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OrangeLRS Module Cover for FrSky Taranis X9D

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OrangeLRS Module Cover for FrSky Taranis X9D by IdefixRC Nov 12, 2014
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I took the very good OrangeLRS cover from j0bro, made the antenna mount shorter and added an optional cover with the serial pins exposed for easy FW updates.

The stock as well as larger whip antennas will fit without the need to modify the Taranis.

Works only with the OrangeRX OpenLRS TX modules for JR/Taranis Radios

Update:

  • 23/11/2014:
    Added 4 new designs with the Antenna mount shifted upwards to align with the top of the case. These 4 designs also come with a frame which sits inside the JR module instead of the small mounting latches of the original design. This beefs the back plate up, ensures a secure fit and allows the integration of a HC-05 or HC06 bluetooth module.

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I printed mine with supports and 100% infill.

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I am confused... it might be that I have the 100mW module but with my module I would need the FTDI hole on the top side (where the taranis antenna is) and a version with the SMA connector facing to the side (preferably to the left) would be super awesome :)

The 100mw and 1W module should be identical. Can you make a picture and share it?

Mar 6, 2016 - Modified Mar 6, 2016
JulianGoesPro - in reply to IdefixRC

Sure :)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yrFXWW1xDFTGt3d1VUSmJxdEE/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yrFXWW1xDFcHNVTjdrS3R0ZkE/view?usp=sharing

The screw holes are the same it's just the FTDI pins location and so the relocation of the sma to the side would make sense for ease of use (despite being not 100% optimal)

Edit: ...just thinking... on the right "top" side next to the FTDI pins... there actually should be enough space to put the SMA... that might be another great solution...

Mar 6, 2016 - Modified Mar 6, 2016
IdefixRC - in reply to JulianGoesPro

It looks like they changed the complete layout. Have you tested if the module fits in the first place (LED & button placement).
Strange design to place the FTDI pins up there to be honest. Unless an antenna extension is used, they will always be in the way.
Let me know if the rest of the positions are ok and I will see if I can mod it next week
A picture with the dimensions would help as well (especially if we want to place the SMA around the area).

Mar 6, 2016 - Modified Mar 6, 2016
JulianGoesPro - in reply to IdefixRC

I took some measurements and I think the LEDs and the button position match :) The FTDI pins have just enough distance from the corners to allow me to squeeze in my FTDI^^

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yrFXWW1xDFSW4xTFRKR1J6Rkk/view?usp=sharing

taking some measurements:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yrFXWW1xDFemc2aE83WWdQSTA/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yrFXWW1xDFOElodW0tZjZqcTA/view?usp=sharing

nice work!!!
any idea if it will fit on a Futaba 9c?

Nov 28, 2015 - Modified Nov 28, 2015
IdefixRC - in reply to tayas

Thanks. Unfortunately it does not fit the Futaba . Sorry :-(

Very nicely done, love the 4 options!

I printed the one with the FTDI hole and Bluetooth space

Here are my rev notes:

  1. I added the legs that press the circuit board against the orange case shell. Since the board has room to float around, if it's in the wrong place it won't line up with the pins in your radio's JR module bay. (this made it much harder to print, but necessary)... alternatively you could just hot glue your circuit board in the shell where it lines up with the pins.
  2. the hole for the SMA connector is a little too thick, preventing my antenna from bottoming out. I just removed the lockwasher originally supplied with the ORX module.
  3. I had to cut the rectangular FTDI hole out to the left (left if you're looking at it mounted in your radio) a tiny bit to allow the board to shift over enough for the main pins to line up with my radio. ...perhaps 0.030"
  4. I had to cut the notches on each side that allow for the retaining clips to travel enough to get the module out of the radio. Cut about 0.050"

Thank you for this part !

I also had to postprint the connection hole on the left a bit, about 1 or 2 mm.

Thanks for the feedback. I will update the drawings with the below soonest.

Point 1: I used double sided tape as spacers as I wanted to keep the supports to a minimum.

Point 3&4: yes I wanted to enlarge the FTDI hole and give the sides a bit more space to make it easier to take the module out. Depending on the filament used and the final shrinkage it can be a bit hard to unlock the module as the case becomes much harder to compress.

Awesome! I agree with your point on #1... if I print again I'll probably leave those supports off and secure the PCB with something else... it was just too much tedious cleanup of support material, and being careful not to break the legs off.

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