RF Frequency Detection

Discussion in 'Wireless & RF Design' started by bwilliams60, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. bwilliams60

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    I would like to build a low cost frequency detector to check whether or not a key FOB is transmitting or not. My understanding is that they transmit in the range of 300-400 MHz. Can anyone help me?
     
  2. MikeML

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    Either 315 to 318Mhz, or around 433MHz. Both frequency bands are used for this purpose.

    How much money you willing to spend?
     
  3. bwilliams60

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    I'd like to build it low cost (under $20), but what have you got in mind?
     
  4. MikeML

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    Buy one each 315MHz receiver (like this).

    Buy one each 433MHz receiver (like this).

    Power both, and use a scope to view the data output pin(s) while keying the FOB. One or the other will show a data train. You could hook the data outputs to LEDs. I believe that the LEDs will flash at random while the receivers are not detecting a nearby transmitter. The flashing pattern should be regular, and noticeably different while receiving a valid transmission for a FOB.
     
  5. alfacliff

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    my Icom ic3 portable reciever covers those frequencies and a lot more. .5 to 2450 mhz. there are portable devices available. or if you are just looking for a go - nogo, a germanium diode across your dvm probes will tell you if its transmitting. 1n34 or equvalent. a few milivolts dc on meter.
     
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