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 Post subject: Alarm monitoring
Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:53 am 
 
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Joined: Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:22 am
Posts: 1
I would like to get information on whether it is possible to connect a home alarm system to be monitored through the use of ham radio signals [not cellular] and, if so, information on how to get started [products, info, etc].

Anyone have any experience with it? Is it worth the effort?

I am interested in using it as backup in case of a major emergency [no POTS, internet, cellular, et al].

Thank you,

GRG


 
   
 
 Post subject: Re: Alarm monitoring
Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:45 pm 
 
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Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:07 pm
Posts: 236
Location: London UK
Hi
it's possible, but if you are not a licensed radio ham you will need to use CB, which is pretty rugged against system failure. On the other hand, in the final disaster scenario (eg Katrina), such legal niceties may be over-looked.
What range do you need to cover?
Do you just need on/off alarm contact data or is there video involved?

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