CQ Amateur Radio

Multi-Purpose Switch Debouncer

Got noisy switches? WB9YBM has a project using low-cost, easy-to-find parts to let you use digital logic to simulate their function and save you the cost of buying high-end replacement switches. The circuit provides some side benefits as well.

We’ve all come across electrically noisy switches (otherwise known as “switch bounce”) — either because good quality switches have become worn out or because we tried to save some money by not buying high-end devices to begin with.

How do we fix that without having to spend a fortune on top-end switches (or just. One way to make a switch debouncer is shown in . Half of a dual monostable timer U1 (4538) is used in a leading edge non-retriggerable mode. When the normally open momentary switch (S1) is depressed, a positive-going signal is applied to the monostable and a clean pulse (as determined by T=RC) is available at the “Q” output (“A” on the schematic), simulating a clean, momentary +V signal to the downstream circuit (for such things as a reset pulse, start pulse, etc.). At the same time, the not-Q output of the 4538 (“B” on the schematic) has the opposite logic (a momentary 0-volt signal for the downstream circuit) as would be provided by a momentary normally-closed push-button switch connected to +V). In other words, we not only provide a switch debouncer, but we can also simulate both a normally-closed or a normally-open momentary switch. This provides a few benefits: For example, if you need one type of switch for use in your project and have only the other type in your parts bin, you’re covered. Secondly, several of the parts suppliers I’ve come across offer quantity discounts for 5-10 items of the same type, so if you use momentary switches in a lot of projects, you need to buy only one type to get the best chance at making use of those quantity discounts.

Você está lendo uma amostra, registre-se para ler mais.

Mais de CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 3 mins
Announcements
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered plans for any social gathering and hamfests and ham radio-related conferences are taking a huge hit. CQ urges all readers to please check with the organizers of these events to ensure the event will still b
CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 4 minsTechnology & Engineering
Math’s Notes
Over the 40+ years that I have been writing this column, one unfortunate factor continually stands out. When I began writing (in the early 1970s), many of my columns were aimed at describing homebrewing tips and kinks in one form or another. At the t
CQ Amateur RadioLeitura de 4 mins
Dx
I hope all of you are doing well in these trying times! This month, I am sharing the keyboard with my friend Budi Santoso, YE1AR. Budi was supposed to be on the IOTA DXpedition to Habe Island, 7H9H, but due to COVID-19 flight travel restrictions, he