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If you have soldered on the RGB LEDs and some or all of them do not work, at first update the software on your rad1o. The original camp firmware has issues properly talking to the LEDs

Optional, not fitted in camp version

LED Port Location Color / Type
RGB801-808 P8_0 6 on Antenna and 2 in the lower area of the PCB RGB / WS2812B


These are RGB LEDs with their own microcontroller, so all LEDs can be programmed individually. They are daisy chained, first the two in the lower area of the PCB and then six on the antenna on the top. So if you don't want to add all LEDs, or want to start with only one first, you have to follow the order “middle left, middle right, antenna from right to left” or bridge the data pins of the unused LED pads.

:!: Important note :!: Due to a fn0rd in the layout the transistors intended to control power of the LEDs can't be used as intended. The transistor pads have not been populated. There are several ways of getting the LEDs to work:

  1. build some complex SMD sculpture using wires (more about this at the bottom of the page)
  2. build a working high-side switch using two MOSFETs to get the functionality that was originally intended (or optionally to switch LED power with a GPIO port)
  3. try to use a jumper/switch to bridge two of the transistor pads
  4. bridge two of the transistor pads with solder

The last option has the disadvantage that the blue LED will be a bit dimmer but it is the easiest option and the LEDs are quite bright already.

There are spaces for capacitors which are recommended, but the LEDs usually work fine without.

Do not bridge all three pads of each transistor as this will create a short!

Example with all possible LEDs and correct bridges on two of the three transistor pins (for power supply) soldered (LEDs green, bridges red):

Example with only two LEDs at the antenna, then the bridges at the lower part of the board aren't needed but you need to add bridges for transporting the signal (ignore the yellow arrows):

Sorry for that, but wouldn't it be boring otherwise? :-P

Which way around do the LEDs go?

If you have a close look at an LED, you'll notice one corner is marked by having a bit cut off. In the photo below, the pads where this corner needs to be are marked in red:

I soldered one LED but it doesn't work?

All LEDs are on the same data line, if they are not all soldered on, the data line is interrupted. You can either solder on all LEDs or bridge the data line. The image below shows where the data line goes, red lines are on the PCB, green lines are usually closed by LEDs. If you are not filling all LED spots, you have to fill the missing connections with wire.

Will the LEDs do something as soon as I switch the rad1o on?


Switch off your badge, press the joystick to the left (in the direction of DARC). Select TESTAPP, and then ws2812b.

How should the test pattern look like?

The 2 lower LEDs should be yellow, the one at the tip of the antenna should be green and the other 5 LEDs on the antenna blue.

How to properly solder the LED's

To solder the LED's properly you have to do a few things. There are mainly two things you have to care of, the wiring and the capacitors. So we will add some thin wires, capacitors and of course the LED's to the rad1o.


Wires: If you solder bridges onto the transistor pads (as explained earlier), the LEDs will be supplied with 3.3 V and not the recommended >4.5 V. With the wires there will be roughly 3.5 V to 4.3 V supplied to the LEDs, which is closer to their specification.

Capacitors: The WS2812B LED's are very vulnerable to not having a 100nF capacitor soldered next to their power pins, the internal controller pulses the LED's (PWM), so the current conversion is also very pulsed. That can cause voltage spikes on the ground (Yes, ground) line, which could destroy the controller/the LED.

LED's: Why do you ask? LED's are fancy \o/

What you will need:

  • Thin isolated wire (0.2 mm enamelled copper wire [ Kupferlackdraht ] works fine)
  • 8 100nF SMD capacitors
  • 8 WS2812B LED's
  • Soldering iron, solder, tweezers, Mate, etc

Step 1

Add the thin wire to the solder pads like in the picture below.

Step 2

Add the LED's.

( scroll up for an explaining picture [ Or click me ] )

Step 3

Now you should add the capacitors, that is kind of hard to do, because three capacitors don't have solder pads.

You can see the new capacitors next to the upper left LED pins.

I hope that the pictures are clear enough, there has to be a 100nF capacitor next to the power pins of every LED.

Step 4

Test it.

Yay \o/

leds.1440577712.txt.gz · Last modified: 2015/08/26 10:28 by starblue