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01/02/2005 01:28:14 PM · #1
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'Homage to Jacko & Rackat' by hughletheren

View this tutorial here.

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01/02/2005 01:52:03 PM · #2
Great stuff! Very technically done :)
01/02/2005 01:58:44 PM · #3
Great tutorial! I'd like to know more about the beam breaker!
01/02/2005 02:07:05 PM · #4
Thanks for a well done tutorial. Alot of hard work obviously went into the set up, and it paid off with a fantastic photograph.
01/02/2005 02:09:39 PM · #5

That's about the best written tutorial on this site. Very well done! Hope to see more ;-)

01/02/2005 02:10:06 PM · #6
Wow. My admiration knows no bounds. Your setup and hard work paid off handsomely. Nice job!
01/02/2005 02:10:40 PM · #7
Great tutorial with set-up pictures. Well planed and documented. Your tutorial gets a 3.0 from me. BUT would love to know more about your beam breaker. PLEASE!
01/02/2005 02:16:02 PM · #8
Excellent very well done.
01/02/2005 02:22:16 PM · #9
This is a stunningly good tutorial. I say this as a writer and editor, and one who has been responsible for in-house training for a Silicon Alley software firm. Thanks very much for the tremendous effort you put into this.


01/02/2005 02:32:47 PM · #10
I am VERY impressed.
The combination of detailed explanation and the photos of the whole setup make it easy to understand.
Thank you for your efforts!
01/02/2005 02:36:31 PM · #11
Awesome tutorial! Thank you Hugh.. I'm sure alot of peeps would love to hear more about the Beam Breaker, including me :)

01/02/2005 02:52:20 PM · #12
great tutorial, i would love to know how to make the beam breaker!!!
01/02/2005 03:09:46 PM · #13
Hey Hugh: this is indeed a superior presentation with great illustrations, clearly defined explanations and certainly very eye appealing. I mean, look at that neat and wonderful tutorial you have put together here.

I am most impressed. It is a very strong addition to the DPC database. Thank you, in behalf of all of us, this is truly a gem to observe.
01/02/2005 03:24:59 PM · #14
Very good tutorial, informative and entertaining. At the moment setup on that scale is beyond me, but now I have something to aspire to.

Now, just get the Admins to put a link to the tutorial on the Photo itself.

01/02/2005 03:25:53 PM · #15
Fantastic work, both on the shot and the tutorial.
01/02/2005 04:24:27 PM · #16
I am overwhelmed by your kind words, all of you, thank you very much indeed. I will do a piece on the beam breaker, perhaps in two parts, one for those who have some electronics knowledge, maybe quite soon and another for the novices but that might take a bit longer.
You may have to be a bit patient with me - I am off to see my new granddaughter this week, 3,500 miles away!
Thank again,
01/02/2005 05:54:29 PM · #17
Wow! A hard work which paid off! Really good tutorial.

I was wondering about the beam breaker and guessing where to find it when you kindly offered to show us how to build one!. Please please please!!

Enjoy your granddaughter first for sure!
01/02/2005 06:00:23 PM · #18
Great stuff. Please do post plans for your beam breaker when you have time. That would be awesome. Thanks for the great tutorial.
01/03/2005 09:09:40 AM · #19
I have just uploaded a very quick schematic of the beam breaker receiver electronics for those with an electronics bent (apologies in advance for any sillies - I'm rushing). As you can see, the electronics are trivial. I will explain further when I have time but the challenge for both transmitter and receiver are the mechanics, not the electronics! I will explain both later - especially the reasoning behind the use of 74LS TTL series logic, which may at first sight appear to be unnecessary.
For those with little or no electronics knowledge, please be patient.
Anyone using any of my beam breaker suggestions, does so at their own risk!!!
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01/03/2005 09:23:35 AM · #20
great work... greater i think...
01/05/2005 07:26:24 AM · #21
I have posted some photos of a new beam breaker I have just built - mine was too scruffy to photograph and this one is a little better. I will, as promised, provide more data on how to build it, including parts list, novices guide and a bit more detail for the electronically capable - but these words will have to wait awhile - I have a plane to catch!
You can find the photos in my portfolio here.
01/06/2005 10:50:58 PM · #22
Wow, I was in awe enough of that photo before I realised how much went into achieving it. Excellent tutorial, thanks :)
01/06/2005 11:06:58 PM · #23
That's an awesome tutorial--almost a story in itself. You definitely paid your dues to win that one!

I'd love to hear more about the beam breaker. I'd love to have something like that, and have it be affordable.

Great work!

Edit: Why don't I check for typos before I press Enter!

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01/06/2005 11:26:10 PM · #24
I second the sentiment from previous posters...that was a GREAT tutorial! Thanks!
01/11/2005 04:46:41 PM · #25
The tutorial is even better than the photo (is that possible ?). Seriously informative and very comprehensive. I think there will be several hundred DPCers with beam breakers when Hugh gets back from his trip ;-)

I certainly want to build one, but I'm a total novice when it comes to electronics. I have this idea for capturing images of the young birds leaving the nestbox this coming summer ;-)

Hurry home Hugh and Thanks for all your hard work

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