Putting a 3.3V HC-05 module in the Tinytrak 4

If you followed my previous adventures with the Tinytrak 4 and Bluetooth you may know that I used HC05 modules which where RS232 levels capable. I bought these years ago and, as of today, they are no longer available. Only 3.3V Levels module are available. Lately I got contacted by John KB7JJG who wanted to fit such a 3.3V module into his Tinytrak 4. This article describes how John and I managed to get this setup working.

The usual disclaimer applies : you follow this at your own risk, if you break something, injure yourself or someone it’s all on you!

Wiring the HC-05 to the Tinytrak 4

The TT4 works with 5V logic, yet the Bluetooth module is just working fine so far. There is plenty of testimonials about Arduino users running such a module on 5V without any issues. Compared to my first TT4/Bluetooth project, this one as a far more easy wiring. For port configuration please refer to my first project.

5V and ground is taken from JP9 and the data lines are taken on JP7. Note that the tapping points for the data lines go straight to the CPU, so do not apply any excessive voltage here !

On the pictures below the wire colors are assigned as per the following table :

ColorFunctionHC-05
WhiteGroundGND
Yellow+5 VoltsVCC
RedData TT4 to HC05RXD
GreenData HC05 to TT4TXD

Useful hints

  • Get yourself a HC-05, I had bad results with HC-06
  • If you wire/jumper JP7 for TTL Level the way it is described in the TT4 manual you will end up exposing the CPU directly on the SUB-D/DB9 port. I thought this is risky hence I came out with this way of hooking up the HC05
  • Make sure the HC05 baudrate matches the TT4 baudrate on port B
  • Use some double sided adhesive type to secure the HC05 inside the Tinytrak 4 case.

Thanks

Thanks to John KB7JJG for having me doing this, as it was a project I had on my to-do list for a while now and it turned out to be easier than expected.

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