TXE433A Wireless 433MHz RF Link Transmitter/Encoder Module

WIRELESS RF LINK ADVANCED TRANSMIT- TER/ENCODER MODULE

Ramsey Electronics Model No. TXE433A

Need a data transmitter or receiver for your remote wireless application? These compact units are perfect for any project; car alarms, door openers, home security, you name it! Now with new hole spacing and including an address selector switch, it makes going wireless even easier!  Powerful +10 dBm output – up to 600’ range!  SAW Resonators for high stability – no drift!  Compact size with low current demand.  433 MHz license free band.  Included 8-dip switches for selection of channel.  New hole spacing and jacks for easy soldering and mounting.  Automatic tuning – no manual adjustments.  Operates on 2.5 to 12 volts DC. Ramsey Customer Use Only Not For Publication

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Ramsey Publication No. MTXE433A Price $5.00

INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR

ADVANCED WIRELESS RF LINK TRANSMITTER MODULE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction .......................................4 How Encoders and Decoders Work..4 Schematic Diagram...........................6 Antenna Considerations....................8 Hook up diagram...............................9 Conclusion ........................................10 Warranty............................................11

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THE TXE433A This wireless RF transmitter/encoder has a 4 bit data input that will be transmitted and encoded, then decoded by the receiver, RXD433A. The output is CMOS compatible when the unit is run on +5 volts. The “decoder address select” allows you to use one transmitter to control different receivers by giving each receiver a unique address. The decoder chip has eight address lines that can be connected to either +5 volts or ground, making it a simple matter of matching the address select switch on the receiver/decoder module to match the address select switch on the transmitter/encoder. These inputs are also CMOS compatible when run on +5 volts. The transmitter/encoder unit has a “transmit enable” input. When the address pins are set up properly and you are ready to transmit, you must ground the “transmit enable” pin to send the data to the receiver. How Encoders and Decoders work: A wireless remote control system requires a clean input signal to ensure that correct data is received. At all RF frequencies, but especially at the frequencies where unlicensed transmitter operation is allowed, the RF spectrum is cluttered with signals and noise that must be filtered for proper data reception. Rather than use microprocessors to detect and correct errors, an encoder IC and corresponding decoder IC can be used on the transmitter and receiver. A code is generated at the transmitter that must be matched at the receiver before the data is recognized as being valid. This type of system is widely used in wireless control applications since it is a reliable way of ensuring security and eliminating interference. Your garage door opener is an excellent example of such a system. All the openers on your street may be made by the same company, and may even be on the same frequency, but each has an internal code programmed into it so that when you push the button, only your garage door opens. In our TXEA/RXDA modules we use the Holtek HT12 series of ICs to accomplish this encoding/decoding scheme. Following is an explanation of how these IC‘s work. Let’s explore how the data and address lines allow one to control many different outputs for different applications. Because of the versatility of the HT-12E encoder/decoder chips it is possible to program hundreds of possible addresses and transmit to several different receivers using the same transmitter. The HT12E encoders begin a 4-word transmission cycle Ramsey Customer Use Only Not For Publication

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when transmit enable is pulled low. This cycle will repeat itself as long as the transmit enable is held low. Once the TE pin is pulled high, the encoder output completes its final cycle then stops. When the decoder chip receives serial data, it compares the address pulses to its address settings and if they are the same, it sends a high to the “data valid”, pin 18. At that point the data is considered valid and sent to the data output pins, 11 through 14. Each individual data line can be used as a separate output to drive individual devices or circuits, or all can be combined using suitable logic gates. Because there are four lines, they are capable of sending/receiving four bits of binary information. This allows a decimal count of 0 to 15. The data is latched, meaning that the information sent stays at the same level until new data is sent, even when the transmit enable is no longer present on the transmitter. If you desire a momentary output, the circuit on the following page is an example of one way to make the data output on your RXD433A momentary. The transmitters and receivers each have 8 address lines that can be pulled high or pulled low. To enable the address lines on the receiver unit they must match the transmitter unit. This gives 256 possible variations in address – imagine 256 receiver units all waiting for the proper signal and ready to be used for different applications! Because the transmitters all use the same frequency you would run into interference if you tried to use more than one transmitter at the same time. We’ve all had this experience when traveling; you’re tuning the radio and happen to be caught between two stations. Each station competes with the other and neither of them comes in clearly. This type of situation would not be welcome when trying to control different functions since any data received would be corrupted. However, since each receiver is “listening for” its own address you can have several receivers on and waiting for the proper address signal to activate. Each receiver module will receive any transmission on its frequency but will reject all but the proper transmission since the address settings don’t match. It is obvious that we must set the address lines on both the transmitter and receiver so that they are the same. This entails tying each line either high or low by running a jumper to either ground or +5 volts. You may want to run wire jumpers for each individual receiver if you’re using more than one but since you only need one transmitter to operate several receivers, the connections you make on the transmitter module should be more easily changed. A simple way to accomplish this is to use DIP switches. One side of the switch is connected to the address pins on the IC, one switch per pin. The other side of the switch should be connected directly to ground. The IC has internal pull-up resistors so that any line not tied to ground is automatically High. Ramsey Customer Use Only Not For Publication

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TXE433A SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM

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TXE433A PARTS LAYOUT DIAGRAM

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To pull an address line low, simply flip the switch for that address line. Match the address settings on the desired receiver module and you’re ready to go.

ANTENNA CONSIDERATIONS: The simplest antenna consists of a piece of wire approximately 6 to 7 inches long. If you desire more range you can try a ground plane antenna or a Yagi such as the Ramsey 4004 model. The antenna should be tuned for the 433 MHz band for best operation. Remember that the range you get will depend on terrain, obstructions, and height of antenna. Buildings can reflect RF energy making it difficult or impossible to receive the desired signal. Also, if a reflected signal is “bounced” off of a building or other object, it can be received along with the direct signal. If the reflected signal is out of phase with the direct signal, it is possible for the direct signal to be partially cancelled by the weaker, reflected signal. Since the wavelength of the 433 MHz signal is about two feet, moving the antenna slightly can effect the phase of a reflected signal. The ideal conditions for best transmission and reception are line of sight and outside with no obstructions. Ramsey Customer Use Only Not For Publication

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TE Transmit Enable (16): Ground the transmit enable pin to send data to the receiver.

Address lines: Ground individual lines to match RXD433A receiver address

Data lines (9,11,13,15): Input your data here. Data output at RXD433A will match data input to trans- mitter.

ANT: Attach your antenna here. Ramsey Customer Use Only Not For A0 through A7: A0 through A7: These are the address line switches. Individ- ual address lines should be connected to +5 volts or ground to match the RXD433A transmitter address lines. A through D: These are the data input lines. The input to these lines will match the output at the RXD433A transmitter data lines. Transmit Enable: When you are ready to transmit, ground the transmit enable pin to begin sending data to the receiver. Publication V+ (10): Attach your power source here. G (12,14): Attach your power sup- ply ground here.

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BASIC CONNECTION The following shows how to connect your TXE433A for as simple as possible operation. You may want to get fancier, but this will get you started.

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