Wireless infrared badger detector with 2,4GHz datalink to PC

We have 4 badgers in our garden that digs up our lawn. I needed a way to scare the badgers off without needing to use more drastic methods.

I have modified a passive infrared detector that I purchased at Clas Ohlson for another project several years ago. The modification makes the detector more sensitive. I take out the signals from before the logic that does an AND between sensor 1 and sensor 2. The signals are scaled down to 3,3V and are sent to two inputs of an Arduino mini PRO.

The modded PIR sensor with the uC and the radiolink mounted inside the existing chassis. (Note: the antenna is 1/4 wavelength, not 1/2 wavelength as is written in Norwegian on the picture)

The Arduino uC runs a C program that detects infrared thermal events. In case a valid detection is sensed, packets are generated and sent to a nRF2401 13 cm radiolink from Sparkfun. The radiolink sends the data to the base station in my house signalling that a badger is detected. I can then verify the operation of the sensor. Later the plan is to generate some noise to scare off the badger.


The sensor in its test configuration for detecting badgers. The sensor is mounted close to the ground to have their path in the sensors FOV.

Testing radiolink code with logic analyzer

Three wire signalling and nRF2401 chip control signals are analyzed.

Link check terminal. Good to check proper positioning of the RX antenna.


Good HF condx. A lot of DX worked lately.

The conditions lately have been very good on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters. I have worked a lot of new stations on the HF bands above 40 lately. Finally the nice sound of a wide open high band that I remember from last time the SSN stayed above 100 is here again.

The SSN peaked above 100 between 12. and 13. April. The SFI also peaked around 14.-16. April. The K-index also stayed low and the auroral activity has been modest. Perfect settings for working DX!

Antenna: broadband vertical with computer controlled tuner. Large groundplane.
Rig: Yaesu FT-1000MP MKV
Power: 200W

PileUp! magazine with OH8X ARRL DX CW article PDF posted

I have posted the PileUp! magazine article that covers the OH8X (Radio Arcala) ARRL DX CW 2010 operation. The article also covers the antenna switching, the OH8X shack, the rotor systems and the full size 160m / 80m yagis. I have also covered contest experience itself and the contest results that ended in a new Finnish record. (Go to page 38 in the PDF for the article)

Download PDF

Download the PileUp! Magazine article as a PDF file

Goto page 38 for the arcticle