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An RC transmitter-to-USB interface

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An RC transmitter-to-USB interface
Over the years, there have been a fair number of designs published enabling a radio-control (RC) transmitter to interface with a personal computer. Having this interface enables prospective model aircraft pilots to hone their skills using a simulation program rather than aviating their pride and joy nose-down into the nearby landscape.
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Resistors
R1,R2 = 100kΩ
R3 = 10kΩ
R4 = 2kΩ2
Capacitors
C1,C4 = 100µF 25V radial
C2 = 100nF
C3 = 10nF
C5,C6 = 22pF
Semiconductors
IC1 = PIC18F2550-I/S, programmed, order code 060378-41
T1 = BC547
Miscellaneous
K1 = 5-way SIL pinheader
K2-K10 = 2-way SIL pinheader with jumper
K11 = 2-way SIL pinheader
K9 = USB-B connector, PCB mount
X1 = 8MHz quartz crystal
PCB no. 060378-1 from The PCBShop
PIC source code files, free download no. 060378-11
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