Arduino Radio Control  Arduino Radio Control



Software Installation

This software is released under the GNU General Public License Version 3.


  • Install the Arduino IDE:
    • Version 1.0.6 is recommended.
    • Version 1.5.6-r2 appears to be the latest that will compile this software without errors.
    • Newer versions are known to issue compilation errors. If you manage to solve these errors please keep me posted.

Software update procedure:

Software installation procedure:

  • Download the latest version of the ArduinoRC software from SourceForge:
    • Browse to the Files page
    • Open the downloads folder
    • Download the latest arduinorc archive: this file is named like "arduinorc_(version)_(release_date).tgz": /arduinorc_v1.5.5_20140608T223931.tgz
  • Extract the files contained in this archive into your Documents directory: a new "arduinorc" directory will be added.
    Windows users may use 7-Zip to unzip tgz archives.
  • Open the arduinorc directory and copy the arduinotx subdirectory into your Arduino Sketchbook directory
  • If the receiver is on, turn it off now (read important Safety issue to learn why)
  • Start the Arduino IDE
  • Load the ArduinoRC project: File / Sketchbook / arduinotx
  • Select the Nano board: Tools / Board / Arduino Nano w/ATmega328
  • Plug the USB cable into the Arduino. Warning: the FTDI FT232RL chip on the Nano works only if the board is being powered over USB. So, if you have connected a power source to your Nano +5V pin, you must turn it off before connecting the USB cable: open the SwMain switch.
  • Check that the connection is listed in Tools / Serial Port: you should see the corresponding serial port name.
  • Customize the software for your needs: edit the arduinotx_config.h file
  • Compile and upload the software into the Arduino: File / Upload
  • If this is the first time that you are uploading the software follow this procedure to check if your Arduino board is working fine.
  • At this point, the software installation is complete.
    Refer to the Documentation to adjust your transmitter's settings and configure your models.

Notice: If your servos are moving erratically when you set the sticks near their minimum or maximum position, enter Command mode and change variables PWL and PWH for each channel. The default values (PWL=720, PWH=2200) are beyond the standard and setting PWL=900 and PWH=2100 will fix this issue.

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