Adding features to a DX6i transmitter

About thirty cents and some wire are all it takes to start hacking extra features into this DX6i transmitter. The DX6i is a six-channel, two-mode transmitter used to control hobby airplanes and helicopters. There are several built-in features but [Ligius] found an easy way to add a few more. In the upper left portion of the case you can see the eight-pin microcontroller he brought to the project.

It’s a PIC 10F222 mounted in a DIP socket so that it may be removed for reprogramming. The hardware page of the wiki shows the connections he made. By reading from the throttle, and tapping into the trainer wire, he is able to add features without any apparent alterations to the controller (no extra buttons, etc). You can see in the clip after the break that the throttle position when power is switched on selects between different modes. This can be the delay for turning off the LCD backlight, or presets for helicopter or airplane modes. [Ligius] thinks there’s a lot more potential here, even the possibility of fixing a bug in this particular model of transmitter.

http://vimeo.com/41668214

Comments

  1. A Bryant says:

    Interesting, I just inherited one of these in need of a little repair!

  2. ftkalcevic says:

    Nice.

    The only hack I’ve done to my DX6i is to replace the useless throttle cut push button, with a toggle switch. Now I can flick the switch to cut the throttle and keep it off.

    • one says:

      Unfortunately the throttle cut button is not very accessible in case of emergency (I’m not used to it) and throttle hold does not work in Acro (Airplane) mode.
      One solution would be to hardwire the throttle hold to ground the throttle cut switch or rebuild the settings based on 90 degree swashplate helicopter.

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