Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Beginning Arduino – Mike Earthshine Electronics

Located in London, Earthshine Electronics is a source of parts and kits relate to Arduino. Other electronics or microcontroller needs also.

Digital Barograph made with SCP1000 & GLCD

Arduino Mega Project - Measurement and Data Logging. Digital Pressure Sensor and 128×64 Graphic LCD. Plots graph of current pressure, temperature variation with time.

This certainly is a good project for college students. You can also enhance it for multiple channels, mini thermal printer interface.

Stand alone remote data loggers must be able to take a Standard Thumb Drive for storing and easy retrieval of data. In urban areas a wireless internet transfer is better. In a desert or jungle a satellite data transfer or small flash storage, that can be manually collected and logged into network.

Environmental Monitoring Arduino - The Arduino Guy

The blog of 'The Arduino Guy' aka Mike McRoberts

The basic premise of the project is to have sensor nodes monitoring things such as temperature, pressure, humidity, light levels and so on and then send that data wirelessly back to a base station which will upload it to a web server.

The Complete Beginners Guide to The Arduino

Earthshine Electronics
Suite 13365 2nd Floor 145-157 St John Street London EC1V 4PY, UK.

GM Arts – Music Guitar Science

This site is offered in the hope that readers will better understand electric guitar technology, leading to creative use of your musical tools. Of course, only practice will improve your musical vocabulary and articulation....

GM Arts - Music Guitar Science

"Hello World! I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and my interests are electric guitar, playing live music, writing MIDI sequences, programming in Visual Basic, dabbling in electronics, with a casual interest in popular science. I have some years of experience in these fields, and use these Web pages to share my knowledge freely. .."

GM Arts – Music Guitar Science

Electric Guitar

Most musical instruments and their amplification systems, such as those used for public address (PA), recording and hi-fi are designed to reproduce sound as accurately as possible. Electric guitar and its amplification is completely different: every item in the guitar signal chain is designed to modify the raw guitar signal in some way.
  • Guitar Amplifiers - valves vs transistors, some overdrive circuit ideas.
  • Guitar Pickups - get the most out of them alone and in combination,
  • MIDI Music - A guide on MIDI messages, circuit for a PC-MIDI interface.
Related Resources -
  • Pickup Winder Web Page
  • Overdrive schematics - partial designs
  • Pickup wiring and switching ideas

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Homo sapiens to Homo Ludens

A long, long time ago a bright ape figured out that by climbing down from the trees he could more easily master his life, and that of others......Homo sapiens wanted something else, and better. He started to play. Homo ludens was born!

Homo sapiens to Homo Ludens
  • Homo ludens radiactivus - amateur radio
  • Homo ludens radiohistoricus my antique radio collection
  • Homo ludens electronicus - electronic projects
  • Homo ludens aeromodellisticus - model airplanes
Transformers and coils: This is not a building project, but a short and concise lesson in how to design electromagnetic parts. It's much simpler than what you may expect!

Homo sapiens to Homo Ludens

A 40 meter SSB QRP transceiver

"This transceiver was conceived as a power-efficient, small, lighweight unit to be carried in the backpack, along with antenna and battery, for use during trekking and mountaineering trips. It had to be reasonably rugged and reliable, and perform well. Furthermore, I wanted it to solve all the problems the old DSB transceivers had, such as frequency instability, distorted modulation, lack of sensitivity and selectivity, and others."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Drive a LED with a Constant Current

This is a Constant Current Source LED Driver, When the LED driver Upper-NPN is driven by a voltage thru 4.7K the LED lights up. Assume that the Lower-NPN at bottom is absent. The current via LED and NPN is limited by R. 20mA may be ok 15mA even better. Or LED blows even transistor goes.

LED Voltage Level Indicator

BC547 is like 100mA-40V-200b, Limit collector current to 60mA, use it at less than 25V and depending on the individual transistor you may get a DC current amplification of 200 times. That is 1uA of base-emitter current could give a whooping 200uA of collector-emitter current.

Constant Current Source LED Drive

Still Thinking we do not have the Lower-NPN we calculate the resistor. Vcc - ( 2 LEDs * 1.7) - Vce = Vr that is the voltage across the resistor. You know ohms law and the current needs to be 15mA for a bright and long lasting LED. Lastly 1.7 the forward drop of a green LED and 0.6 a saturated or Turrned-On NPN Vce.

Mains Voltage Current LED Indicators

Now you use the Lower-NPN, The above calculations do not hold anymore. Let us think a small current is flowing in the LED. Then the voltage across R is less than 0.7V, that means base-emitter diode of the Lower-NPN will not get to conduct. The Collector does not draw any current away. Now think that more current flows in LED, the voltage across R builds up above 0.7V the Lower-NPN is biased. The collector of Lower-NPN starts drinking current from the base of the Upper-NPN. So The Upper-NPN starts losing its bias. This lowers the LED current and contains, regulates or controls the LED current as shown in the formula.
    More at - Schematics of delabs: LED-Circuits

    Monday, April 08, 2019

    High Speed Photography - HSP

    Here is a small list of photography related circuit and projects including High Speed Photography or HSP that uses Electronic Circuits to operate the Trigger or Lens Shutter.

    High Speed Photography

    "Many physical processes evolve on timescales shorter than the human eye can resolve. Effectively, this means the details of how the process changes with time are lost in a blur. High speed photography, or HSP, is simply photography with extremely short exposure times,....

    High Speed Photography - HSP

    ....All control systems can be classified into one of two broad types - Open Loop and Closed Loop. The difference between them is the use of feedback via input signal. For the DIY high speed photographer, the difference equates to reliability, expense and simple electronics. "

    Lightning Activated Camera Shutter Trigger

    This circuit is used to trigger a camera's electronic shutter circuit when a flash of lightning is present. This circuit would also work for photographing fireworks displays or other events involving flashes of light.

    Darkroom Camera Shutter Timer

    This circuit was designed to control a film exposure shutter for a darkroom. It has 8 time steps ranging from 0.35 seconds to 4 seconds

    Motorized Video Camera Mount

    This article describes a motorized, waterproof mount for a miniature video camera. If a suitable waterproof camera is used, this unit can be used outdoors.

    Monday, April 01, 2019

    LED Lamps and Flashlight

    Colorful Light Emitting Diodes and LED Lamps. Colorful Lights, LED Lighting, Automobile Lamps, Cycle Lights. Decorative LED Effects. Annunciations and Indicators. LEDs are Omnipresent.

    LED Hobby DIY Circuits

    Series Connected Voltage Boost Circuit

    ....Eventually a topology emerged that can actual run a 3.5 volt LED when it and the driver in series with a 1.5 volt flashlight cell. Well kind of, anyway. The trick was to put one additional component, a diode that is actually part of the driver, in parallel with the LED. Read on.

    LED Torch Project

    I looked around for an integrated LED boost driver with an input voltage of less than 4.5v and current limiting up to 1A but there appears not to be any! None that I could order from Farnell anyway. The CAT4139 and CAT4240 come close with a current handling of 750mA but Farnell do not stock them.

    Solar Charged LED Utility Light

    The LED array can provide enough light to illuminate a small work area or reading area at night. The red, orange, yellow and green LEDs broaden the lamp's color spectrum to produce a slighly warmer color temperature.

    LED - Brooke Clarke

    If the light source was another identical candle then it would be the same distance from the paper. But if a reflector was on the light source candle it could be moved further away. The light output from the T series LEDs is specified in milli candelas. A bright white LED running at 20 ma might be rated 10,000 mCd but only over a very narrow angle.

    The Perfect LED Light - Garry Petrie

    The perfect LED light is designed for cavers who want an efficient, uniform and constant bright light for caving. This article contains some very specific technical information and it is assumed the reader has a basic understanding of electronics. To build the light, the reader also must have some experience soldering, drilling, wiring and cutting small objects.

    Pocket LED Light

    This is a pocket-sized LED flashlight operating with only one AAA battery. However, the super high luminosity LEDs(blue,green or white) require at least 3.5 volts of forward voltage. This flashlight is boosting input voltage up to operating voltage of a LED with simple DC-DC converter.

    Single cell LED flashlight

    High efficiency white LEDs have advanced to the point where they can replace glow bulbs and other light sources not only as indicators, but also for illumination. While many of the claims made about the LEDs' efficiency, light quality, lifetime and economy are mostly exaggeration, the truth is that for very low light levels they are now competitive.

    Seven Component Regulated LED Lamp

    This is a minimal-parts lamp made with four white LEDs. It features regulated light output from 10V to 20V and works well as a desk lamp or flashlight. The lamp is still working perfectly 16 years after it was first built.

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    Logic Probes for Digital Testing

    Digital Test and Measurement Starts with Logic Probe - Any point in a Digital Circuit can be High, Low, Float means TriState. The High Low in a 5V CMOS circuit is just 0V and 5V. In TTL and ECL it is much different

    TTL Pulse Reading Logic Probe - This circuit can monitor TTL logic levels. TTL compatible CMOS logic families can also be monitored.

    The Test Point could also be Pulsing or have analog values and waveforms, as in Mixed Signal Chips. Here are Logic Probe Circuits you can Build in your own Home Lab.

    Digital Logic Probe Circuits

    Simple Logic Probe - Here is a simple Logic Probe using a single chip. The circuits have been designed for the CD4001 CMOS quad NOR gate and CD4011 CMOS NAND gate

    Andy Collinson - Logic Probe - This logic probe uses a single CMOS 4001 IC and can display high, low and pulsing outputs.

    Homemade Metal Detector Kit

    This idea is both for indoor and outdoor use, depends on how you could modify or enhance it. The important reason you ought to build this circuit is to learn building non-ic oscillators, this trains you on L, C, R and Transistor Switching. - delabs

    Homemade Metal Detector Kit

    With a handy metal detector you can check beforehand whether there are metal objects in a wall, ceiling or floor. An LED indicates if a metal object is in the vicinity and keeps your simple home projects, simple and safe.

    Homemade Metal Detector Kit

    Avoid disaster when drilling at home By Ben Godfrey

    Ben Godfrey is an electrical engineering student at the University of California, Davis. Ben has written iPhone applications and is a Ham Radio operator.

    See also  - Metal Detector Circuits Problem

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