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  1. Guest

    Changing Frequency of baby monitor.

    I operate a sanctuary for abused horses. There are 2 barns on my
    property. One is the "hospital" for horses that are seriously ill.
    The other is for those who are relatively healthy but need to be
    indoors. There are times when I need to monitor the barn or one
    particular horse. When weather is bad, I cant keep going to the barn
    every hour or so, and I cant "camp" in the barn. While a video system
    seemed like the solution, I found the cost prohibitive. Instead I
    picked up two used Baby Monitors and placed the transmitters in each
    barn, and tuned in my police monitor to receive them.

    This works fairly well, and I can listen to the horses. Their sounds
    do tell me what is going on most of the time. However there's one
    problem. Both transmitters are on the same frequency. This means
    that I have to go to the barn I want to listen to, and plug in the
    transmitter, and then unplug the other one. Thi rather defeats the
    purpose. Each needs to be on a different frequency.

    I have some electronics background as a hobbiest, but I am not all
    that familiar with these baby monitors.

    George

    Is there a way to change the frequency on one transmitter?
     
  2. Radiosrfun

    Radiosrfun Guest

    How far away from the barns - is your house?

    How did you plan to do the "Video"? Why was it prohibitive? Could you get
    away with placing "a" camera - high in a corner overlooking all? IF so,
    though I'm not sure of quality, there are some systems out there for less
    than $100. And, they're wireless to boot.

    What makes/models are the Baby Monitors? That might help those of us
    familiar to give more accurate information on whether you can and/or how to
    proceed.
     
  3. Come on. If this was a repair issue, or he asked where the question belongs,
    it really has nothing to do with the model. UNless the thing is multichannel
    to begin with (and then why would he ask about changing the frequency),
    there's going to be one obvious component that when changed will change
    the frequency of the monitor. Of course, one also has to change the same
    component in the receiver, though its specs will not be identical to
    the one in the transmitter. It likely will entail having that component
    custom made, unless the manufacturer can be tracked down and they actually
    supply the units on different frequencies and will offer up the needed
    two components to make that change.

    Michael
     
  4. Radiosrfun

    Radiosrfun Guest

    "It likely will entail having that component custom made, unless the
    manufacturer can be tracked down and they actually supply the units on
    different frequencies and will offer up the needed two components to make
    that change."

    Michael


    Well, there ya go............. there "is" that possibilty that the model in
    question may in fact - "not" be able to be modified so easily. I mean - who
    will go through all that hassle? It doesn't appear to me, that the OP wants
    to go through all "that". Most companies today - you're lucky to get ANY
    tech support.

    On the other hand, he might be able to swap out crystals, but now days -
    even they aren't that cheap. I've been pricing them myself. You can get them
    for $10 a shot, but need a minimum order. OR otherwise you pay close to $20
    each plus shipping.
     
  5. Radiosrfun

    Radiosrfun Guest

    It's been a while since I've had to pay any attention to "Baby Monitors" -
    but I am willing to bet - there are other models out there than what he
    has - which will be on a different frequency. Maybe someone could relate to
    that issue.
     
  6. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    If the barn is on the same electrical circuit as your house (same
    pole transformer supplying both), you probably could use an X10
    controller to switch the power on/off for the cams via an
    applyance module such that only you are interested is on. X10
    actually makes a 4 cam setup to do this, but the range is
    probably short. Depending on your setup, there are probably other
    easy setups.
     
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