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 Post subject: Caller Build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:20 pm 
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The Trap Bait Caller that I bought some time ago has been really handy for calling in species that otherwise would probably never appear on camera trap photos. But the fact that it works 24 hours a day wastes batteries and increases the chance that it will attract humans to the camera -- not a good thing.

I'd planned on getting one of Fireman Jim's day/night switch boards to control the caller, but he went out of business before I had a chance to get one. So, I hunted around and found units that are designed to control solar lawn lights -- http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-5V-18V-Contr ... 1381370216

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Opening both the Trap Bait Caller and the day/night light controller, I decided that hacking into both wasn't beyond my limited capabilities. To protect the boards and increase the caller's battery power I decided to put everything in a Pelican 1010 case with AA batteries instead of the AAAs that the Trap Bait Caller uses.

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The Trap Bait Caller has its own on/off switch, which I removed and jumped the contacts with a loop of wire (green in the photo). The wires from the Trap Bait Caller's board to its speaker both pulled loose at each end, so I re-soldered them --

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The solar light controller has its own day/night sensor and sensitivity adjustment. The sensor is directly connected to its board; I took that off and reconnected it with wires that extend to a small bottle in the case.

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When the inside was done, I put a small pipe-through on the outside of the case (so I guess it's not really a pipe-through) and 3D camo.

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This build does just what I want it to do -- on after dark and off during the day.


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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:56 pm 
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That's a really good idea Woody and well done on the job.

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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:25 pm 
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Very impressive Woody. Can't wait to see the results. It looks super on the outside and very organized on the inside. Good job


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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:49 am 
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very nice work,can't wait to see some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
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Looks good Woody, nice work

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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:16 am 
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looks really good! how many differant calls you have on there? and where did you get the caller?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:57 am 
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It's a Trap Bait Caller (http://www.luckyduck.com/Trap-Bait-Digi ... _p_37.html) that has one sound, a bird-like chirp, that's repeated at random intervals with either one, two or three chirps in sequence. Lucky Duck also makes another caller they call the Cryminator that is quite a bit larger and has more than one call.

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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
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nice!


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Great job Woody!....Thanks for taking it to the next level!


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 Post subject: Re: Caller Build
PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:26 am 
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Great job one the caller project Woody. It turned out real nice.

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