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Environmentally-friendly Mosquito Repeller
With the return of the fine weather, you’ll doubtless be enjoying lazing around of an evening on your patio or in your garden, but even if you’re not surrounded by marshes or other shallow water it’s very likely some intruding mosquitoes will come along to spoil this idyllic scene. Although indoors it’s easy to get rid of them these days, indeed even to prevent them coming into the house, the same can’t be said for the great outdoors. We might mention the well-known Chinese coils – the only thing Chinese about them is undoubtedly their name – which very often drive people away as much as mosquitoes, if not more! Moreover they are nasty things to handle....
Two-wire Lamp Flasher
This circuit has been designed to provide that continuous light lamps already wired into a circuit, become flashing. Simply insert the circuit between existing lamp and negative supply.
Especially suited for car or panel pilot lights, this device can drive lamps up to 10W....
120 VAC Lamp Dimmer
The full wave phase control circuit below was found in a RCA power circuits book from 1969. The load is placed in series with the AC line and the four diodes provide a full wave rectified voltage to the anode of a SCR. Two small signal transistors are connected in a switch configuration so that when the voltage on the 2.2uF capacitor reaches about 8 volts, the transistors will switch on and discharge the capacitor through the SCR gate causing it to begin conducting....
PIC Security System Dials Your Cell Phone
The circuit consists of a small PIC microcontroller, assembly program,
and a few other parts to detect a switch closure from an open door, window,
or manual push button and then dial the cell phone number, and transmit a
steady tone to indicate the source of the call. The circuit uses the pulse
dialing system to interrupt the line connection a number of times to
indicate each digit....