Iridium 9603 adaptor

Iridium 9603 adaptor for sending message through USB->RS232

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Adaptor design Iridium 9603 DIP

Wiring Iridium 9603 DIP wiring


See the hardware part to setup serial communication. Get serial communication software like coolterm or picocom. Depending on your computer select the right serial port like : /dev/ttyUSB0, /dev/tty.usbserial (type ls /dev/ in a terminal) Setup 19200 baud and default 0D 0A line feed is fine. You can start with AT The modem will answer : OK

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Arduino Rain Sensor FC-37 or YL-83

Arduino Rain Sensor FC-37 or YL-83

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The rain sensor is used to detect water and it can detect beyond of what a humidity sensor do.

The FC-37 rain sensor (or other versions like YL-83) is set up by two pieces: the electronic board (at the right) and the collector board (at the left) that collects the water drops, as you can see in the following figure:


The rain sensor has a built-in potentiometer for sensitivity adjustment of the digital output (D0). It also has a power LED that lights up when the sensor is turned on and a digital output LED.

FC-37 Pin out

How does it work? Basically, the resistance of the collector board varies accordingly to the amount of water on its surface.

When the board is:

Wet: the resistance increases, and the output voltage decreases

Dry: the resistance is lower, and the output voltage is higher

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In this example, we will just read the analog sensor values using the Arduino and printing those readings in the Arduino IDE serial monitor.

Parts required

  • 1x Rain Sensor: FC-37 or YL-83 (eBay link)
  • 1x Arduino
  • 1x Breadboard
  • 2x 220 Ohm Resistors (eBay link)
  • 1x Red LED
  • 1x Green LED
  • Jumper wires

Pin wiring

Pin Wiring to Arduino
A0 Analog pins
D0 Digital pins


FC-37 Arduino Wiring diagram


Open the Arduino IDE and upload the following sketch, open serial monitor to see the values. Then you can start adding drops of water to the collector board.

When the value goes below a certain threshold, a red LED will turn on, and when the value goes above a certain threshold, a green LED will turn on.

int rainPin = A0;
int greenLED = 6;
int redLED = 7;
// you can adjust the threshold value
int thresholdValue = 500;

void setup(){
  pinMode(rainPin, INPUT);
  pinMode(greenLED, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(redLED, OUTPUT);
  digitalWrite(greenLED, LOW);
  digitalWrite(redLED, LOW);

void loop() {
  // read the input on analog pin 0:
  int sensorValue = analogRead(rainPin);
  if(sensorValue < thresholdValue){
    Serial.println(" - It's wet");
    digitalWrite(greenLED, LOW);
    digitalWrite(redLED, HIGH);
  else {
    Serial.println(" - It's dry");
    digitalWrite(greenLED, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(redLED, LOW);