TrailEyes™ Hunter/ Photographer 4 Channel Remote Trail Game Scouting Camera
Refer to the
Page for general assembly and soldering information.
Bill of Materials
and it can be seen that each
TrailEyes™ Remote 4 channel camera trigger when complete will consist of a
battery, three switches, single
light emitting diode a four relay LINX radio frequency (RF) receiver, a 12 volt
relay and a recycle timer.
When the camera is set up
in the field the power switch S-1 and recycle timer switch S-3 will be left in
on position. The recycle timer circuit will keep your camera turned on if it has
an automatic turn-off for power savings. Most new cameras have this function and
in order to keep them awake all the time they must be refreshed with a contact
closure. The timer can be set to close the contact at what ever the camera
time-out is. This time should be in the camera operator literature, set the
timer to a time slightly less than that.
TrailEyes™ Hunting-Radar™ unit will relay a signal to the receiver when it
detects a animal walk by. The accompanying momentary relay closure will act as
the shutter button to take the picture.
said, let’s get to fabrication. Open the new LINX enclosure and lay out your
indicating LED’s and switches. The
LED and switches can be cemented in place with silicone to make them waterproof.
The wiring diagram indicates a battery connector with
pigtails this will apply to the Eveready
15 volt battery indicated in the bill of materials
but if you use a different type of battery make the connections as required by
the battery. The instructions indicate soldered connections everywhere but
slip-on spade connectors may be used as desired. Also a small screw type
terminal strip can be used to make multiple connections thus avoiding the need
to solder two wires to one terminal.
·Run a wire
from the (+) battery terminal to one terminal (a) of switch S1 and solder.
from the other terminal (b) of S1 run and solder a wire to the (a) terminal of
S-2 and S-3 and solder.
·From one of these
switches (shown as S-2 in the diagram) run a second wire to terminal #10 of the
the (b) terminal of S-2 run and solder a wire to the (+) positive LED wire. This
will be the one with the resistor in the wire.
the (-) LED lead run a wire to the battery negative (-) terminal.
from the (-) battery terminal run a wire to terminal #9 of the LINX receiver,
then run another jumper to terminal #2 of the Repeat timer. Connections to the
timer can be either soldered or made with a female spade terminal.
the (b) terminal of S-2 run wires to the #1 relay coil terminal, (+) and to
terminal #1 of the Recycle Timer.
Run a wire from relay coil terminal #16 (-), to recycle timer terminal #3
Place the components where you want them and use epoxy to glue the vibration
motor into place. It is important to have good contact with the enclosure wall.
It might be a good idea to fabricate some wires or a small metal strap to hold
the motor and epoxy it all together. A cable tie and tie holder with self
adhesive could be used instead in epoxy to hold the motor in place.
·From the #2 recycle
timer terminal jumper to #9 LINX terminal or the battery negative (-) terminal..
a wire from #2 of the LINX terminal block to relay common post #4.
Lastly three wires will be connected to the camera i.e.
one is common to the camera’s power - one from the normally closed relay post #6
in this illustration will transmit the wake-up or refresh signal to the camera
and one from LINX terminal block #1 will transmit the signal for the camera to
take the image.
If you want to trigger more than one camera from an assembly ad a second relay and recycle timer for each one and wire to any of the remaining three receiver output relays.
More on Batteries
lead acid batteries are available from All Electric at very reasonable rates to
extend your field operation time. Sizes range from2.3 amp-hours to 17 amp-hours
($12 -$35) Add a 12 volt Vellerman #SOL5N solar battery charger for $30.00 and
keep TrailEyes out in the field indefinitely. The Solar charger comes with
adapters that makes it convertible to an auto battery trickle charger.
thinking about battery field time of your camera the battery internal battery
has to be considered as it not only provides power for taking the picture but it
also powers the flash. Most camera batteries are 3 volt nominal. To keep from
having to rig the camera for larger external batteries, a 2.6 volt solar garden
light charger can be wired in parallel with the small batteries to keep them
charged. All Electronics has them for $4.00 each (Cat. #SPL-07). The units come
with LED lights which you will want to remove, otherwise they will use up the
stored energy when they come on at sundown, just cut the wires and tape or
silicone them up. To use the solar garden light charger cut a hole in a handy
box and drop the electronics through the hole and seal the flat panel to the box
two ways of wiring the charger to your user; one is to put the rechargeable
batteries in the holder provided with the charger and solder a pair of wires to
the (+) & (-) battery case terminals on the other end to the camera or other
device you can do the same; the other is put the rechargeable batteries in the
camera. Solder the wires at the charger terminals then at the other end of the
wires solder a small flat tab cut from brass shim stock. Slip these tabs between
the batteries and case terminal taking care to keep the polarity right. You can
make the pair of charging wires any length desired so that the Solar panel can
be oriented to catch the sunlight. To make the whole rig easier to use put a 2
contact weather proof rubber trailer light connector in the line near the
camera. This type of connector is self polarizing and having it will make its
use convenient and if the camera is only going to be out overnight the charger
can be left at home.
For illustrations showing
how to wire the most popular cameras: