June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Military and Veterans
One of the authors teaches an Electrical Engineering Technology course in Military RF Electronic Applications. In the lab portion of the course, students construct a mock radio controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) using the radio from an old garage door opener, then spend the rest of the semester designing, building, testing, and demonstrating a jammer that uses radio frequency energy to defeat the mock RCIED. (It should be noted that it uses a beeper or buzzer in place of explosives.) The other authors are the site technician (and PCB layout guru) and a local high school student who was interested in learning more about both electronics and military applications.
The ultimate goal of the Jammer Project is to create a functional set of equipment that includes both a mock RCIED and jammer. They are planned to be used for demo purposes at high school recruiting activities.
This paper covers the first two phases of the Jammer Project: creating a mock RCIED and the circuit to control the jammer. It begins with a short description of the course in which the lab is taught, how the link to high school students came about, plus some background information on military applications and what the military terms “electronic warfare”. Then it describes the design and construction of both devices, followed by the student’s thoughts on his experience with the project. The last two sections describe parts of the project that are yet to come, the radio frequency amplifier and antenna, along with some lessons learned.
Harding, G. L., & Rossi, F. J., & Holtz, M. R. (2017, June), An Exercise in High-School Engagement: Making a Demo Jammer for a Military Applications Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27559
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