounds for a second to itself or ?
  5. Yesterday
  6. Firemanjim

    Pre Amp with sister boards

    you don't actually solder them on. You use a solder paste and then you use a hot air solder wand to bond them. Pretty much impossible to do it with a hand wand. I am getting off at the fire station this morning. I will look around in the shop when I get home and see what I actually have .....
  7. Jonnie Wilson

    Pre Amp with sister boards

    My soldering skills aren't too bad so if the SM boards you have are able to be made up manually,, could I buy some blank boards from you? Thanks.
  8. bulltalk.65

    Test Video

    Ok, was able to get a quick night test in, not bad for the tiny lens on this cam. The IR LED's are in a case with control board from my dash cam unit. The foggy looking background and stuff floating all over in the video is NOT snow, it is smoke and ash from the paradise fire. The fence in the back is 28 yards exactly from where I have the array and cam so the light distance is good and seems to be spread nicely over the view of the lens. I am getting a bit of audio noise and I think its from the array driver, other than that audio seems pretty decent for on board. Now just need to write up some specific code and get it in a case (probably the one I'm using for this test) and get it to the woods for a real test.
  9. Vic

    Test Video

    Looking good
  10. bulltalk.65

    Test Video

    Test video for video cam with IR lens hack. Focus looks good in day so far. Video quality looks good uploaded. Will test night time vid tonight with 5 led array.
  11. Last week
  12. Firemanjim

    Pre Amp with sister boards

    I probably have 200 or so of those blank boards in my shop. Problem is they are all SM stuff. Not TH anymore. When I ran out of TH boards I gradually converted everything to SM. I may still have the Gerber files for the TH boards but I had a computer crash a few months ago and I am sure they are gone. Things are starting to slow down some in the fire station so maybe I will have a chance to redraw the file for you.
  13. Firemanjim

    Auto on camera

    I would connect it to a output instead of a opto. Not sure the opto will trigger the sister board get to close. The sister boards are designed to work with a output but try it and see...may work with a opto. I personally have never tried it.
  14. bulltalk.65

    Paradise Fire

    As of this morning, were doing good. wind shift is keeping it in an easterly run which is good because less population (bad for the canyon dwellers and the forest), but it has jumped the river in a few places so it is on our side of the canyon now in small patches which are being worked on for control. They have made it clear, to be ready and packed in case heavy winds shift the fires south again. Its not so much the fire, its the smoke carrying the hot embers that is the primary danger. I hope they can contain it. Last time we had an evac for the dams spillway incident, it was one of the craziest things to see, people in panic mode all trying to leave the town at once created the most ridiculous cluster you have ever seen. There is only 2 main ways out of town and everyone and their uncle was using them and jammed the town up for miles and miles. It was taking about 6 hours to get 5 miles. It is 30% contained and has burned 130,000 acres according to this am's report. Since the wind died down a bit and shifted east again, it isnt so smoky so far today but it has been horrible for smoke. almost as bad as the last fire I posted about back in 08/09. I go outside for a while or in my garage to work on my cams or whatever and come back in and I reek like I been standing over a campfire thats how bad it is. Yesterday I went in the garage and it was hazy in there but thats because I always keep the back door open for the dogs. As far as relief, no idea if there is an end in sight. the gas pumps here are literally like back in the gas crunch in the 70's, lines of cars. Some stations are out of fuel, water and food. I guess thats what happens when you have an overnight influx of 30,000 people.
  15. Badgerbuckhunter

    Paradise Fire

    Stay safe! It is crazy! How likely is it to come your way.? Any relief in site?
  16. bulltalk.65

    Paradise Fire

    Just wanted to share here about the fire were dealing with here. It is horrible to see the devastation first hand. Im only 15 miles south east of the actual fire and am in paradise all the time for oncology doctor appts. It is crazy to see that most of the town is gone including one of the best hospitals in CA gone. Im saddened to see so many people that have lost life or home. As of this morning, 43 people have died, burned to death trying to escape the fire. Around 20 died in their cars driving thru the fire to get out. There are still over a hundred missing. 6500+ homes burned to nothing and almost 300 business' gone. Our town of oroville is overwhelmed with the traffic and evacuees. Our church right down the street is now a homeless shelter with thousands of people staying there às are most other places that opened their doors for evacuees. I hope that you all can share a prayer for everyone here that is displaced or lost family. My prayers go out to all the 5000+ brave firefighters and emergency personell that are putting their lives on the line during this time of crisis. To Bob, Jeff, Cindy and Carl, Were praying for you to be safe out there battling those flames. For you all that havent heard or seen, you can go to youtube and type in "paradise fire" or "paradise camp fire" to see details.
  17. bigbassmann

    Picaxe 14m Slave Controller

    Wow!!! A simple little resistor mistake caused you all that headache but glad you finally got it figured out and it is working for you.
  18. bulltalk.65

    Auto on camera

    For you builder coder guys. I have a video cam that im messing with and it doesnt have a power on button, it is directly plugged into the supply. I want to control it with my picaxe control board for on/off like a still cam to save on battery juice. So, Im thinking that I would connect supply volts to the camera and supply neg to a sister board "bat -" and the camera neg to sister board "acc -" then connect the sister board "control board -" and "control board on" to the control board opto, is that correct? Basically connect the camera to a sister board just like any other accesory to turn it on and off ? Or am I off in my thinking...
  19. bulltalk.65

    Picaxe 14m Slave Controller

    Ha, I decided to go back to messing with the board I built and have been messing with it all day. I figured i may as well just double check everything. The board is all wired correct. So lets just check the resistors. Lo and behold, I had a 220k at R3 instead of a 220R. So thiñkin on it, that would reduce the voltage on the trigger side and make it not fire. I replaced it with the correct 220R, plugged it all in and ........... It fired with my w55...... All this time and it was just a simple resistor mistake, the board works and is firing away in the closet... Son of a gun... All this time.... Like you and I both said Ralph, its got to be something simple and it was.. ez overlook on my part, grabbed the wrong resistor drawer.... 😣
  20. bulltalk.65

    Samsung cam

    Wife was cleaning out her closet and pulled a camera out so I was checking it out. It looks like a good cam for use. Its a samsung BL103, uses 2 AA's and standard sd card. It fires up fast and snaps a pic quick with good flash. The flash is a good distance from the lens too. I havent messed with the settings but it fits the bill. Its bout the size of a sony w series (little thicker, 1/8" or so) and has extending lens. Its 10.3mp. the pics and video look good. Ill have to find one and hack it, power and shutter button right on top in usual spot so it should be a simple hack. I looked in here and didnt see it listed but it may be on one of the other sites. Just wanted to pass that on.
  21. ghoot

    My New Micro W55/ssii Cam

    I have a link to the E377 hack that Dave did on my site: www.snapshotsniper.com/PDFS/Final_HP_E337_MODIFICATION.pdf
  22. bulltalk.65

    Ha, check this out...lol

    I dont know, funny part is its a recent patent..few yrs old...lol
  23. buckhuntertrailcam

    Ha, check this out...lol

    I wonder what good he thinks it is going to do him?
  24. bulltalk.65

    Ha, check this out...lol

    This guy claims to be the trailcam inventor and filed a patent on it. Trail camera patent
  25. bulltalk.65

    Pre Amp with sister boards

    No worries on copyright issues, those circuits are open source. I wish I could help you with the gerber stuff. Im in the same boat. I have a couple circuits I want to do to cause the hand building is getting to difficult.
  26. bulltalk.65

    Action cam

    I hacked the lens for IR and it looks decent/ok for what it is. Ill do a day vid tomorrow and post it and then slap together a little array and do a night vid and post that too... I figured why not, theyre cheap...lol.. i probably will only use the last one I did and build a small vid unit just for a scouting cam. I found an old one in my box so dont need the case for parts.
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