Simplest R/C Circuit
by Tony van Roon
A simple and effective receiver for actuating garage doors, starter motors, alarms, warning systems and numerous other possibillities. The SCR, which has a very low trigger current of 30 uA is typical -- it requires an input power of only 30 uW to activate the relay. A high Q tuned antenna circuit assures rejection of spurious signals. A whip or wire antenna is adequate up to 100 feet from a low power transistor transmitter. A momentary-off switch resets the circuit.
The circuit specifies a whip or wire antenna which just means a solid piece of wire 6-12 inches long (15-30cm). The antenna coil is experimental but you can start with 10 to 12 turns of #22 (0.7mm) magnet wire, and 5/16" (8mm) coil diameter. Antenna wire is soldered at 1/2 turn of the coil and the gate of the BRY35 is soldered about halfway the coil. This circuit will transmit up to 100-feet with the above specifications @ 30uA.
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