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4 Sep 2011

Radio Arduino – uses Adafruit WaveShield!… [via]

What it is really doing is playing 24 music tracks that I preloaded onto an SD card in WAV format. There are also 10 tuning noises tracks that get played when the tuner is turned.

Because this is the first time I did this I had a lot of help. Firstly the chaps and chapesses at Hackspace have been very supportive in teaching me how to use and Arduino, particularly Adrian McEwan and Oomlout. Also Jingle Joe who supervised my soldering of the Wave Shield, Brox who helped me decipher the ancient mysteries of FAT16 and Esme who helped dismantle the original radio… PS I did do some of it myself!

Radio Arduino – uses Adafruit WaveShield! - [Link]


22 Aug 2011

Free license study guides

Dan KB6NU writes:

Currently, I offer study guides for the first two license classes, the Technician Class and the General Class, and I’ll be publishing a study guide for the Extra Class license next year.

I call them “no nonsense” license study guides because all I cover are the questions that might appear on the test. The philosophy behind this is that the quicker someone gets a license, the sooner they’ll really be able to learn about the hobby, whether that’s electronics or antennas or propagation or whatever.

The study guides are available in three different formats:

  1. FREE! There’s a free PDF download available from my website.
  2. E-book. There are Kindle and Nook e-book versions available from the Amazon and Barnes&Noble websites. The cost for the e-book version is $7.99.
  3. Print. Yes, a dead tree version is available if you really want one. These cost $12, shipped, and are also available from my website.

Amateur Radio No-Nonsense Study Guides - [Link]

21 Jun 2011

Ham radio is nothing new, however if your new to electronics, or interested in becoming a ham, we suggest reading one of Dan’s self-study guides. [via]

The RMS value of an AC signal is the voltage that causes the same power dissipation as
a DC voltage of the same value. (G5B07) For an AC signal with a sine-wave shape, the
RMS value is .707 times the peak value. 12 volts is the RMS voltage of a sine wave with
a value of 17 volts peak. (G5B09)

Conversely, the peak-to-peak value of an AC signal is 2 × 1.414 × the RMS value.
Accordingly, 339.4 volts is the peak-to-peak voltage of a sine wave that has an RMS
voltage of 120 volts. (G5B08)

Power is equal to the RMS voltage times the current, or
P (watts) = VRMS x I

Using Ohm’s Law, we can show that:
P = V2RMS / R
P = I2 x R

Amateur radio study guide has much information about electronics – [Link]

16 Jun 2011

dangerousprototypes.com writes:

Here’s Jeri Ellsworth’s vlog showing her early progress on a homebrew software defined radio. Anyone who has considered SDR prototyping knows how complex this can be. We can’t wait to see the finished product.

UPDATE: Jeri has posted updates Part 2 and Part 3 to the above vlog.

Homebrew software defined radio, Jeri Ellsworth style – [Link]

3 Jun 2011

NashblackCat writes to inform us of a chip that reads weather radio data: [via]

Silicon Laboratories makes an IC Weather Band (WB) radio called the Si4707. This IC is capable of using the specific area message encoding (SAME) and also supports the detection of the 1050Hz alert tone that is used by the National Weather Service. Currently no Arduino shields exist that could be used in a manner to receive, use, and/or display the broadcast alert data such as severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings. I think a shield like this would be great to implement all kinds of interfaces to this publicly available data resource. Some examples include Twitter alert system, VOIP streaming of audio broadcasts to your cellphone, and even a radio

Si4707 weather band radio receiver ICs – [Link]

16 Apr 2011

Sean Michael Ragan writes:

This circuit is commonly credited to Japanese multimedia artist Tetsuo Kogawa. It takes audio input through a 1/4″ phono jack and, constructed as shown, without the optional antenna connections, will broadcast an FM radio signal about 30 feet.

Micro FM Transmitter – [Link]

29 Mar 2011

Craig writes… [via]

I’ve made a half dozen battery-free crystal radios in about eight weeks. But I always wanted to try to stuff one inside of an Altoid tin for on-the-go. The short ground wire and long antenna wire that connect via an RCA plug, store neatly inside the tin. The 2000 ohm crystal earphone would fit in the tin if the long tube was chopped off. 200 turns of a 27 gauge wire on a 5/8” cylinder gets me tuning in the upper AM band. Perhaps I need to include a 3” copper ground spike to get a good ground in the field. Or would clipping onto a damp root be a better ground? Input?

Altoids Tin Radio – [Link]

28 Mar 2011

janw writes:

The internet hosts lots and lots of online radiostreams, most of them with a certain theme, ranging from old time classics to Tibetian riverdancing. I must admit that I love to listen to them while I’m building stuff, as I can choose the music I like without listening to the same cd’s over and over again.

Build your own Wifi radio – [Link]

27 Feb 2011

embedded-lab.com writes:

555 timer based AM radio receiver published on Tube Time is one of many entries for the currently running 555 contest. This project uses a 555 timer as AM demodulator plus amplifier to drive the speaker. The radio signal is tuned with an LC tank circuit. The 555 timer is configured as a PWM where a ramp signal is created with a capacitor and a potentiometer. The radio signal picked by the LC circuit is superimposed on the ramp signal which varies the duty cycle of the output PWM wave. The variation in the duty cycle corresponds to the audio signal in the radio waves.

555 Contest Entry: AM radio – [Link]

10 Feb 2011

Traditionally, in a crystal detector radio tuned circuits, a mechanical type variable capacitor is used. For those of you who would like to eliminate this mechanical component, here is a modern version of the classic detector set. This radio, as shown on Figure 1, uses a varactor diode instead of the usual mechanical rotary device. [via]

Crystal Detector Radio Receiver Set – [Link]





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