Thursday, June 9, 2011

Turnigy 9XResistor Fix

**Update Jul 2011** Created a new post and an instructional video on how to do this fix on the wireless module, which is much easier and does not require cracking open the main radio body

A couple months ago I received my Turnigy 9X radio. For the price, I couldn't be happier. When I purchased the transmitter, I expected to be taking it apart and tinkering with it. I happened to drop the radio, almost brand new, breaking off a switch and forcing me to crack it open. While open, I figured I could take care of the resistor fix while the thing was open.

The Resistor Fix

What people refer to as the 'resistor fix' solves the fairly annoying problem that in order to use the training port on the Turnigy 9X, you must unplug the 2.4GHz module. Not usually a problem to unplug a wireless module, but someone decided it would be nice to hardwire the antenna to radio on the 9X. Unplugging the 9X wireless module leaves the wireless module dangling on thin fragile coax.

A Little Theory

The trainer port on the Turnigy 9X contains a switch (that triggers when a plug is inserted into the trainer jack) that powers off the wireless module to ensure the 9X no longer transmits its signal. Normally, when wireless module is powered on, the radio sends a data signal to the wireless module that is between 0V and +3.3V.

Unfortunately, when the 2.4GHz wireless module loses power, the data signal coming from the radio processor is essentially shorted to ground through a high voltage protection diode on the signal pin of the wireless module. The data signal that goes to the wireless module happens to be the same signal routed to the trainer port. Adding a resistor in series with the signal going to the wireless module breaks the short to ground and allows the full voltage signal to reach the trainer port.

Notice, the short to ground only occurs when the 2.4GHz module loses power. When the wireless module receiver power, the data signal behaves like a proper input and maintains high impedance, probably in the 10kOhm and above range. By selecting a resistor much lower in resistance than the input impedance of the wireless module, say 1k, the resistance added by the fix is negligible and does not affect normal operation of the radio.

The Actual Fix

I followed the PDF document found here. I recommend checking out the PDF as well

The 'resistor fix' involves cutting a trace on a PCB inside the transmitter, and soldering a resistor (usually a 1kOhm resistor) in series by bridging the cut trace.

Items needed
  • Philips Screw Driver
  • Xact-O Knife or sharp blade
  • Resistor with value around 1k Ohm
  • Soldering iron

  1. Start by taking off the back of the 9X by removing the 6 screws on the back
  2. Carefully open radio. Manipulating the sides should allow you to be able to lay both sides flat without disconnecting any cables.
  3. Locate the trace for the data signal.
  4. Using the Xact-O knife, cut a small notch in trace and scrape the solder mask (green enamel) off of the trace far enough apart so the resistor bridges the notch and both leads lay on bare copper.

    (Sorry for no action shots!)
  5. Solder both sides of the resistor down to either side of the trace where the solder mask has been scraped off.
  6. Carefully close the radio, redoing the screws in the back
  7. Enjoy not having to unplug the wireless module to use your radio with a sim or trainer!

1 comment:

  1. What happen when you switch on radio in Master Mode (you MUST switch off to use slave mode).


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