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Telephone Ringer using 556 dual timers
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rectangular waves of different time periods, The circuit presented here produces
ringing tones similar to those produced by a telephone.
The circuit requires
four astable multivibrators for its working. Therefore two 556 ICs are used
here. The IC 556 contains two timers (similar to 555 ICs) in a single package.
One can also assemble this circuit using four separate 555 ICs. The first multivibrator
produces a rectangular waveform with 1-second ?low? duration and 2-second ?high?
duration. This waveform is used to control the next multivibrator that produces
another rectangular waveform.
A resistor R7 is used at the collector of
transistor T2 to prevent capacitor C3 from fully discharging when transistor
T2 is conducting. Preset VR1 must be set at such a value that the two ringing
tones are heard in one second. The remaining two multivibrators are used to
produce ringing tones corresponding to the ringing pulses produced by the preceding
When switch S1 is closed, transistor T1 cuts off and
thus the first multivibrator starts generating pulses. If this switch is placed
in the power supply path, one has to wait for a longer time for the ringing
to start after the switch is closed. The circuit used also has a provision for
applying a drive voltage to the circuit to start the ringing.
the circuit is not meant for connecting to the telephone lines. Using appropriate
drive circuitry at the input (across switch S1) one can use this circuit with
intercoms, etc. Since ringing pulses are generated within the circuit, only
a constant voltage is to be sent to the called party for ringing.
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