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1.1.09 Welcome to Taranis, Part 9: Basic Speech

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 9: Basic Speech” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Speech, play track, custom functions

This 2:44 minute video is the 9th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible. In this video Mark demonstrates how to set up voice announcements for changes in switch positions.

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1.1.08b Welcome to Taranis, Part 8b: Audio Telemetry Warnings

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 8b: Audio Telemetry Warnings” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Audio, telemetry, custom switch, custom function

This 8:48 minute video is part B of the 8th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible. In the video Mark demonstrates how to use custome switches and custom functions to set up audio telemetry warnings with low voltage as an example.

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1.1.08a Welcome to Taranis, Part 8a: Basic Telemetry

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 8a: Basic Telemetry” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Telemetry, LIPO sensor

This 6:32 minute video is part A of the 8th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible. In the video Mark demonstrates setting up the Lipo battery sensor using the TX. He also shows how to use the telemetry screen and how to have the sensor data read out loud to you.

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1.1.07 Welcome to Taranis, Part 7: Elevon Mixing

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 7: Elevon Mixing” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Elevon, model

This 5:30 minute video is the 7th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed on the Taranis as quickly as possible. In the video Mark demonstrates setting elevons on a model using the TX. Using the TX instead of Companion 9X proves beneficial as you are able to confirm your programming immediately with the model.

Video Content:
Elevon Information Theory

  • Elevon / V-tail Mixing
  • Elevon / V-tail Mixing Calculations

Motion Rules

  • Elevator back: elevens up
  • Elevator forward: elevens down
  • Aileron left: left elevon up, right elevon down
  • Aileron right: right elevon up, left elevon down

Procedure

  • Mix the elevator stick on both channels. The value will be either 50% or -50%, depending on how your servos are set up. If the control surfaces move in the wrong direction, swap the sign.
  • Mix the aileron stock on both channels. The multiplex parameter will be “add”, and the values will also be 50% or -50%.

Proper motion: when the stick moves left, the left control surface should raise and the right surface should lower. Vice versa for moving the stick right.
Example:
Ch 2 Ele 50%
+= Ail -50%
Ch 3 Ele -50%
+= Ail -50%

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1.1.06 Welcome to Taranis, Part 6: Setting Up a Four Channel Plane

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 6: Setting Up a Four Channel Plane” (March 2014) Mark Harrison

Tags: Model, Four channel

This 5:14 minute video is the 6th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible.  Mark demonstrates setting up a four channel plane using the transmitter.

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Safety Note

  • Be sure and remove or disable your prop when mixing.

Example Setup

Channel 1: Aileron

  • Channel 2: Elevator
  • Channel 3: Throttle
  • Channel 4: Rudder
  • Channel 5: Gear

Set up each channel 1-5

  •  As per the mix instructions in Part 5, mix each stick to channels 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • Reverse channels as necessary using Servo menu
  • Likewise, mix one of the switches to channel 5 for the landing gear

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1.1.05 Welcome to Taranis, Part 5: Dual Rates and Expo

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 5: Dual Rates and Expo” (March 2014) Mark Harrison

Tags: Dual rates, Exponential

This 4:34 minute video is the 5th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible.  Marks demonstrates setting dual rates and exponential utilizing the transmitter.

Video Contents

Model menu 5
Dual Rates

  • Select a switch, change the weight.
  • Use “add after” to add a second weight.
  • Select a second switch (or same switch, different position), and select a different weight.

Expo

  • Edit a stick, change the Exponential value
  • Normally, positive expo value is what you want (softens midpoint)
  • Can be combined with dual rate settings as per above.

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1.1.04 Welcome to Taranis, Part 4: Mixing the Heart of Taranis

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 4: Mixing the Heart of Taranis” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags:  Mixes

This 5:49 minute video is the 4th in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible.  Mark demonstrates how to prepare mixes using the transmitter rather than Companion 9X.  Using the TX or Companion 9X is completely your choice, however we recommend you become familiar with both methods.  Companion 9X in some setups is easier/quicker to use but unless you have it loaded on a laptop or Windows tablet and bring it to your flying field you will need to use the TX to make on the scene changes to your settings.  Using the TX you have the ability to immediately test your programming and even use the sticks/switches to assist with the programming.

  • Video Contents:
  • Mixer menu is model screen 6
    • Simplest case
    • Map a source to an output
    • E.g. map the rudder stick to channel 4
  • Weight
    • “Scales” the input
    • Negative weight acts as reverse
    • Often better to use “reverse” function on stick menu
  • Switch mixing
    • Specify a switch as an input
    • Top, middle, down maps to 100%, 0%, -100%

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1.1.03 Welcome to Taranis, Part 3 Binding a D Series Receiver

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 3 Binding a D Series Receiver” (March 12, 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Binding, D series receivers

This 1:07 minute video is the third in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with Taranis as soon as possible.  Published when Companion 9X in use.  He demonstrates binding the D series receivers to the Taranis.

Video Contents:

  • Note polarity on receiver
  • Remove or disable props
  • On RX power on while pressing failsafe/bind button
  • On TX go to model setup screen
  • Select mode D8, channel range CH1-8
  • Select bind, hear beep
  • Disconnect and reconnect power to RX
  • TX/RX bound, controls should be operational

 

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1.1.01 Welcome to Taranis, Part 1: Out of the Box

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 1: Out of the Box” (March 2014) by Mark Harrison\

Tags: Calibration, menu, battery, charging

This 2:54 minute video is the first in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with the Taranis as soon as possible.  In the video Mark demonstrates installation and charging of the TX battery, the TX menu, and calibration of the TX.

Video Contents

  • Check Battery
    • Connector in place
    • Keyed connector in left side
  • Charge by plugging in wall adapter
    • Older models will show solid charging light
    • Newer models will shut off automatically when fully charged
  • Turning On
  • Menus
    • Fast click for model selection menu
    • Slow click for radio setup menu
  • Stick Calibration
    • Radio setup menu screen 7
    • Center everything and press enter
    • Move everything full range of motion and press enter

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1.1.02 Welcome to Taranis, Part 2: Binding an X Series Receive

“Welcome to Taranis, Part 2: Binding an X Series Receiver” (March 12, 2014) by Mark Harrison

Tags: Binding, X8R, X6R

This 2:29 minute video is the second in Mark’s series to get you up to speed with Taranis as soon as possible.  Published when Companion 9X in use.  He demonstrates binding the X8R and X6R receivers to the Taranis.

Video Contents:

  • Note polarity on receiver
  • Remove or disable props
  • On RX power on while pressing failsafe/bind button
  • On TX go to model setup screen
  • Select mode D16, channel range CH1-8
  • Select bind
  • Disconnect and reconnect power to RX
  • TX/RX bound, controls should be operational

 

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Taranis Battery Notes

Taranis Battery Notes

Bruce has a great video at the bottom of the page on using different types of batteries in a Taranis. Here’s a few notes that I’ve put together.

  • The illustration is from the Taranis manual, which also notes that the operating voltage range is from 6 to 15 volts. You should read the manual.
  • Don’t charge anything but the stock batteries with the internal charger. Specifically, don’t charge LiPo or LiFe with the internal charger.
  • The Taranis originally came with 800 mAh battery pack. Currently ships with 2000 mAh battery pack. This battery pack is also available at FrSky dealers.
  • On older model, charge light was solid. On newer model (the ones that came with 2000 mAh battery), charge light blinks.
  • Internal charger shuts off automatically when battery is full.
  • If you change battery types, update the voltage range and warning values on menu 1 of the radio setup screen.

battery                 high       low        warn       notes
NiMH 800 mAh     8.0          6.5          6.5          stock battery on older model
NiMH 2000 mAh   8.0         6.5           6.5          stock battery on newer model
2S Lipo                  8.4         6.6           6.9          can plug into balance plug
3S LiPo              12.6         9.9         10.2          need to make plug/adapter
3S LiFe              10.8         8.4           9.9          need to make plug/adapter