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(@john-nz)
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I’m here because I have a project that I’m going to need a little advice and help with.  I’ve been watching Bill’s excellent YouTube videos, and this looks like a great place to learn, and to share ideas.

I’ve been dabbling in electronics and computers since I started with a ZX81 in the early 1980s!

In New Zealand we have a national goal to be free by 2050 of most introduced predators (rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums) that are having a drastic effect on our native animal population. (Read about it here).

I help out by trapping possums in a local public park. I want to create a system for sending a message when a trap has been set off so I know to go and re-set it.

I’m a complete novice when it comes to Arduino, LoRa and the like, but it looks like they’re going to help me get the job done.

I’m looking forward to meeting people in the Forum 


   
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codecage
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Welcome to the forum John!  I think you may be on the right track using LoRa to monitor traps.  It might depend on distances from the trap to the monitoring station as to how many Lora repeaters you might need.  Just starting in LoRa myself, so I'm not going to be of great help.

I want to monitor the opening and closing of my mailbox and was thinking of a similar solution.  My mailbox is close enough that I'll just need two LoRa stations.  One at each end of the network.  Another consideration is battery life at the remote station.  Possibly using solar panels to keep batteries charged.

I'm sure others with even better advice are sure to respond.  Again, welcome to the DroneBotWorkshop forum.

CodeCage, aka Steve

SteveG


   
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