Simple Infrared TX / RX circuit

  
The transmitting section of this infrared tx-rx is unusually simple but it works rather well: the infrared LED pulses at a frequency of 160Hz and its range, with its receiver, is between 2 and 4m depending on the transformer used and the setting of the 100k pot. With other receivers it may reach a range of 15m, without any lens but with a perfect alignment between tx and rx. The receiving section uses an infrared phototransistor and an additional infrared emitter is placed next to it in order to provide a light bias thus improving sensitivity.
Simple Infrared TX / RX circuit - schematic

The 100k pot. will also adjust sensitivity by setting the right operating point for the transistor. The supply should be well regulated in order to avoid self-oscillations. The audio transformer is a small output transformer recovered from an old transistor radio.



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