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« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2009, 03:53:33 pm »
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I just wondered who is Sasho Smiley   .. that's Bulgarian , not Russian


Sascho is from Bulgaria . He has done great work over the years on many VLF designs . The writing in the previous post looked a little Russian to me , small mistake !!   Shocked
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« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2009, 04:24:51 am »
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Regarding to the above schematic .. the transmit coil schematics  seems not very powerful  ,  somebody  tested this MD ? 

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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2009, 06:29:12 am »
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Honest mistake, it IS Cyrillic. Spasibo

Just had to say that.

2 box....  am always interested. And it is 2 box for a reason, to keep good separation, between transmit and receive. Even a separate ground system, and batteries, can prevent unwanted signals from giving false indications. That is why I really do not like that '1box/2 box.'

2 box, way back when, was truly that, and the Tx signal was nulled by adjusting the Rx loop. Granted, pcb's have mitigated that, a bit. Maybe I am secretly a TRADITIONALIST, oh Dog!

I have a couple ideas I am working on, for 2 box, and have been sifting the simulator software, for something (friendly) that does not have a steep learning curve.... at 69 I do not have the time for that.

What we need, and maybe there is one already, is a 2 box forum/topic area.

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« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2009, 08:41:34 am »
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Hello all...

Are there any two box tutorials? I am interested in the two box technique using physical orientation of the two loops for a null. I have seen a few schematics but was wondering if a document exists that outlines the frequency, power level, and other details that work best.

I am considering designing one but want to read as much as I can first... thanks


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« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2009, 06:21:01 pm »
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Are there any two box tutorials? I am interested in the two box technique using physical orientation of the two loops for a null. I have seen a few schematics but was wondering if a document exists that outlines the frequency, power level, and other details that work best.

I am considering designing one but want to read as much as I can first... thanks


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As far as I have seen, 2 box follows the same general rules as other locators, in respect to the relationship between frequency and depth: lower frequency means greater penetration but poorer response to less bulky things, while higher frequency means less depth with somewhat increased sensitivity.

I do not recall any or if there were tutorials, with the 2 box that I first became acquainted with, the post WW2 White. I remember there was lots of info on how to null, but that depends on physical construction.

You can have a dozen ways to move the receive coil, but all you want to do is minimize the unwanted pick-up of the Tx signal, even if you can not zero it completely. They could be fixed, permanently, once a null is obtained and compensate with a threshold control, in the Rx for any variation.

If you have an 'alarm' system that has a threshold: you can null, for minimum pick-up  and set the threshold, then you do not have to stumble along with your eyes glued to a meter.... supposing the alarm is an audible one.

First of all, the Tx loop is horizontal and second the Rx loop is at 90 degrees for a null, so it is vertical. A 2 box is really simple, being just a transmitter and a receiver. It is NOT good for small items but excels for larger, deep items, like something as big as a lunch box.... or a car? Or.... ore veins or deposits, depth depending on size.

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« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2009, 08:51:10 am »
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Thanks Goldigger for the help. I wanted to make one since they are not as common to find and I already have others that are higher performance for regular searching. The deep/larger item target is what I am looking for so this design fits well. This winter I hope to build a unit with audio that is fairly straight forward and uses easy to find components. I have reviewed a number of the 'front end' of the 2 circuits -TX drive and receive- so new ideas would be in the back end.

I do work with PIC micros so I would like to incorporate one as the threshold detector and maybe make it auto setting - thats after the rest works.

It is appealing to me since it seems straight forward and more simplistic operation compared to IB or pulse.

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Sorry, I have never been happy with the results of any 2-box detectors I have made.

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« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2009, 03:25:38 pm »
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I do work with PIC micros so I would like to incorporate one as the threshold detector and maybe make it auto setting - thats after the rest works.

It is appealing to me since it seems straight forward and more simplistic operation compared to IB or pulse.

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PIC? Why?

There is only a simple on/off and/or varying level signal, it would be a waste of a processor and an unnecessary complication for anything other than using the PIC to log data levels and GPS. Its not like there is 2 or more signals to watch. (There can be two, if designed for logging +/-  levels, exclusive of GPS)

Its far easier to use alarms, that work at a field settable level. You can still log levels and GPS, additionally.

Why complicate a simple thing?

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« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2009, 07:58:10 am »
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PICs simplify development for me - I work on coding PICs in unique sensor applications. A micro controller will allow the developer to do a simple function like compare signal levels and turn a light or buzzer on/off. Then with just a few lines more of code many more functions could be added like auto threshold settings and an algorithm that monitors the signal to show you statistical info. Plus on a development project, a micro allows many lines to be measured  that would help to fine tune and understand the circuit function.

To be honest though, simple analog measuring and LED / proportional sound is what I am going for. I guess its easier for me to design/debug a project with a micro since I am used to it.

You are right that it adds complication over what is required though.

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PICs simplify development for me - I work on coding PICs in unique sensor applications. A micro controller will allow the developer to do a simple function like compare signal levels and turn a light or buzzer on/off. Then with just a few lines more of code many more functions could be added like auto threshold settings and an algorithm that monitors the signal to show you statistical info. Plus on a development project, a micro allows many lines to be measured  that would help to fine tune and understand the circuit function.

To be honest though, simple analog measuring and LED / proportional sound is what I am going for. I guess its easier for me to design/debug a project with a micro since I am used to it.

You are right that it adds complication over what is required though.

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I DO like the idea of having a pic to monitor and log all readings... it might be a lot cheaper than a professionally made logger, which will not necessarily do what you want.... like add GPS, every second to 10 seconds. You can easily cover 2 to 2.5 feet per second and I understand a second is the fastest GPS update you can do.... for my purposes, every 2 meters (6.56ft) is the shortest and 10 meters (32.8ft) the longest.

If you can do that, there is a ready-made market, for you, right  here on this forum. Lots of people have been looking for DIY loggers, simple, with lots of memory (SD cards are ideal.) I know, if you developed  a board, with programmed PICs AND PARTS KIT, that also takes SD cards, I would buy a couple maybe up to 5 kits!

The reason for xtra kits is to retrofit things!  Shocked

About the GPS, you do not need to re-invent the GPS wheel.... Tiny Trak IV, is the best there is, in my opinion. It can be made to report, by the logger holding the (intended) Push-to-Talk line low, while it logs, then do a 'save' of the GPS bytes, after the logger releases the PTT line.

The only problem there is, is the TTI,II,III,IV are all made to output at 300Baud/1200Baud, simplex of course, with semi-standard tones, and you need to get this converted to something the PIC can put in memory...  so there are actually two processes, here: 1) the serial data, from the detection (by any equipment putting out 0 to 12v) which would be an ADC process, and stick it in memory; 2) a serial operation to take the translated GPS data, and stick it in memory, also.

It should be simple. However, I am not that good with PIC programming, or I would have made one.... long ago.

Tell me what you think. Google TT1,2,3 and 4.... download the manual and see what it does.

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