Antenna routing for Eurgle/FlySky/Imax/Turnigy 9x r/c Receiver

The Eurgle/FlySky/Imax/Turnigy 9x line of r/c transmitters are excellent for their price and how easy it is to modify them. However, their receivers are another story. Large, bulky and with a long, droopy antenna, the receivers are often difficult to mount cleanly and safely. I’ve fiddled with them quite a bit and have came up with the following solution: Drill two small holes in the side of the receiver casing and zip-tie a small tube to the side of the receiver. Then rout the antenna through the tube and fix it at the top with a zip-tie, or other tie/adhesive. Just make sure that the red portion of the antenna is fully exposed.

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Balancing Robot (Arduino)

PLEASE NOTE: This project is in its infant stage. The code has little to no documentation and I have not uploaded the CAD files for the frame.

Over Winter break (2013), my friend David Ingraham and I built a balancing robot. It operates on the same principles as the popular Segway two wheeled transportation system. That is, it accelerates and decelerates the wheels in order to keep the entire system upright.  We used a 3D printed frame along with some components I had lying around. The code incorporates a PID controller and a Kalman filter. The PID controller code used was from the Arduino PID Library and the Kalman filter was based off this project. The primary purpose of the project was to learn how to write and use a Kalman filter. The code is still under development, and we will be upgrading the drivetrain soon brushed DC motors and encoders). See the video at the bottom of the post for more information.

The hardware:

1 x Arduino Mega 2560

1 x USB host shield (for communication with a PS3 controller. Is not necessary. For information see this post)

1 x Bluetooth dongle (for communication with a PS3 controller. Is not necessary. For information see this post)

2 x Parallax continuous servos

1 x Dual Use Gyro and Accelerometer Sensor Board (This consists of an ADXL345 3-axis accelerometer (get it at Sparkfun) and a ADW2207 analog gyroscope, both of which can be purchased separately. Any analog gyroscope can be substituted for the ADW2207, but new code would have to be written (or found) in order to use a different accelerometer).

1 x Bluetooth transceiver (for telemetry)

1 x 2S (2 cell) lithium polymer battery

1 x Lipo battery low voltage alarm

3 x Potentiometers (for tuning PID controller)

1 x Frame of your choice. Should be relatively tall.

1 x Assortment of zip-ties

1 x Assortment of wires and jumpers

1 x Wheels of your choice. Should have a diameter of approximately 7 inches.

Frame with servos and electronics:2013-12-30 11.19.43

Holes in frame allow zip-ties to hold servos in place. Accelerometer and gyroscope are mounted between the servos:
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Arduino and shield close-up:
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Battery and tuning potentiometers:
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Power harness:
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Completed:
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The code:

As zip file containing the Arduino and Processing code can be found here.