|New female headers added to the RST, RX, TX, +V and GND pins.|
The circular thing in the upper left corner is a RF Transmitter module.
|The Sparkfun FT232RL break out board.|
I usually placed the FT232RL break out board on a breadboard hooked up jumper cables to the corresponding pins of the ATmega. Recently I built a quick n' dirty jig with headers to hold the break out board and permanently soldered jumper cables.
|You can see more pictures and read about the build here|
Issues:avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x1e
In Arduino IDE I used the board "Duemilanove w/ ATmega328" but kept getting the above error message. At this point I hadn't added the 0.1uF capacitor in series with the DTR pin on the FT232RL to the Reset pin on the ATmega328 so when I googled the error code and found this post it was the first thing I added. But things still wouldn't work. Until I changed my board to "Arduino Uno". After that everything worked like a charm.