My house will be empty for an extended period. I will of course have
timer switches to turn on the lights to give an appearance of
occupancy. I would also like to turn on the TV set but the regular
switch timer will not work. Is there some plug-on device I can use to
turn the TV on and off at selected times? Or better still a
programmable device to give it a random pattern of TV usage.
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 18:51:08 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (m Ransley)
I'll be timing the Radio to be on during daylight hours.
My problem is that I have a large Bay window and one can see if my
TV's on from the sidewalk. The sidewalk has fairly busy pedestrian
traffic. They can't see if there is anyone watching the TV though.
If the TV is always off over a few weeks the ruse is obvious.
My current thinking is to solder a pair of wires to a $6 universal
remote and attach the timer to that ON-OFF TV switch.
I am still not sure but I think a robbery of opportunity has already
occurred a month ago. I can't find by camera kit bag with NIKON
equipment. It would have been easy enough for someone to come up my
front door while I was tinkering in the garage, get in and out within
a couple of minutes. That is the only item missing. Nothing else
Nikon, call pawn shops and of course the police, You are better off
with a radio , alarm system and camera surveylance system, all 3 for
200$ Noise is a great deterance, or get a second cheap tv , rewire it,
TVs dont last forever, or very long either. Best is a dog, plus they
are fun and your friend
Better to have a radio on the timer. Uses less electricity for one
reason. You can set the radio to a rap station or a country music
station. Either way, they'll think you have guns in the house, although
with the rap station, they might think you also have drugs or
bling-bling in the house, which would be more inviting for a break in.
Better to stay with the country music, especially ultra conservative
music from the likes of Toby Keith.
Also from a safety standpoint, a radio is better than a TV. All
cathode ray tube TV's have high voltage components in them and
sometimes they fail and smoke. Best not to run a TV unattended for
long periods of time.
Hey Tony. Thanks. This is a brilliant solution. I was scratching
my head and really dread having to mutilate a remote control, $6 or
not. I'll check it out and if it works I'll probably have to wire the
remote to a power cube as an always ON remote will drain the battery.
Come to think of it - a timer - to the power cube - to the remote - is
a simpler implementation. The timer has two pairs of ON-OFF tabs. So
the first set will turn ON the TV and the second set OFF. The time
interval between the two pairs, first ON then OFF, can be my fake
viewing time. Each timer tab pair can be set to its minimum (10
minute?) segment so that the remote isn't sending signals to the TV
all the time.
Found this solution by chance. Remote always on. Put an opaque disk
in front of the Tx LED. Have a little window in the disk that will
let the Tx IR signal through momentarily. It will turn the TV on.
The next window that allows the Tx LED to shine through will toggle it
off. And so on. My next step is to use a clock motor to drive a
paper disk. with those "windows."
Uh, wouldn't it be easier to spend 5 or 10 bucks at local thrift store, and
buy an older mechanical-tuner TV? One that has a mechanical on-off switch,
not a relay, so you can leave it always-on, and use the 5-dollar timer to
turn it on and off? Sometimes, obsolete tech has advantages.
Finally a simple solution from sci.electronics.repair.
My TV happens to be a 27" SONY. The advice was that the SONY TV
retains its channel setting when the power is cut. Sure enough I
pulled the TV power cable to cut the power and when I plugged it back
the TV came on. Did this several times. Now I'll put in the timer
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