I had always wondered what the hole on the back of the TX16S MK II is for. You can actually drop a push button right in there, which is quite useful for just a few dollars. The installation and configuration are quite simple too.
Where to Buy?
Purchase DIY Button here, only $3.99, options are latching and momentary buttons:
- RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-zqge
- Radiomaster: https://oscarliang.com/product-lwz9
- Banggood: https://oscarliang.com/product-d5ff
It’s a pity that Radiometer didn’t put that switch in the TX16S MK II, maybe trying to sell them as upgrade and increase revenue. Not everyone needs it anyway so it makes sense to leave it and make the radio cheaper.
How to Install DIY Button in TX16S MK II
To install the DIY button, open the radio first.
Drop the button in the hole. Thread diameter of the button is slightly under 11.9mm.
There are two connectors you can use on the PCB.
The connector on the left is SJ, the right is SI.
Note that those connectors have some pins left after connecting the switch, in theory you can connect analog input like a potentiometer or slider. But an On/Off switch only requires two pins to work.
Connect the switch to the PCB.
Go to the hardware page in system menu. Scroll down to SJ or SI and set it to toggle. Once that’s done, when you push the button the arrow next to the name should change.
The DIY button could be useful for:
- Instant trim
- Timer reset
- 2-step arming
- For activating Rescue mode
- Throttle limiter switch (e.g. reduce max throttle to 50%)
Here’s how to setup reset timer in global function in system menu.