Drive way alarms....got one ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TnAndy, Mar 25, 2006.


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  1. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    I've tried a couple of different driveway alarms....first was a Dakota Alert....which was real intermettent about what it decided to alert on.....send the first and second one back....finally decided it was just a crappy design.

    Next one I tried was a cheapy GE I got at Lowe's....it worked fairly well, though sometimes it would false alarm or miss a vehicle as well...and a battery eater to boot...

    Next, I'm thinking of trying this one.....got more features, like a 2 mile range...and the ability to use multiple sensors and a walkie talkie to the base unit...

    Go here to see specs.....

    And here's another one I like the looks of...

    Anybody got one they like ??
     
  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I think I like the MURS, (First one) Andy.

    Looks like a good range and could be used for 'other than driveway' situations ;)
    I'm assuming that MURS stands for Multi Use Radio System which is a littel known Comms Band that Beats the heck out of FRS
    http://www.provide.net/~prsg/murshome.htm

    I was just reading on the radios last night, in between jousting with one on another board.. hahaha

    If you standardized on some MURS radios for your place, It looks like that sensor would broadcast the alert to the radios as well. I didn't see what kind of batteries it took? Could rig it to a small solar panel as well too.

    SOme info on MURS radios
    http://www.popularwireless.com/MURS_Leef.html

    http://www.fm2way.com/
     
  3. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have a guini hen that goes off when someone pulls in the drive, just feed her some corn from time to time. lol :D
     
  4. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have the GE magentic alert one as well. You are right, a battery guzzler and doesn't catch all cars. Also, will go off for no reason sometimes. Looking for something better now.
     
  5. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    How hard and expensive would it be to set up one of the air operated ones like a lot of the old gas stations had? The ones where there was a hose across the area to be watched for cars and when the hose was smashed by a car it would push air through it that moved a striker against a bell. It seems to me one of these would be the most reliable you could get for anything other than foot traffic since theres not much to go wrong or fail to work and there also isnt much that would ever cause it to go off if there was no reason. I could be wrong and they may or may not work as well over a longer distance but would seem like one of these systems should be pretty easy to set up and not overly costly. :dunno:
     
  6. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'm thinking that dry rot of the hose will be a big issue and also, the distance would create a problem with reliable air pressure to activate the plunger. Also, unless you have a concrete drive, I'm thinking the rock would cut it in fairly short order.
     
  7. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I don't even have a driveway....


    Much less an alarm for one.... :dunno:
     
  8. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Are you bragging or complaining?
     
  9. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have a cheapy and need a better system. Shoot the wind sets mine off.
     
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Mine eats a cup of dog food a day.
     
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