I built a Bus Pirate

I built a Bus Pirate! Now that’s out of the way, I’ll talk about how I built it and some things I learnt along the way. First thing to help you solder up a bus pirate or any surface mount PCB is to find a guide or someone to show you how, I’d recommend taking a look at Dave Jones’ SMD soldering video: EEVBlog #186

Additionally to this, a good thing to have is some good equipment.

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What I've been upto

I've been busy with university work and also getting a job (hooray!) so I haven't been doing much for projects or content for this site. The good news is, I'm on a break from the job as it only runs during uni semesters and I've finished my exams.

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New project, new equipment and other things

Life is currently a little busy with multiple projects going on through various stages of planning (some still in the concept stage) as well as various assignments and tasks being required being done at my university. The workload isn't due to ease up any time soon as I plan to finish off my course by the end of the year.

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Turnigy 9X Replacement Board

Summary of Project Idea

After discovering the Turnigy 9X and the development of 3rd party firmware, I got the idea to start creating a new controller board for the Turnigy 9X to enable the controller to directly connect with a computer for logging and control purposes. It is also the intention of this project to allow a second radio transceiver to be installed inside the transmitter to allow a serial/telemetry link with a controller inside the aircraft for my other projects.

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Just a little expansion

As I mentioned in my previous post (2012-1-31 Problems, Solutions and More), I'm planning on getting a new plane to assist learning to fly and also to be used as a backup plane in the event of problems occurring with SEPA. The plane I've decided on getting is the AXN Clouds Fly Floater Jet (commonly just known as the AXN in a few places) which can be found here; which has been recommended several times on a couple of the YouTube channels I follow, xjet and RC Model Reviews.

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