The core I use is this one
The chip I use is an ATtiny85
I run this using the Arduino IDE 1.8.2
RadioHead ASK library (slimmed down)

What I want to do is:

  • deep sleep
  • wake up every minute
  • turn on sensor
  • take measurement
  • transmit data
  • back to sleep

This works when I test it seperatly, where it goes awry is when I combine RadioHead with WDT and then try to use a delay. This always hangs.

Probably a timer issue, I am looking for a work around. I need the delay because I need to start the sensor, wait .5 sec and then take a measurement. Maybe I should give the ATtiny85 just some job to keep it busy for 0.5 sec?

This is working code, when I uncomment // driver.init(); it will fail.

// RadioHead ASK
#include <RH_ASK.h>

// Sleep
#include <avr/sleep.h>
#include <avr/wdt.h>

#ifndef cbi
  #define cbi(sfr, bit) (_SFR_BYTE(sfr) &= ~_BV(bit))
#ifndef sbi
  #define sbi(sfr, bit) (_SFR_BYTE(sfr) |= _BV(bit))

// Absolute reference PB to overcome inter-IDE issues
#define T_PIN 1 // transmission
#define L_PIN 3 // optional LED pin
#define S1 A2
#define S2 A1
#define BAUD 2000

// Baud rate, receiver, transmitter
RH_ASK driver(BAUD, 9, T_PIN); // pin 9 is non existent

// Watchdog
volatile boolean f_wdt = 1;

ISR(WDT_vect) {

// Sleep
void system_sleep() {
  cbi(ADCSRA,ADEN);                    // switch Analog to Digitalconverter OFF

  set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN); // sleep mode is set here

  sleep_mode();                        // System sleeps here

  sleep_disable();                     // System continues execution here when watchdog timed out
  sbi(ADCSRA,ADEN);                    // switch Analog to Digitalconverter ON

// Setup for Watchdog
void setup_watchdog(int ii) {
  byte bb;
  int ww;
  if (ii > 9 ) ii=9;
  bb=ii & 7;
  if (ii > 7) bb|= (1<<5);
  bb|= (1<<WDCE);

  MCUSR &= ~(1<<WDRF);
  // start timed sequence
  WDTCR |= (1<<WDCE) | (1<<WDE);
  // set new watchdog timeout value
  WDTCR = bb;

void setup() {
//  driver.init();

void loop()
  if (f_wdt==1) { 
    pinMode(0, OUTPUT);
    digitalWrite(0, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(0, LOW);
  • 1
    The instruction bb|= (1<<WDCE) looks wrong: in the timed sequence, you are always writing this bit to one. The datasheet says (emphasis mine): “2. Within the next four clock cycles, in the same operation, write the WDE and WDP bits as desired, but with the WDCE bit cleared”. I would do something like cli(); WDTCR = _BV(WDCE) | _BV(WDE); WDTCR = _BV(WDIE) | _BV(WDP3); sei();. – Edgar Bonet Apr 27 '17 at 10:08
  • I do not understand this part of the code well enough to understand your suggestion. I need to read up on it. – Thijs Apr 27 '17 at 11:04

The RH_ASK library uses timer0, which is also used for millis and delay.

Quick workaround is to use the standard AVR delay instead.

#include <util/delay.h>


  • This point needs to be made in big bold red letters in the RadioHead documentation. Many hours were spent {wasted?} trying to debug the issue. +1 – bobthechemist Oct 9 '18 at 12:15

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