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Jan 20, 2017, 10:43 AM
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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.


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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.

Technical specifications:
  • Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals with tension, ratchet and length adjustment. Throttle can be spring-loaded
  • 60 model memory (SD card expandable)
  • Real-time data logging
  • FrSKY ACCST XJT internal module (2dBm antenna, exchengeable, foldable, rotating) + JR type bay for external module
  • Up to 32 CH (16CH with internal module + 16CH with external module)
  • Full Telemetry, RSSI alarm
  • X (and LR), D, V8II receivers support for FCC XJT version; X and LR for EU LBT XJT
  • Audio Speech Outputs, loudspeaker, headphones jack and haptic feedback
  • 3,5mm JR Trainer port
  • microSD card slot
  • microUSB connector for PC (OpenTX Companion + simulator)
  • 3inch 128◊64 backlit screen (white color backlight)
  • 4 x 3-position switches, 1 x momentary switch, 1 x 2-position switch
  • 2 pots (right with center detent, left with no center detent)
  • 4 trimmers
  • Incoming voltage: 6 — 15V, JST 2S balance plug (center pin is not used)
  • OpenTX 2.2 FW preinstalled
  • 3 color LED under power button
  • W:200mm, H:170mm, D:50mm. Weight: 625g.
  • Available colors: Black and White (Blue is a mod)

In the box:
  • 1 x Taranis Q X7
  • 1 x battery tray for AA battery cells
  • 1 x Neck Strap
  • 1 x Neck Strap Balancer
  • 1 x User Manual

* 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

IMPORTANT NOTICES:
  • EU LBT version of Taranis Q X7 would support only X and LR receivers. FCC version would support X, LR, D, V8II receivers. XJT module can be upgraded to either version with regular XJT FW from official FrSKY website.
  • M7 Hall sensor gimbals for Taranis Q X7 would soon be available as an accessory. Stay tuned - we'll let you know as it hits the market
Quote:
Battery compartment size: W: 92mm (remember that you have to fit wires there) x H: 57mm x D:15-18mm
If you’d have 15-16mm depth battery — it would fit perfectly. You can fit up to 18mm battery but the battery bay cover might rub against the battery and it would be harder to remove it. The bay cover gets easily removed if you’d press it a little bit inside to shift it from the holding openings in the shell… That is why 15 -17mm is preferred…
Available video reviews:

New FrSky Taranis Q X7 Trailer (1 min 23 sec)

FrSKY Taranis Q X7 review (8 min 27 sec)


MiniQuadClub review
NJ Tech review part1
NJ Tech review part2

How to remove throttle spring tension

Quote:
The radios are all supplied with the sticks self centering. You can open the back of the radio via 4 screws. There will be one connector from the battery clip to the main board. Unplug that and you have super easy access to the gimbals. You will turn a phillips head screw all the way down to push the centering arm out of the way. Then add a little friction with the friction bands, just tighten the phillips head screws on one or both of the friction bands until you are happy with the feel. There is no need to remove any springs. When you are happy with the feel, you can plug in the battery tray (if you are using it) and join the case halves back together, but be careful to line up the module bay pins with the small slot they fit into. You do not want to bend these pins.
How to remove the spring loaded throttle stick on Taranis Q X7 (4 min 24 sec)


Another video from IntheTubeDeep


Available text reviews:

FULL TEXT REVIEW

FULL TEXT REVIEW PART 2 (the latest radio release and comparison to the earliest version)

Short review by showmaster in RCG initial thread

Jet_Flyer short overview in RCG initial thread


Datos short overview in RCG initial thread


LINKS:

FrSKY official website product page
User Manual
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:

Pros:
  • Rotary encoder for menu navigation is more convenient for quick interaction
  • Power button with 3 color LED status indicator
  • Slightly imporved speaker and headphones
  • No RF noise and no "clicks" from the speaker
  • Antenna is no longer soldered to the XJT board
  • Slightly improved switches and pots
  • microUSB card slot, miniUSB port are now protected from dust and moisture with rubber cover

Cons:
  • Smaller screen size with less resolution
  • Removed + and - buttons (were used as shortcuts for some OpenTX fastmove operations)
  • Missing 2 3-position switches and 2 back sliders
  • Missing battery charging circuit
  • Comes with no battery, no microSD card, no charger

Known Issues:
  • External module bay cover rattles a bit when the radio is shaked. Easy fix.
  • LCD shows small signs of uneven contrast at areas with uniform background if the contrast is dialed too much or too low.
  • Excessive force applied to the balancer might cause the power button to switch radio ON|OFF

CURRENT FW for Taranis Q X7:


Initial factory preloaded OpenTX 2.2 + XJT FW (EU and FCC) (at start of the sales)

OpenTX 2.2.0 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!
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Jan 20, 2017, 10:45 AM
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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
Inside pics
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

MODS:

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
I shems mod for F3K
About M9 installation to QX7
Full instructions how to add M9 gimbals to QX7 by teramax
Last edited by Datos; Apr 27, 2017 at 12:14 AM.
Jan 20, 2017, 10:45 AM
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FAQ section


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 2.2.0 (first stable) 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
DIY NiMH internal charging circuit by viktor80
A solution for XM+ binding problems
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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.

Mike
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Jan 20, 2017, 10:48 AM
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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.

Plug http://www.frys.com/product/1752731?...FYw7gQodXcEBeQ

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.

Mike
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Jan 20, 2017, 10:51 AM
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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.
Taranis Q X7 - Updating your firmware (7 min 23 sec)


-Wayne
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Jan 20, 2017, 11:07 AM
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Too expensive for a "batteries not included" radio. What was FrSKY thinking?
Jan 20, 2017, 11:10 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jet_Flyer
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 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.

Jack http://www.frys.com/product/3454583?...FdQ2gQodARUKiQ

Plug http://www.frys.com/product/1752731?...FYw7gQodXcEBeQ

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.

Mike
Excellent thanks Mike! Mine should arrive today
Jan 20, 2017, 11:10 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry2020
Too expensive for a "batteries not included" radio. What was FrSKY thinking?
they were thinking of maintaining the lowest price possible and still keeping the most of the features and technology even for such price point. Hit me with another radio like this at this price
Jan 20, 2017, 11:15 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry2020
Too expensive for a "batteries not included" radio. What was FrSKY thinking?
They were thinking that many of the included batteries end up being put in the bin in favor of other chemistry. This way the user can save money on batteries they may not want and use the chemistry they want. It also simplifies shipping for those who would prefer a lithium based solution. It's what customers requested.
Latest blog entry: Old OpenTX and Taranis Videos
Jan 20, 2017, 11:15 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry2020
Too expensive for a "batteries not included" radio. What was FrSKY thinking?
haha quite the opposite- people seemed to complain about stock batts- this leaves it up to user- use supplied AA clip
till you decide on a batt- maybe a $300 Spek radio with limited programming and 7-9 channels is a better fit for you!?
Jan 20, 2017, 11:18 AM
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Ups, don't want to start the topic of battery choice again - but I am the one who would throw the standard battery out.... I prefer to have a choice and most of all - I have plenty of crashed or just old packs to make some good battery for the TX.
Jan 20, 2017, 11:20 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Barry2020
Too expensive for a "batteries not included" radio. What was FrSKY thinking?
So Barry - I see you voted not satisfied. When did you receive your TaranisQ X7? Didn't you read in advance that it didn't come with a battery?
Latest blog entry: Old OpenTX and Taranis Videos


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