I recently got into quadcopters and i'm having so much fun with it! The goal, as for many in the beginning is to build as cheap as possible simply because crashing a expensive drone sucks (atleast i'm assuming). Because I was on a budget I chose the Turnigy 9X transmitter, a cheap and price worthy transmitter that is easy to modify as you advance. At first i printed the Peon230 frame, designed by Tech2C. A great frame for newbies like me IF you have a 3D printer. It was a great little frame but I wanted something lighter, so i made my own frame! (more on that later if anyone is intrested). The problem now being the 9X8C reciever now being to big to fit the frame (d'oh!). This required some modification!
Note that this is not an easy modification, it involves precision soldering.
Step 1: Disassembly
Disassembly is as easy as removing the two phillip head screws and sliding the back piece towards the antenna. After that, take the board out. Now comes to tricky part.
Step 2: Desoldering
Desoldering. Yup, we'll have to desolder all the pins. To do this use suction or solder wick to remove the solder. I used a cheap desoldering iron with a manual pump built in, works great! Be careful not to overheat the board and also not to rip any pads off. I ripped half of some pads off, luckily that did not matter.
Step 3: Adding the Cables
Now i'm using a CC3D controller. The controller cables came with some dupont wire connectors which had to go. Then soldering the cables to the pads according to the picture. The bind function got left out but that would just involve soldering two extra wires from the bind position signal and ground.
Step 4: Final Thoughts
I think the reciever got much more useful like this and it saved alot of weight and space in my build. The only downside i see now is that it's missing telemetry but if you can live without that and want a small reciever for the 9X this might be the solution for you!
Thank you for reading and hope you liked this idea and if you would like to support me in the drone contest that would be much appreciated!