First Steps


Like many projects, getting set up to work with OpenTX takes a bit of preparation. You’ll be walked through that process step-by-step using techniques and procedures developed by users who had to start out just like you…unsure and in the weeds.

If you’re new to OpenTX, it’s highly recommended that you work through this unit progressively, from this screen all the way through to the final lesson. It’s important to do this, because everything starts with uniformity. If you don’t have things installed and configured pretty much like they are here, not only might it make it difficult to follow some of the lessons, but some things may not work at all. That’s a major buzz kill.

That’s not to say that the way it’s laid out here is the only way to do things. One of the major themes of this site is that with OpenTX there always seems to be more than one way to do things.

Lesson Layout

We finally get to do something! This is the first module to include a lesson-type approach. Each lesson will take pretty much the same format:

  1. A short introduction lets you know the subject of the lesson, the lesson goal, what you should know before you start the lesson.
  2. A series of steps will be listed to give you a road map of how you’ll complete the lesson.
  3. The lesson will contain links to resources that help you work through the assignment. These resources may include things such as:
    1. Videos showing you what to expect as you work things through.
    2. A downloadble check-sheet to help keep you on track as you move through the lesson.
    3. If appropriate, to help you solidify the concepts and practices covered in the lesson, the lesson may include a series of activities. These serve as lab exercises, complete with answers or downloadable solution files .
    4. Terms and vocabulary used in the lesson will be highlighted as links.  Hovering over the link enables a pop-up window with the definition of the term.  You don’t even have to leave the page!
    5. A list of additional resources may also be provided..

OK, let’s get started. Your first task is to get your computer talking to your transmitter. You start doing that in Introduction to Zadig.

“Head ’em up! Move ’em out! Dodge City’s a fair piece north!”


My apologies to those of you who may not be familiar with the history of the American West, cowboys, trail drives, American colloquialisms and the like. However, I’m from Montana, and that history is a part of me. This statement reflects what the Trailboss might have bellowed at the start of one of the cattle drives north from Texas to the railhead in Dodge City, Kansas. It just seems appropriate to use it at the start of our journey.

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