Build this Four-Digit Keypad Operated Switch using off-the-shelf components. Although it was designed to control a Burglar Alarm - it has other uses.
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Introduction

The following modifications will change the way the Four-Digit Keypad functions. I don't have Stripboard Layouts for the circuits - but the modifications are quite small. I have tried them out on the prototype - and they work.


Power-Up In The "Set" Position

This circuit is exactly the same as the original - except for the addition of the three extra components - Rx, Ry & Cx.

At power-up, Cx is in a discharged state - and current flowing through it turns Q5 on - just as though "E" has been pressed. This is only a brief pulse because Cx charges quickly and "E" goes low. But the pulse is long enough to energize the relay - so that R10 can take over and hold it in. You can now enter the code to switch it "OFF" and press "E" - just as before - to "SET" it again.

The two resistors are there to discharge the capacitor when the power is turned off - so that it will be ready to conduct when power is re-applied. Given enough time, Cx would probably discharge on its own - eventually. But to make it available for immediate re-use - it must be provided with its own discharge path.

Simply connecting a resistor across Cx will not do, because that would take "E" permanently high - so Q3 would be switched-on through D1 - and the "Turn-off" code would not work. That's why the discharge resistor is split in two - it makes the connection between the plates of the capacitor via the negative rail. In this way, the discharge path only exists when the power is disconnected.

With 27k resistors and a 10uF capacitor, you can re-apply the power immediately - and the circuit will start-up in the "Set" position. If you use larger values for the resistors and capacitor - the discharge is slower. So you have to wait a bit before you re-connect the power.

This Keypad Circuit 
    Will Power-up In 
  The 'Set' Position



Reverse The Operation Of The Circuit

Again, this circuit is exactly the same as the original - except that now "E" controls Q4 - and Pin 10 controls Q5. This means that you have to enter the code in order to energize the relay - but you can de-energize it by simply pressing "E".

All you need do is move R8 from the base of Q4 to the base of Q5 - and move R9 from the base of Q5 to the base of Q4.

This Circuit Is Easy To Turn 'Off'.
But You Need The Code to 'Set' It.



The Three-Digit Alarm Keypad

This is a simplified version of the circuit offering 1320 different three-digit codes with a 12-key pad. Just like the original - it will power-up in the "Off" position - it's "Set" by pressing "E" - and it's turned-off by entering the code. However, it should be possible to carry out the above two modifications - and change the way it functions.

This Is a Simpler Three-Digit
Version Of The Keypad Circuit.


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