How to use RadioMaster TX16S Mark IIHere, we will introduce and explain how to use RadioMaster TX16S Mark II EdgeTX/OpenTX radio.
RadioMaster TX16S Mark II
RadioMaster 2022/04 USD199.99
Improved internal circuity and optimized power supply. New charge circuitry with integrated reverse-polarity protection. Optimized charge IC now allows up to 2.2A internal USB-C charge current. Rear mounted audio jack provided headphone output.
Introducing RadioMaster TX16S Mark II
This is the package of RadioMaster TX16S Mark II. Open cool black box and you'll see the RadioMaster TX16S Mark II in a black case. The material of the case is similar to Styrofoam, but it is denser, firmer and more elastic. It can be used as a carrying case as it is, but it is slightly oversized compared to the size of radio body. You can buy Foam Box Zipper Cover (RadioMaster) to use it as a carrying case. Battery is sold separately, but if you order it at the same time as you purchase radio, it will arrive in the battery bay of the radio.
There are two product variations of RadioMaster TX16S Mark II, 4-in-1 and ExpressLRS (ELRS) , depending on the type of built-in transmitter. Furthermore, there are many versions such as Normal version , Max version , Max Pro version , Customized version , etc. due to the difference in exterior. The cheapest model is USD 199.99 Normal version, and the highest model is USD 549.99. There is a wide range of prices. However, these differences are mainly in the exterior design and finish. The functions and performance are the same for all models.
I chose the Max version equipped with 4-in-1 transmitter and beautiful metallic red "Carbon Fiber Red" model. It's list price is USD 249.99. And I added optional luxury gimbal AG01 CNC Hall gimbal (RadioMaster). , then total price becomes USD379.99.
Official site has a lot of repair parts and customized parts (RadioMaster) for TX16S. So it seems that I can continue to use this radio for a long time after purchase.
This photo shows the list of items included with RadioMaster TX16S Mark II. From the top left, sticker, quick start guide, packing box, and case. From the middle left, USB-C cable, optional grip, radio, battery box for 18650 type LiPo battery, tension spring and Allen key for gimbal, front panel for original gimbal (V4.0 Hall). From the bottom left, strap, screen protection film, TX16S key chain. A microSD card with a capacity of 256MB is pre-installed on the body. Just order battery with it and you're ready to go.
A protective film is attached to the screen. Before you start using it, pull on the red tab to remove the protective film. In addition, since the screen is installed in a deep position, it is difficult to attach screen protection film, which is not very practical.
Quick Start Guide and more detailed Manual can also be downloaded from RadioMaster official site .
This photo is RadioMaster original carrying case (RadioMaster) sold separately. It's the perfect size, and you can carry the radio in the minimum size. However, to fit in this case, back handle must be foldable. CNC Metal Folding Handle (RadioMaster) that comes with the Max version is foldable, so it fits perfectly in this case.
Large carrying case (RadioMaster) that can hold radio and some accessories is also on sale.
There are power button and indicator lamp shining blue above the word "POWER" in the center. To the left and right of power button are trim switches . There are 6 trim switches, 4 for sticks, and 2 for fine-tuning any channel.
In addition, the six arrow-shaped white buttons lined up in a horizontal row under the "RADIO MASTER" logo in the upper center are 6-position switches.
Pre-installed firmware is EdgeTX 2.6.0.
Inside rubber cover on the top, there is a DSC port for trainer mode and a USB Type-C connector for connecting to a PC.
Antenna cannot be removed. It can only be folded. Removable antenna (RadioMaster) is also available as an option, but the antenna must be installed before turning on the radio.
Inside rubber cover on the bottom, there is a USB Type-C connector for charging battery, a microSD card slot, and two UART ports on the left and right. UART ports are directly connected to built-in MCU and can be used to add hardware or update transceiver / receiver firmware. Japanese TELEC certification is printed on the affixed label.
In addition, QR code pasted here seems to point to official site of RadioMaster, but the site cannot be opened because URL is incorrect ...
AG01 CNC Hall Gimbal
This gimbal has been developed for over a year with engineers and FPV champion pro-pilots from around the world. All parts are CNC machined from aluminum, and ball bearings provide a smooth and accurate feel.
This gimbal can be adjusted as follows by simply turning screws.
(Image quoted from RadioMaster official site)
- STICK TRAVEL LIMITER (Min.38°，Max,54°）
- Turning screw 1/2 clockwise reduces the amount of movement of the stick, and turning it counterclockwise increases it.
- SPRING TENSION ADJUSTABLE
- Turning screw 3/4 clockwise increases the spring tension of the stick, and turning it counterclockwise decreases it. Screw 3 is for horizontal adjustment, and screw 4 is for vertical adjustment. Screw 4 is recessed in the rotating part of the gimbal and cannot be adjusted without straightening the stick. Mine was too stiff at the initial settings, so I turned the screw counterclockwise 3-4 times and it was just right.
- GIMBAL MODE SETTING
- Turn clockwise to the bottom to switch to throttle mode (without spring), and turn counterclockwise to the top to switch to stick self centering.
- THROTTLE TENSION ADJUSTABLE
- You can adjust the throttle tension with screw 6 and the throttle scale with screw 7.
RadioMaster AG01 CNC Hall Gimbals for TX16S
RadioMaster 2022-06-01 USD129.99
The AG01 is fully CNC milled for ultimate precision with quad ball bearings for a smooth and precise feel. Featuring front accessible tension and travel adjustment for easy fine tuning. The AG01 will take your TX16s to the next level.
Battery setting and charging
Only 2S-7.4V lithium-ion batteries can be used. LiFE batteries cannot be used.
However, TX16S does not support the USB PD standard. It is necessary to charge using a Type-A to Type-C cable from an AC adapter with a USB Type-A connector.
There is also a USB Type-C connector on the top of the body, but this is for connecting to PC. You cannot charge battery with this connector.
This radio consumes a lot of power because the display is a large and bright color LCD, and the default setting is always on at maximum illuminance. To reduce power consumption, open RADIO SETUP screen of RADIO (SYSTEM) menu, in "Backlight" section, set "Mode" field to "Both", "Duration" field to "10s", and "ON brightness" field to about 10% and "OFF brightness" field to about 1%.
Module bay and Grips
Preparation of microSD card
For the procedure to prepare the microSD card, see How to prepare microSD card for EdgeTX radio .
Alternatively, you can operate it by touching the touch panel with your finger. Tap icons to bring up functions, and drag or flick screen up or down to scroll.
|Name of control||Function||Description|
|ENTER||Decide / Confirm||Confirm the change / input. Or select an item. In RadioMaster TX16S Mark II, clicking the bottom of [MENU WHEEL] works as an [ENTER] button.|
|EXIT/RETURN||Cancel / Back||Cancel the change / input. Or return to the previous screen.|
|PAGE||Screen switching||In the setting screen consisting of multiple pages, move to the next page / previous page. Click [PAGE>] key to switch to the next page, and click the [PAGE<] key to switch to the previous page.|
|CURSOR||Move cursor / selected position||Move the cursor. In RadioMaster TX16S Mark II, turn [MENU WHEEL] to move cursor.|
|MODEL/SYSTEM||Calling MODEL / RADIO menu||Call the MODEL / RADIO(SYSTEM) menu. Click [MDL] key to call MODEL menu, and click [SYS] key to call RADIO (SYSTEM) menu.|
This is main screen of radio. At the top of the screen is menu bar, which shows radio's battery voltage, speaker volume, RSSI bar graph, date and time.
In the center of the screen, value of Timer1 of selected MODEL is displayed in the upper left, Input Monitor screen that displays the current input status of sticks and switches as an illustration in the lower left, and the name of selected MODEL ("Aero" in this example screen) and image assigned to this MODEL are displayed.
At the edge of screen, LS, RS dial, throttle, and elevator trim status are displayed at the left and right edges, and S1, S2 dial, 6-position switch, ladder, and aileron trim status are displayed at the bottom edge.
These screen layouts can be changed in "Screens Settings" menu (below).
- Select Model
- You can select MODEL to flight. Displays MODELSEL screen. Press and hold [ENTER] (scroll wheel) on MODELSEL screen to create, copy, move, or delete MODEL.
- Channel Monitor (Output Monitor)
- Value of each channel output by radio (transmitter) is displayed as bar graphs.
- Model Settings
- Open setting screen (MODEL SETUP) of the currently selected MODEL.
- Radio Settings
- Open RADIO (SYSTEM) menu. TOOLS screen will open.
- Screens Settings
- Open layout setting screen of the main screen. You can also open this screen by pressing [TELE] key on the main screen.
- Reset Telemetry
- Resets telemetry information of the selected MODEL.
- The usage status of the radio so far is displayed.
- About EdgeTX
- The version of EdgeTX installed in radio is displayed. Scan QR code displayed here to open official EdgeTX site.
In addition, there are two unused connectors on main board inside the radio to which a two-position switch or dial (Potentiometer) can be connected. You can add your own switch or dial here.
|SA||Upper front of left hand||3 position|
|SC||Upper front of right hand|
|SG||Top right||3 position|
|SH||Toggle (momentary)||ON only while pressing|
|SI||Not connected||2 position or potentiometer||There are connectors on the main board.|
|S1||Upper front center||dial (Potentiometer)||There is a center detent.|
|LS||Upper left side|
|RS||Upper right side|
|1~6||Upper front center||6 position||Only the last switch pressed will turn on. Not all switches can be turned off. The behavior is similar to function switch .|