How to Setup Jumper T16 Radio First Time

This tutorial walks you through how to setup the Jumper T16 radio for the first time. I will explain the every aspect of using the T16, from user interface, software to hardware, as well as beginner to advanced tips and tricks.

Here is my review of the Jumper T16 Pro. You can get it from https://amzn.to/31VGrh7

Table of Contents

Installing Battery

Out of the box, you want to install the batteries in the T16 first. You can either use two 18650 cells or a 2S LiPo battery. I recommend 18650 because they have higher capacity to weight ratio than LiPo. And the T16 already comes with a battery holder for 18650 cells, so it’s plug and play.

18650 battery are not included so you have to get your own. I personally use Panasonic NCR18650B 3400mAh because they performed the best in my test.

Alternatively, these pre-made 2S Li-Ion pack also works: https://amzn.to/2WovDst

To turn on the Jumper T16, simply hold down the power button in the center of the radio for a few seconds.

Radio Setup

Hold down the “SYS” button (top left) for 2 seconds to access the Radio Setup Page.

The things to change right now are:

  • Date & Time
  • Battery meter range (for 18650, 6.0 – 8.4V, for 2S LiPo, set 7.0 – 8.4V)
  • Alarms => Battery low => for 18650, 6.6V, for 2S LiPo 7.4V
  • Backlight => You can lower brightness to save battery
  • USB mode – set it to ASK
  • (Optional) lower haptic strength and length to lowest, default was a bit too loud
  • (Optional) set Sound to “All” so you get the “beeps” when rotating the wheel, lower volume to your preference

To exit and go back to the main screen, just press the “RTN” button (top right).

Calibrating Gimbals and Sliders

Go to Radio Setup page again, then press “PAGE” button a few times to go to “HARDWARE” page, select “Calibration” option to calibrate the sticks and sliders. Just follow the instruction, it’s pretty straight forward.

Creating Models

Although you can transfer models from other OpenTX radios, but I highly recommend creating model profiles from scratch to avoid any conflicts and incompatibility issues. Once you created one model, you can use it as a template and duplicate it for your other models so it’s really not a lot of work.

Some people prefer to create a new profile for every model they have. But if you have a dozen of models like I do, it becomes a lot of work, and it’s hard to manage.

So what I personally do is only create a model profile for each RF protocol, and I bind all my quads that uses the same protocol to that profile. For example, I have profiles for Frsky D8, D16, Crossfire and R9M.

The other benefit with this method is consistency, as all your quads would have exactly the same radio configurations.

To create new models, first go to the “Models” page by holding down the roller button for 2 seconds from the home screen, then select “Model Select” option.

Here you can create and select profiles for each of your model. Hold down the roller button to select one of the actions.

Creating Model Profile From Scratch

To create a new model profile for quadcopter, go to the “Models” page, then hold down the roller button, and select “Create Model” option.

Here you can choose a model template based on the type of aircraft, but there are no multirotor, only glider and plane available at the moment. Don’t worry, we can work around that, hopefully the missing multirotor template will be added in the future OpenTX firmware update.

For now if you want to create a profile for a quadcopter, just select “Plane“, and then go through the following steps (press PAGE button to move onto the next step)

  • “Does your model have a motor?” Yes
  • “What channel is it on?” CH3
  • “Number of ailerons on your model?” One, or two with Y cable
  • CH1 (A)
  • “Does your model have flaps?” No
  • “Pick the tail config of your model” One chan for Elevator and one for Rudder
  • CH2 (A), CH4 (B)

Once you have created the model, you can also use it as the template for future quadcopter models. Simply duplicate the model instead of creating one, but note that it will copy every setting.

Creating Wing Model

For wing models, the steps are exactly the same as a quadcopter model. However you do need to change the mixer settings as described here: https://oscarliang.com/taranis-mixer-for-wings/

Model Settings

After creating the profile, now is time to setup your model, such as the Model Name, RF module setting etc.

To access “Model Setup” page, press the “MDL” button from the main screen.

RF Module Setting

If your T16 uses the external RF module (e.g the original T16), then

  • Set Internal RF module to Off
  • Change External RF module to MULT, Change sub mode to the protocol of your choice

If your T16 has the internal RF module (new T16 Pro), then:

  • Set External RF module to Off
  • Change Internal RF module to MULT, Change sub mode to the protocol of your choice

For example, for Frsky 2.4GHz receivers, like the R-XSR and XSR, choose Frsky and D16. Note that you can’t change channel range to Ch1 to Ch8 for lower latency, it’s default to Ch1 to Ch16. I think this might be a bug and hopefully will get fixed in the future.

Finally, set Failsafe method to “No Pulse” (this is your choice, see why I choose no pulse here)

Create Switches

Switches are not setup out of the box, they can be used for arming the quadcopter, activating beeper etc.

Enter Model Setup page, then go to the Mixer page by pressing the PAGE button a number of times.

In here, create a new mix on CH5, name it “ARM”, under “Source”, select the switch you’d like to use for arming (Pro tip: just flip the switch, it will automatically appear :) ).

Repeat the same steps on the following channels add more switches and sliders. There are 16 channels available for SBUS, minus the 4 channels used for the sticks, you have 12 channels to play with.

Can’t figure it out? Here is a step by step guide.

Duplicate Model Profiles

If your models have more or less the same configurations, you can simply duplicate your the model you’ve just created.

Personally, I don’t create profiles for different models, that’s a lot of work if you have a bunch of models. I create profiles only for different RF protocols. For example, I have one profile for Frsky D16, one for Frsky D8, and another for Crossfire. Each profile is bound to multiple models that are using that RF protocol.

It’s totally up to you how you manage your model profiles by the way, there is no wrong or right way :)

Create Model for FPV Sims

Duplicate from one of your quadcopter models, and set both internal RF and external RF to off. you don’t need to use RF module when flying FPV simulators via USB cable, this will save battery and keeps your RF module cool :)

Updating JumperTX Firmware

This tutorial explains how to update JumperTX firmware.

Edit History

  • May 2019 – article created
  • Nov 2019 – updated for T16 Pro (internal module), added model duplication and model setup for simulator

28 thoughts on “How to Setup Jumper T16 Radio First Time

  1. Timmo

    Oscar, you might want to add a short chapter on how to create and align a model image. Took me a while to find out!

    Splash Screen:
    path: SD/IMAGE/mymod.png,
    dimensions: 480x272px

    Background Image:
    path: SD/THEMES/DEFAULT/background.png,
    dimensions: 480x272px

    Model Image:
    path: SD/IMAGE/mode.png (max 6 chars)
    dimensions: 192×114

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  2. Lars Wahnberger

    Hi Oscar,
    first of all, thank you very much! I learned a lot about how to fpv from you!
    Coming from heli, microquads and whoops are now my thing. To be able to
    fly almost anywhere is untoppable:) Two months ago i sold my dx8 and got
    myself a T16. I should have switched years ago as opentx is just what i ever
    wanted, and probably all i´ll ever need…Now my question: I got myself the
    orignal T16 and would like to for an internal module. I heard that this is possible
    now. Is this the same as the external jp4in1? Is there anything important to know
    switching to internal?

    Thx
    Lars

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      No, it’s completely different board, but they work the same, except the internal RF module free up the external bay.
      I think it’s not necessary, unless you frequently use other external modules like the Crossfire. Otherwise if you only use the multi-protocol module, there is no point of doing it.

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  3. Ken Leedham

    I just got my T16 Pro, and followed these instructions. Things seem to work, except that I get a ‘Minimum Trim Reached’ warning whenever I move the left rear pot above mid level. It appears that the pot is working ok – the indicator for it moves properly all the way from top to bottom as I move it. But I keep getting this warning. I got the warning when I first turned on the radio, I got it as I moved the left pot during calibration, and now I get it whenever I move the left pot above mid level. Any idea why this would be? Why would the left pot be connected to a trim warning?

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      Check if there is a global function doing that? (long press menu, and press page until you arrive at global function)
      Also try creating a new model from scratch and see if you still get that?

      Reply
      1. Ken Leedham

        Thanks. You’re second suggestion was on the money – this does not happen with new models. It just seems to be something that someone did with the ‘Model 01’ that was initially on the transmitter. Somehow the left back pot had been assigned to trim something (I didn’t actually figure out what), and was exceeding the range of available trim. Anyway, since it was just a glitch in this (unneeded) model, it does not represent a real problem. I have a couple of models working now, and am proceeding to figure out how do more things with the T16.

  4. Norman Jeckel

    i have the t16 hall pro and you have to use the internal mod. for setting up to bind, not external. as its built in this model.

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  5. Scott Raszewski

    Hello. I just got a t16 pro. After trying to add a new model from open tx, when I disconnect the usb cable I get a storage warning bad radio data on the screen. The new model is not added to the radio. Any ideas?

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    1. Ken Leedham

      I think this is again the problem with transferring in a model set to use internal radio module. Apparently that results in ‘Bad Storage’ and ‘Emergency Mode’ message, and the T16 basically just stops functioning properly. Hopefully this will be (is?) fixed in later firmware. I believe the fix would be to reinitialize the T16 with default files on the SD, and then avoid transferring in any models set to use internal radio.

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  6. Jaymonvg

    Can you please explain how to flash firmware to x8r frsky receiver using Jumper T 16 radio. Taranis the option is available for flashing to receiver. I got jumper T16 and x8r, but binding is not happening as the firmware in both does not match. Please help

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  7. Luis Monreal

    Hello Oscar, i just received my new t16, i have been flying for 30 plus years and always used Futaba and Jr, anyway i got the radio to learn about opentx, to make a long story short is there any way to factory reset the radio..

    thanks in advance.

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  8. Polycapman

    Hello, I have problem with my T16, I cannot use as game controller to play freerider android, although i already set to game controller but freerider wont detect the T16.

    Is there any setup that I missed?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  9. Jo Grey

    Hey how do I add model images? I added a .jpg file to the images folder and its only like 192×48 px but the radio doesn’t list it as an option when trying to set it in the model setup.

    Reply
  10. D'jazz.fpv

    HI

    I would like to add wav sounds on the SD card, but all the files i’ve tried doesn’t match the radio.
    Does anybody try ?

    Reply
  11. WAN MAN

    Hi, I’m new with opentx and jumper t16. Question it’s possible to use heli with Jumper T16? I mind there is a base program inside for the control of swashplat?

    Reply
  12. Patrick willis

    Hi Oscar,
    Please can you help???
    I have a T16 and have been trying to set a failsafe beyond -110% to activate the RTH function on my autopilot.(MFD)
    i can get it to opeerate on my throttle stick but the failsafe will not go below 100% so the autopliot goes into random modes usually circle or stabilised which is not really ideal.I would like it to come home not fly off.
    Regards Pat,Willis.in Worthing

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  13. Tomas Avila

    Hi Oscar,

    I was trying to update my firmware and the jumper.xyz/jumpertx-t16 website for the firmware is not found. Do you know anything about this?

    Thanks,
    Tomas

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  14. William A Baker

    I recently purchased one of these Jumper T16 and can’t for the life of me get the switch warning to go away..
    Everytime I power it up I get a switch warning for SD no matter what position I have it in..
    Do you think it is a bad/defective switch?

    I’ve been flying with the Taranis XD9 Plus for many years and love it but this Jumper with it’s scroll wheel and splashy colorful screen really caught my eye…

    I’ve had the Jumper module for the Taranis for some time as well..
    Any way I hope you can help me with that annoying warning..

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      sounds like a defective switch to me. can you confirm the switch is working? You might be able to fix it quite easily instead of asking for replacement, just check the soldering or replace the switch. They only cost a couple of dollars.

      Reply

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