Taranis X7 w. OpenTX Tutorial – First Flight Setup
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Taranis Q X7 OpenTX – First Flight Setup

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Taranis Q X7 With Preinstalled OpenTX

This post and video covers what to do with the transmitter from the time it arrives till the first model is bound and ready to fly.

The transmitter (Tx) comes with both sticks spring loaded to centre the sticks. For mode 2 the gimbal on the left needs it’s vertical axis (throttle) spring disabled and friction added.

The preloaded software, OpenTX, comes with mode 2 as the default setting and one model configured with four channel outputs.

CH1 Throttle
CH2 Ailerons
CH3 Elevator
CH4 Rudder
This basic configuration is enough to get flying once a receiver is bound to the transmitter.

If the Rx is connected to the ESC throttle please remove the propeller.

Gimbal Conversion To Mode 2

Opening The Case

Remove the four screws shown
Do not separate the case

Remove the battery clip slowly
There is a wire connected to it and a circuit board under it
Lift the right hand side first
Unplug the wire from the circuit board

Carefully separate the two halves of the case in a vertical motion till the pins in the module bay are clear
Be careful not to damage the pins in the module bay

Gimbal Adjustment

Locate the 4 gimbal screws shown

Note where the screw threads are visible and the spring tension

Turn screw 1 counterclockwise, left, till the spring tension is completely removed

Turn screw 2 clockwise, right, till it is all the way down

Note there is now tension on the spring again, this is normal

You may find that the throttle stick will move on its own
Check the amount of slack on the gimbal wires shown and adjust if necessary

Note the gap as shown

Turn screws 3 and 4 clockwise, to the right
Screw 3 affects the smooth friction on the vertical axis
Screw 4 affects the ratcheting (stepped) friction on the vertical axis
Tighten according to your personal preference
I tightened 3 all the way and tightened 4 till I liked the feel when moving the stick

Closing The Case

Put the case back together carefully
Take care not to damage the module bay pins

When tightening the screws just make them firm
The screws are being held in plastic which could could get damaged
Using OpenTX & The Transmitter

Turning On The Transmitter

Power on the Tx by pressing and releasing the power button

Clear any warnings by following the instructions on the screen

Turning Off The Transmitter

Remove power from any receivers that are bound to it
Power of the transmitter by pressing the power button till the screen goes blank, about 3 seconds
Basic Screens & Views

Main View
Shows the model name
Has multiple pages

Telemetry View
Shows telemetry values if configured
May have more than one screen

Model Configuration Screens
For changing models and configuring them
Has multiple pages

Radio/Tx Configuration Screens
For performing actions related to the Tx
Has multiple screens

Basic Navigation

Press and release in under a second
Long Press
Press until screen changes, about a second, an then release
Press to change screens
Long press to change from main view to telemetry screen
Long press to go back a screen
Press to change from main view to model configuration screens
Long Press to change from main view to Tx configuration screens
Press to go back from one view to previous view
Press to exit editing (described below)
Press to edit/change a value/field
Press to stop editing
Many more possibilities which will be covered in a separate post
Turn clockwise to move selection (cursor) forward or down
Turn counterclockwise, left, to move selection backwards or up
Changes values when editing
Documentation may refer to (+) and (-)
This refers to turning the knob
Transmitter Mode 2 Configuration