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    New build

    This is a new build that I completed last week for Jeremi up north in Canada using a Sony WX220 which is a 18.2 megapixel point and shoot camera. He sent me the camera to see if I could hack it and if it would make a good trail camera. The setup has 2 wireless slave flashes, camera side has 6 AAs for camera externals, Safari Camera Controller with Flash Backpacker powered by 3 AAs as well as the transmitter for the wireless slave flashes. Camera was set to Program mode, Fill Flash and ISO 200. I had the camera and flashes set out for 4 nights over some corn as bait to see how it all worked. I positioned the wireless slave flashes so they would be in the shots so I could make sure they were actually firing.
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    My thoughts and prayers are with you George. You have an amazing positive attitude for a guy that's been through so much already, keep that working in your favor my friend.
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    What a surprise

    Imagine my surprise to finally get daytime video on my GoPro Hero HD trail camera of a fox coming to my bait pile, not just one fox but two.
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    De bugging

    Great footage Jonnie. That had me laughing.
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    What a surprise

    I also have some night video footage I posted in case you haven't seen that.
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    What a surprise

    This is a real GoPro Hero HD1. The Hero 2 also works great as a trail camera. You can usually pick them up on eBay for cheap since they are old models. Both are easy to hack for external power and external microphone and uses a bus port connector to activate the Power/Mode button for starting and stopping video. If have a video posted on the hack of these models:
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    First attempt at YouTube

    Great video Jonnie, the amped sound is awesome.
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    Been Offline

    Sometimes I think back to the days of the old wall phone with 15' curly cord, stretching it as far as I could into the hallway to talk to a girlfriend in somewhat privacy and wish were back to those days. Then I wake up and wonder what the heck was I thinking about. LOL
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    What a surprise

    Stock lens
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    GoPro backyard videos

    I am powering the 18 watt LED array with four 18650 batteries with a total voltage of close to 16 volts. For the 36 watt light I had planned to use a 12v 7ah SLA but the only one I have wouldn't hold a charge so I improvised. Since this is setup behind my boat shed I used a 12v ac to dc charger that I had saved from something. Ran 16 gauge speaker wire from the charger out the back of the shed to my light so I now have a continuous power supply to that light until I can get a replacement SLA battery. I tried using 18650 batteries to power the 36 watt light last year but they just didn't last very long for that big light but they work great for the 18 watt lights. During my testing last winter I was getting about 1 1/2 to almost 2 hours of run time on the 18650s in the 18 watt light.
  11. Nothing spectacular just some footage captured on a GoPro Hero HD1 trail camera with 2 wireless LED arrays. The system is controlled by the Safari Camera Control board with Mosfet Backpacker. I have an 18 watt wireless light mounted just above the camera and a 36 watt wireless light mounted 15 feet to the right of the camera. My plans are to add a 3rd wireless light positioned at about a 45 degree angle 15 to 20 feet left of the camera. During testing over the past week I have had over fifty 37 second video clips at night and the wireless lights have worked flawlessly.
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    Sorry Trevor, I guess I did state the obvious. It never occurred to me that you didn't have the envelope for messages. Just a thought but maybe try changing to a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and see if that helps.
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    Unless you deleted them they should still be there. I have messages still showing from 4 years ago.
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    Grandson's Largemouth Mount

    My grandson caught this 8lb largemouth back in January and wanted me to mount it for him. I had it in the freezer all this time and finally decided to get around to it about 3 weeks ago. Got it finished a couple of days ago and he just came to pick it up. PawPaw sure isn't a professional taxidermist but it turned out pretty nice anyway and he was happy with it.
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    Dub my voice into a video

    I use Windows Movie Maker for stitching clips together like I did with the Backyard Fox I just posted. Movie Maker has an option to add narration to clips. I'm sure other editing software would have that option as well.
  16. I was fortunate enough to get some good video footage of this fox coming to bait I had placed in front of my GoPro Hero HD camera trap with an 18watt LED wireless array. Turn up your volume and adjust the resolution to the highest setting.
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    Backyard Fox Captured On GoPro Hero HD

    No videos of the fox during the daylight hours.
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    Backyard Fox Captured On GoPro Hero HD

    The light or lights can be placed quite some distance away. out to 40 feet or more. That's what I assume you are referring to.
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    Happy New Year 2019

    Happy New Year.
  20. This is a compilation of GoPro Hero HD trail camera footage using a wireless light array system for the night time videos. All of the videos were 1 minute 10 seconds long but I shortened most to reduce the time of the video compilation in the link below. I have been testing the wireless array system to determine if it will work as intended and so far it is working great. The light I am using is a 12 volt 18 watt LED array that is intended for use on off road vehicles and I am powering the light with four 18650 batteries. Last year I was using the same GoPro trail camera with 2 of the 18 watt lights but the lights were attached to the camera using a cable made up of about a 12 foot length of 16 gauge speaker wire and waterproof connectors to attach the cables to the camera case and the light cases and that system worked really great but limits positioning of the lights. It is also prone to animals possibly getting tangled in the cables and tearing down the lights and camera. With the wireless light system, light positioning is no longer limited by cable length and no worries about possible damage because of animals getting entangled in the wires or chewing through them. Although during this testing I had the light positioned about 1 foot above the camera, I have tested the light at various distances from the camera case transmitter and it was triggering consistently out to 30 feet and more. More than one light can be used with this setup but each light will require a receiver and a small pcb that has a latching relay. I will be making another video in the near future that shows all of the equipment that I am using for this GoPro video trail cam setup which will include the transmitter and receiver that is used and the pcb relay board that I made and how it all needs to be wired up to make this wireless system work. I will likely get some boards made up that will have the relay mounted along with a screw terminal for attaching the wires needed for the light array and will have those available in the near future on my website if anyone is interested in using this light system. Many thanks to Dan Potter for his help in making this wireless lighting system possible. For the test videos I had the camera mounted on a stand I made using a section of 4x4 post. The camera was placed about 10-12 feet from the bait and the light was positioned about 1 foot above the camera. Various scrap food items were used as bait as well as a mineral block in the hopes of attracting whitetail deer but all I was able to entice was an opossum, a cat and a couple of raccoons during this test session. The camera used is an old model GoPro Hero HD that can shoot in 1080p, the internal microphone was removed from the camera and I added an electret mic that is soldered to wires which were then soldered to the internal mic wire locations. this allows the electret mic to be routed through a hole in the camera case for outdoor audio capture. The camera and light system is controlled using the Safari Camera Controller with a Mosfet Backpacker.
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    GoPro Herp HD with wireless array test

    Ken, some guys need to come out of retirement but they just don't realize it. My job is to give them a little encouragement and a nudge in the right direction. LOL
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    Home Wifi Security System

    My sister is looking for a home security camera system and after looking around a bit I came across a couple of systems that look like they may be just what she is wanting but I don't know much about them. Has anyone ever used the Funlux 720p HD Wireless Wifi system or the Zmodo 720p Wireless Wifi system? Are these easy to setup? Pros, cons, etc.
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    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.
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    Picaxe 14m Slave Controller

    Here is what is needed to put together a picaxe 14M slave control board. Once again, I am not trying to take any credit for this just passing along what I have learned and it is working great so far. I did use a 100K resistor for R5 but with testing on the breadboard, it may be possible to use a 33K instead. I think the most critical factor may be if it is used as an internal or external slave. If used as an external, you may want to go higher for more sensitivity. The original drawing was posted by Ron (bowgod02) but I did make the changes for the PT input location, so that is correct now. This is the code I am using and as before, I made a couple of changes to Ron's original posting. I changed the TO counter and one other thing in order to get the cap to charge at the right time. ************ Slave control and trigger using picaxe 14M chip ****************** 'Last change on 01-31-2011 ' Input from PT on input 0 ' Input from CDS om input ADC4 ' Output to led on output 1 ' Output to trigger slave on output 4 ' Output power to PT on output 0 ' Output power to slave flash mosfet on output 2 ' Output to CDS on output 3 Symbol Flash_Flag = b11 ' Flag to count the # of flashes seen Symbol Fire_Flag = b12 ' Flag to fire the slave flash Symbol TO_Counter = W1 ' Timeout counter Symbol Slave_Refresh = W2 ' Slave refresh timer Symbol Flash_On = 2 ' Flash Charge Mosfet Symbol CDS_OUT = 3 ' Power to CDS Symbol PT = 0 ' Power to PT Symbol Night_Flag = b13 Symbol CDS_Value = b10 Symbol Day = b9 Symbol Night = b8 Night = 128; lux level 7 = 100k(R16) 2v @ 4v 2 X 256 / 4 = 128 Day = 117 setint %00000001,%00000001 'activate interrupt when pin0 only goes high disablebod High 1 pause 500 low 1 pause 500 High 1 pause 500 low 1 pause 2000 GoSub CdsChk IF Night_Flag = 1 Then GoSub Slave_Charge Main: ' Main loop monitoring flags to determine what function to run based on flags set If Slave_Refresh = 40 And Night_Flag = 1 Then GoSub Slave_Charge EndIf If Flash_Flag <> 0 Then inc TO_Counter EndIF ' Start counter if first flash detected If TO_Counter = 35 then Gosub TimeOut ' Timeout here if no other flash detected. Adjust value if necessary to fit camera. If Fire_Flag = 1 then ' Fire the flash if flag is set. Disable interrupts. Setint off Gosub Fire_Flash EndIF GoSub CdsChk If Night_Flag = 1 Then Inc Slave_Refresh let pins = %00000001 EndIf 'If Night_Flag = 0 Then 'let pins = %00000000 'sleep 130 'Endif Goto Main '============================ 'SUBS '============================ Interrupt: 'Try and get out of the interrupt sub as quick as possible. Mainly just set flags and exit. Pauses or loops will cause timing issues. If Flash_Flag <=2 then inc Flash_flag EndIf Do while pin0 = 1 'Loop around until the pin goes low. This is necessary in order to detect the second flash. For some reason the pin does not go low right away. Loop If Flash_Flag = 2 Then 'Set fire flag once second flash is detected. Fire_flag = 1 EndIF setint %00000001,%00000001 'Turn interrupts back on. Return Fire_Flash: High Flash_On ' Turn on slave flash mosfet High 4 ' Trigger slave pause 500 Low 4 Low Flash_On ' Turn off slave flash mosfet Flash_flag = 0 ' Reset flags Fire_Flag = 0 TO_Counter = 0 Slave_Refresh = 0 ' Restart our 10min period Gosub Slave_Charge ' Slave fired so we need to recharge setint %00000001,%00000001 ‘ Turn Interrupt back on Return TimeOut: Flash_Flag = 0 ' Reset flags TO_Counter = 0 Gosub Flash_Led ' Flash Led to indicate time out. Return Flash_Led: For b0 = 1 To 50 Toggle 1 pause 20 Next Return Slave_Charge: High Flash_On Pause 6000 ' charge for 10sec Low Flash_On Slave_Refresh = 0 ' restart our 10min period Return CdsChk: High CDS_Out 'Turn on pin to supply voltage to cds voltage divider readadc 4 , CDS_Value ' Read light value 'IF Night_Flag IS SET THEN WE CHECK TO SEE IF THE LIGHT LEVEL IS > = 117 IF ADC GREATER OR = THEN STILL DARK AND EXIT 'IF ITS BELOW 117 THEN WE CLEAR NITEFLG AND RETURN 'IF Night_Flag = 0 THEN CHECK TO SEE IF ADC ABOVE 128 THEN WE SET NITEFLG AND RETURN Low CDS_Out 'Turn off voltage divider If Night_Flag = 1 And CDS_Value >= Day Then GoTo CdsChk_Exit 'already set and Still dark so we exit Else Night_Flag = 0 ' already set and Daylight so clear flag EndIf If Night_Flag = 0 And CDS_Value <= Night Then Night_Flag = 1 ' Its dark so set flag Else Night_Flag = 0 ' Daylight so clear flag EndIf CdsChk_Exit: Return The parts are pretty simple. Resistors, couple of diodes, Mosfet, SCR, CDS, opto isolator, PT and of course some 14M chips. Mouser parts are: SCR----part # 863-MCR22-6RLRAG PT------part# 638-PT908-7C Mosfet----part # 512-RFD14N05L The CDS I used came from Radio Shack as a package with different sizes. The opto isolator I got off of Ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...e=STRK:MEWAX:IT That's pretty much it except for an ON/OFF switch, I used a push button type from Tayda Electronics. I guess if you wanted to you could add some of the little terminal blocks for connections from Viv board to slave board and for battery connections but I didn't because it would require a larger board and I wanted to keep it close to the original slavemaster by Dave at Bigfoot. The way mine is set up it's just like connecting the slavemaster to your Vivitar board. Hope this helps some more guys make their own slave control boards. One other piece of advice that I was given and I will pass it along; use your breadboard to lay this out before you solder anything. That way you can hook it up to a slave and test it out to see if it is working the way you want it to or troubleshoot any problems you may have. Good luck and happy building.