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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Small setback and more MiniTurtle testing

Today I tried to buy a 1.2 Ghz YAGI antenna and could not add the item to my shopping cart online. I called the supplier and was informed that sales of these antennas is now limited to the military! I had noticed earlier that there are none of these antennas available on eBay and was wondering why. So today I decided to switch to the more widespread 2.4 GHz band. This meant buying a 2.4 GHz setup which I got for $75 which includes 2 cameras and a 4 channel receiver. This will allow me to deploy two turtles and point the Yagi at the one with the best view. Systems are widely available with 4 cameras and 4 channels so I may eventually deploy 4 turtles at 100 foot intervals and increase my odds of an intercept.

Tonight I hooked everything up and ran the MiniTurtle out the driveway to a distance of 150 feet where I lost a good signal. This was done through the walls of the house and with the stock 3" receiver whip antenna so with a Yagi I should be able to greatly increase this distance.

Here's the video for the quick test I did from the dining room window:
Close Range Video from Prototype MiniTurtle

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