Two transistor siren

john April 7, 2010 9 Comments

Here is the circuit diagram of a simple two transistor alarm circuit that can be operated from a 9V PP3 battery. Here the two transistors are wired to form an oscillator whose frequency increases when switch S2 is pressed and decreases when S2 is released. In order to attain this the base of Q1 is biased from an RC circuit comprising of R2 and C1.When S2 is pressed C1 is charged through the resistor R2.As the voltage across the C1 increases the time constant decreases and this results in an increases in the frequency. When S2 is released capacitor discharges and the frequency of the tone decreases. The sound heard from the speaker will be almost like that of a siren.

Circuit diagram with Parts list.



  • The circuit can be assembled on a Vero board.
  • Use a 9V PP3 battery for powering the circuit.
  • Switch S2 can be a miniature push button switch.
  • The type no of transistors are not very significant here.
  • Rex
    November 15, 2014

    What type of oscillator is use, in this circuit

  • kashif khan
    September 12, 2014

    sir, how its tone quality please sed its audio tune

  • namrata
    October 13, 2012

    can we use ordinary transistor instead of above used

    • Seetharaman
      April 22, 2014

      Use BC148B for Q1 and BEL188 or S8550 for Q2.

  • seetharaman
    July 27, 2011

    Hi Saurabh a siren is a source which will be raising in frequency for some time and then decreasing in frequency of sound for some time. You may please read the description of the siren, the operation is clearly given by the author.

  • saurabh S
    July 25, 2011

    can u please give the detailed working of siren???

    • manikishore
      April 22, 2014

      can u please give me seminar report

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