Here are some Metal Detector Projects that are quite interesting for the purpose of education and experiments in the Art of electronics. This site may be as old as Y2K, but the url / domain may have changed.
Metal Detector Projects
If you are interested in the theory behind the mag I can highly recommend the book The Magnetics Measurement Handbook by J.M. Janicke. Besides a good coverage of magnetics theory, it contains much of what you need to build a useful fluxgate Magnetometer, plus other devices.
Traditional Geophysical instruments include ground-penetrating radar, earth resistivity meter, infrared, and sonar, to name a few. Currently, earth resistivity projects are the most practical for the do-it-yourselfer, although some people have been tinkering with side scan sonar.
Detection of Gold
Just the Jeohunter really works and directly detects Gold – see below screen. And even gold-worth 9-15cm diameter cannon-balls get detected as “Gold” (golden ring & cannonball analyses has identical values), but thats because of the huge metal mass and special shape – alot MDs have “problems” in such situation and perhaps only a magnetometer really works here. btw. there is no difference if you search with Ground Balance minus 200, zero or plus 200, the gold detection always remains the same.
There are historical records of DIY Enthusiasts having created what is known as the “Donkey Kong Gold Hunter”. This Gold Detector uses a Nintendo Unit after many Mods.
With the best wishes for you. I found your address and browsed your website. I have a question and hope to take your help and answer.
I need to good metal detector’s circuit and I find several in the web, any of them worked ? what is a problem in them and where can I find one that works with best depth? Could you design or point the mistake in some circuits? Thank you for your answer beforehand.
delabs – See my Related Page at Metal Detector Projects
Mail from AS
Thank you for your answer and sites. But some of them that are professional namely “twin loop” built but it has problem and didn’t work.
I think it may be a indicated, there is a problem with them. How can I make it correctly? could you proper design such circuits?
I am not professional and of you do, I will pay for your works.
Reply from AS
If you clearly specify what you want with a drawing, And indicate what you may be able to pay and your contact details too…….
Then, I will publish your request in my site. People visiting my pages may contact you. You can Try it out, I may not be able to help now.
(PS – You can offer a solution to AS’s Problem, post your design page details, All Comments are moderated, Commercial or Business comments will be deleted, designers can indicate homepage.)
This idea is both for indoor and outdoor use, depends on how you could modify or enhance it. The important reason you ought to build this circuit is to learn building non-ic oscillators, this trains you on L, C, R and Transistor Switching. – delabs
With a handy metal detector you can check beforehand whether there are metal objects in a wall, ceiling or floor. An LED indicates if a metal object is in the vicinity and keeps your simple home projects, simple and safe.
Homemade Metal Detector Kit
Avoid disaster when drilling at home By Ben Godfrey
Ben Godfrey is an electrical engineering student at the University of California, Davis. Ben has written iPhone applications and is a Ham Radio operator.
See also – Metal Detector Circuits Problem
A long, long time ago a bright ape figured out that by climbing down from the trees he could more easily master his life, and that of others……Homo sapiens wanted something else, and better. He started to play. Homo ludens was born!
Homo sapiens to Homo Ludens
- Homo ludens radiactivus – amateur radio
- Homo ludens radiohistoricus my antique radio collection
- Homo ludens electronicus – electronic projects
- Homo ludens aeromodellisticus – model airplanes
Transformers and coils: This is not a building project, but a short and concise lesson in how to design electromagnetic parts. It’s much simpler than what you may expect!
Thermal design: A short course in keeping electronic parts adequately cool.
A 40 meter SSB QRP transceiver
“This transceiver was conceived as a power-efficient, small, lighweight unit to be carried in the backpack, along with antenna and battery, for use during trekking and mountaineering trips. It had to be reasonably rugged and reliable, and perform well. Furthermore, I wanted it to solve all the problems the old DSB transceivers had, such as frequency instability, distorted modulation, lack of sensitivity and selectivity, and others.”
The only way to improve the reception of FM-signals or particularly of stereo FM-signals under disadvantageous receiving conditions is to amplify the antenna signal. This should be made directly at the antenna, since the loss is increased meter by meter of any cable. In most cases higher line attenuations can be expected than usually calculated. Even receivers with an additional noise figure of zero do not show any improvements of the signal-to-noise ratio becomes too low because of a long transmission line. Therefore it is practically useless to require extremely low noise figures only for the receivers.
To avoid interferences of signals received from stations of other bands it is propitious to amplify the FM-band only. The band amplifier shown in Fig. 1.3 is connected directly to the 60 ohm output of the FM-antenna, i. e. it is placed at the top of the antenna pole. The matching is achieved by the input band-pass connected to the base of transistor BFT12, being a typically linear silicon transistor for broadband amplifiers. The output filter matched accordingly to a 60 ohm coaxial line is connected to the collector. The operating voltage of 15 V can be supplied by the coaxial line.
- Power gain Gp = 22 db
- Noise figure F = 3.5-4.0 db or 2.2-2.5 KT0
- Input and output reflexion coefficient |r1| and |r0| <= 0.3
- dim(60db) at Vout = 680 mV
- dim(50db) at Vout = 1000 mV
Optimum operating point of minimum intermodulation
Ic =~ 80 mA Vce =~ 7-7.5 V
Supply voltage 15 V
Vogt coil former, ordering code: Sp 3.5/16.6-2048C
- L1 : 5 turns Cu 0.6 mm \o
- L2 : 3 turns Cu 0.6 mm \o
- L3 : 3+2 turns Cu 0.6 mm \o
Choke Ch1 = Ch2: 20 turns Cu L 0.3 mm \o, cross section of winding = 4 mm
Antenna-amplifier with BFT 12 for FM-range
from Design Examples of Semiconductor Devices – Siemens Milestones from 150 years – 1974/75
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