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February 26, 2010
by Hexorg
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Hey guys, a little off-top first, wanted to thank NertKit team for the great product! I keep googling everything I can to gain as much knowledge as possible, but I can't seen to fing one thing - how to transmit radio waves, and receive them. I have a good idea about the software part - say, 1000Hz signal is 0, 2000Hz - 1, and based on that you can transmit the information, bla bla bla, what I can't seem to find is what part will actually convert voltages to radio waves? sort-of radio-wave speaker.

I did try to build an infrared receiver and get the frequency form my tv remote, but that was just a few inches away... I'd like to achieve at least 5-10 ft.

February 26, 2010
by hevans
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Hi Hexorg,

Radio transmitting and receiving are gigantic topics that can take years to master. I think you just "bla bla blaed" yourself past several semesters worth or signals and communication theory =).

What you briefly described is a frequency modulated digital signal which is a good way to send a digital signal across an analogue channel. Regardless, if you want to do radio communications your best bet is to use a pre-built module that handles the radio part, user JKITSON used one such module in his tractor pull sled

IR is another way to go that is a bit easier. You will still need some sort of amplification on the receiver side (which is why you were only getting a few inches without amplification). You will then have to deal with noise issues and a whole lot of other fun stuff! They do have IR receivers with the amplification already built in, you might want to look into those. Lcruz has put together a couple of projects with IR emitter receiver pairs including his accelerometer project. Maybe he can give you some insight as to how difficult that was.


February 26, 2010
by Hexorg
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Lol, well right now I'm a freshman, majoring in Electronics Engineering, but electronics and computers were my passion ever since I was a kid, so I self taught myself a lot of things... And now I'm really bored in my classes, so I decided to get into micro-controllers, which really opens a "3rd-dimension" of electronics.

But anyway, the links are great! Bah, I'm trying to save for the wizarding world, but I think I'll get radio's from your post with my next paycheck. For now, I'll try to play with IR diodes - I have dual op-amp somewhere, do you think it should work well enough to amplify the signal?

Thanks :) Hexorg (or, I see many people use their real names here, I'm Stanislav, or Stan)

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