FrSKY Taranis Q X7 - FAQ, discussion, info - the younger full-featured radio.
FrSKY Taranis Q X7
is aimed to conquer minds of new hobby incomers and provide uncompromised functionality compared to the more expensive radios at the lowest price possible.
This thread is created to continue the discussion from "NEW Radio - Frsky Taranis Q X7 - what do we know so far?" thread that was started prior to FrSKY Taranis Q X7 market launch. As it has already hit the market, it is time to make a clean start for the younger brother in FrSKY radio lineup.
Thanks to all previous thread contributors; let's continue our discussion here.
The second post here covers all most important points and answers from the previous thread.
In the box:
* what is NOT in the box: no microSD card (required), no battery, no charger
UPDATE: seems that last units are now shipped with the NiMH battery
NJ Tech review part1
NJ Tech review part2
How to remove throttle spring tension
Another video from IntheTubeDeep
Available text reviews:
FULL TEXT REVIEW
Short review by showmaster in RCG initial thread
Jet_Flyer short overview in RCG initial thread
Datos short overview in RCG initial thread
FrSKY official website product page
SD card contents for factory preloaded OpenTX 2.2 at the beginning of the sales
Amber voice pack
FrSKY Taranis Q X7 START GUIDE document by me
FCC ID full info about QX7
Pros and Cons in comparison to Taranis X9D Plus:
CURRENT FW for Taranis Q X7:
Initial factory preloaded OpenTX 2.2 + XJT FW (EU and FCC) (at start of the sales)
OpenTX 2.2 RC13 BUILD. UPDATE TO THIS FW. New SD card contents by this link as well
Please, try to keep this thread clear of promotional commercial links. Thank you!
Last edited by Datos; Mar 24, 2017 at 03:50 PM.
Important inputs from "What do we know so far" initial thread in reverse chronological order:
Input on Mode change and throttle tension release
Input about improvements of buzz on speaker compared to taranis X9DP & X9D
Input about SD card, pot detents and Amber sounds
Input about detents, SD card speed and X series receivers
Input with large main board pics
Input about 18650 used as battery
Input about iXJT and XJT module
Input about hydrodipping
Input about making an adaptor and avoiding constant battery unplugging
Possible choice for the battery
Input on how I've made my blue paint mod
Input about hand grips
Input about OpenTX 2.2 in the radio
Input about possible additional slider mod
Q&A important input for beginners
Input for a mod to add charging jack
Another input for charging jack and battery choice
Some Q&A for beginners about the battery
Input about multimodule
Input about the amount of channels
Another input about adding charging jack and battery pack
Input about disassembling the radio
Input about SBUS resolution
Input about battery plug
Input about different versions of Q X7 stated in the FCC
Input with opinion about Q X7 market evolution
Input about screen size
Another opinion about Q X7 market
Input about adding SPort at the bottom
Input about some changes in OpenTX look
Input about early use of OpenTX 2.2 nightly
Input about comparing to X9DP
Another comparison input
Radio Measurements input
Early opinion about the radio
Another early opinion about sound in phones
Early opinion about using OpenTX 2.2 nightly
Early opinion about the radio parts
Very first impressions and lots of pics
Blue shell mod by Datos
Charging jack and battery pack mod by Jet_Flyer
Q X7 5dBi antenna mod by Briefly Flying
LiPO and extension cable mod by Briefly Flying
DIY 2400mAh NiMH battery pack for Q X7 by showmaster
Moving slider to the side by anewton
Adding back slider to QX7 mod by (JO)Hannes
Last edited by Datos; Mar 08, 2017 at 11:38 AM.
If you think that you have found or added the important information corresponding to FrSKY Taranis Q X7 - please, PM me to add it to this FAQ section.
FrSKY Taranis Q X7 START GUIDE document by Alex Datos
OpenTX 2.2 RC13 is RELEASED. UPDATE to this build. Don't forget the new card contents. Included in the link
Use nightly build options to acquire the latest nightly FW for the radio from OpenTX Companion. Screenshot of how to setup you radio profile to get the nightly builds
How to solve SD card wrong contents (expected version) error by scott page
Using SD card to flash OpenTX and bottloader
Full Firmware Upgrade Process by Wayne
What is the effective ~range for this radio?
First steps with new radio (upgrading to RC10 - latest FW, check OpenTX site, maybe there is a newer FW)
Important notice about OpenTX FW RC8 . DO NOT UOPDATE TO THIS build
Is there SWR function available?
Which type of microSD card to use?
How to switch from EU to FCC version and get D8 mode back?
How to get to bootloader mode and to connect SD card as an external storage to PC?
The process of connecting Q X7 to PC from bootloader mode
How to reset EEPROM (settings and models) if the contrast is so high that the screen is completely dark.
What are the two 2-pin sockets at the top of the main board - P400 & P401?
Understadning OpenTX for newcomers, very short
Initial factory preloaded OpenTX builds and XJT FW
Modified Lua screen for Betaflight PID setup by skorp_jon
Addition to PID tuning Lua for BF
How to setup Q X7 and 16 redundant channels with 2 RF links
How to get 9 values from 2 3POS switches
How to set desired position swtich warning at startup
Cables routing inside the Q X7 to get the smooth throttle and avoid cable jam by screws.
How to remove playing tracks set in special functions at radio startup.
About removing the spring tension from throttle again
Outputs screen explained
Modified BetaFlight Lua script by JR63
How to create custom audio files for your radio by scott page
How to fix unexpected radio ON|OFF caused be the balancer by cybdrone
How to backup your EEPROM on radio
Installing latest BetaFlight PID setup script (starting with RC12)
Where to buy SD card with contents for QX7
Good carry case for Q X7 - Taranis X9DPlus EVA case
How to setup QX7 for FPVFreerider
QX7 battery drain info
Last edited by Datos; Mar 24, 2017 at 01:40 PM.
High resolution images of the Q X7 model in black. This is an evaluation model that has more glossy smooth areas than the later production models. Click on image twice for high resolution view.
Last edited by Jet_Flyer; Jan 20, 2017 at 01:05 PM.
Installing a Q X7 charging jack for LSD NiMh battery pack.
Because there was not a six cell LSD NiMh battery available from FrSky at the time I received my evaluation Q X7 system Iím using a eight cell 2500 mAh Aloft Hobbies LSD NiMh battery that I cut down to six cells. Aloft Hobbies will have a six cell 2500 mAh LSD NiMh battery eventually as well as systems with LSD NiMh batteries included.
LSD NiMh batteries can be charged in place in the system so I installed an external jack so I could charge the Q X7 without accessing the battery.
The battery pack uses a servo type connecter and I used one end of this http://alofthobbies.com/heavyduty-se...ons-22awg.html servo extension for the battery connection. The power connecter on the Q X7 uses two pins of a three pin balance type connector and I used one end of this balance plug http://alofthobbies.com/lipo-balance...xtensions.html for the Q X7 for the power connection. The balance plug mechanically latches when it connected to the Q power connector and not easy to disconnect. Aloft now has this battery built for the Q X7 http://alofthobbies.com/72v-2600-aa-...tter-pack.html
The jack has one wire lead pair with a plug for the Q main power connector and the other lead pair for the battery connector. Both leads are soldered to the terminals on the jack and covered with a short piece of heat shrink. I did not use the switching function in the jack.
I drilled a hole in the back case to position jack in the case so it would not conflict with anything on the main Q board. The Jack is spot glued to the case with CA.
Jack http://www.frys.com/product/3454583?...FdQ2gQodARUKiQ with built in switch that I'm not using.
There does not seem to be any amp ratings on the parts, but I only charge the 2500 mAh battery at 300 ma with a peak NiMh charger. The amp rating of the jack does not matter as far as current from the battery to the Q because Iím not using the jack switch just the jack terminals.
I'm now using this charger https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2144
If you have any concerns that you may accidently plug your powered on charger into the radio with the battery disconnected and apply the charger voltage directly to the radio, there is a simple solution by using the battery connector as a charge jack disconnect.
It takes a four pin connector for the battery like this:
======Radio Side =============== =Battery Side
Plus lead to radio power plug =(pin 1)= plus lead from battery
Neg lead to radio power plug =(pin 2) =neg lead from battery
Plus lead from charge jack =(pin 3)= plus lead from battery
Neg lead from charge jack =(pin 4)= neg lead from battery
With this plug arrangement when the battery is disconnected the charge plug is disconnect completely from the radio power.
Last edited by Jet_Flyer; Mar 25, 2017 at 09:24 PM.
Using Companion and Firmware Updating Information
The Taranis Q X7 uses a version of OpenTX 2.2. firmware. OpenTX is a powerful open source firmware developed, enhanced and maintained by the OpenTX developer team.
January 29, 2017 Update:
The newest firmware update RC10 N362 is available here http://www.open-tx.org/ Please read and follow the information on the page very carefully for the best results.
Current issues from RC10 being fixed for RC11 https://github.com/opentx/opentx/milestone/39
January 25, 2017 Update:
The newest firmware update RC9 N361 is available here http://www.open-tx.org/ Please read and follow the information on the page very carefully for the best results.
A popup message in Companion after reading models or making radio backup that indicates that the radio cannot be found. But the reading process works correctly. The OpenTX developers are looking at the issue.
Cannot edit Logic Switches. If you try to edit a switch it always selects L1. Not a fix, but if you add a new switch line to the existing switches using Companion then you can edit any other switch. Still cannot add a new switch from the Q interface though. Also if L1 is copied to new switch then that switch and other switches can be edited. The OpenTX developers are looking at the issue.
With RC9 Companion can read and write models to the Q X7.
When using Companion to edit models always read the models from the Q X7 first so you have the most recent changes you may have made directly in the Q X7 and the Q X7 settings.
To Enter Bootloader Mode on the Q x7. Hold rudder and aileron trim levers to center of Q X7, then just do a "quick" press of the power on button.
Lots of good information about using OpenTX here http://open-txu.org/
Last edited by Jet_Flyer; Feb 02, 2017 at 03:41 PM.
Hey all - Welcome to the new thread!
We have assembled a little FrSky Dream Team to help maintain this thread with all of the links and info a new user may ever need. I can not thank them enough for volunteering to help out their fellow users. When in doubt, this thread should have the information you need, if not, we will do our best to help get you an answer.
I would like to add a comment about OpenTX.
The radios shipped with a pre-release version of OpenTX 2.2. The developers will have a fully released version very soon. We do recommend updating the firmware on your radio to the newest version of OpenTX that is available. Here is a quick video that shows how easy this can be.
Last edited by Rotozuk; Feb 01, 2017 at 11:49 AM.
till you decide on a batt- maybe a $300 Spek radio with limited programming and 7-9 channels is a better fit for you!?
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