An RC receiver deck for the South Carolina Arducopter

Thanks to DIY Drones, I discovered there is another Aruducopter, now flying in South Carolina. None the less, my build continues and this time the RC Rcv deck was the focus.

The documentation on the AR6210 states that the remote receiver must be at least 2 inches away from the main and perpendicular to the main receiver. To accomplish this with the cable that came with my gear, I wanted to use a stack up plate with extensions.

After some sketching and judicious work with my mini mill, razor saw, and titebond wood glue...


The idea was to provide a rigid mount for the Spektrum modules while securing the wiring.

After cutting some saddle points, drilling holes for the cable ties and installing some sticky foam pads under the Spektrum modules, I then fabricated some stack up hardware out of the aluminum hex standoff hardware from my stash.

Here's a view from above demonstrating the passage of the PDB board cabling up through the stack.

Although not 'stock' (if there is such a thing), I wanted the APM2 at the top to allow me visibility of the LEDs, easy access to the reset button, easy connection of the USB, and easy access to the SD card. The APM2 inputs are on the other side from the Spektrum receiver to allow easier management of the wiring (longer run takes up the wiring). The 90 degree connectors also allow a lower profile for the top plate.

Next to order are the signal cables to connect the APM2 to the AR6210. Initial tests will be with the AR6210 powered through the APM2 connections. There is plenty of room between the two plates for my Vex 9.6V 1000mAh pack to power the AR6210 if so desired. The AR6210 handles 3.5 to 9.6 VDC.

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Comment by Carl La France on June 28, 2012 at 7:21pm

R.D.Looks Good! how many more layers are there ? Have a Good Day!

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on June 29, 2012 at 5:38am

Hello Carl! There are no more layers needed to get it flying, only a few small cables between the APM2 and the AR6210. Those will be ordered today.

Extra layers will be needed for telemetry/monitoring and FPV.

This aircraft is a trainer so I don't think those will be installed in a while. The next quad...???

Comment by Carl La France on June 29, 2012 at 1:21pm

Hi R.D.  I like your approach to doing things  slowly and precise one element at a time  once you get it in the air  and feel confident flying move  on to FVP. Right after this I am off to the hobby shop to give the guy some more money.  they have  micro Quads built by Blade there  I almost bought one last week I still have a unopened roll of ultra cote for my wing from 25 years ago but I lost the iron  I ordered a 100 amp ESC last week and am going to order a 6 cell lypo 22.2 V today  I reworked the Aluminum air frame it is lighter still and it is now a jet it reminds me of a U2  once I get to altitude I can throttle back and maby fly at 1/4 throttle or even soar  with it wind comming over the bank behind my place I can put the radian 150 ft  in the air shut it off and stay up a surprising long time  You have a good day !

Comment by Jack Crossfire on June 29, 2012 at 2:24pm

Can't wait for the Virginia Arducopter.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on June 29, 2012 at 2:54pm

To be fair, DIY Drone member Magellan replied to a previous blog post that he has a functioning Arducopter in Charleston, SC to which I started this post with a nod to. I live in the NW corner of SC so from now forward, I may blog about 'A South Carolina Arducopter".

Comment by John Lever on June 29, 2012 at 8:06pm

Don't forget about me! I'm in Columbia with a very happy Octo. I travel with it to Greenville, SC and Asheville,NC all the time. Great to see other builders in the Palmetto state! Good luck with your build!

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on June 30, 2012 at 4:40pm

Outstanding and glad to meet you John! I work all over the state but mostly in the Upstate. I sense a Palmetto Muti-rotor Fly-In coming on once cooler weather is normal. It was 104 at my house today.

Shoot me a PM when you think you will be in the Upstate and perhaps we can compare notes? I am just starting so having an experienced flyer somewhat nearby would be handy.


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