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30 Sep, 2005



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  Ben's Projects at work at the Univ of Illinois:

Well, for those who have asked, this is what I do at work. I design stuff. I build stuff. I help students working on projects related to what we do here... It's fun fun fun.

This is the list UIUC ECE 345 (Senior Design Class) Projects that Students worked on for us:

  • Bird Accelerometer
  • Narrowband RF Receiver
  • DSP Pulse Detection of Wildlife RF Transmitters
  • Solar/Wind Power Budget
  • High Speed ADC for the Bird Radar
  • Bird Accelerometer (version 2)
  • Table of Contents

  • 802.11 WAP Conversion
  • RF Switch
  • Monitor
  • RF Screen Cage
  • 100' Tower at office
  • 120' Tower at Hendrick House
  • A-D and IO board for Cerf SBC
  • IF Receiver Strip
  • Mobile Tower on Wheels
  • The first functioning prototype!!


  • How to weatherproof an off the shelf 802.11 WAP.
    (Dec. 2003)
    D-Link WAP Modification D-Link WAP Modification D-Link WAP Modification Finished D-Link WAP in outdoor Enclosure
    The Tower of Solar Power (Er, the solar stuff) No Images Yet...
    Quick and Dirty 6 pole Antenna Switch (emphasis on quick and dirty).

    (July, 2003)
    Relay-Based SP6T Switch Relay-Based SP6T Switch Relay-Based SP6T Switch Relay-Based SP6T Switch
    New and Improved 6 pole Antenna Switch

    (Nov 2003)
    FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch
    Antenna Switch Version 3! (it's the charm, right?)

    (Apr 2005)
    FET-based SP6T Switch FET-based SP6T Switch
    PIC Based Weather Monitor.

    Does Temp, Sunlight and whatever else we feel like.

    (Nov 2003)

    Weather Monitor PCB Weather Monitor PCB Weather Monitor PCB Weather Monitor in its Box Weather Monitor w/fiber add-on Weather Monitor mounted outside Weather Monitor mounted outside Weather Monitor mounted outside RS232 to Fiber adaptor Version 2
    Mini-Faraday RF Cage

    (Nov 2003)

    Faraday Cage Faraday Cage Faraday Cage Faraday Cage
    An ECE-345 design project on which I assisted. This is an attitude indicator for geese.

    (Fall 2003)

    Ben's Work Area at SB3

    (Dec 2003)
    Electronics WorkBench Work Area Student Work Area / Tower Cable Entry Point Ben's other Desk with Caray (IBM RS/6000), Atkins (ix86 Linux) and Bob (Sun Sparc) Busy Lab Day...
    The Next 100' Antenna Tower at Hendrick House
    (Jun. 2004)
    A-D Board for Cerf Computer to be placed in Towers
    (Sep. 2004)
    ADC Board Top ADC Board Bottom CerfBoard Signal Breakout CerfBoard Signal Breakout CerfBoard with/ADC in Test
    Receiver Parts
    (Sep. 2004)
    Single Channel IF Strip RF Preamp in a box for ICOM RF PreAmp PCB for IF-Strip Pre-Amp #2 in a Box Single IF-Strip mounted in a Box 200MHz Direct Digital Synthesizer w/temporary PIC16F876 based controller for RS232 control. Quad Output TCXO Generating 129.3MHz, 50Mhz and 10.245MHz reference frequencies Micro-Mini 2mm Sq Sp3T RF Switch
    Mobile Tower on Wheels
    (Mar. 2005)
    Mobile - All set up and running Mobile - Listening out in the field Mobile - Interior view Mobile - External Antenna view Mobile - Setup almost complete! Mobile - Mobile's Antenna Switch Mobile - A View from the back of the truck Mobile - Ron Setting up the system
    First Functioning Tower System Prototype
    (Mar. 2005)
    The first functioning tower prototype!
    Our project's 100' Antenna Tower!!
    (Aug. 2003)
    SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower SB3 Tower Up Goes Ben And up and up.. Ben on the Tower Ben installing the Antenna bracket. Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower Ben on the Tower



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