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Build A Raucous Alarm

It sounds so dreadful, that you cannot ignore it. And It only uses two ICs.

By Thomas Scarborough

The inspiration for this circuit came from one of those doorbells that played the same tedious repertoire (eight tunes) over and over again. Why not, I thought, design a doorbell that would play an infinite variety of notes? Thus the idea for a random doorbell was born. But while the circuit described here will play about 20 million different sequences of notes on a single setting - most of them never previously combined, few people would actually want to use it as a doorbell, unless they were utterly tone-deaf.

It sounds pretty horrible, let me tell you.

Which is why this circuit rapidly "morphed" from a doorbell to a raucous alarm. It's now the alarm you build to get people's attention and then, because they will hate the sound it makes, they will do whatever is required to stop the alarm. And isn't that what you want an alarm to do?

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