Example RC Controllers

SMACCMPilot is compatible with a wide variety of RC transmitters and receivers, as long as they provide 6 or more channels and PPM output. We will describe two sample RC control systems which we’ve successfully used with SMACCMPilot.

FrSky Taranis X9D

FrSky recently released the Taranis, a transmitter which is compatible with their range of recievers. It has a better build quality than the Turnigy 9XR, and comes with a rechargable transmitter battery & wall wart charger. As of this writing (Nov 2013) the Taranis is sold by Aloft Hobbies in the US, but is in short supply.

FrSky Receivers

The Taranis system is offered bundled with the X8R receiver. XXX, lookup how to put X8R into PPM mode, and check that PPM period is correct.

The FrSky D4R-II receiver is small, inexpensive, and offers PPM output. However, the PPM output is only valid when the user limits their use to only 6 channels. Please be sure to set channels 7 and 8 to output a low pulse width (1000us) when using the D4R-II module.

Turnigy 9XR w/ FrSky radio gear

On our shopping list page we recommend the Turnigy 9XR radio. The 9XR is one of the least expensive radios which can be configured with all of the features required for SMACCMPilot. The aesthetics and build quality leave something to be desired, but it gets the job done.

Image: hobbyking.com

Image: hobbyking.com

The 9XR is designed to take interchangeable radio transmitter modules for inter-operation with various radio receivers. The simplest way to get a radio system with the PPM capability we need is with FrSky radio modules.

The FrSky DJT transmitter module is compatible with the 9XR transmitter. The FrSky D4R-II receiver is small, inexpensive, and offers PPM output. See caveat about the D4R-II in the FrSky Taranis section above.

Mixing for 9x radio

In the 9XR radio, setting up the following the mixer screen will give correct behavior with the ‘THR CUT’ switch used for arming and the ‘AUX.3’ switch used for mode selection.