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ETP Kits & Projects

ETP Kits & Projects

This page lists links to instructional Education & Technology Program kits,projects and activities to instruct basic tvrc_pkg-lrg.jpgelectronics, demonstrate wave forms and modulation, conduct a radio direction finding activity, build a seismometer, control a robot via the ISS!--to name a few. The list will be updated periodically as new projects are developed and made available.

Instructional Resources

  • A Transmitter for Fox Hunting

    Radio Direction Finding (RDF) or Fox Hunting is a popular spring and summer activity for many schools. It combines the fun of ham radio and wireless technology with outdoor activity and competition. 

    Here are the files you'll need to construct the boards for the project. Included is the Express PCB file.This is the company used by the author to produce the boards. You can download the company's software from the Web and then display, print, or if desired modify and order the boards from them.

     

    If you don't have the time or inclination to build these transmitters yourself you might like to take advantage of this offer from one of our ETP schools. The Amateur Radio Club at Pueblo High School is building these transmitters and offering them free of charge to schools and clubs that sponsor Amateur Radio activities for young people.  Read more.

     

     
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  • Modulation Demonstration Board

    Using the Modulation Board in combination with the Parallax USP Oscilloscope you can provide a powerful demonstration of signal modulation for your students.  The instructional board can be purchased from the ARRL Store.  The Parallax USB Oscilloscope can be purchased directly from Parallax.

     

    At the end of the PDF document you will find a number of example lesson plans on how to set up the board for classroom use, use the board to demonstrate wave fundamentals, and finally to use the board to instruct the concepts of modulation and demodulation.
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  • Transistor Amplifier and Waveform Exploration Board

    This board can be a very flexible instructional resource for teachers and ham radio instructors. The utility of this activity board goes beyond its intended purpose; introduce students to fundamental waveforms and allow students to explore the transistor as an amplifier.
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  • Basic Electronics Course

    The Basic Electronics Course is intended for those teachers and instructors that want a ready resource that they can adapt to their instruction of electronic fundamentals. The materials include a PowerPoint presentation and instructor's script The course is designed around affordable components, prototyping board, and VOM and uses Understanding Basic Electronics as the associated text.
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  • PDA/Handheld Wireless Link Demonstration Project

    The purpose of this project is to give teachers some ideas that they can use to help their students to understand what happens in today's wireless link systems. Handheld wireless devices have hit the mainstream in a big way. Wireless linked cellular telephone systems and linked Personal Data Assistance (PDAs) and palm sized computers are becoming common place. But behind these unassuming technologies are some pretty sophisticated hardware and software. Through a project similar to the one described here, students can get a better appreciation of what they hold in their hands.
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  • Seismometer

     

    A simple, yet capable, seismometer that anyone can use to learn about the fundamental principles of seismology.  The seismometer can be constructed using a Basic Stamp and two Memsic 2125 accelerometers.

     


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  • Seismometer Revisited

    Building upon the Basic Stamp Seismometer project on the ARRL ETP website, this new version has enhanced improvements in accelerometer technology, that allow it to be more flexible in demonstrating technologies based on acceleration sensors and is cheaper to build.

     

    If you are new to building Basic Stamp Seismometers, this device allows for many fun, hands-on experiments that students can enjoy while studying the forces that they experience every day in a quantitative way.

     

     
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  • No Solder Code Practice Oscillator

    The No Solder CPO project is intended to show teachers and students how to use a simple technique for building a circuit using a wooden board and wood screws to make circuit connections. A circuit diagram is sized and copied to a sheet of paper that is pasted or taped to a wooden board.

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  • No Solder Electronic Organ

    This is a follow-on project similar to the No Solder CPO, but uses more complicated circuits to build a rudimentary electronic organ.

     


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  • 5 Building Blocks of Radio Activity Board

    This board includes the 5 building blocks of electronics and a digital fundamentals section. The activity board provides teachers with a ready, reliable set of component blocks that can be used in platform instruction to cover the five basic building blocks of virtually all wireless technology (oscillators, rectifiers, amplifiers, mixers and filters).
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  • L/C/R Board

    This board is designed to help the teacher to cover the fundamentals of inductive and capacitive reactance and resonance. The board requires the use of a volt meter that will measure RMS voltages and currents. An oscilloscope is also helpful. The level of math required to use the experiments of this board is approximately Algebra II and there is heavy dependence of graphing calculator curve fitting techniques.
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  • TV Remote Decoder Board

    This board is intended to help the teacher instruct student on how the common TV remote control works. The board combined with an oscilloscope will allow the students to see the binary stream waveform being sent by the remote control using infra red light. The board decodes keys from the remote to turn on and off relays that in turn can be used to switch on and off other devices. Once the students understand the operation of the remote control, the teacher can encourage them to invent something using the board.

     


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  • Soldering 101

    This Power Point walks you through the basics of soldering from start to finish

    Download Soldering 101 Power Point

  • Antennas

    Building your own antenna can be a rewarding and educational experience.  Here are a few antenna projects employing metal tape measures you can tackle by yourself or introduce to a group.

     

  • Explore Space wtih Radio Astronomy

    There are many ham radio related activities that provide a rich opportunity to explore and learn more about the science of radio.  One of those opportunities is radio astronomy.  All matter emits radio frequency energy dependent on the temperature and makeup of the matter, including the matter in space.  The foundation of radio astronomy is to study the heavens by collecting and analyzing the radio frequency energy that is emitted by bodies in space, very much like how astronomers use light energy collected by telescopes. 

    Build a Homebrew Radio Telescope, Mark Spencer, WA8SME, QST June 2009

     

    Because of continuing interest in this project since the original publication of the article, Spencer has provided an update. The Channel Master IF is no longer made. He suggests that if you are able to locate a used Channel Master be sure to confirm that it is in working order. The original digital potentiometer is obsolete, as well as the substitute digital potentiometer. 

     

    Some working materials to update the project are provided here. The circuit is modified with a current digital potentiometer. This circuit should work with the original Channel Master IF.

    The PIC programming is different for this new potentiometer. Contact Mark Spencer at mspencer@arrl.org for the PIC source code.
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  • Digital Signal Processing Fundamentals

     

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is everywhere.  Digital this, digital that, it is ever present on any modern ham radio. Unfortunately there are those in the minority that know DSP, and then there are the rest of us in the majority who can spell DSP and that’s about it.

    The world we live in is an analog world.  The tools we use to control and interact with that analog world can only use digital information (discrete numbers).  The fundamental premise of DSP is the conversion of signals generated in the analog world to a list of numbers in the digital world that computers can do some number crunching on (analog to digital conversion or ADC).  Then after the crunching is over, DSP is used to convert the numbers of the digital world back into information that can be used in the analog world (digital to analog Conversion, DAC).

    If you are looking of a presentation to fill the “education” time slot at your local club meeting , consider presenting a primer on the Fundamentals of DSP.  Take a look at this power point presentation as a starting point. Power Point presentation for Instructors

    Then take a look at the little program simulation that you can use to demonstrate the programming “thought” process a computer uses to convert analog to digital signals (ADC).  Instructional Computer Program for demonstrating binary search process

    Finally, need a hands-on activity that you can flip switches on to reinforce the power point and the simulation?  Then take a look at this simple circuit that allows the user to become a computer for just a moment and convert an unknown voltage into a digital value that represents that voltage (ADC).  You can consturct this circuit as illustrated in this finished product illustration.    A hands-on instructional resource for "doing" a binary search that you can duplicate

    You don’t need to be a DSP expert to more effectively use DSP.  But a fundamental understanding will help you appreciate the capabilities, and yes, limitations that DSP has to offer.  The tools linked to here will give you a starting point that you might enjoy sharing with your fellow hams.

     

     

     

  • MAREA: Control Robots Using Packet Radio

    MAREA is a Mars Lander/ Marine Amateur Radio Robotics Exploration Activity.

    The MAREA program is an  actvity that involves programming robots to respond to commands sent by packet radio.  It employs a UHF radio tranceiver designed for communication with the robot.

     

     
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  • Space/Sea Buoy for Environmental Exploration

    Remote measurement technology can be the beginning of many rewarding classroom experiences.

    Here's a low cost vehicle employing sensor technology that provides students witht the tools to do remote measurements and collect their own data to study the environment.

     
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