I have been in the remote control aircraft hobby for the past 10 years mostly flying small electric fixed wing aircrafts or simply said “planes”.
My initial choice for the radio was a Spektrum DX6i and through the years I have accumulated a number of spektrum receivers. As I introduced myself in the world of multirotors and specifically my Flamewheel F450 the 6 channels the DX6i offered weren’t enough for me so I decided as many people these days to go with the quality but low cost FrSky Taranis Radio TX X9D
That change over meant that I would have to get two transmitters every time I went in the field. One for my planes and the other for the Quadcopter.
To reduce the logistics of carrying both I had two choices:
- Either had to upgrade all my receivers to FrSky RXs
- or install a DSMX/DSM2 compatible module in the Taranis like the OrangeRX DSMX/DSM2 Compatible 2.4Ghz Transmitter Module (JR/Turnigy compatible).
For around £20 of buying the OrangeRX module it was a no brainer that I went with the 2nd choice and last week I got it delivered from hobbyking.
It all seemed straight forward at first. Just take the module out of the box screw the antenna, remove the protective cover from the back of the Taranis and carefully insert the module aligning all the pins.
I then started creating new models starting with my E-Flite UMX Ultra Micro SBach 342
Disable the internal module and enable the PPM module
Binding of the OrangeRX with the Spektrum Micro receiver
I was then ready to bind my model. The UMX doesn’t have a bind plug so all I had to do was to turn off the Taranis, plug the battery on my model, press the bind button on the OrangeRX module and turn on the Taranis while holding down the bind button on the module until I heard a beep.
On bind, the OrangeRX module seems to pick the appropriate DSMX/DSM2 mode but if your don’t want to bind every time you switch a model you can triple click the bind button to go through the DSMX/DSM2 modes matching your other models.
!!!If you have multiple models equipped with DSMX/DSM2 receivers, do remember to change model in the Taranis as well and not just bind with a new model.!!!
Specific settings for the E-Flite UMX Ultra Micro SBach 342
As the Micro SBach has tiny linear servos it was very important to configure the servo Min & Max throws. I thought I will share that as well just in case it’s of any use to anyone.
So far I didn’t have the opportunity to fly far and test / review the range but I will come back and update with my findings when I do.
If this was useful feel free to share. If you have any corrections, suggestions, comments please share them with me and would be appreciated.
Happy & Safe flying and don’t forget your pre-flight checks!