Adding a wriststrap

David Galens did organize a nice workshop for building TeensyBat detectors, he told me he had a wish for a wrist strap. He, like my self already dropped the detector several times and nothing bad happened but it is better to be safe than sorry.

I tried to make a simple loop from 1mm UHMWPE cord, tied tied that into a loop an pulled the loop through a 2mm hole in the enclosure so that the knot on the inside keeps the loop in place, To pul the loop through, I tied a thin thread to the loop, and pulled that thread through using a small electronic component with a small hook bent on the end of it.  This makes an easy attachable loop for a wrist strap.

 

 

 

Internal speaker.

Yes, I know there is hardly any space, and I like to use headphone anyway. Using headphones reduce feedback issues, low frequency time expanded or heterodyne sounds in the recording and nosy passers-by.

But every once in a while you have the urge to let people listen and have no externa amplified speaker with you. Well it turns out there is a tiny speaker that fits between the display and controls. A tiny low voltage amplifier can make just enough sound and adding a power switch allows you to turn it off.

 

This is the idea.

 

I know it is hard to find the space but this is how I managed to build it into one of my detectors. Flimsy wires pass from one side of the board to the other via holes for an optional capacitor. Next to the GPS power switch I drilled holes for an additional switch. (insulate switch pins by drilling away the GND plane around them) (Do not forget to cut a hold in the enclosure)

 

 

Here we see the amplifier PCB, connected with ground to the metal shield. If you do not have a GPS receiver you do not need a shield. Simply find some other GND connection, or scrape some green coating off the main board where you have a GND plane.

Pins from left to right is switched 3.6V, than input signal, GND, mute(left open) Speaker + and -.

 

 

 

Modifications for teensy 3.6 based version (v0.2 PCB)

As with every design, there is always room for improvement and requests. I liked to have GPS data stored in the wav file and this calls for a GPS receiver.

In the first boards that were sold there was no space reserved  for a GPS receiver, but you can cut-out a small piece of the PCB in te top right corner to make some space for a GPS receiver. A small 18x18mm GPS like the Beitian BN180 or  a Ublox of this size works well enough. It has to be small unit with integrated antenna. Others pick up too much noise, You also need to apply some shielding to the Teensy. We do use biderectional communication now, this is not in the schematic, but pin RX of the GPS unit should connect to TX(pin 1) of the Teensy.

Another addition to the data gathering is a temperature sensor. The code supports a dallas temperature sensor.

Maybe the most useful one is the backlight mod. The blacklight modification allows the brightness to be controlled by the Teensy. This works very nice on autorecord mode, this display can be switched off during autorecord to save battery power. For the backlight modification to work properly, you need to have the later version TFT display, the one with Q1 on the display PCB.

The schematic with all these 3 modifications looks like this.

Backlight control modification