Design Your Circuit. Part IX – VG 40 T / R Radio Remote Control switch

A short range Radio Remote system can be implemented using the VHF radio remote control modules VG40 T and VG40 R. These are compact sealed VHF Transmitter and Receiver module pair works without antenna. Its range is 15-20 meters. These modules find various applications in Wireless door chime, Toy controlling, Security system etc. Here explains the design of an Appliance On / Off switch using the radio waves.

Transmitter module

VG40 T is the transmitter module having a size of 34 x 29 x 10mm. It works with 9 volt PP3 battery and by pressing the switch, it transmits 315 MHz signals. The Transmitter is pulse transmitting and complies with FCC standard. Stand by current of the transmitter is 5 uA.

Receiver module

VG40 R is the receiver module measuring 45 x 21 x 13 mm size and requires + 3 volts for operation. Its receiver end is designed to receive the 315 MHz signals from the transmitter and is immune to other frequencies. Receiver stand by current is 300uA.

Relay control using VG 40 T / R Module

Transmitter module VG40 T is used to activate the Relay driver circuit to turn On / Off the load. When the push switch is pressed, Transmitter gets 9 volt from the battery and it sends a positive signal from its output. The signal is in the 315 MHz frequency that can pass through the air up to 20 meters without an aerial.

In the receiver section, VG40 R receiver module is used to receive the signals from Transmitter. When it receives the signal, it sends a positive pulse to the base of T1 through R1 and D1. This triggers T1 and it conducts. Activation of T1 triggers IC1 which is a short duration monostable. Output pulse from IC1 clocks IC2 which is the Decade counter wired in the Toggle mode. That is, its Q1 and Q2 outputs turns high and low alternately since the Q3 output is shorted to the Reset pin 15.When Q1 turns high, Q2 turns low and vice versa. When Q2 turns high, T2 triggers and Relay energize to connect the load through its common and NO contacts. By pressing the switch again, the Load can be switched off .Red LED indicates the Off position.

VG 40R module requires 3 volts, so 3.3 volt Zener is used to regulate the voltage to the receiver module.3.1 V and 3.3 V Zener diodes are easily available. VG 40T and VG 40R pair cost Rs.100.

Use thin wires to connect the Receiver module with the remaining circuit. Enclosing the Transmitter in a Non metallic case like plastic box will increase its sensitivity.

4 thoughts on “Design Your Circuit. Part IX – VG 40 T / R Radio Remote Control switch

  1. Raj Kumar Mukherji

    Hello Sir,

    Will you kindly provide me the answers to my earlier posts: July 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm & July 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm ?

    Thanks and regards,
    Raj Kumar Mukherji


    Hello sir,

    Thank you for sharing this nice project.

    You mentioned that the radio remote control switch using VG40 T and VG40 R has the max range 15-20 mtrs without an antenna. Is this VHF Tx-Rx Module available in India and if so then what can be the approx price? Now, I wish to design a remote doorbell with a range of about 50-100 mtrs. Something similar to the commonly available Chinese Doorbells which also work without an external antenna but uses little complex circuitry. Therefore, can you suggest any VHF Tx-Rx Module which will suffice my need?

    Waiting eagerly for your response.

    Thank you,
    Kind regards,
    Raj Kumar Mukherji

    1. D.Mohankumar Post author

      Hello Rajkumar
      The VG40T and VG40R pair is available in India. I purchased it from Vega Kits, Mumbai. Its cost is around Rs.100. In my experience, it is short ranged around 15-20 meters. Any way try the circuit

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