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Geomagnetic field detector

This basic oscillator will detect the Earth magnetic field. The ferrite rod and coil are taken from an old Medium Wave receiver and a small magnet is glued at one end.... [read more]

LM317T Variable Voltage Regulator

The LM317T is a adjustable 3 terminal positive voltage regulator capable of supplying in excess of 1.5 amps over an output range of 1.25 to 37 volts. The device also has built in current limiting and thermal shutdown which makes it essentially blow-out proof.... [read more]

Battery Indicator Circuit For The Caravan

This i-TRIXX circuit can prevent a whole lot of trouble for those of you who go on holiday in a caravan. It would be a significant damper on your holiday spirit when you are ready to leave the camping and discover that you have used your battery too much and that you are now unable to start the car. This annoyance can be avoided if you were warned early enough by an illuminated LED when the charge in the battery threatens to become too low.... [read more]

A Dozen Small Cmos Alarm Circuits

This is a selection of small self-contained alarm circuits. They have a very low standby current; and are suitable for battery operation. Some are triggered by normally-open and normally-closed switches. Some react to changes in light or temperature. The result is a variety of output times and patterns.... [read more]

CMOS Toggle Flip Flop Using Laser Pointer

The IR photo transistor Q1 (Radio Shack 276-145A) or similar is connected to the set input (pin 6). The photo transistor should be shielded from direct light so that the voltage at the set input (pin 6) is less than 1 volt under ambient conditions and moves to more than 10 volts when illuminated by the laser pointer or other light source... [read more]

Photo Timer Circuit

Time is set by potentiometer R2 which provides a range or 1 sec. To 100 seconds with timing capacitor C1 of 100uF. The output at pin 3 is normally low and the relay is held off.... [read more]