Circuit to measure signal strength

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Ubergoober, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Ubergoober

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    I need a to make a circuit that measures signal strength, something for a amp project. I need to know in how many volts my output is. Thank you so much for helping.
     
  2. mik3

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    What kind of amplifier is it?

    What is your output signal?
     
  3. Ubergoober

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    Sorry if I didn't explain myself clearly. I want to make a sonar distance meter (just for a meter or two) I will have a speaker transmit a 50khz signal and then the mic listens for the echo. I hope by listening to the echo I can determine how far away the object is. I will use a PIC16F57 to do all of that, my only concern is how get the highest part(in voltage that is) of the signal.
     
  4. mik3

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    You mean you want a peak detector?

    To measure the distance you need to measure the time the sound needs to travel from the speaker to the mic.
     
  5. flat5

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    To measure the distance of a few meters, line of sight, I have an idea.
    Use a LED transmitter/receiver and an audio transmitter/receiver.
    At the receiver end, use the LED circuit to start the timer and the audio circuit to stop the timer. Convert the result to distance.
     
  6. Audioguru

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    If you use the signal strength of the reflected signal then you are measuring how smooth, hard and aimed-at-you the surface is, not just its distance.
     
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