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RB01 - Rocket Beeper


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The Rocket Beeper 1 (RB01) is an acoustic locator designed for use with model rockets. The RB01 has several advantages over other acoustic rocket finders. It has a DC-to-DC converter that boosts the 3.7 volts from a single cell lithium battery to 12 volts. This means that even if the battery voltage begins to fall, the beeper will still operate at its optimum voltage and produce a loud tone. To preserve battery capacity - and avoid annoying beeping on the launch pad - the RB01 uses a phototransistor to turn off the beeper when it is dark. This means that after you turn the RB01 on and put it inside your rocket - where it is dark - it will cease beeping until it sees daylight again after ejection. A battery is not included with the RB01; suggested lithium batteries are shown in the RB01 User's Manual. You can also use a 3 volt dry-cell source instead if you prefer. The RB01 User's Manual is available on the Data & Documentation page.

Mass:
Approximately 8.8 grams, without battery.
Dimensions:
Diameter of 24.5 mm. Compatible with BT-55 or larger body tubes.
Length of 51.6 mm.
Power:
3 to 3.7 volt battery using JST PH2 connector, 100 to 200 mAh.
Audio output:
Approximately 3550 Hz.
Beep rate 1 +-30% Hz.
Sound pressure level 108 dB at 10 cm.
Price: $20.00 assembled-and-tested (battery is not included).