Found the transmitter
Well, I gotta say, everything I put on the list above still stands. The transmitter is actually a airplane remote with the guts pulled out and instead a robot brain put back in. It is a AVR chip and seems to be preprogrammed to send a data packet of 10 bytes at 115,200 baud. I have no idea why they would have the default baud at 115,200 as the x-bees don’t seem to be able to talk this fast. The bottom line is that you still have a microcontroller, ADC inputs, digital inputs and serial data being sent via X-bee. It just happens to be sold inside of a convienent case shaped like a RC remote. This takes care of a little work for you, but not much. It is also programmed via ISP and will need a ISP programmer to change any of its code. AVR is not a bad chip (arduinos are AVR’s) and based on the bootloader, can “speak” different languages. You may want to look at BASCOM for your IDE on the transmitter side. On the other hand, it may just “work” outta the box (and somehow your x-bees work at 115.2k baud) --in that case, about 1/4 of my list above would be done, leaving the last 3/4 to figure out. --Ok, that’s your TX.
On the reciever end, I would suggest Arduino. There are a ton of diferent boards out there including the RBBB and the mini from SparkFun. Both are quite tiny and could fit in a plane. Once again, the list above… You gotta do the stuff on it!
Look, if you really want to do this, GREAT!! I think it is awesome and you CAN get to where you want to be here. Here is the pre-list list.
Buy these things
- Your transmitter
- 2 X-bee’s (buy Pro’s or series one --not series 2)
- A FTDI / USB / Xbee adapter/programmer board (sparkfun)
- A .1" header / Xbee adapter breakoutboard (sparkfun)
- A "SparkFun Arduino Inventer’s Kit"
- A soldering iron and solder
- A multitester
Now first step is to take the transmitter, all the x-bee stuff and the soldering iron and put them in a closet. Now open the little hobby-kit from sparkfun. Follow the instructions on how to set-up the board and install the IDE and FTDI driver. Next, follow one of the thousands of “blink” examples here at LMR and/or on the web and get yourself a LED blinking on a test board. Now make it blink faster, now make it blink slower. Next, make it blink 5 times, turn off for 5 seconds, blink 10 times, pause 1 seconds and repeat.
Once you have done the LED blink test, you have officially started making your plane. The blinking led is the first step you must take.
Complete this step and we can move on to step 2.
By the way, I am not putting you on here --This is actually how you start. This is how every single person started here.
Blink a LED and call me in the morning.