June 2007 Issue

A summary of this month's contents.

Bat Sonar

Listen in to the sounds of bats and discover their secretive world, using our simple Bat sonar project. The circuit is a very sensitive ultrasound amplifier using a piezo input device to drive a preamplifier and frequency divider. The result is a human-audible signal that is output via a loudspeaker. Thus the ultrasonic signals of bats (and more besides) may be monitored at a level suited to the human hearing range.

 

Included in the article are details and hints to adapt the circuit for a simple 'sonar' system and an ultrasonic remote receiver.

 

3V to 9V DC Converter

What a great idea! Never buy another 9V PP3/ 1604 battery again. This DC converter is an electronic switching regulator circuit that steps up a low voltage to a higher one. Two AA cells (3V) are all that are required to produce a 9V output, with up to 7 hours of continuous operation available from a pair of AA 2000mAh cells.

The project will operate from AA, C or D cells. Up to 90mA current at 9V output, but can be set for 4.5V to 20V operation. The 3V Converter supports DC plugpack input and has an optional trickle charge for NiCD and NiMH batteries.

 

"Poor Man's" Q-Meter

This simple unt is constructed from a few inexpensive components but allows you to make measurements that usually require an expensive Q-Meter. In conjunction with an RF signal generator and an electronic volt meter, both inductance and "Q" can be measured quite accurately.

 

Energy Meter (Part 2)

Energy Meter (Part 2) — monitor electricity consumption and costs with this PIC-powered project. LCD readout of power in Watts, energy usage in kWh, period in hours, energy cost in Pounds Sterling or Dollars. Also includes unique Brownout Protection to guard against damaging low voltage dips. Full constructional details are supplied along with free source code available from our Downloads section. Construction and calibration procedures are described this month.

WARNING — HIGH VOLTAGE PROJECT WORKING DIRECTLY AT MAINS VOLTAGES — FOR SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED CONSTRUCTORS ONLY.

 

Also in this issue: The Power of Mechatronics (Part 1) - adding a whole new level of control and intelligence to your projects. PIC n MIX reviews Microchip's PICkit2. Circuit Surgery outlines step-up converters using transfomers. Feature: Using MPLab - Part 1. Interface - more on Windows Vista compatibility. Net Work - the Internet page - on buying from the USA and taking advantage of exchange rates. All this and a free CD, in the June 2007 issue of Everyday Practical Electronics.

 

 

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