Create a new MODEL: setting on PCWith OpenTX/EdgeTX, you can register multiple aircraft information as "MODEL"s and switch between them for control. Here, we will introduce how to create a "MODEL" on your PC using BetaFPV's Meteor65 HD(FrSky D16) as an example. You can also create a model with the radio by itself .
The same operation is possible with any radio that uses OpenTX / EdgeTX, such as Jumper T-Pro, T-Lite, T12, T16, RadioMaster Zorro, TX series and FrSky Taranis series. However, keyswitch assignments / functions differ depending on model, and screen / menu configuration differs depending on installed version of OpenTX / EdgeTX.
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Register a new MODEL input areaYou can create models using OpenTX/EdgeTX Companion installed on your PC. First, read model information from radio, then create and edit them on OpenTX/EdgeTX Companion, and write it back to the radio. The model information for up to 60 aircrafts stored in the radio is managed as one ".otx" format binary file on PC. You can manage by creating multiple ".otx" format files on your computer and transferring them to the radio as needed. This way, an infinite number of model information can be used in one radio.
How to install OpenTX Companion
How to install EdgeTX Companion
If you select [File]-[New] from the menu here, you can create a completely new ".otx" format file. If you select [File]-[Open], you can read ".otx" format file stored in your computer.
When loading settings from the radio, you may see the error "Can't extract RADIO/radio.bin" as shown in the figure. If your radio is a recently released product and OpenTX/EdgeTX Companion does not yet support it, you may see an error like this. In that case, please wait for the version upgrade of OpenTX/EdgeTX Companion.
EdgeTX, which has a faster development pace than OpenTX, may already support even radios that OpenTX does not support. If you are using OpenTX, you may consider migrating to EdgeTX.
If you see this error even though your radio is supported by OpenTX/EdgeTX Companion, the model information file stored in the radio may be corrupted. It may be solved by initializing or replacing microSD card or updating the firmware of the radio.
List of radios currently supported by OpenTX Companion (OpenTX)
How to install EdgeTX on the radio
How to install EdgeTX Companion
You can edit this "Model 01", but let's newly register it in the second area here. Click "02" column and click .
Click Cancel if you do not want to use this wizard.
When using the wizard, enter a name of your choice in "Model name", and for Tiny Whoop, select "Multirotor" and click "Next".
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The function that cuts throttle is automatically set in the throttle channel of Mixes screen. A setting is added so that throttle will have a weight of -100 when switch up.
Sets a timer that counts the amount of time throttle has been in operation (non-zero position). A timer is automatically set so that trigger is THs and initial counter value is 00:00:00.
Set a timer that counts the total time since throttle first reached a non-zero position. A timer is automatically set so that trigger is THt and initial counter value is 00:00:00.
How to use timer
You can use icons to the right of this icon to perform operations such as "delete", "cut", "copy", "paste", and "insert" the model. You can also copy an already created model and edit a part of it.
On PC: Setup screen settings
First, click "Setup" tab. This is the screen for basic model settings. All you need to enter on this screen is the model name and transmission protocol settings. Enter any model name in "Model" field. You can use alphanumericals, white spaces, and hyphens in the model name.
For details on these all setting items, see MODEL SETUP setting items explanation .
Next, set transmission protocol. When using a transmitter built into the radio, set "Internal Radio System" field, When using a transmitter installed in module bay, set it in "External Radio Module" field. Here, set communication protocol of drone that you checked in advance.
Drone to be bound this time uses "D16" type in Frsky protocol. Select "DIY Multiprotocol Module" in "Multi Radio Protocol" field. Select "FrSky" in "Multi Radio Protocol" field and "D16" in "Sub Type" field. No other changes are required.
This setting screen changes depending on the protocol selected. Depending on the protocol, it may be necessary to set other items as well. Check website or instruction manual of FC board or receiver board.
For information on how to set the communication protocol when using the ExpressLRS (ELRS) protocol, see How to set up ExpressLRS transmitter .
Depending on the type of radio, you can set Main screen and Model Image. Model Image is displayed as an image of the selected aircraft on main screen and MODELSEL screen . See below for details.
On the front panel of recent radios that support OpenTX / EdgeTX, there are products with 6 buttons. These switches are called "function switches". Different behavior can be set for each "MODEL" set in the radio. See below for details.
Depending on communication protocol selected, "Failsafe mode" field on this screen allows you to specify how the drone behaves when communication between radio and drone is lost. See Failsafe settings for details.
On PC: Input screen settings
First four channels are already assigned Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, Rudder in that order. This allocation order is determined by specifying "Default Channel Order" field on [Settings]-[Settings] menu screen. Since it is a virtual channel, it can be assigned in any order. If this order does not match the aircraft you are binding to, change it on next Mixes screen.
In the "Source" field, select SG (Switch G) that will be the input device. You can give this virtual channel a name in "Input name" field. Since Arm is assigned to SG this time, I named it "Arm". You can leave the name blank.
Similarly, assign SA, SD, SH to virtual channels 6-8. Since it is a virtual channel, it can be assigned in any order.
For details on these all setting items, see MODEL INPUTS setting items explanation .
If you simply assign one switch to one channel, you can register it directly in "Source" field of next Mixes screen without registering the switch on this Input screen.
If you right-click on a channel already been entered, a screen like this will be displayed. You can edit, insert new inputs before and after, move and delete.
On PC: Mixes screen settings
First four channels are already assigned Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, Rudder in that order.
In "Source" field, select virtual channel [I5]. This time, "I5" is named "Arm", so select [I5:Arm].
When we defined virtual channels, we specified the same number as the physical channel, so simply set [I5:Arm] for CH5, [I6:Mod] for CH6, [I7:Flp] for CH7.
For details on these all setting items, see MODEL MIXES setting items explanation .
If you right-click on a channel already been entered, a screen like this will be displayed. You can add, edit, delete, copy, cut, duplicate, and change the order.
On PC: Write back model information to radio
After creating and editing model, first save the model information on your computer for back-up. Simply select [File]-[Save] or [File]-[Save As] from the menu.
Next, let's transfer the model information to radio. Click "Write Models and Settings To Radio" at top of icons on the left side of the screen.
If you click "Write to TX" here, the model information will be written to radio.
Create MODEL, Bind with drone, Test flight