RX Binding Options: Ch1-8, Ch9-16, Telem ON/OFF

by Oscar

In the newest version of OpenTX, a new dialog box has been added when you try to bind a Frsky receiver to your Taranis. There are four options, “Channel 1-8 or 9-16, and Telemetry On or Off. This article will explain what these options mean.

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This option will appear whenever binding in D16 mode.

Just Select This Option

For mini quad, 99.9% of the times you should just select “Ch1-8, Telem On“.
But if you want to know what other options mean, keep reading.

Why Turning Telemetry Off?

The options “Telem ON” and “Telem OFF” determine whether telemetry is enabled or disabled for this receiver.

The way telemetry works, is because there is a small transmitter on the radio receiver to send data back to the radio transmitter.

There are situations where you might want to control multiple radio receivers at the same time, for example when you use the receiver redundancy feature.


We talked about receiver redundancy when we were reviewing the R-XSR. It basically allows you to connect a secondary receiver to a primary receiver, when radio signal is lost from the primary receiver, the control system could fall back to the secondary receiver.

However, you can’t have both receivers sending telemetry data back at the same time, because the radio transmitter can only listen to one receiver. Therefore you have to disable telemetry for the secondary receiver in this case. Telemetry is only enabled for the primary receiver when binding.

That’s what the Telemetry On and Off options are mainly for.

If you are not using the receiver redundancy feature, just bind with telemetry on regardless what receiver you use. Even though for RX’s that don’t support Telemetry such as the XM and XM+, it won’t really matter.

Ch1-8 vs. Ch9-16

It’s true that by setting “channel range” to 8 channels instead of 16 can reduce latency in the Frsky radio control link. But this is not how to select 8 channels. You select 8 channels under “Channel Range” in model setup.

So what are “Ch1-8” and “Ch9-16”?

Basically the option Ch9-16 is designed for people who use receivers that have PWM outputs for things like servos.

Selecting the option “CH1-8”, maps the channel 1 to pin 1 in the receiver, and the rest of the channels to the available pins. If “Ch9-16” is selected then channel 9 is going to output on pin 1 and the rest of the channels are mapped to the available pins.

For an RC plane with complex control where you might need more than 8 PWM channels, you can use 2 PWM receivers at the same time (because most PWM receivers only has 8 outputs). Use the first receiver for the first 8 channels as well as telemetry, then use a second receiver for channel 9-16 and output PWM (such as the X8R receiver) for controlling servo, camera gimbals, FPV switcher etc, without telemetry.

On some receivers, RSSI comes out of Channel 16. By selecting channel 1-8 won’t affect RSSI, it will still come out of that channel.

If you fly mini quad, just bind with “Channel 1-8, Telemetry On“, problem solved.

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Eduardo 8th June 2023 - 3:31 am

Hy, is it possible to connect both RX via SBUS out and SBUS in to have redundancy and also use both RX PWM channels out to expand over 8 PWM outs?

JIm McKeown 26th October 2020 - 1:26 am

X9D fw2.2.2 updated for internal rf, x8r updated fw from frsky. Recent binding problems due to having screwed up the RX_num verses model relationships. I’m able to connect to existing models but not recent revised copies. Trying to copy telemetry components which may have complicated the binding. The receiver number shown does not work. When I select another number the display will revert to 03 or 05. If I manage to get a number to stay, I still can’t make the connection, i.e., ‘bind’. I’m sure number sequence is lost by my hacking around. I’ve tried everything I can think of and spent hours searching for a solution. I’ve created new models and used a new X8R. I use Companion for cribbing and upgrading. I thought I knew enough to think way out of most problems but this one has me tearing the hair off my nearly now bold head. I made a contribution to your cause and I’ll do it again if you can get me back on track.

Peter Hancox 12th June 2019 - 3:39 am

Can you have CH1-16 and telemetry ON in D16 mode??

Rodrigo Lirio 21st April 2019 - 6:57 pm

if you always have ” telemetry off”, try to change internal RF “Mode off”. Its work for me.

alastair 6th April 2019 - 6:44 am

Hi Oscar,
When I bind R9mm, I only get one options in ch1-8 ch8-16 telem on telem off checkbox. Its always” telemetry off” Using x lite with lite module. What am doing wrong here ,please help thanks

Dave Fignar 28th December 2018 - 2:39 pm

I’ve been having problems with the Frsky XM, it binds but doesn’t communicate with my FCs unless I have the TX set to D16 1-16, 1-8 will not work. Can you explain this?

Oscar 1st January 2019 - 12:04 pm

Odd, maybe try updating the firmware on the receiver?

NS 19th November 2018 - 8:09 pm

Hi there

Thanks for the article, very clear. You mention binding with 8 channels rather than 16 (under channel range) reduces latency. Other than choosing this range to bind in does anything else need to be changed i.e. is d16 still ok for receiver firmware? Thanks

Oscar 23rd November 2018 - 4:53 am

Everything on the receiver side remains the same when choosing 8 channels :)