How to “Fine Tune” Frequency T16 TX16S Multi-Protocol Module

by Oscar
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If you are getting bad range or unexplained failsafe from your Jumper T16 or Radiomaster TX16S when flying with the multi-protocol module, the problem could be fixed by frequency fine tuning. Here I will show you how to fine tune frequency setting in the radio.

Go to “Model Setup”, scroll down to “Internal RF”, you should find the option “RF Freq. Fine Tune”. Default is 0, and you can change it between -50 and 50.

multi protocol module RF Freq fine tune

Method 1

Enable “Low Power Mode” option under “Internal RF” in the model setup page. (Remember to disable it after you finish fine-tuning frequency)

Place your quad a couple of meters away from your radio.

Decrease “RF Freq. Fine Tune” until you get a failsafe (warning from radio). Confirm it by flipping the arm switch, make sure you remove all the props first. The arm switch shouldn’t arm the quad when signal is lost, if it does then keep decreasing it until it won’t arm anymore.

Write down this number.

Now increase “RF Freq. Fine Tune”, signal will come back, but if you keep going, you will get another failsafe. Again, confirm with arm switch.

Write down this number.

Now the middle of these two numbers is what you want. Simply add the two numbers and divide by two.

For example, if I had -39 and 45, (-39+45)/2 = 6/2 = 3

Now, disable “Low Power Mode”.

Method 2

Place your quad at a distance, e.g. 50 meters away. Change tuning, and check RSSI (next to “RF Freq. Fine Tune”), find the number that gives you the highest RSSI.

Why this is needed?

I think it’s just the downside of having multiple protocols. Jumper explains why this is required:

Original FrSky, Futaba, Corona Hitec, and HoTT receivers have been frequency-tuned by the manufacturer at the factory. Because of variations in the oscillator crystals used in multiprotocol modules, it is necessary to fine-tune the module to match the manufacturer frequencies.

‘Compatible’ receivers suffer the same variation in crystal oscillators as multiprotocol modules but have to be compatible with genuine (manufacturer-tuned) transmitters so they will typically have auto-tuning built-in, and will self-tune to the radio’s frequency when they are bound.

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15 comments

EDWIN CRISTOBAL 24th August 2021 - 2:45 am

Sir,

I don’t see any “RF Freq. Fine Tune” option in my Models Setup Menu.

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Oscar 24th August 2021 - 12:58 pm

If you don’t see that option, means you don’t need to worry about it.

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Ivan 20th June 2021 - 10:08 pm

Hola tengo un r_xsr y mi drone no arma,va y viene la telemetria,lo he afinado y me da un valor de 44 y ya si arma es normal un valor tan alto
Gracias de antemano

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Ivan 20th June 2021 - 6:21 pm

Hola acabo de afinar mi r_xsr por no arma y me da 44 al afinarlo
Es valor es normal?
Por que veo que a otros le da en negativo o poco en positivo
Gracias

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Victor 20th June 2021 - 8:29 am

Good article Oscar. Which rx protocols DONT require tuning?
It is a pita having to do this for every rx I have…..

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Oscar 20th June 2021 - 2:13 pm

No, just do tune it once and it should work for all RX you have. You are tuning the transmitter module, not the receiver.

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Mike H. 22nd March 2021 - 12:09 am

Hey Oscar, I’d like to thank you so very much for putting out all these fantastic tutorials with including the examples that you did. I’m very new to fpv and have been looking everywhere and watching so many YouTube videos that I think I went overboard and got myself so confused on what to do first, and how to do it correctly. I was ready to pack it all in and just sell everything I’ve bought so far. I’m so glad I tried one more time and found your website, it’s exactly what I needed to put myself on the correct path again. Your explanations are I think the best and easiest to understand. Thanks again, I’ll definitely look you up on Patreon and check out your videos. All the best to you. Mike H.

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Sergio 30th November 2020 - 4:58 am

Hello, I have the Radiomaster and 3 Flysky recievers… the option dosent enable… Do you have any idea?

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Alan 2nd July 2020 - 7:24 am

Hi Oscar, I understand ther is a config file which can be written to force the fine tune into certain offsets. Now this would handy if the module was used in different transmitters. I have been reading this on github, but there aren’t any examples on how this done in plan English(a copy of the config.h file and where to place it),any help would be appreciated

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Rob 4th June 2020 - 4:45 am

Assuming you should do this for fixed wing as well.

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Fenrir 19th May 2020 - 6:44 am

So this value is different for every mutliprotocol module and different for every module and receiver combination, where the receiver is from a different manufacturer? Or does it vary based on the protocol too? (D8, D16, FCC vs. LBT)

I think this is important to add because I tuned mine for FrSky D16, but then got really dangerous corrupted packets on a jumper receiver that caused the quad to go into a deathroll without signal loss. Since I retuned for the Jumper RX it was fine.

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Fenrir 19th May 2020 - 6:39 am

You can read it from the RSSI value in Betaflight or from the OSD. The XM+ can be flashed with firmware that outputs RSSI always on channel 8 or channel 16, that’s what the firmware labeled RSSI is for. I believe there is also an RSSI pad you can solder to.

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Ajaxdima 7th April 2020 - 9:41 am

Hello, for method 1 how much is best to put the quad far from the ground and from the transmitter? Thank you Oscar for all your work!

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Oscar 2nd June 2020 - 11:58 pm

a few meters should be fine

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Gareth Blades 2nd April 2020 - 2:15 am

How does this work if I’m using xm+ receiver without telemetry

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