Maker Hangar Episode 7: Receivers

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Maker Hangar Episode 7: Receivers

Maker Hangar is a 15-part video series by Lucas Weakley.

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In Episode 7 of Maker Hangar, Lucas Weakley teaches us about R/C receivers. These take the signals from transmitters and allow you to control your plane. We learn how the channels on the receiver correspond to the sticks and switches on the transmitters. Also Lucas goes over how to power receivers, and how and where to place them on your plane.

MAKE and Lucas Weakley have teamed up to bring you Maker Hangar, a 15-episode tutorial series that will teach you everything you need to know to build and fly this custom RC plane, the Maker Trainer.

New installments will air every Tuesday and Thursday through August. Also, be sure to join us on the Maker Hangar Google+ Community page to share your ideas, comments, photos and video and details for your own RC plane project builds.

Lucas Weakley is a 17-year-old Eagle Scout who will be a senior next year in the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute for Technology (EMIT) at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. Lucas became interested in flight and got his first RC plane for his ninth birthday. Recently he’s been designing and building his own planes and hosts an R/C aircraft YouTube show called BusyBee TV. Lucas also has his own aerial videography company called TopView Aerials.

For more information about the series, as well as archived videos, head to the Maker Hangar page.

2 thoughts on “Maker Hangar Episode 7: Receivers

  1. poodull says:

    Clear as mud. I like the idea of these episodes, but the pace is too fast and the depth is too shallow to explain anything. Let me elaborate: Binding, okay, show me later I guess. But now power is the throttle port? But not if there’s more than 4 channels? okay. I’ll just ignore that for now. “As long as it’s inline with the plane.” Okay, that makes no sense. He spends 20 seconds explaining the color of the cables, which is fine, but not at the cost of 8% of the entire episode and not explaining some critical points that don’t make sense.

    I guess my point is that I am keenly interested in learning more and wish that these episodes weren’t bite sized. Is there a reason they’re only 3 minutes? Perhaps 5 minutes would allow for touch more useful information.

    Think about the guy who’s watching these, buying the equipment and going to put together a cheap and quick plane. “Okay, got to mount my receiver…. Any side… MUST be parallel to flight.” “huh. RF is omnidirectional from whip antennas and my plane will be flying in 3 dimensions… ok” “I got a battery that came with the receiver package, so that’s cool… just plug it into … throttle? wait. how do I actually ‘throttle’ then?”

    I’m not trying to nit pick or troll. This is the best I can muster for constructive feedback to produce a better show in short time.

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