12 May 2012

Light beam RX improvements

This afternoon I played around with my light beam RX trying to squeeze a few more dB of sensitivity from it. Well I think I have managed it by further optimisation of the electronics and by optimising the focal length. Now, in the dark, a barely lit LED in the ceiling of my lab is detectable on the bench without optics. With the 100mm lens I can detect a 1kHz subcarrier on the 481THz optical signal when there is no sign at all of the LED being illuminated. Some tests using an LED as a detector were less successful, so my plan is to make a dual optics AM transceiver with 2 drainpipes and 2 100mm lenses. With this I should be able to work the local nanowave stations over line-of-sight paths.

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