I have a little Bluetooth speaker/FM radio in my kitchen. This speaker is not perfect but nice for its price. Except for few annoying things regarding sound notifications. I decided to “fix” that issues. Here I’m showing how it was done. A little bit of reverse engineering was involved.
Receiving and analyzing radio signals is fun. Receiving satellite signal is even better. A few years ago, I had a nice 3m satellite dish with a hydrogen line receiver. Now I have only a small balcony with limited antennas placement ability. I decided to build a custom 40 cm dish with a servo-based rotator. Sure, it’s impossible to receive weak…
A few years ago, I wrote about the powerful DC motor driver based on IR2110. This construction appeared to be quite popular. This time I want to describe a much compact and simpler (but still very powerful) solution with IRS2104. This device can be used to control any power-hungry DC load like DC motors, heaters, and so on.
Satellite LNB are quite cheap and easy to get devices. There are different models for different bands (C, Ku, and Ka) with different characteristics like SNR, noise figure, etc. Typically those devices are used with TV Set-top boxes. More interesting is that LNB can be easily connected to an SDR receiver. LNB is a simple frequency down-converter with an output…
A few months ago, I found a quite unusual satellite antenna on the well-known Chinese portal. The antenna was relatively small, completely flat, and declared as a Ku-band satellite TV antenna. I was really wondered what’s inside and how it works so I decided to buy one sample.
In this article, I want to discuss different types of satellite LNB, polarization, and depolarization of waves. Also, I’ll show how to rework the LNB. Also, we will discuss a theory to figure out why this rework is working. The primary topic here is Ku-band LNB, but all this also works for the Ka-band and C-band.
HackRF One is a popular SDR transceiver and a really nice piece of hardware. For a reasonable price, you can get fully open hardware to monitor radio signals in a wide range (20MHz – 6GHz, but really up to 7GHz). Boards support external clocking and can be easily customized. I believe there is only one concern about this board is…
Low, Band, and High – pass filters are major components when working with RF. Depending on the application, filters can reduce output noise and unwanted signals or limit a transmit signal to a pre-specified frequency band to prevent interference with other signals. Here I want to describe how to build simple and cheap single-component (ceramic) filters for your DIY projects.
I just built two RS-485 adapters (version 2) and decided to write a little note about the RS-485 bus (and differential line) theory, plus perform some testing of the devices. This material mostly interesting for newbies. At the end of this article, you can find a funny way to test these devices 🙂
In the previous article, I describe a low noise amplifier for the 21cm band. Today I want to show you a construction of the dish antenna where this amplifier was used.