Wireless Doorbell

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

The doorbell operates on the 303MHz band and the 30 metre range (100ft) is obtained without the use of an antenna! The circuit is actually radiating from the printed track of the tank circuit. The Tank Circuit is a single-turn coil and a small capacitor (5p & 4p in parallel). The circuit has been kept near the power rails by the use of a choke in

Wireless Doorbell
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the positive rail. The positive rail is then reflected to the negative rail via the battery. A 7cm length of tinned copper wire is connected to the collector of the transistor and bent around the board so that everything can be put back into the case. When the transmitter was taken outside, the range was over 60 metres (200ft) and the full range could not be tested as the sound from the doorbell was too faint to be heard! The 303MHz oscillator consists of a self-oscillating circuit made up of the coil on the PC board and a 9p (9 puff) capacitor (actually 4p and 5p in parallel). The circuit starts-up by the transistor producing noise. This rising-and-falling signal on the collector is passed to the parallel tuned circuit (the tank circuit) and the base sees a very smooth sinewave at a frequency of 303MHz. This current passes through the choke and the turns produce a back-emf or back voltage that fights against the flow (change) in current. The end effect is a voltage created at the point where the choke is connected to the track-work on the board. This effectively allows the track work to produce a waveform and since the frequency of this wave is very high, a percentage of the energy is radiated into the air as electromagnetic energy. The choke allows the track-work to effectively rise and fall while providing a very low resistance path for the flow of current during certain parts of the cycle. When the crystal is added, the...

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