Simple Mobile Detector Circuit

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Introduction: Simple Mobile Detector Circuit

simple mobile detector circuit using  CA3130 op-amp

description source:   http://www.electroschematics.com/1035/mobile-bug-detector-sniffer/


This handy mobile  phone detector  can sense the presence of an activated mobile cellphone from a distance of one and-a-half metre. So it can be used to prevent use of mobile phones in examination halls, confidential rooms, etc. It is also useful for detecting the use of mobile phone for spying and unauthorized video transmission.

The circuit can detect both the incoming and outgoing calls, SMS and video transmission even if the mobile phone is kept in the silent mode. The moment the mobile  phone detector detects RF transmission signal from an activated mobile phone, it starts sounding a beep alarm and the LED blinks. The alarm continues until the signal transmission ceases.


Step 1: Components

components list

1, CA3130  - op-amp 
2, PCB
3, Resistors all 1/4W ,
    1.2M Ohm - 1
     2.2M Ohm -1
     1K Ohm -1
     100K Ohm - 1
4, Capacitors
     22 pf ceramic -3
     0.22uf ceramic -1
     0.1 uf  polyester/ceramic -1
    100uF/25V  Electrolytic  -1
5, Red LED -1
6, BC548 -1
7, 5Cm copper wire -1




 

Step 2: Circuit Diagram

An ordinary RF detector using tuned LC circuits is not suitable for detecting signals in the GHz frequency band used in mobile phones. The transmission frequency of mobile phones ranges from 0.9 to 3 GHz with a wavelength of 3.3 to 10 cm. So a circuit detecting gigahertz signals is required for a mobile bug.

Here the circuit uses a 0.22μF disk capacitor (C3) to capture the RF signals from the mobile phone. The lead length of the capacitor is fixed as 18 mm with a spacing of 8 mm between the leads to get the desired frequency. The disk capacitor along with the leads acts as a small gigahertz loop antenna to collect the RF signals from the mobile phone.

Op-amp IC CA3130 (IC1) is used in the circuit as a current-to-voltage converter with capacitor C3 connected between its inverting and non-inverting inputs. It is a CMOS version using gate-protected p-channel MOSFET transistors in the input to provide very high input impedance, very low input current and very high speed of performance. The output CMOS transistor is capable of swinging the output voltage to within 10 mV of either supply voltage terminal.

Capacitor C3 in conjunction with the lead inductance acts as a transmission line that intercepts the signals from the mobile phone. This capacitor creates a field, stores energy and transfers the stored energy in the form of minute current to the inputs of IC1. This will upset the balanced input of IC1 and convert the current into the corresponding output voltage.

Capacitor C4 along with high-value resistor R1 keeps the non-inverting input stable for easy swing of the output to high state. Resistor R2 provides the discharge path for capacitor C4. Feedback resistor R3 makes the inverting input high when the output becomes high. Capacitor C5 (47pF) is connected across ‘strobe’ (pin 8) and ‘null’ inputs (pin 1) of IC1 for phase compensation and gain control to optimize the frequency response.

When the cell phone detector signal is detected by C3, the output of IC1 becomes high and low alternately according to the frequency of the signal as indicated by LED1. This triggers monostable timer IC2 through capacitor C7. Capacitor C6 maintains the base bias of transistor T1 for fast switching action. The low-value timing components R6 and C9 produce very short time delay to avoid audio nuisance.

Assemble the cell phone detector circuit on a general purpose PCB as compact as possible and enclose in a small box like junk mobile case. As mentioned earlier, capacitor C3 should have a lead length of 18 mm with lead spacing of 8 mm. Carefully solder the capacitor in standing position with equal spacing of the leads. The response can be optimized by trimming the lead length of C3 for the desired frequency. You may use a short telescopic type antenna.
Use the miniature 12V battery of a remote control and a small buzzer to make the gadget pocket-size. The unit will give the warning indication if someone uses mobile phone within a radius of 1.5 meters.

Step 3: Assembling

Step 4: Final Prototype

Step 5: PCB Layout Pdf File [actual Size]

Step 6: Working Video

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its not working.battery connected so LED is bilnk..

59 Comments

user

where will i find the board?

Sir Jestin, Op amp CA3130 is not available in my country. Is there any other op amp I could use as a similar one ? Thanks in advance !

Does it work??? What is the length of antenna??? Is it work on smartphone??

the light still on when connected

I would like to ask where is that brown wire connected to.

where is that wire connected to

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it's not an antenna ,output from mobile detector circuit.

Is it going to detect on basic cell activation or smartphones aswell.

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