radio shack booklets (#51/#52)

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  1. cafemiguel

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    Hello, I'm new to this forum; in the early 90's I helped build several electronics projects for my children school projects. One which i'v been searching is a "light meter with an infra-red eye and a small speaker", you could HEAR the captured light intensity spectrum rather than to measure it's intensity. It was so good it would capture a lighting bug's light wave and also my micro wave spectrum, all this from a small booklet sold at Radio Shack stores in the late 80's. Is there anyone in our electronics world that can help me out??, thank you, Michael C.
     
  2. paulktreg

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    Does this look familiar? There's a few light activated/sensitive op-amp based circuits using a CdS photoresistor but they don't quite meet your description?
     
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  3. inwo

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    I have a Mims notebook and two RS transistor books that I was given while in the hospital in the 80s.

    Thought I could put my hands on them.:( All I found was an older RS tube book.

    Could be in the attic or lost in a move. I'll keep looking.
     
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  4. KJ6EAD

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  5. Wendy

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    Since this wasn't feedback or a suggestion for AAC I've moved it to a better location.
     
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  6. wayneh

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    Radio Shack also used to sell a "solar cell experimenter's handbook" kit that included such circuits.
     
  7. cafemiguel

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    thanks for the quote: I too LOVE Texas.
     
  8. DickCappels

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    This is pretty crude but it should get you started: You can merely put a Cadmiumdisulphide cell, a speaker and a battery in series and see how that goes. For more sensitivity, you can increase the voltage a little or switch to an earphone.
     
  9. cafemiguel

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    thanks, that just might work for now; Usage of the headphone idea opens up another small project possibility for creating a "high impedance microphone" by adding the carbon core of a dry cell, you'll be able to hear the foot steps of almost any bug out there..thanks again...cafemiguel
     
  10. inwo

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    Got in the attic today!
     
  11. elec_mech

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    Saw this post and finally got around to digging into my old RadioShack Mims books. I believe the circuit you are looking for is called the Light Listener and can be found in the Science book. It uses a phototransistor to feed a 741 op-amp and then a 386 amp to a speaker.

    RadioShack has now merged the small books into larger ones. I believe said circuit can be found in this book currently available at RadioShack.

    If I wasn't for the possibility of some sort of copyright infringement, I'd scan and post the circuit. If you don't want to buy the book, I don't think there would be any harm in me redrawing the circuit though - just let me know.

    Also found most of the circuit posted here - it omits the op-amp though.
     
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