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Posted by closedsink | Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:05 PM | 16,716 Views
A lot of work has been done trying to get the awesome CX-10 to work with other transmitters, since its stock TX leaves much to be desired. I have a Taranis transmitter, which has a JR-type module for other protocol support, and so my goal was to build a JR module, based on an Arduino, that would do the protocol conversion between the PPM output of the Taranis, and the SPI input of the CX-10 RF chip. My focus was to support the version of CX-10 that has a GREEN PCB for both transmitter and quadcopter.

I did some research, and came across a thread with a lot of good info on the CX-10 protocol:

Great stuff. I did some research of my own as well. I saw that a few folks tried to get the CX-10 working using an NRF24L01 RF chip, but it seems like no one was successful, as the register set appeared not to be 100% compatible with the chip used in the CX-10 controller (XN297). I decided that the only way to go was to use the XN297 itself, so I carefully removed just the small PCB area that contains the XN297 and its associated components. I had to remove the left joystick first, which was a challenge due to the number of pins, and it particular those tied to the ground plane. Once the joystick was removed, I carefully cut out the PCB section. I used a coping saw for the vertical cuts, and a dremel for the horizontal cuts. The dremel caused enough vibration that the crystal connected to the RF chip broke off due to metal...Continue Reading
Posted by closedsink | Apr 20, 2011 @ 11:11 PM | 3,732 Views
HK-450GT kit
Turnigy Typhoon 2215H Brushless 450-Size Heli Motor 3550kv
12T pinion (~2900RPM headspeed)
Mystery 40A Brushless Speed Controller (Blue Series)
EXI D213F servos for cyclic
D922MG Digital Metal Gear Servo for tail
Hobbyking Orange DSM2 receiver with Satellite receiver
Leaderhobby GY520 MEMS Gyro
Carbon Fiber Main Blade 335mm (CF335-3D)
Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo (T2200.3S.25)

Some Pictures:
Posted by closedsink | Apr 10, 2011 @ 11:56 PM | 3,933 Views
Here's my latest HBFP configuration:
Emax HL2010-4050KV brushless main motor
Rhino Gear Ultra Hardened Steel Pinion 9T 0.5M 2.3mm
18-11 2000kv tail motor, with 4530 prop
Mystery 20A ESC for main motor
TURNIGY Plush 6A ESC for tail
Assan GA250 MEMS gyro
HobbyKing Orange DSM2 receiver
3S 1000mA battery
Xtreme Wooden blade 225mm-10 deg
Xtreme CNC Paddle Control Frame
CB180 CF tail fin
Epoxy tube from Tap Plastics for tail boom (VERY strong and same weight as stock tube)
Posted by closedsink | Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:21 PM | 4,329 Views
Here's a diagram I put together showing my separates connections. I had to put the switch for the tail ESC to get it to arm properly:
1 - Plug in battery with tail ESC power off
2 - Let Gyro, main ESC initialize
3 - Move rudder stick to left, turn on tail ESC