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Feb 23, 2017, 09:36 AM
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Review of FrSky Taranis Q X7 - Best Buy Transmitter on the Market


Just received my FrSky Taranis Q X7 from here -
FrSky-ACCST-Taranis-Q-X7-2_4GHz-16CH-Transmitter

99$ - Blue, Green, Orange and Purple






Intro:
I'm so excited about this transmitter from FrSky. Its great way to enter world of FrSky transmitters and receivers which are very popular, especially among mini-quads pilots. Q X7 compared to X9D only misses two switches and two sliders which are needed in some special cases like multi-rotors for video recording and gliders... soooooo, no big deal...
Same great OpenTX SW like X9... and possibility to use Companion TX on PC for creating, modifying, backing up and transferring models to other Taranis Transmitters.
And internal XJT module with same range (internal XJT module is the same as in Taranis X9...), with modern look and better ergonomic but all that at great price.
Usage of Open TX is like any X9 or X9D, no differences, except slightly different screen layout due smaller screen, similar operation and its even easier due the usage of scrolling wheel.



Hall Effect gimbals for Q X7
M7 Hall Effect gimbals for Q X7 are available HERE.





Ergonomics:
It has grips behind for comfortable and non slippery grip.







Removed the spring on throttle, because "out of the box" throttle self centers (DJI phantom like):




Specifications:
Operating Voltage Range: 6~15V (2S, 3S Lipos are acceptable)
Operating Current: 210mA maximum (both RF module and backlit are on)
Operating Temperature: -10~45℃
Backlight LCD Screen: 128*64 outdoor readable LCD
Model Memories: 60 (extendable by SD card)
Compatibility: FrSky X series, D series and V8-II series receivers (plus other receivers if an external module is used - I have Orange UHF 433Mhz external module I can use on Q7)



Features:
Quad Ball Bearing Gimbals
Receiver Match
Audio Speech Outputs (values, alarms, settings, etc.)
Antenna Status Detection and adjustment
Real-time Flight Data Logging
Receiver Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) Alerts
Super Low Latency
Smart Port Supported
Vibration Alerts
Model configuration files compatible with TARANIS X9D Plus

OpenTX FW that came with (upgrade procedure in post #3):




PROS:

CONS:
  • No charging port - quick fix in post #6
  • Self centering throttle - easy fixed by removing one spring



Conclusion:

Best Buy Transmitter

Q7 feels great in hand. Quality of gimbals and switches is also great. Sound from speaker is perfect (amber sound pack on SD card). Transmitter like this for 120$... Still cant believe... Highly recommend...



Grab yours HERE.

Stay tuned for more...
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Mar 06, 2017, 07:18 AM
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It's on stock FrSky-ACCST-Taranis-Q-X7-2_4GHz-16CH-Transmitter

Promotion sale:

105$ - White and Black

110$ - Blue, Green, Orange and Purple
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Mar 18, 2017, 09:18 PM
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Made upgrade from stock to
OpenTX 2.2.0 RC12 (N364) (2017-03-13)

Upgrade steps:
1. Download and Install latest OpenTX Companion 2.2 - http://www.open-tx.org/
2. Open Companion, than go to Settings - Settings and Select: Taranis X7


3. Mark Companion Nightly Builds selected


4. Get into bootloader mode like this: push rudder and aileron trim to center than while holding them press power on button
5. Plug USB cable in X7 and PC
6. Select - File - Download
7. Read&Write - Write FW to radio
8. Transfer files downloaded from here to SD card - http://downloads.open-tx.org/2.2/nightly/sdcard/
9. Transfer downloaded FW to SD Firmware folder
10. Safely remove SD card drive
11. Select EXIT on the radio
12. On X7 go into FW folder and press ENTER on the FW file you transferred in step 9 and select to upgrade bootloader
13. CONGRATS Your X7 is on latest and greatest OpetTX
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Mar 19, 2017, 05:52 AM
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E010s telemetry on x7

My review of e010s
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...On-F3-Brush-FC

and some flight DVR footage:
E010S Home Run - DVR - all default settings - out of the box - eachines tiny whoop (2 min 34 sec)
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Mar 21, 2017, 03:21 AM
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Tere is more color options on Banggood
FrSky-ACCST-Taranis-Q-X7-2_4GHz-16CH-Transmitter



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Mar 21, 2017, 04:23 AM
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Quick solution for charging


Quick solution for charging







Just stick in Male to Male Color Ribbon Line Cable to first and last batt and select NiMH charging mode.

Last edited by mlilasic; Mar 21, 2017 at 07:49 PM.
Mar 21, 2017, 01:10 PM
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Battery option


LSD (low self discharge) battery from Ikea fits perfectly



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Mar 21, 2017, 01:32 PM
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Sound from speaker is perfect & multi-color LED power switch
FrSky Q X7 sound is perfect & multi-color LED power switch (0 min 13 sec)


Link for Amber sound pack for SD card

To use them, just replace original sound files with these from DL link.
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Mar 21, 2017, 01:42 PM
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Tried X7 with FPV Freeride and Liftoff simulators via USB cable and X7 works great, no issues and plug n play installation on WIN8.
IMPORTANT: To be able to use X7 as USB joystick, when upgrading FW on X7 don't check USB mass storage function.





Before, with Turnigy 9XR, I had to use Simulator USB interface cable.



When I catch some time I will make video of needed settings in X7 to work well with simulators I have (Freeride, Liftoff and ).
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Mar 21, 2017, 01:54 PM
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Setup for usage with simulator and demonstration: ease of use of scrolling wheel

Simulators expect range from 0 to 100, and OpenTX default outputs range from -100 to 100, so this settings are needed for Taranis to function properly in simulator:

FrSky Taranis Q X7 - setup for usage with simulator and ease of use of scrolling wheel (3 min 23 sec)
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Apr 08, 2017, 02:29 AM
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Review of FrSky Taranis Q X7 - Best Buy Transmitter on the Market


Upgrading receiver FW



Built-in receivers have INT and EU FWs.

Its easy to swap between them.

There are SPort pins which are used to upgrade receiver.





FW is available online on frsky web. I will be upgrading XSR FW in XSRF3E FC:









Unzip it









and transfer it to SD card in folder FIRMWARE







Preparation for FW flashing in gallery and video:



XSRF3E XSR FW Flashing with Taranis Q X7 (2 min 13 sec)
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Apr 12, 2017, 02:06 PM
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LSD (low self discharge) battery from Ikea fits perfectly



I use the exact same batteries, yet they dont fit. I literally have to leave one out on an angle a little bit, or if I pushed them all the way in, I get no power. My Q X7 came with 6 FrSky AA NiCd batteries which work just fine.
Apr 12, 2017, 04:23 PM
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I use the exact same batteries, yet they dont fit. I literally have to leave one out on an angle a little bit, or if I pushed them all the way in, I get no power. My Q X7 came with 6 FrSky AA NiCd batteries which work just fine.
My came without batteries. These were only ones I tried.
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Apr 25, 2017, 01:03 PM
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Gimbals protectors.


3D Printed Gimbals protectors.
They fit perfect on X7.
Apr 29, 2017, 02:34 PM
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I am thinking of buying this one instead of the more expensive X9D (it's half the price!) but since I DO fly sailplanes, is this Tx really of no use to me? I only use:

flaperons / flaps / flaps+elevator mix.

Could you perhaps take a picture of the battery bay so I can see if a normal Tx lipo will fit? or do you have dimensions (in mm)?

One other question, what recievers can you use with the X7 and what are the prices? I had this Tx in mind since the recievers only cost a couple bucks each:
https://www.banggood.com/FsFly-T-six...l?rmmds=search

or this one, but can't find number of model memory
https://www.banggood.com/RadioLink-A...l?rmmds=search

you think I'm better off with the X7? (I have 20+ models, they each need a reciever...)

by the way, I LOVE your kitchen. Orange is a fantastic colour for cabinet doors
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