• on Audio/Video/Photography
  • Published in issue 7/2012 on page 58
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Kill noisy TV commercials with one stroke


You must know the feeling: you’re watching a great movie and all of a sudden a commercial comes blasting into the room. Your instinctive response is to turn down the sound or press the mute button – but where’s the zapper?

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R1,R2 = 10kOhm
R3 = 1MOhm
R4 = 1kOhm
R5 = 470Ohm
R6 = 22Ohm 0.25W
R7 = 330Ohm 0.25W
C1,C2 = 100nF
D1 = 3V 0.375W zener diode (SOD123F)
D2 = LED, low current, red, 3mm
D3 = IR-LED, 5mm (e.g. Vishay TSUS5202)
T1 = BC847 (SOT23)
IC1 = PIC12F1822-I/SN (SOIC8)
IR receiver module, 36kHz (e.g. TSOP34836)
K1,K2,S1 = 2-pin pinheader, pitch 0.1 in. (2.5mm)
K3 = 3- pin pinheader, pitch 0.1 in. (2.5mm)
K4 = 6- pin pinheader, pitch 0.1 in. (2.5mm)
Piezo buzzer (e.g. Kingstate KPEG165)
Pushbutton with make contact, panel mount
2 AA or AAA batteries with holder, or 3-V button cell
PCB # 120277-1

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