Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Lightning Detector Kit From Eastern Voltage Research Is Here!

Yay! It's Finally Arrived! 

Just a few quick Pics - I wanted to show what a lovely, Professionally-made circuit board you get with this kit:

Among other things, you get a nice big schematic with it

And this adorable little mascot to keep you company while you solder!

"Ahh...Is this not happiness?"

Soon, I'll be settling down to slowly & carefully begin assembly. I have enough soldering experience, to where I could do it very quickly - But that's never the way to go about it.
Plus, building electronic kits is very enjoyable, and should be done slowly.

More to follow...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Finally Ordered This Lightning Detector Kit! From Eastern Voltage Research

Well, I'm very happy to report that I've been pretty busy with bat detector reviews lately. That's a great thing!

But, I'm also very happy to report that:
  • I've been busy tinkering around with lightning detector designs (Charles Wenzel).
  • And PCB layout designs (by Lennie Zink)
  • And...I just ordered one of these lightning detector kits!
I've been wanting one of these for years now, just never got around to it...Kept putting it on my wish lists, etc. But, this year, I got it as a birthday present to myself :)
I'll be posting a mini-review of it; and my build progress here.  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

New Lightning Detector Design From The TechLib Site!

Just a short post, for now - Check-out the newly-improved Magnetic Lightning Detector from The TechLib site. 
It's really cool and unique; I've been told it's very sensitive to distant lightning discharges, but it's not easy to trigger it using the usual methods (Piezo-based lighters, etc.). 
My first attempts to get it to trigger have been unsuccessful so far, but the challenge is fun! I've also been trying with a speaker, from RadioShack SW radio (as was recommended). 

Here is my unit, from Mr. Charles Wenzel:

This is some seriously fun stuff!!
Lightning storm season isn't far off!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lightning Radar System For Hobbyists - Back Online!! After Many Years! Yay!

Just a quick post, for now - Had to share this amazing news!

Here is a copy & paste of the message I recently received:

" Hello my friends. Project Lightning Radar F. Kooiman is back online!!!!"

For more info pleas contact me:
Best regards Erik

 Check out this Link!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Old HF/VHF/UHF Related Hobbies

I'm currently "thinning-out the herd" of radio-related hobbies, and thought I'd list them here:

  • Receiving signals from weather balloons (Radiosonde)
  • Using PC soundcard as a VLF receiver
  • RTL-SDR's
  • DIY loop antennas
  • Detector circuits using the wood & Copper nails method (thankfully I have the PCB's now)

...possibly one or two more...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Upcoming Review - A Pro System From Boltek

I'm very happy to report, that I will be testing and reviewing The LD-250 lightning detector from Boltek this Spring. I'm really looking forward to it!

Monday, January 22, 2018

My Brand-New YouTube Channel For Lightning Detectors

I just created this new YouTube channel, so I have a place to upload videos of lightning detectors. Here's the first Vid:

The Clock Lightning Detector

Thanks again, to Mr. Lennie Zink & Mr. Charles Wenzel!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Different Lightning Detector Circuit

A new circuit (for me) turns-out, it doesn't work...This was my 1st try, so no worries. Just sharing.

...I did not have this transistor installed correctly.
(correcting it still didn't work)

A fairly quick build - I tried building it using the usual methods. Of course, I'll be trying it again.
In any case, a fellow who designed & made some very nice electronic circuit boards, who is a really nice guy...sent me all the extra boards he had, and he didn't want anything for them.
There are all kinds of goodies: Thunderstorm predictor circuit, electronic thermometer circuit and others.
These will make building lightning detectors a LOT easier for me!
I was really happy while sorting them out!! :) I can hardly wait to start building...

Which reminds me - This is a bit late / overdue, actually - But, below are some Pics of great vintage electronic components I received from another, very generous electronics Expert:

Wonderful vintage components!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Plenty Of Rain - Set-Up A Couple Of Small Sensors

Lots of rain here in the Bronx tonight. Not a lot of lightning yet...
But, I've got a couple of detectors on. Including this tiny, simple PCB I got on eBay:
(Please forgive the poor quality of this Pic)

Just a quick pic / Powering the tiny board with 2 AA's
(Via a tiny breadboard)

The red LED is power on indication / white LED flashes with lightning strokes. Here is the Link to the sensor on eBay. It's simple and fun! I'm going to order another one.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Another Lightning detector circuit. I had high hopes for this one. I really thought it was going to work (the first time around) :(
Back to the drawing board on this one:
First pic taken when I just started it.
Second pic, is the completed (non-working) circuit.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

This DIY LF Converter Looks Like Fun!

I already have a Jackson Harbor Press Low Frequency converter, which I built a few months ago. Also have at least one more, unbuilt kit (+ extra parts pkg.) waiting to be completed (with various options).

However - I've been looking forward to building the LF Converter shown on this page for a while now...
It looks like it'll be a lot of fun - And I think I'm finally going to build it tonight...

It's a page by Lyle Koehler, K0LR. I've been reading his Web pages since I first got started chasing NDB's.