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.
If you just bought the T16, you might want to consider flashing OpenTX to the radio before setting it up. Flashing OpenTX for the first time will reset all settings so this saves you from setting it up again.
Table of Contents
- Installing Battery
- Radio Setup
- Calibrating Gimbals and Sliders
- Create/Transfer Models
- Model Settings
- Updating JumperTX Firmware
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.
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.
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.
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/
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)
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 :)
- May 2019 – article created
- Nov 2019 – updated for T16 Pro (internal module), added model duplication and model setup for simulator