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1999\11\18@010439 by Tony Nixon

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Hi all,

Me think it 'mazing. I just got a 1 year reprieve from the dole queue,
plus (finally) the green light to develop the PIC based remote
controlled vehicle. I think this is going to be quite an interesting
project. I should end up 'driving' the vehicle with one of those virtual
reality visors.

To start things rolling :-), does anyone here in Oz know if I need
licensing to operate Tx/Rx equipment at 900Mhz and 2.4GHz, or where I
can find out.

I just found out that Zatek have 16F877's in stock now which is what I
will be using, so that's also a good start.

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Tony

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1999\11\18@021019 by Des Bromilow

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Contact the (federal) department of transport and communications with regard to your transmission legalities.
I would expect you will be OK under certain limits and if you're tied to a prestigious uni (research often get approvals that users do not)

Hope this helps,
Des bromilow

>>> Tony Nixon <.....Tony.NixonKILLspamspam@spam@ENG.MONASH.EDU.AU> 11/18/99 4:00:18 pm >>>
Hi all,

Me think it 'mazing. I just got a 1 year reprieve from the dole queue,
plus (finally) the green light to develop the PIC based remote
controlled vehicle. I think this is going to be quite an interesting
project. I should end up 'driving' the vehicle with one of those virtual
reality visors.

To start things rolling :-), does anyone here in Oz know if I need
licensing to operate Tx/Rx equipment at 900Mhz and 2.4GHz, or where I
can find out.

I just found out that Zatek have 16F877's in stock now which is what I
will be using, so that's also a good start.

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Best regards

Tony

http://www.picnpoke.com
Email salesspamKILLspampicnpoke.com

1999\11\18@021033 by Peter Grey

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At 05:00 PM 18/11/99 +1100, you wrote:
Tony,

These two frequencies are licence free in Australia providing you keep
below the power levels. You can check out all this at the Australian
Communications Authority web site. Sorry I do not have it at hand. If you
use spread spectrum techniques you can have up to 1 watt EIRP.

Good luck,

Peter Grey
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1999\11\18@024109 by Richard Martin

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Do they require a licence in Oz to drive a vehicle with virtual
reality goggles???

Tony Nixon wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Me think it 'mazing. I just got a 1 year reprieve from the dole queue,
> plus (finally) the green light to develop the PIC based remote
> controlled vehicle. I think this is going to be quite an interesting
> project. I should end up 'driving' the vehicle with one of those virtual
> reality visors.

1999\11\18@054117 by Agnes en Henk Tobbe

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Check with the Australian Communications Authority
offices in Cairns, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Belconnen,
Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.
on the internet: http://www.aca.gov.au
Henk - VK2GWK

Tony Nixon asked:
To start things rolling :-), does anyone here in Oz know if I need
licensing to operate Tx/Rx equipment at 900Mhz and 2.4GHz, or where I
can find out.

1999\11\18@101835 by Randy Glenn

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What about those wireless video units? You could probably use the audio channels
for modulated data,
and reserve the video for a camera.

Plus, they're license free and available nearly everywhere.

-Randy
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1999\11\18@153020 by Glen Torr

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>To start things rolling :-), does anyone here in Oz know if I need
>licensing to operate Tx/Rx equipment at 900Mhz and 2.4GHz, or where I
>can find out.

I went through a similiar exercise about 2 years ago, got a technical spec.
from standards australia, AS 4268.2 - 1995, about $44, gives the detailed
specs for liscence free radio from 25 Mhz to 25 Ghz.
Then went to the Australian Communications Authority (if they have not
changed their name again recently and got a Ctick certification number to
put on radio gear I used.

>Me think it 'mazing. I just got a 1 year reprieve from the dole queue,
>plus (finally) the green light to develop the PIC based remote


I just got funding through till Feb. at Aust Defence Force Academy to work
on some stress sensors, amazing having your income depending on grants.

Cheers

Glen

1999\11\21@180128 by Tony Nixon

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Thanks for all the info folks.

Richard Martin wrote:
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> Do they require a licence in Oz to drive a vehicle with virtual
> reality goggles???

I'll keep a virtual one in my wallet where all my virtual money is.

Glen Torr wrote:
> I just got funding through till Feb. at Aust Defence Force Academy to work
> on some stress sensors, amazing having your income depending on grants.

Especially when you don't know if there is work coming up or not.

Mark Willis wrote:
>
> What do they do if your vehicle is caught speeding in Oz, while you're
> driving it by remote?  <EG>

I'd have to make sure the video camera is pointing at the police so I
can see thier faces when they confront 'Sven' the crash dummy driving.
It might be a winner in the Funniest Home Video Show.

Lance Allen wrote:
> Great News...
>
> Out of curiosity (being a Robot experimenter) is the car on some
> tight sensor/actuator control loop or is there some artificial
> intelligence or subsumptive control architecture involved ?
> Since physically removed drivers might not have enough input to
> react appropriately.

This is actually stage 2. The previous stage gave me some experience at
driving by remote up to 60KPH. It worked ok, but it was a bit rough.

The only intelligence of this part will be the grey matter between my
ears. It's my feeling that once you can control the mechanics of the
project electrically, then from then on you can do what you want.
Intelligence usually comes from experience, so while that is growing, so
too will the project - and it's complexity no doubt.

The virtual reality part puts me in the drivers seat, so I'm not that
far removed from the action. The vehicle just has to 'mirror' what I do.

It's my main aim to keep projects as simple as possible and to eliminate
the 'bloat' that some people like to include, which to me leads to
unnecessary complexity and higher failure rates. (And boy, I've seen
some doozies here). I think for what I have in mind, the PICs should do
nicely.

I'm the only technical person left in the department now, which is a
shame, so I'll probably get on my hands and knees from time to time and
ask for a bit of help :-)


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