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Satellite Trail Cameras?
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Contributors to this thread:
APauls 04-May-21
Pat Lefemine 04-May-21
APauls 04-May-21
JohnMC 04-May-21
SteveB 04-May-21
GF 04-May-21
DanaC 05-May-21
GF 05-May-21
DanaC 05-May-21
From: APauls
04-May-21
I would like to hook up a couple trail cameras via satellite if possible. We've got some buildings way out in remote northern MB I'd like to monitor. Grizzlies, polars and the odd 2 legged intruder. I presume I'd need to hook it up to solar to keep batteries charged. The costs of flying in are so great it makes $ sense to know ahead of time if there's been any damage and you need materials etc.

Anyone know of a system like this?

From: Pat Lefemine
04-May-21
I've never heard of any trail cams that use satellites to communicate. I imagine it would be cost prohibitive.

From: APauls
04-May-21
Didn't know if there's a way to jury-rig a cellular trail camera to hook into an already existing satellite to cellular connection or something creative of that nature. Figured bowsite has the smartest of the smart surely somebody has thought of something? ;)

From: JohnMC
04-May-21
Could you put a satellite and have a satellite internet connect then transfer images through that similar to home/business security camera you can view over the internet? That would take power I would think you could keep batteries charge easy enough in the summer and almost impossible in winter with solar.

From: SteveB
04-May-21
I have a feeling you’ll be able to do this using Elon Musks Starlink Internet network soon. WiFi via satellite Internet and solar powered WiFi security camera.

From: GF
04-May-21
Sounds like a brilliant business opportunity for Uncle Sam…

We have all of these incredibly sophisticated satellites up there taking pictures of the ground all the time, so why shouldn’t the military sell images of non-sensitive locations?

I guess they would have to dumb it down a little bit so that no bad guys would know exactly what they’re capable of....

From: DanaC
05-May-21
Sounds like a limited, 'elite' market. You'd need it for an area so remote there's no cell service, and difficult to get to, to manually change out memory cards. And you'd need money by the gobful.

But heck, people buy watches that make a Rolex look like a Mickey Mouse special, so...

From: GF
05-May-21
Heard a funny factoid on the radio the other day...

1972 brought forth the first digital wristwatch, with a list price of $2100....

Same as a Chevy Nova. But I’ll bet at that price you didn’t get the V-8!

From: DanaC
05-May-21
I can't help wonder what a pristine example of that "first digital wristwatch, with a list price of $2100" would sell for today at auction.

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