That’s right, I’ve updated my Jumper T16
Pro with OpenTX firmware! In today’s video I’m gonna show you how you can
update your Jumper T16 with OpenTX firmware in just seven simple steps!
Welcome back everyone to TMac FPV – your home for your “Journey to Better” FPV fun,
flights, and racing stuff! Before I forget, everything we go over today is captured
in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step graphical checklist which you can
download through a link in the video description below for your convenience
and ease of use. It’s a snapshot of the type of stuff I go over in more detail
in our beginner-friendly introductory course to FPV – the Fast Track FPV Course – which covers everything you need to know from never having flown a drone before
to flying FPV in the simplest, quickest, and overall most cost-effective way
possible. You can check out the course description and curriculum through a
link below or just head on over to TMacFPV.com for further info and more free
resources. Before we update the T16 with OpenTX firmware, I need to explain I’ve
done so with an unofficial release or a “nightly build” which per the OpenTX
warning disclaimer states is a highly experimental, untested build that can
work one day and crash the next (or the other way around) and it’s not
recommended for flight. I’ve updated my T16 with one of these nightly builds
just to demonstrate the process for doing an update with an official version
when it’s released. This video and the initial transmitter setup checklist
available below outlines the process necessary to update the T16 with OpenTX through either a nightly build, since that’s the only type available at the
time this video was posted, or an official OpenTX version when it’s
released. Should you make the decision to update your transmitter with a highly
experimental, nightly release build not recommended for flight, you do so at your
own risk. And, if you haven’t seen my video on the
internal module bootloader and firmware update, I recommend you check it out
through the card up above or in the link below under resources and links
mentioned in this video. Although you don’t have to, I’ve already accomplished
this internal module bootloader and firmware update prior to updating my
Jumper T16 Pro with OpenTX firmware. Let’s get to it! Alright,
the first step is if you are a Windows user and you do not currently have the
stm32 driver installed on your computer you need to do so by going to this URL.
Scroll down, click get software, stm32 virtual comm port driver, take a look at
their agreement, accept and then you need to fill out this information and click
download. Then it sends you an email to validate your email address and you can
go ahead and click download to start your software download. I cut and pasted
it into a folder I made called stm32 driver. Extract all. We want to click on w8x64. Then you
walk through the pop-up windows instructions and that’s how you install
the stm32 driver. Our next step is to download and install the latest OpenTX
Companion and we do that by going to this site for the official release
versions. Then we click on (for the official release versions of OpenTX
Companion) the latest OpenTX version that should be listed here. We would
click on that and then scroll down and then click on, in my case the OpenTX
Companion 2.3.1 windows installer (for the official release version). However,
since we do not have an official release that supports the Jumper T16 at this
point in time we go through the same process, we just use a different link.
Instead of this OpenTX 2.3.1 URL here for the official releases, we go to this
URL which once again is listed in the checklist that you can download in the
link through the video description below. We go down here to OpenTX Nightly
Companion 2.3 windows installer and we click on that. Then this window pops
up and what we want to do is grab the latest nightly version. The one which
I used was this n30. You can click save or run. I went ahead and . . . I’m gonna
select run and basically we’re just downloading and running the OpenTX
Companion installer. Here’s the license agreement. I agree. Choose the components you want to install. Click Next and go through the instructions which are
depicted on the pop-up windows which appear. Installation is complete. Next.
Finish. Then you just want to run the OpenTX Companion which you’ve
downloaded. In our case, it’s 2.3.2n30 for Jumper T16/T16+.
Our next step is to download and install the SD card contents from the site which
we were on previously before we downloaded and installed the OpenTX
Companion. So, for official releases, we go back to
this URL (or the latest official release version of OpenTX) and we scroll down
and we see download links SD card contents for that particular version of
the official release. We click on that and then over here. You’ll see various
transmitters – T12, X10, X12, X9D Plus, X-Lite. What you don’t see here is the
Jumper T16 at this point in time. So, instead of going to the official release
version of OpenTX 2.3.1, once again we go back to our nightly site. At this
point in time it’s 2.3.2 nightlies. We scroll down and we get SD card
content for 2.3 nightlies. We click on that and then we look over here to see
if we can find the Jumper T16. We’ve got T12, X7, X9-Lite. Here it is!
Jumper T16 2.3V23 zip. We click on the zipped file. What do we want to do with
it? I want to save it. It’s downloading it. Ok the SD card contents file has
finished downloading. I’m going to view the downloads. Here it is over here – the
zip file. We want to save this zip file with the SD card contents of the
Jumper T16 to a location on our computer which we can access later. The
next step is to go to your OpenTX Companion window (whether it’s the
official release OpenTX Companion or, in our case, the nightly version) we want to
click on settings and then settings and then over here we want to type in
whatever radio or profile name you want for your particular radio. I typed in
Jumper T16 for our Jumper T16 radio. The radio type is a
drop-down menu. You’ve got these various options. Of course for the Jumper T16 you
want to click Jumper T16 / T16+. Language is going to be English. I
clicked on “no heli” because i’m not going to be using any helicopters.
I also clicked on Lua for Lua scripts and, of most importance for the Jumper T16 transmitter (when you’ve got a radio such as the Jumper T16 with an internal
module) you will absolutely want to make sure that this internal multi is clicked.
So make sure and click on that. So these are the three: no heli, Lua, internalmulti.
Down here, unless you’ve got a reason not to use mode 2, I would recommend that
your default stick mode you select mode 2. The same rationale for your default
channel order. Unless you’ve got a reason to use a specific other channel order
then I would click on AETR for that. Now since we’re using or going to be using a
nightly build, we need to go to the second tab here application settings.
Under “release channel” this drop down menu, normally for official releases you would select “releases stable” but as we
mentioned earlier we’re going to be using the nightly build so I’m gonna
click nightly builds. As you see here it’s indicated in parenthesis that it’s
unstable. From there we just want to click on OK and this window should
disappear. Now that we’ve created the radio or the transmitter model in our
OpenTX Companion, our next step is going to be to actually download the firmware
to our computer for our transmitter. So we go to file download and it should
bring up the firmware options which you just clicked on previously. From here you
click on download firmware. You want to create a folder on your computer for
this particular firmware so that you can remember where it’s at on your computer.
I’ve gone ahead and made a folder called T16 -2.3.2 nightly since that’s the
version of this firmware. Then you could go ahead and click on save and
save that firmware to that particular folder that you created on your computer.
Mine’s already there so I’m just gonna click cancel instead of save. Alright our
next step is to flash the new OpenTX firmware we just downloaded to our
computer to our transmitter. We’re using the checklist here that you can
download from the link in the video description below. With the
transmitter turned off (for the initial flashing of OpenTX to the T16), plug the USB cable into the transmitter in computer
and keep the transmitter off. If you’re having difficulties with your drivers
then you can download this ImpulseRC driver fixer and go ahead and run that.
Then we want to get into our OpenTX Companion in order to flash the firmware
to the transmitter. I’ll go ahead and demonstrate how to do that now.
So with the transmitter turned off, we’re gonna plug the USB cable into the
transmitter and you can see the flashing occurred and then it stopped on one.
We’re gonna go to our OpenTX Companion and we’re gonna write the firmware to the
radio using this button over here on the left. Up pops this window. It’s asking
us if this is the version that we want to write to the radio.
It’s the nightly version 2.3.2n30 which we saved to this folder. So we’re
going to click write to TX. Keep in mind throughout this process the radio (the
transmitter) is still off. Flashing is done so we’re going to click this close
button. Now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna take the SD card contents that we
previously saved in this folder and we’re going to copy them over to the
brand new SD card which we just formatted. So I’m going to grab all this.
Copy/paste those files. Those folders and files have been copied over to our
SD card. Alright from here we just want to disconnect the USB cable and insert
the new SD card. First we need to remove the old one. insert the new one. Turn the radio on and see what happens. Nightly build warning – version not safe
to fly – press any key. But it seems like it’s good to go.
Now of course if you haven’t done so already you’ll want to go to the
hardware page of your radio set up and calibrate your sticks by following the
instructions on the screen just as you would with any other transmitter. You’ll
also want to create your models just as you would using OpenTX with any other
transmitter. Alright, now that we’ve got our sticks calibrated and our models
created, I’m going to go ahead and select my model Ascent3 and let’s take our
T16 with OpenTX firmware out for a test flight – see how she does! As I mentioned earlier, this OpenTX
nightly build version has been working perfectly for me with both the FrSky
R-XSR receiver as well as the R9m module. I’d like to thank the OpenTX
Dev Team for their outstanding efforts in making this a reality for all
of us. To now support more OpenTX development, check out the link in the
video description below. If you found this video useful, share it
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Thank you for your time. We’ll see you next video.
Clear skies friend!