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CMOS / TTL Logic Probe Project.

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The Magazine Project design I used was for a CMOS (Voltage: 3-15V) and TTL (Voltage: 5V) Logic Probe. Used for diagnosing faults in digital logic circuits such as gates. With:

Logic Probe Case with Red / Black Croc. Clips Power Cable.

Logic Probe

Logic Probe Case (open) with Circuit.

Logic Probe and Circuit

The circuit was soldered onto a 9 x 37 hole vero-board which was cut to size using a hacksaw then filed to smooth the edges. This gave 9 fully conducting rows of holed copper. A 'spot face cutter' tool was required to 'halve-drill' holes in the vero-board to stop the whole track row length conducting. For two sides of a IC for example.

Spare 2-way strips of ribbon cable was used to connect the circuit board to the 4 LED's, and 2-way switch. These were covered in insulating tape to stop short circuits between the board and components. The 2-way insulated power cable terminated in the circuit board. And one final wire went to the probe its self.

PARTS LIST FOR CMOS LOGIC PROBE

Resistors - Min Res - ALL 9p each
R1,8		10k (Brown Black Orange)			3 off		(M10K)
R2,4		2.2k (Red Red Red)				3 off		(M2K2)
R5,10,11	4.7k (Yellow Violet Red)			3 off		(M4K7)
R6,13		8.2k (Grey Red Red)				2 off		(M8K2)
R7		470k (Yellow Violet Yellow)				(M470K)
R9		270W (Red Violet Brown)					(M270R)
R12		16k (Brown Blue Orange)					(M16K)
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Capacitors
C1,2		10 nF (104Z) Ceramic 10			2 off		(WX44X) - 7p
All ceramics are measured in pico farads. So 104 = 10,000 pico farads = 10 nano farads. 
See Engineering Notations for description of measurements.
C3		4.7 F 16V Tantalum Bead					(WW35) - 45p
C4		10 F 10V Electrolytic					(JA75S) - 8p 
To smooth spikes from the circuit power supply.

Semiconductors
IC1		LM393N Voltage Comparator					(UH30H) - 54p 
IC2		555 Timer - NE555N						(GH66W) - 37p
D1		Diode (to protect circuit in case power leads are connected back to front).
D2,5		5mm RED LED's						(WL29E) - 12p 
		With 5mm LED Clips				4 off		(YY40T) - 8p 
	 [OR]	5mm LED Cliplite Covers			4 off		(YH54J) - 21p	
	 [OR]	5mm LED Chrome Bezzels, top quality	4 off		(N89AX) - 87p

Miscellaneous
LK1-11		Wire links between circuit tracks.
SW1		SPDT Ultra Min Tggle - 5.2mm Mounting Hole		(FH98G) - 1.49
CN1		Gold Croc Clip Red						(FS53J) - 52p
CN2		Gold Croc Clip Black					(FS55K) - 52p
		One Meter of 2-way Cable for power lead.
		Small moulded black plastic case			(FT31) - 99p
			124mm long by 33mm wide by 30mm deep
		Logic Probe Tip - Long M3 bolt
		Legends (white transfer writing for case).
		Vero-board, 81 x 14 holes - Stripboard			(FL17T) - 4.99

All components available from Maplin Electronics on-line (through the Post or from there 40 UK Shops). The Logic Probe project was published in the Maplin Magazine.

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Preparing the Case

All components were bought from Maplin Electronics including the Case [ Maplin Code FT31 - 99p ]. The legends next to the LEDs, Switch, and Logic Probe Name were applied using white transfers. Then set by painting a little varnish over each word using a paint brush. The following holes had to be drilled in the case: