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Sep 28, 2017, 06:11 PM
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Review of FrSky Taranis X9D Plus Transmitter SPECIAL EDITION - Great Value!!!


Review of FrSky 2.4G 16CH Taranis X9D Plus SE Transmitter SPECIAL EDITION with M9 Sensor Gimbals, Water Transfer Case and soft shell box - Great Value!!!




Beauty and the Beast:





I'm so excited about this transmitter from FrSky. FrSky transmitters and receivers are very popular because they give a lot at not so hight price
Transmitter is back up by great OpenTX SW and possibility to use Companion TX on PC for creating, modifying, backing up and transferring models to other Taranis Transmitters.



Ergonomics:
Taranis X9D feels very comfortable in hand. I donít use neck straps and I can comfortably fly with only X9D in my hands.







Because Mode2 was on restocking I got Mode1 and it was very easy to change modes.
You only have to transfer one screw and ratchet from right to left gimbal, and in OpenTX SW change from Mode1 to Mode2Ö
More details in post #8



Specifications:
Channels: up to 16 channels
Battery capacity: 2000mAh
Operating voltage: 6-15V( 2S 3S lipo are acceptable)
Operating current: 270mah maximum
Operating temperature: -10 - 60 degree
Backlight LCD screen: 212*64, 2 color combinations for select,send randomly
Model memories: 60(extendable by SD card)
Compatibility: FrSky x series, D series, L series receivers and an V8-II series receiver(plus other receivers if an external module is used)



Fetures:
Gimbals: M9 Hall Sensor
Stick Ends: Customized M4 CNC Aluminum Gimbal Stick Ends
Shells: Carbon Fiber / Blazing Skull / Camouflage / Rock Monster
Antenna: Detachable SMA Antenna
Switches: Upgraded Switches



In the box:
1 X X9D Plus SPECIAL EDITION Transmitter with Water Transfer Printed Case(EVA bag)
1 X 2000mAh battery




1 X Soft shell box






1 X Charger
1 X User manual
1 X neck strap
gimbal protectors
stickers







PROS:
  • Great value for money ratio (FrSky brand)
  • Great price/functionality ratio (OpenTX)
  • M9 Hall Sensor Gimbals
  • looks amazing - 4 shells to chose from: Carbon Fiber / Blazing Skull / Camouflage / Rock Monster
  • Companion TX PC SW


CONS:
  • Problems with RSSI and range - when I got transmitter, range was sub 100m. I contacted Banggood vith video of my issues and they sent me new 50$ value XJT back board. I bought myself FrSky Taranis Replacement solder on Antenna (EU HERE or USA HERE) .After replacing XJT back board range vas normal.
  • flimsy implementation of 5dBi mod. Holder is not fixed enough and it has small movement

    pics with original 5dBi antenna connector





Conclusion:

Great Value for Money Transmitter

X9D SE feels great in hand and looks amazing. Quality of gimbals and switches is also great. Transmitter like this for 250$... Still cant believe... Highly recommend...



Grab yours Taranis X9D SE HERE.

Stay tuned for more...


Update:
Here is great DB with model pictures for frsky transmitters, and also a "customized" button to convert the picture in B&W for X9 owners and/or apply a background color.
Here is the website:
http://www.skyraccoon.com/
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Sep 28, 2017, 06:13 PM
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BetaFligth LUA script for changing PIDs, Rates and VTX parameters over transmitter in action:
(with 15,5$ EWRF VTX)

EWRF (2 min 59 sec)




My full review of this budget SmartAudio capable VTX is here:

Review of EWRF e7086TM3 - cheap - w SmartAudio - 5.8G 48CH 25mW/200mW/600mW Switchable FPV Transmitter with Support for Configuring over BetaFligth OSD
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Sep 28, 2017, 06:19 PM
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and some flying with X9D SE

Foxeer Monster V2 FPV cam DVR flight footage - Dshot1200 TATTOO 35A - BLheli_32Bit ESC revo (3 min 49 sec)




My full review of Monster v2 is here:

Review of Foxeer Monster V2 1200TVL 1/3 CMOS 16:9 PAL/NTSC IR Block FPV Camera w/ OSD and Audio & DVR flight footage
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Sep 28, 2017, 06:20 PM
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X9D came in the box with this OpenTX SW version and boot loader version:





Made upgrade from stock to letest OpenTX


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: FrSky Taranis X9D+
3. Mark this settings selected (about not marking massstorage option in post #6)(also if you use multimodule check it)


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 Taranis and PC
6. Select - File - Download
7. Read&Write - Write FW to radio
8. Transfer files downloaded from here to SD card -
9. Transfer downloaded FW to SD Firmware folder
10. Safely remove SD card drive
11. Select EXIT on the radio
12. On Taranis go into FW folder and press ENTER on the FW file you transferred in step 9 and select to upgrade bootloader
13. CONGRATS Your Taranis is on latest and greatest OpetTX
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Sep 28, 2017, 06:25 PM
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Tried taranis with FPV Freeride and Liftoff simulators via USB cable and works great, no issues and plug n play installation on WIN8.
IMPORTANT: To be able to use Taranis as USB joystick, when upgrading FW on Taranis don't check USB mass storage function.





Before, with Turnigy 9XR, I had to use this Simulator USB interface cable.
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Sep 28, 2017, 06:27 PM
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Setup for usage with simulator

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:


(this is my video showing X7 but settings and principle is the same)
FrSky Taranis Q X7 - setup for usage with simulator and ease of use of scrolling wheel (3 min 23 sec)
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Sep 29, 2017, 04:04 PM
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Transfer from mode1 to mode2

You need to transfer screw from left (when looking on the back of taranis) to the right gimbal (when looking on the back of taranis) as marked on pictures




and it should look like this

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Sep 29, 2017, 04:05 PM
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Upgrading receiver FW


Built-in receivers have INT and EU FWs.
Its easy to swap between them.

There are SPort or SmartPort pins which are used to upgrade receiver.

FW is available online on frsky web. I will be upgrading XSR FW in XSRF4PO FC but in this way you can upgrade any frsky receiver which has smartport or SPort pin.

1. Download correct FW for yours receiver or DC with integrated Frsky receiver.
2. Unzip it
3. Transfer it to SD card in folder FIRMWARE

Preparation for FW flashing in video:

Frsky XSRF4PO - XSR flashing with Taranis X9D Plus SE (3 min 9 sec)




Frsky XSRF4PO - https://goo.gl/DVstJw

Great Value FrSky Taranis X9D Plus Special Edition transmitter - https://goo.gl/MxLKKF

or Best Buy transmitter on the market:

FrSky Taranis Q X7 - https://goo.gl/CHWeJh
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Sep 29, 2017, 04:09 PM
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Beta Flight LUA script for setting PIDs, rates and VTX settings over transmitter in action:

Lua script (2 min 17 sec)



My review of Frsky XSRF4PO (F4 FC + OSD + XSR full range receiver) is here:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...nd-XSR-receive
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Sep 29, 2017, 04:16 PM
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BetaFlight LUA script overview and VTX control

Matek VTX Smart Audio control trough FrSky XSRF4PO and Taranis X9D Plus Special Edition (4 min 18 sec)



Matex VTX w Smart Audio Control - https://goo.gl/joj8rm

FrSky XSRF4PO (F4 FC + OSD + PDB + XSR full range receiver) - https://goo.gl/DVstJw


Great Value FrSky Taranis X9D Plus Special Edition transmitter - https://goo.gl/MxLKKF

or Best Buy transmitter on the market:

FrSky Taranis Q X7 - https://goo.gl/CHWeJh
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Oct 01, 2017, 01:26 PM
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Todays flying dvr

Monster v2 w 1.8mm lens 16:9 DVR Foxeer - Dshot1200 TATTOO 35A - 32Bit ESC revo (14 min 41 sec)
Oct 04, 2017, 12:06 PM
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OSD overview and VTX control

BetaFlight OSD overwiev on FrSky XSRF4PO - Matek VTX Smart Audio control - Taranis X9D Plus SE (1 min 27 sec)


Matex VTX w Smart Audio Control - https://goo.gl/joj8rm

FrSky XSRF4PO (F4 FC + OSD + PDB + XSR full range receiver) - https://goo.gl/DVstJw


Great Value FrSky Taranis X9D Plus Special Edition transmitter - https://goo.gl/MxLKKF

or Best Buy transmitter on the market:

FrSky Taranis Q X7 - https://goo.gl/CHWeJh
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Oct 09, 2017, 02:42 PM
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If X9D & X9D Plus standard owner would like to upgrade his to Special Edition like, here are the parts:
  • Orginal Frsky Taranis X9D Plus Transmitter Spare Part Carbon Fiber / Rock Monster Custom Shell Case - https://goo.gl/2KKXmQ
  • RF Connector 70 RP-SMA + 5dBi Antenna + Adapter For Frsky X9D PLUS Transmitter - https://goo.gl/ocwXwW
  • 2 PCS Frsky M9-Gimbal M9 High Sensitivity Hall Sensor Gimbal For Taranis X9D & X9D Plus - https://goo.gl/E28LA5
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Dec 17, 2017, 02:50 AM
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Here is great DB with model pictures for frsky transmitters, and also a "customized" button to convert the picture in B&W for X9 owners and/or apply a background color.
Here is the website:
http://www.skyraccoon.com/


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