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PC CONTROLLED 4 CHANNEL TIMER Control (on/off times etc) up to 4 items (8A 240v each) with this kit. Complete with Software, relays, PCB etc. £25.99 Ref 95/26

COMPLETE PC 300 WATT UPS SYSTEM Top of the range UPS system providing protection for your computer system and valuable software against mains power fluctuations and cuts. New and boxed, UK made Provides up to 5 mins running time in the event of complete power failure to allow you to run your system down correctly. SALE PRICE just £119.00.

RACAL MODEM BONANZA! 1 Racal MPS1223 1200/75 modem, telephone lead, mainslead, manual and comms software, the cheapest way onto the net! all this for just £13 ref DEC13.

HOW LOW ARE YOUR FLOPPIES? 3.5" (1.44) unbranded. We have sold 100,000+ so ok! Pack of 50 £24.99 ref DEC 16 BRITISH TELECOMM MULTIMETERS SA9083 These are ‘returns’ so they may have faults but look ok. Complete with new leads and leather case. Price for two meters & 1 case is £10 ref DEC89. Smw LASER POINTER. Supplied in kit form, complete with power adjuster, 1-Smw, and beam divergence adjuster. Runson2 AAA batteries. Produces thin red beam ideal forlevels, gun sights, expen- ments etc. Cheapest in the UK! just £39.95 ref DEC49

SHOP WOBBLERS!Small assemblies designed to take D size batteries and ‘wobble’ cardboard model signs aboutin shop windows! £3.99 Ref SEP4P2.

RADIO PAGERSBrand new, UK made pocket pagers dearance price is just £4.99 each 100x40x 15mm packed with bits! Ref SEP5. BULL TENS UNTT Fully built and tested TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit, complete with electrodes and full instructions. TENS is used for the relief of pain etc in up to 70% of sufferers. Drug free pain relief, safe and easy to use, can be used in conjunction with analgesics etc. £49 Ref TEN/1

COMPUTER RS232 TERMINALS. (LIBERTY)Excelient quality modem units, (like wyse 50,s) 2xRS232, 20 function keys, 50 thro to 38,400 baud, menu driven port, screen, cursor, and keyboard setup menus (18 menu's). £29 REF NOV4.

OMRON TEMPERATURE CONTROLLERS (E6C2).Brand new controllers, adjustable from -50 deg C to +1,200 deg C using graduated dial, 2% accuracy, thermocouple input, longlife relay output ,3A 240v o/p contacts. Perfect for exactly controlling a temperature, Nomai trade £50+, ours £15. Ref E5C2.

ELECTRIC MOTOR BONANZA! 110x60mm.Brand new precision, cap start (or spin to start), virtually silent and features a moving outer case that acts as a fly wheel. Because of their unusual design we think that 2 of these in a tube with some homemade fan blades could form the basis for a wind tunnel etc. Clearance priceisjust £4.99 FORAPAIR! (note-these will have to be wired in senesfor 240v operation Ref NOV1.

MOTOR NO 2 BARGAIN 110x90mm.Similar to the above motor but more suitable for mounting vertically (ie tumtable etc). Again you will have to wire 2in series for 240v use. Bargain priceisjust£4 99 FOR A PAIR!! Ref NOVS.

OMRON ELECTRONKE INTERVAL TIMERS. Minature adjustable timers, 4 pole c/o output 3A 240v, HY1230S, 12vDC adjustable from 0-30 secs. £9.99 HY1210M, 12vDC adjustable from 0-10 mins. £9.99 HY1260M, 12vDC adjustable from 0-60 mins. £9.99 4 HY2460M, 24vAC adjustable from 0-60 mins. £5.99 HY241S, 24vAC adjustable from O-1 secs. £5.99 HY2460S, 24vAC adjustable from 0-60 secs, £5.99 HY243H, 24vAC adjustable from O-3 hours. £8.99 HY2401S, 240v adjustable from 0-1 secs. £9.99 HY2405S, 240v adjustable from 0-5 secs. £9.99 HY24060m, 240v adjustable from 0-60 mins. £12.99 PC PAL VGA TO TV CONVERTER Converts a colour TV into a basic VGA screen. Complete with built in psu, lead and s/ware. £49.95. Ideal forlaptops or acheap upgrade. We also can supply this in kit form for home assembly at £34.95 ref EF 54.

DRINKING BIRD Remember these? hook onto wine glass (sup- plied) and they drink, standup,drink, standup ETC! £4 each Ref EF 1 EMERGENCY LIGHTING UNIT Complete unit with 2 double

bulb floodlights, built in charger and auto switch. Fully cased. 6v 8AH lead acid req'd. (secondhand) £4 ref MAG4P 11.

GUIDED MISSILE WIRE. 4,200 metre reel of ultra thin 4 core insulated cable, 28lbs breaking strain, less than 1mm thick! Ideal alarms, intercoms, fishing, dolls house's etc. £14.99 ref MAG15P5 300v PANEL METER 70X60X50MMM, AC, 90 degree scale. Good quality meter. £5.99 ref MAG 6P 14. Ideal for monitoring mains etc. ASTEC SWITCHED MODE PSU BM41012 Gives +5 @ 3.75A, +12@1.5A, -12@.4A. 230/110, cased, BM41012. £5.99 ref AUG6P3. TORRODIAL TX 30-0-30 480VA, Perfect for Mosfet amplifiers etc. 120mm dia 55mm thick. £18.99 ref APR19.

AUTO SUNCHARGER 155x300mm solar panel with diode and 3metrelead fitted with a cigar plug. 12v 2watt.£9.99 ea ref AUG10P3. FLOPPY DISCS DSDD Top quality 5.25" discs, these have been written to once and are unused. Pack of 20 is £4 ref AUG4P1. ECLATRON FLASH TUBE Asused in police car flashing lights etc, full spec supplied, 60-100 flashes a min. £9.99 ref APR10P5. 24v AC S6WATT Cased power supply. New. £13.99 ref APR14. MILITARY SPEC GEIGER COUNTERS Unused anstraightfrom Her majesty's forces. £50 ref MAG SOP3. STETHOSCOPE Fully functioning stethoscope, ideal for listening to hearts, pipes, motors etc. £6 ref MAR6P6.

OUTDOOR SOLAR PATH LIGHT Captures sunlight during

the day and automatically switches on a built inlamp at dusk. Complete with sealed lead acid battery etc £19.99 ref MAR20P1.

ALARM VERSION Of above unit comes with built in alarm and pir to deter intruders. Good value at just £24.99 ref MAR25P4. CARETAKER VOLUMETREK Alam, will cover the whole of the ground floor against forcred entry. Includes mains power supply and integral battery backup. Powerful internal sounder, will take external bell if req'd. Retail £150+, ours? £49.99 ref MARSOP 1.

TELEPHONE CABLE White 6 core 100m ree! complete with a pack of 100 ciips. Ideal ‘phone extns etc. £7.99 ref MAR8P3. MICRODRIVE STRIPPER Small cased tape drives ideal for stripping, lots of useful goodies including a smart case, and lots of components. £2 each ref JUN2P3.

SOLAR POWER LAB SPECIAL You get TWO 6"x& 6v 130mA solar cells, 4 LED's, wire, buzzer, switch plus 1 relay or motor. Superb value kit just €5.99 REF: MAG6P8

SOLID STATE RELAYS Will switch 25A mains. Input 3.5-26v DC 57x43x2 1mm with terminal screws £3.99 REF MAG4P 10 BUGGING TAPE RECORDER Small voice activated recorder, uses microcassette complete with headphones. £28.99 ref MAR29P 1. ULTRAMINI BUG ME 6mmx3.5mm made by AKG, .5-12velectret condenser. Cost £12 ea, Ours? just four for £9.99 REF MAG10P2. RGB/CGA/EGA/TTL COLOUR MONITORS 12" in good condition. Back anodised metal case. £79 each REF JUN79 ANSWER PHONES Retums with 2 faults, we give you the bits for 1 fault, you have to find the other yourself. BT Response 200's £18 ea REF MAG18P1. PSU £5 ref MAGS5P 12.

SWITCHED MODE PSU ex equip, 60w +5v @5A, -5v@.5A, +12V@2A,-12V@.5A 120/220v cased 245x88x55mm |ECinput socket £6.99 REF MAG7P1

PLUG IN PSU 9V 200mA DC £2.99 each REF MAG3P9 PLUG IN ACORN PSU 19v AC 14w , £2.99 REF MAG3P 10 POWER SUPPLY fully cased with mains and o/p leads 17v DC 900mA output. Bargain price £5.99 ref MAG6P9

ACORN ARCHIMEDES PSU +5v @ 4.4A. on/off sw uncased, selectable mains input, 145x100x45mm £7 REF MAG7P2 GEIGER COUNTER KIT Low cost professional twin tube, com- plete with PCB and components. Now only £19 REF AUG19.

Sv DC POWER SUPPLY Standard plugin type 150ma 9v DC with lead and DC power plug. price for two is £2.99 ref AUG3P4.

AA NICAD PACK encapsulated pack of 8 AA nicad batteries (tagged) ex equip, 55x32x32mm. £3 a pack. REF MAG3P 11

13.8V 1.9A psu cased with leads. Just £9.99 REF MAG10P3 PPCMODEM CARDS. These are high spec plugin cards made for the Amstrad laptop computers. 2400 baud dial up unit complete with leads. Clearance price is £5 REF: MAG5P1

INFRA RED REMOTE CONTROLLERS Ojiginally made for hi spec satellite equipment but perfect for all sorts of remote control projects. Our clearance price is just £2 REF: MAG2

200 WATT INVERTER Converts 10-15v DC into either 110v or 240v AC. Fully cased 115x36x156mm, complete with heavy duty power lead, cigar plug, AC outlet socket.Auto overoad shutdown, auto short circuit shut down, auto input over voltage shutdown, auto input under voltage shut down (with audible alarm), auto temp control, unit shuts down if overheated and sounds audible alarm. Fused reversed polarity protected. output frequency within 2%, voltage within 10%. Aextremely well built unit at an excellent price. Just £64.99 ref AUG65. UNIVERSAL SPEED CONTROLLER KIT Designed by us for the C5 motor but ok for any 12v motor up to 30A. Complete with PCB etc. A heat sink may be required. £17.00 REF: MAG17 MAINSCABLEPrecut black 2 core 2metre lengths ideal for repairs, projects etc. 50 metres for £1.99 ref AUG2P7.

COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS PACK Kit contains 100m of 6 core cable, 100 cable dips, 2 line divers with RS232 interfaces and all connectors etc. Ideal low cost method of communicating be- tween PC's over along distance. Complete kit £8.99.

MINI CYCLOPS PIR 52x62x40mm runs on PP3 battery complete with shrill sounder. Cheap protection at only £5.99 ref MAR6P4. ELECTRIC MOTOR KIT Comprehensive educational kitincludes all you need to build an electric motor. £9.99 ref MAR10P4. VIEWDATA SYSTEMS made by Phillips, complete with internal 1200/75 modem, keyboard, psu etc RGB and composite outputs, menu driven, autodialler etc. £18 each Ref EF88.

BOOMERANG High tech, patented poly propylene, 34cm wing span. Get out and get some exercise for £4.99 ref EF83

AIR RIFLES .22As used by the Chinese army for training puposes, so there is a lot about! £39.95 Ref EF78. 500 pellets £4.50 ref EF80. PEANUT TREE Complete kit to grow your own peanuts! full instructions supplied. £3 Ref EF45.

PLUG IN POWER SUPPLYS Plugs in to 13A socket with output lead. three types available, 9vdc 150mA £2 ref EF58, 9vdc 200mA £2.50 ref EF59, 6. S5vdc 500mA £3 ref EF61.

VIDEO SENDER UNIT. Transmits both audio and video signals from either a video camera, video recorder, TV or Computer etcto any standard TV set in a 100' range! (tune TV toa spare channel) 12v DC op. Priceis £15 REF: MAG15 12v psu is £5 extra REF: MAG5P2 “FM CORDLESS MICROPHONE Smaii hand held unit with a 500' range! 2 transmit powerlevels. Reqs PP3 Sv battery. Tuneabie to any FM receiver. Piceis£15 REF: MAG15P1

LOW COST WALKIE TALKIES Pair of battery operated units with a range of about 200’. Ideal for garden useor as an educational toy. Price is£8 a pair REF: MAG 8P1 2.x PP3 req'd.

*MINATURE RADW TRANSCEIVERS A pair of walkie talkies



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with a range of up to 2km in open country. Units measure 22x52x 155mm. Induding cases and earp'ces. 2xPP3 req'd. £30.00 pr.REF: MAG30 COMPOSITE VIDEO KIT. Converts composite video into sepa rate H sync, V sync, and video. 12v DC. £8.00 REF: MAG8P2. LQ3600 PRINTER ASSEMBLIES Made by Amstrad they are entire mechanical printer assemblies including printhead, stepper mo- tors etc etc In fact everything bar the case and electronics, a good Stripper £5 REF: MAGSP3 cr 2 for£8 REF: MAG8P3

LED PACK of 100 standard red 5m leds £5 REF MAG5P4 UNIVERSAL PC POWER SUPPLY complete with flyleads, switch, fan etc. Two types available 150w at £15 REF:MAG15P2 (23x23x23mm) and 200w at £20 REF: MAG20P3 (23x23x23mm) GYROSCOPE About high and an excellent educational toy for all ages! Price with instruction booklet £6 Ref EF 15.

FUTURE PC POWER SUPPLIES These are 295x135x60mm, 4 drive connectors 1 mother board connector. 150watt, 12v fan, iec inlet and on/off switch. £12 Ref EF6.

VENUS FLY TRAP KIT Grow your own carnivorous plant with this simple kit £3 ref EF 34.

PC POWER SUPPLIES (returns) These are 140x150x90mm. o/ ps are +12,-12,+5 and -5v. Builtin 12v fan. These are retums so they may well need repairing! £3.50 each ref EF 42.

“FM TRANSMITTER KIT housed in a standard working 13A adapter!! the bug runs directly off the mains so lasts forever! why pay £700? or priceis£15 REF: EF62 Transmits to any FM radio. (this isin kit form with full instructions.)

*FM BUG KIT New design with PCB embedded coil for extra stability. Works to any FM radio. 9v battery req'd. £5 REF: MAGS5P5

*FM BUG BUILT AND TESTED superior design to kit. Supplied to detective agencies. 9v battery req'd. £14 REF: MAG14 TALKING COIN BOX STRIPPER orginally made to retail at£79 each, these units are designed to convert an ordinary phone into a payphone. Theunits have the locks missing and sometimes broken hinges. However they can be adapted for their original use or used for something else?? Price is just £3 REF: MAG3P1

TOP QUALITY SPEAKERS Made for Hi Fi televisions these are 10 watt 4R Jap made round with large shielded magnets. Good quality. £2 each REF: MAG2P4 or 4 for £6 REF: MAG6P2 TWEETERS 2" diameter good quality tweeter 140R (ok with the above speaker) 2 for £2 REF: MAG2P5 or 4 for€3 REF: MAG3P4 AT KEYBOARDS Made by Apricot these quality keyboards need justa small modtorunon any AT, they work perfectly but you will have to put up with 1 or 2 foreign keycaps! Price £6 REF: MAG6P3 HEADPHONES Ex Virgin Atlantic. 8pairsfor€2 REF: MAG2P8 DOS PACKS Microsoft version 3.3 or higher complete with all manuals or price just £5 REF: MAG5P8 Worth it just for the very comprehensive manual! §.25° only.

GAS HOBS Brand new made by Optimus, basic three bumer suitable for small flat etc bargain price just £29.95 ref EF73.

GAT AIR PISTOL PACK Complete with pistol, darts and peliets £12.95 Ref EF82 extra pellets (500) £4.50 ref EF80. CHRISTMAS TREE KIT Start growing it now! £3 ref EF53. DOS PACK Microsoft version 5 Original software but no manuals hence only £5.99. 3.5* only.

PIR DETECTOR Made by famous UK alarm manufacturer these are hi spec, long range internal units. 12v operation. Slight marks on | case and unboxed (although brand new) £8 REF: MAG8P5 MOBILE CAR PHONEE6.99 Weil almost! complete in carphone excluding the box of electronics normally hidden under seat. Can be made toilluminate with 12v also has built in light sensor so display only illuminates when dark. Totally convincing! REF: MAG6P6

ALARM BEACONS Zenon strobe made to mount on an extemal bell box but could be used for caravans etc. 12v operation. Just connect § up and it flashes reguiany) £5 REF: MAG5P 11

6"°X12" AMORPHOUS SOLAR PANEL 12v 155x310mm 130mA. Bargain price just £5.99 ea REF MAG6P 12.

FIBRE OPTIC CABLE BUMPER PACK 10 metres for £4.99 ref MAG5P 13 ideal for experimenters! 30 m for £12.99 ref MAG13P1 § HEATSINKS (finned) T0220, designed tomount vertically on apeb | 50x40x25mm you can have a pack of 4 for £1 ref JUN1P11. STROBE LIGHT KIT Adjustable from 1 hz right up to 60hz! (electronic asssembly kit with full instructions) £16 ref EF28.

ROCK LIGHTS Unusual things these, two pieces of rock that glow f when rubbed together belived to cause raini€3 a pair Ref EF29.


15mW, Helium neon, 3 switchable wavelengths 63um, 1.15um,3.39um (2 ofthem are infrared) 500: 1 polarizer built in so good for holography. Supplied complete with mains power supply. 790x65mm. Use with EXTREME CAUTION AND QUALIFIED GUIDANCE. £349+Vat.





4 Hand held personal Gamma and X Ray detector.

his unit contains two Geiger Tubes, has a 4 digit LCD display with a Piezo speaker, giving an audio visual ndication. The unit detects high energy electromag- netic quanta with an energy from 30K eV to over 1.2M eV and a measuring range of 5-9999 UR/h or 10-99990

INr/h. Supplied complete with handbook.Ref. NOV 18.




The No. 1 Independent Magazine for Electronics, Technology and Computer Projects

VOL. 24 No.6 JUNE 1995


EPE HiFi VALVE AMPLIFIER -1 by Jake Rothman 434 A brand new hybrid design that retains that unique ‘‘valve sound”

NAME OF THE GAME —4 Star-Struck! ¢ Six-Shot Zapper

¢ Wander Wands by Roy Bebbington 446 Easy-build modules to enhance your quiz and party games PIC-DATS-2 4-Channel Light Chaser by Mark Stuart 465 Take your PIC and create your very own light show. Demonstration project to show how easy it is to program your PICs AA TO PP3 CONVERTER by Robert Penfold 476 Step up the power of your AA's with this low-cost d.c. to d.c. converter R.F. SIGNAL GENERATOR - 2 by Steve Knight 487

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CIRCUIT SURGERY by Alan Winstanley 472 Voxbox upgrade, diodes and current flow | ELECTRONICS FROM THE GROUND UP-9 480 by Mike Tooley B.A.

Concluding article Further reading extends the range of Electronics Workbench INTERFACE by Robert Penfold 4f4 The page for computer enthusiasts Model train control

AMATEUR RADIO by Tony Smith G4FAI 500

Hobby or Politics; No DXCC Status; Young Amateur of the Year; Story of the Key


EDITORIAL 433 INNOVATIONS 442 Everyday news from the world of electronics | NEW TECHNOLOGY UPDATE by lan Poole Aaa The latest developments in memory storage OHM SWEET OHM by Max Fidling 453 Max investigates strange ‘goings on” in the attic SMART CARDS by Barry Fox | | 454 What they are, how they work, are they secure? BACK ISSUES Did you miss these? 460 SHOPTALK with David Barrington | 478 Component buying for EPE projects ELECTRONICS VIDEOS | 492 “yy Our range of educational videos | DIRECT BOOK SERVICE 495 A wide range of technical books available by mail order PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD SERVICE 499 PCBs for EPE projects ADVERTISERS INDEX 504 Wimbo Publishing Ltd 1995. Copyright in all a and articles published in F R E E

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Top qualit y 19" rack cabinets made in UK by Optima Enclosures Ltd. Units feature designer, smoked acrylic lockable front door, full height lockable half louvered back door and removable side panels. Fully adjustable internal fixing struts, ready punched for any configuration of equipment mounting plus ready mounted integral 12 way 13 amp socket switched mains distribution strip make these racks some of the most versatile we have ever sold. Racks may be stacked side by side and therefore require only two side panels to stand singly or in bays Overall dimensions are: 77%" H x 32%" D x 22" W. Order as:

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32U - High Quality - All steel cabinet

Made by Eurocraft Enclosures Ltd to the highest possible spec, rack features all steel construction with removable side, front and back doors. Front and back doors are <>. hinged for easy access and all are lockable with five secure 5 lever barrel locks. The front door Ess is constructed of double walled steel with a ES ‘designer style’ smoked acrylic front panel to enable status indicators to be seen through the panel, yet remain unobtrusive. Internally the rack features full slotted reinforced vertical fixing mem- bers to take the heaviest of 19” rack equip- ment. The two movable vertical fixing struts (extras available) are pre punched for standard ‘cage nuts’. A mains distribution panel internal- ly mounted to the bottom rear, provides 8 IEC 3 pin Euro sockets and 1 x 13 amp 3 pin switched <a utility socket. Overall ventilation is provided by ~ fully louvered back door and double skinned top section with top and side louvres. The top panel may be removed for fitting of integral fans to the sub plate etc. Other features include: fitted castors and floor levelers, prepunched utility panel at lower rear for cable / connector access etc. Supplied in excellent, slightly used condition with keys. Colour Royal blue. External dimensions 64” H x 25” D x 23%” W.

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The ultimate in ‘Touch Screen Technology’ made by the experts - MicroTouch - but sold at a price below cost !! System consists of a flat translucent glass laminated panel measuring 29.5 x 23.5 cm connected to a PCB with on board sophisticated electronics. From the board comes a standard serial RS232 or TTL output. The out- put continuously gives simple serial data containing positional X & Y co-ordinates as to where a finger is touching the panel - as the fin- ger moves, the data instantly changes. The X & Y information is given at an incredible matrix resolution of 1024 x 1024 positions over the screen size !!! So, no position, however small fails detec- tion. A host of available translation software enables direct con- nection to a PC for a myriad of applications including: control pan- els, pointing devices, POS systems, controllers for the disabled or computer un-trained etc etc Imagine using your finger in ‘Windows’ instead of a mouse !! (a driver is indeed available !) The applica- tions for this amazing product are only limited by your imagina- tion!! Supplied as a complete system including Controller, Power

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INTEL 'ABOVE' Memory Expansion Board. Full length PC-XT and PC-AT compatible card with 2 Mbytes of memory on board. Card is fully selectable for Expanded or Extended (286 processor and above) memory. Full data and driver disk supplied. In good used condition fully tested and guaranteed. Windows compatible. Order as: ABOVE CARD £59.95,a1) Half length 8 bit memory upgrade cards for PC AT XT expands memory either 256k or 512k in 64k steps. ae ng be used to fill in RAM above 640k DOS limit. Complete with d

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A reasonably accurate, inexpensive and easy to build anemometer. This unit employs an electric motor to dispense with complicated bearings, shafts and transducers. It will_ indicate windspeed

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No. 1 for Kits

Whether your requirement for surveillance equipment is amateur, professional or you are just fascinated by this unique area of electronics SUMA DESIGNS has a kit to fit the bill. We have been designing electronic surveillance equipment for over 12 years and you can be sure that all our kits are very well tried, tested and proven and come complete with full instructions, circuit diagrams, assembly details and all high quality components including fibreglass PCB. Unless otherwise stated all transmitters are tuneable and can be received on an ordinary VHF FM radio.

Genuine SUMA kits available only direct from Suma Designs. Beware inferior imitations!

UTX Ultra-miniature Room Transmitter Smallest room transmitter kit in the world! Incredible 10mm x 20mm including: MIC. 3-12V Operation. 500M range............cccccsccessccsseesssecsssecssscsseecssersescsesens £16.45

MTX Micro-miniature Room Transmitter Best-selling micro-miniature Room Transmitter Just 17mm x 17mm including mic. 3-12V operation. 1000m range..................... £13.45

STX High-performance Room Transmitter Hi performance transmitter with a buffered output stage for greater stability and range.

Measures 22mm x 22mm including mic. 6-12V operation, 1500m range............. £15.45 VT500 High-power Room Transmitter

Powerful 250mW output providing excellent range and performance. Size 20mm x 40mm. 9-12V operation. 3000M range.............cccccccsscssscssesssssssescsesssssesssseseesens £16.45 VXT Voice Activated Transmitter

Triggers only when sounds are detected. Very low standby current. Variable sensitivity and delay with LED indicator. Size 20mm x 67mm. 9V operation. 1000m range...£19.45

HVX400 Mains Powered Room Transmitter

Connects directly to 240V AC supply for long-term monitoring. Size 30mm x 35mm. STE FIM sccssadsscovuncectsyessoacnsg tind) Sood beasanbtevesiipsoss eohetis colach estdtdbidenbdesvvein cokeaghoaaeas £19.45 SCRX Subcarrier Scrambled Room Transmitter

Scrambled output from this transmitter cannot be monitored without the SCDM decoder connected to the receiver. Size 20mm x 67mm. 9V operation. 1000m range............. £22.95

SCLX Subcarrier Telephone Transmitter

Connects to telephone line anywhere, requires no batteries. Output scrambled so requires. SCDM connected to receiver. Size 32mm x 37mm. 1000m range........... £23.95 SCDM Subcarrier Decoder Unit for SCRX

Connects to receiver earphone socket and provides decoded audio output to headphones. Size 32mm x 70MM. 9-12V Operation .............ccccccseccescseseseseesesees £22.95

ATR2 Micro Size Telephone Recording Interface

Connects between telephone line (anywhere) and cassette recorder. Switches tape automatically as phone is used. All conversations recorded. Size 16mm x 32mm. POWEIOG FONT TING vnssisnsessincascivscsssscsasasavdnsensbossassanscuadanccbecotetooukdsotteisdeedenienteniseatioter £13.45


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UTLX Ultra-miniature Telephone Transmitter

Smallest telephone transmitter kit available. Incredible size of 10mm x 20mm! Connects to line (anywhere) and switches on and off with phone use.

All conversation transmitted. Powered from line. 500m rangé..................... £15.95

TLX700 Micro-miniature Telephone Transmitter

Best-selling telephone transmitter. Being 20mm x 20mm it is easier to assemble than UTLX. Connects to line (anywhere) and switches on and off with phone use. All conversations transmitted. Powered from line. 1000m range .................0...cc £13.45

STLX High-performance Telephone Transmitter

High performance transmitter with buffered output stage providing excellent stability and performance. Connects to line (anywhere) and switches on and off with phone use. All conversations transmitted. Powered from line. Size 22mm x 22mm.

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TKX900 Signalling/Tracking Transmitter

Transmits a continous stream of audio pulses with variable tone and rate. Ideal for signalling or tracking purposes. High power output giving range up to 3000m. Size 25MM X GSMM. OV Operation ...............ccccscesccscsscsscscscsscsscessscsscscsscsssscssesceseaveseess £22.95

CD400 Pocket Bug Detector/Locator

LED and piezo bleeper pulse slowly, rate of pulse and pitch of tome increase as you approach signal. Gain control allows pinpointing of source. Size 45mm x 54mm. 9V RINE iaiiiseccceirdecks haiseagastecrevsapaded vclcdannadlseaviaeniasnnensdedeoutempanes £30.95

CD600 Professional Bug Detector/Locator

Multicolour readout of signal strength with variable rate bleeper and variable sensitivity used to detect and locate hidden transmitters. Switch to AUDIO CONFORM mode to distinguish between localised bug transmission and normal legitimate signals such as pagers, Cellular, taxis etc. Size 70mm