"Standard" Crystals? Answered

So, I was browsing the electronic goldmine today, and I came across these. What do they do and how are they used? Do you apply voltage to the leads and it emits rf in all directions or what?

Question by LiquidLightning   |  last reply

Crystal Speakers? Answered

I'm planning on building myself (or modifying my existing one) to create the ultimate workspace and among the several features I have planned (usb hub etc) I have one particularly tricky one, I'd like to integrate the desk with a speaker system but massive drivers wont cut it on such a small surface area. I had recently seen a speaker system that uses glass or crystal vibrating to create amazing sound, I was wondering how I'd shape such crystals and if anyone has any general ideas on the design of the speaker system  ? 

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Crystal circuit board ?

Can crystals ( quartz, ruby , amethyst, etc.)  be used in technology to amplify power? keep power sustained, renew power or something ? 

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What is a piezoelectric crystal? Answered

I kind of know what it is, but i need a professional (Professer? Kiteman, my hero! LoL...) awnser. I know it is some form of crystal that when pressure is applied, positive (ions?) form at one side, and negative at the other. Also, how does a piezoelectrical ignitor work? What crystal does it use?

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Is it possible to replace a 40Mhz crystal with a 49.860Mhz?

I bought a RC submarine that was running at 40Mhz. Submarine broke, seller shipped a replacement, but replacement could not be remotely controlled by original remote. In fact, while looking under the submarine, there was a sticker written "49Mhz - 3". I guess it is referring to Channel 3 - 49.860Mhz.  So could I buy a 49.860 crystal, remove the 40Mhz crystal from remote controller, and get my submarine to run again? Is there anything else to consider???

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do you think we could produce energy with a crystal by using knowledge of atoms and compounds and reactions???

I remmember seeing something on T.V. about an ancient civilization using crystals to power thier technology which happened to be very advanced (maybe atlantis?). i was wondering if it would be possible by studying reactions of atoms and molecules withing crystals to find one that if large enough could power something such as a levitaion device (perhaps create a crystal using certain compounds and manipulating atoms and molecules.) perhaps study the reaction of humans and crystals (we conduct arua and other things) i dunno. i wanted to see what other minds would think of how crystals could conduct energy to power a certain technology. please don't worry about critisism and let your mind flow free.

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Hi, I am a researcher and I am interested in the piezoelectric qualities of certain materials, specifically quartz or bone and wondered whether anyone had experience of passing sound through quartz/crystals/animal bones? Is it possible to use one of those material to carry sound? I know that glass windows can be used as large bone conducting speakers, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this? I haven't done any hands on experiments myself as I am still at the research stage. Any advice would be appreciated and a big help! Thanks

Question by Maudiema   |  last reply

add an external crystal to attiny85?

How can i add a 16mhz crystal to attiny85? i dont know how and cant find it online

Question by fossilshark   |  last reply

Crystal installation - does it matter?

I'm having some problems with a tranmiter i made. It hasnt been working as the sound is odd. i noticed when u touch the crystal the sound changes. so, Does it matter which way a crystal goes in? is there any + - sides?

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adding an external crystal to attiny85?

How can i add an external crystal to run at 16 mhz to my attiny85? can someone please tell me step by step what to do i have searched everywhere and cannot find the answer. thanks.

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Citrine crystals and hepatitis protein?

Has anyone else heard that  when a laser is passed through a citrine crystal onto bodily scars, it will remove scar tissue?  Also, any news on research using a protein found in hepatitis ( c, d, or g,?) to cure aids??  I heard both of these  on the radio. Thanks. kathleen

Question by kathleencleans   |  last reply

Credit card crystal radio

What do you think about the feasibility of a credit card sized crystal radio? (Fits inside a wallet) Some possible i though so far are... A simple pcb with a diode, and a capacitor and a coil wrapped(protected by duct tape) around it. The antenna has to be tied to a hole on a corner. Or it is coiled to the card, ready to be unwrapped. The ear piece can either be external... Or can be glued to the card itself, but you must put the card near you ear... Instead of a winded coil, maybe it can be part of the pcb design itself... and to tune it, you unhook a beady wire and place it in the holes placed in a interval. What do you think? Any more ideas? In fact. a competition can be made for this idea.

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Crystal radio help anyone?

(If you want the blow-by-blow of my questions, skip the following gigantic piece of text and proceed to the 2nd list after the first)   I was reconsidering making a crystal radio the past week and so I set out to research the topic on the 2nd most popular information database on the internet which comes out of the 1st most popular one. According to wikipedia, all you need is one diode in order to split the AC signal coming in via the antenna in half, therefore it uses half-wave rectification (it's not quoted; it's what I understand from it). Could full-wave rectification be also used? Like connecting the antenna to a bridge rectifier (aka. diode bridge, aka. 4 diodes stuck together)? I know that half-wave rectification yields pulsed DC, but I also don't understand how. By that I mean what happens to the other half? Does the other half of the wave connect directly to the output? One last thing, I know the largest metallic object I can ever use as an antenna is basically just my roof, but then I don't like coming up to the roof and looking for some exposed metal to connect to. Any thoughts on what huge, metallic items I can use in my household? I've already thought up a list of what I could use for an antenna: -Window screens -Extremely long piece of wire (I have an 8 meter long CAT5 cable going from the 1st to the 2nd floor) -My front gate -Sheet metal laying outside my front door (not the gate) Here is the summary of all my questions: -Is this wikipedia article true? (see at the list "semiconductor" area) -Can full-wave rectification be used on such radios? -In the case of half-wave rectification, where does the other half of the signal go? -What can I use as an antenna (excluding my roof)? Aside from the asked questions: -Is there any other way to tune to a particular frequency? -I'm asking opinions to people who know what they're doing (no offense to beehard44, this is more of a poll that anything else).

Question by nutsandbolts_64   |  last reply

Finding out the value on a rc crystal?

I have a rc kit and need to know what the reciver frequency is (so I can get a Transmitter). The crystal has nothing saying the frequency. The part number on the crystal is... 26 800 6BF-15 any help would be apprecated. Thanks. PS: While writing this My brother was playing with another Rc kit and it burst into flames.

Question by David97   |  last reply

Instant coffee at home?

So, my sister asked me the other day, can you evaporate water from black coffee, to get crystallized  coffee, i figured she meant something like instant coffee, but more like candy....so how can it be done at home?

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how to design a crystal oscillator for a particular frequency using quartz crystal

Can anyone please provide a link which speaks about this...for a beginner  thank you in advance

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Green Tourmaline Crystal as a natural battery- Answered

-  I know that a Green Tourmaline Crystal, when heated, will produce a negative and positive charge  at respective ends of the crystal-so, if the heat source was a  super glass lens ( convex or concave, i am not sure which would work most intensely, with the sun going through  the lens and hitting the crystal-  ( for the ecologically minded)-or a laser- or microwave blast,  would we then have a natural battery?  It may have to be a  large crystal!

Question by kathleencleans   |  last reply

what is the application of germanium single crystal

Germanium single crystal, which is made from Ge metal, who can tell me the basic and newly developed application?

Topic by marvin jiang   |  last reply

Crystal walkie talkie range extender? Answered

Hey everybody, I'm modifying some old walkie talkies I have, and I want to extend the range but I'm not sure how to do it, though, because it uses one of those crystal transmitter components to output 49 Mhz. If someone knows how to extend range on radio crystals please let me know! Thanks in advance!!

Question by Adum24   |  last reply

3D Glasses setup? Crystal Eyes?

 I recently found a old pair of Crystal Eyes, and i recognized them as 3d stereo glasses, i found alot of wires, a manual, and an emitter box. I was wondering if their is an easy way to connect them to my computer I have a 8800GT and a Gateway 24inch monitor

Question by snowluck2345   |  last reply

how to solve external crystal problem in pic16F and its capacitance

I have made a circuit of radio control switch with PIC16F and diplayed the value on LCD16X2, i am having the problem with its crystal frequency. When i set pic18F with its internal crystal of 4Mhz its working fine,but not with 16F using 4MHz  external crystal and 33pF capacitor so how should i solve the problem of external crystal and its capacitance for pic16F.

Question by Alia Bakhsh   |  last reply

I have a question about my crystal radio. Answered

I just made a crystal radio and got it to work, but I can only get it to work during the day. Can any one tell me why it does that?

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how the crystal connected across the collector and base of a bjt pierce oscillator provide 180degree phase shift?

A normal oscillator will provide 360degree phase shift. of this 180degree is by the transistor amplifier and the remaining 180 is by the feedback circuit or tank circuit. but in the case of a pierce crystal oscillator ,it is the crystal which connected across the collector(output) and base provides 180degree phase shift the crystal provide 180degree phase ?

Question by mishal.abe 

How would I grow a giant crystal formation?

I have a 3 foot height by 1.5 foot width rectangular container of which i intend to grow a crystal formation in.  Does any one know how? That wont be toxic and wont dissolve?

Question by puregoldner   |  last reply

How do i make a radio without the crystals?

Some people have told  me about using a penny to make a radio. The objective though is to make a radio without the crystals

Question by ajyounes10   |  last reply

What would happen if an Arduino had its crystal replaced with one at a different speed?

Would the time functions (delay, delayMicroseconds, millis, micros) wait the same amount of time (or increment as fast as for millis and micros), or would their time or speed be affected?

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Ceramic resonator vs. Quartz crystal for arduino? Answered

Hey- I'm going to build some Arduino clones (as posted from http://fritzing.org/projects/barebones-arduino/ ) and was wondering if it would be better to use a crystal or a ceramic resonator. i will be ordering from Tayda Electronics (Ive ordered before, 10 days shipping for rock bottom prices, I'm ok with that) and the resonators and crystals are +-5c. difference, so I was wondering if I could use resonators, since they are a bit cheaper and I'm ordering a few (around 8). Which ones would be better? Also, does anyone know for the circuit from the above link would work with a 4.5v supply if I just left out the 5v regulator? Many thanks- Astroboy907

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How to photograph small crystals "chatons" without having any kind of reflections ? Answered

I'm trying to inspect the deformation of small crystal chatons by image inspection, and I'm trying hard to minimize the reflections of light done by the geometrical shape of the crystal. I tried so many different ways and techniques, and i was wondering does the IR imaging do any help for this problem..?!

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what is the possibility of having liquid crystal shutter in a camera? Answered

I've seen many camera, they all have mechanical shutter, what is the possibility of having liquid crystal shutter in a camera,like in shutter glasses?

Question by Suraj Grewal   |  last reply

in seconds as worth a mhs?

I really wanted to know to use a 555 timer instead of a crystal oscillator 16 mhs

Question by ualbuquerque   |  last reply

Where can I find coke (coal)?

I am building a crystal radio but I need to find a piece of coke...  Can I make it somehow?

Question by rickonicko   |  last reply

were can i buy crystal iodine in australia?

I have been looking for some crystal iodine suppliers in australia for quite some time now, but the only ones i can find sell it by the metric ton! there used to be a site called auschem or chemsupply . au that sold it but now i cant find it anymore, and when i search it, al they ever have is car washing stuff or products that you cant buy, i know for a fact there was a site that sold chemicals (othe rthan bargainmart) withoin australia, although with ridiculously high shipping, does anyine know where the site is now? or if theres another site that sells iodine crystals, or at leats potasium iodine cheaply?

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Is it possible to change a remote controller's signal frequency by switching out the crystal oscillator? Answered

        I have several old remote controllers for vehicles and I need to switch the frequency from 49MHz to 75 MHz. I think that I should be able just to switch out the crystal oscillator and replace it with a 75 MHz crystal. Does anyone have any suggestions on if this will work or not?                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks!

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How can I recover a "crystallized" cutting disk?

I was cutting an iron L rod, and the cutting disk began to produce red sparks, instead of these habitual bright orange. Simultaneously, its cutting effectiveness was down dramatically. I searched in the web, and learned that this phenomen is named crystallization,and it is due to overheating. Now, my disk is a new one, I want not throw it to the waste. Any idea how to get it back? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

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Clock signal from Arduino crystal input pins? Answered

I'm interfacing an Arduino to a chip that needs a 1 MHz clock signal. Can I take one of the Arduino's clock input pins an input it into a 74169 (4 bit cascading counter) to generate a 1 MHz signal?  If not how do I create a 1 MHz 50% duty cycle signal?  Thanks in advance.

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Bag labelled Kandis? Answered

So today i got a bag ,  one of the things inside was a small bag labelled "Kandis", with the numbers 0000. Inside are large clear/white crystals about 1 cm2. The crystal structure is monoclinic. As in square with angled edges. If anyone can tell me what these are, i would be very grateful.

Question by LiquidLightning   |  last reply

I would like to know how much force should be applied to get and output of 8v on a piezo electric ring.

I would like to make a mobile phone charger using a piezo electric crystal which can be placed inside our shoe, so that when we walk, we step on the piezo electric crystal and thus we can charge our mobile. for that i would like to kno more about piezo electric crystals, and how much force is to applied for getting an output of around 8 v and type of crystal to be used for this purpose. Thanks in advance.

Question by allsparkunleashed   |  last reply

I have been asked to investigate how to make "a crystal stone the size of a tennis ball or a bit larger." low budget Answered

As part of a very low budget film I have been asked to research how to make a prop from the following specification "We need a crystal stone the size of a tennis ball or a bit larger.  It can be any shape but it must have colour (real of illuminated)." The reference has been given as a Copper Sulphate Crystal we are an a deadline for mid Feb so any help would be fantastic I have added reference pictures also All responses gratefully received Regards Peter?

Question by peterwalsh66   |  last reply

PIC Internal Clock -- How accurate?

Can I trust a PIC's 4Mhz internal clock to keep accurate time over days of use? Or will I need an external crystal. I'm vary weary of that, as I'm going for a compact design. Thanks for the help.

Topic by zachninme   |  last reply

I lost my WildGames unlock code! Any way to recover it?

I purchased a video game from WildTangent (Crystal Maze, to be exact) a couple years ago. But, I lost the unlock code and have forgotten my username and password, and therefore can't recover it. Any suggestions? Help would greatly be appreciated (No, I'm not willing to download torrents or cracked versions).

Question by TheOneAndOnlyMissingNo. 

i need a detector for my crystal set, PLEASE HELP

I need a detector for my crystal set,but don't want to use a geranium diode or that  "cats whisker detector" that i cant get to work. PLEASE HELP ME, I NEED HELP!!! the cats whisker detector i used was a blued piece of steel / carbon (or pencil lead) from Youtube:   [search]    [make magazine foxhole radio]   if a mineral like geranium, galea, iron pyrite (fools gold) work well, i would like to  know how to obtain it without buying anything online? (i mainly don't want use a geranium diode because one i had burnt up. another reason why i don't want a 1N34A is because it isn't available at any "real physical" stores (like Radioshack ) i don't mind to use another type of diode. what about a schottky diode? do they sell any @ radioshack? and will it work?

Question by -max-   |  last reply

How important is the forward voltage rating on a crystal radio diode.? Answered

I have been researching how to build a crystal radio, and have built a few from schematics I have found on the web (though none have worked so far). The thing that is confusing for me is the range of forward voltage ratings I have found. Some of the part numbers I have come across such as 1N34A show a forward voltage of 1 volt. While others recommend 500mV and others as low as you can get. With so many instructions saying different values for best results. Is there a recommended rule of thumb for choosing a diode for a radio detector?

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ATTINY As A Clock?

Will using time library with an Attiny/45/85/84 ( http://playground.arduino.cc/Code/Time ) create an accurate clock? I keep on seeing people using these external crystal things. Do I need one? Isn't millis pretty dang accurate? How would I sync the clock with real time?

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply

I want to replace or alter the crystal oscillator on my UNO as part of a electronics suicide workshop

I want to replace or alter the crystal oscillator on my UNO as part of a electronics suicide workshop, look at it as circuit bending i guess. I want to know approximately what could happen- is it going to run a simple standalone program, I think serial and flashing will not be possible  post-lobotomy but i can load the program before i bend it. The processing speed will be the same but any Millis() or clock functions will be way out? Will it just trip over its own feet and crash? I have heard interesting things about using your finger over the solder spots to make it run at 60Hz etc...Anyway i will experiment but i wanted to get some predictions from people who know this stuff at a more fundamental level! Cheers!!

Question by oliverkellow   |  last reply

Radio stuff

Could you replace the crystal from a vex transmitter to run off a different receiver.

Topic by IX Smith XI   |  last reply

Do crystal radio's work when 'digital radio' has taken over?

For the past couple of days I have been interested and reading about crytsal radios. Having many issues recently, I do know that our radio stations here in Australia went to 'digital' and they removed analog T.V, but I never heard anything about radio. I can still pick up AM radio stations on the radio or in the car, but are these signals sent differently that a crystal cannot pick up? I attempted 2 versions of a foxhole radio, no luck at all there. So I went to Jaycar and bought this: http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=KV3540 This proper PCB, with a galena diode still does not work. It also doesnt use a ground. Unless my aerial needs to be bigger which I doubt! I am using a 30ft spreader aerial. Later today I will stand NEXT to a radio station building which is only 2km from here, if it does not work, then no crytal radio works over here anymore which would really suck! How could they remove it!? And if I am wrong about the crystal stuff, then im still mad that the analogue technology has been removed anyway. It should sit there for anyone to explore.

Question by AtomRat   |  last reply

Is it possible to use a 75MHz am radio receiver with a 27 MHz am transmitter if i match the crystals?

I fried the 27mhz receiver by accidentally reversing the polarity and i had the 75mhz laying around.  I was wondering if putting the 27mhz receiver crystal in the 75 mhz reciever would work.  Thanks in advance for your answers.

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