How to Build Sonar detector

Hi All, As a interesting project I was thinking it would be fun to try to build a sonar ranger. But I was not able to find anything about it on the
web. So if anyone can point me to some web sites or books, it would help a lot. Also is this going to be a hard project that could last for a long time, of not? Thanks again -Kit
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kitmor wrote:

That depends on how much of it you want to do. Virtually all stages of such a device can be purchased as subsystems or kits.
At its core, ultrasonic ranging is simply creating a sound pulse at a frequency beyond that which humans can hear, and waiting for some sort of echo. It really is that *easy*.
As the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and this is where kits and subsystems come in.
Creating an ultrasonic pulse and being able to pick up its echo is a bit complex on the analog electronics aspect, but the digital stuff is easy.
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Hello Kit,

You did not indicate if the medium is earth, water or air? This will effect the type of transducer used and the power behind it.

Only you could answer a question about your building skills.
I am only guessing, but below is where I would start.
Your project is complicated, this may be why webpages are minimal. It is one project that has always fascinated me. If you make it follow up with a webpage. Let me know your link. Several ideas can spin off this one.
For the original designer like yourself projects like this are always much more expensive and time intensive than anticipated.
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In the end it is cheaper to buy this Sonar Detector already built.(-;
Especially if it is for fishing!
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Go here http://www.robot-electronics.co.uk/htm/srf08tech.shtml to read an excellent technical description, including schematics, for a sonar ranger.
Dave
Christopher wrote:

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kitmor wrote:

I build one from scratch, with some new technics, take a look here, and dont forget to take a look at the magic piece of foam http://oase.uci.kun.nl/~mientki/pic/projects/rapid_prototyping/rapid_prototyping_us_ranger.html
Stef Mientki
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Hi
I remember coming across a project to hack an old Polaroid camera into a SONAR.( I got one here in Australia for $15 off ebay) Do a Google search for "hacking a polaroid sonar camera", I got 25000 hits. Seattle Robotics group has an article too, I think, from memory. This particular version does draw a fair bit of current from what others have said.
The transducers themselves can be bought very inexpensively from electronics stores now if you don't want to hack a Polaroid camera..
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I bought a complete sonar ranger from a bargain barn outlet for $8 US. They sell stud finders for $5. Here in Frederick Maryland USA their name is "Ollies" but I am certain there are warehouse and overstock stores all over the country. Their stock changes very fast so I can go there twice a week and their inventory may be almost completely different for the fast selling stuff such as tools, seasonal stuff, electronic stuff like I mentioned above, cell phone accessories, computer accessories (very few of these), etc.
Stores like Ollies have a very small staff so they don't do telephone sales, sorry. I would help, but the stuff moves so fast they can have 50 items on Tuesday and if you don't buy what you want and go back on Wednesday, they may all be gone.
But look for these type of stores where ever you are, you might be surprised. RedCrow
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