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Simple E-field probe

Simple probe for sniffing electric field on PCBs.

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Contactless high impedance E-field probe for sniffing noise sources on PCBs.

This probe was made for probing (what else) of electric field. Its input impedance should be about 1 MOhm in parallel with the gate of BF998 (about 1.5 pF). Its output impedance is 50 Ohms (tuned using both simulation and TDR).

Just connect one SMA cable with 9V low-noise power supply. The other one goes into your 50 Ohm terminated oscilloscope / spectrum analyzer / detector.

Use it to find sources of noise or interference on PCB - this includes cheap power supplies, oscillators designed by idiots, unstable amplifiers and so on.

For better directivity, make the "sniffing end" shorter and solder female SMA connector to it. Then use some copper foil or some sheet metal to shield the probe.

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  • 1 × BF998 RF, IF, RFID, ZigBee Semiconductors and ICs / Transistors and FETs
  • 2 × 10k 0805 resistor
  • 1 × 2k 0805 ferrite bead Use some ferrite bead you feel appropriate
  • 1 × 1M 0805 resistor
  • 2 × 100 Ohm 0805 resistor

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