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Old 10-01-2018, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Ham interference to wireless back up camera?

Any ham radio operators put a wireless back up camera on their motor homes? What RF interference do you see?

Having had my ticket for forty-seven years Iím quite familiar with RF interference. More looking for someone who installed a camera in and then operated from their motor home; interested in actual experience.

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Hi Steve!

Our camera gets its feed from the back up light circuit so no interference issue. The receiver (mirror mounted LCD screen) did cause some issues on ours. I added a switch for the ability to shut it down as needed. Hope this helps!

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Steve,

What sort of interference are you concerned with? Backup camera video feed causing noise in your radio, or video problems when transmitting on your ham radio?

Most backup cameras only operate when in reverse, so I'd expect the interference to the radio, if present, would be relatively rare. If it's video interference that's the concern, I'd again point out that backing up is done rarely compared to just driving, and suggest that time spent talking on your radio while backing up would be vanishingly small.

The use case for radio use while backing up is using a pair of hand-held radios, ham, FRS, or GMRS, for someone outside your rig to guide your maneuver. In that case, their eyes would trump your backup camera's view.
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Hi Steve!

Our camera gets its feed from the back up light circuit so no interference issue. The receiver (mirror mounted LCD screen) did cause some issues on ours. I added a switch for the ability to shut it down as needed. Hope this helps!

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If I am going to put a camera in, I want it both as an eye on whatever is back there and recording in a continuous loop. Video of an accident goes a long way in preempting confused reports. Like a dash cam to the rear. Being on at all times will make the RF issue more of a problem.

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Steve,

What sort of interference are you concerned with? Backup camera video feed causing noise in your radio, or video problems when transmitting on your ham radio?

Most backup cameras only operate when in reverse, so I'd expect the interference to the radio, if present, would be relatively rare. If it's video interference that's the concern, I'd again point out that backing up is done rarely compared to just driving, and suggest that time spent talking on your radio while backing up would be vanishingly small.

The use case for radio use while backing up is using a pair of hand-held radios, ham, FRS, or GMRS, for someone outside your rig to guide your maneuver. In that case, their eyes would trump your backup camera's view.
Thanks but I want continuous monitoring and recording. Like a dash cam to the rear. That will provide evidence to preempt confused reports should there be an accident. It will allow me to monitor whatever I have back there. It will help me back up. It might, with the proper application of a Raspberry Pi, provide security.

Being on all the time makes RF an issue.

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