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FS-i6s and Jumper T16

bracesport

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I added a small momentary switch to the T16 using one of the spare switch pads (I used SJ) - the process to solder in the wires took some nerves as it is all a bit teeny tiny - nevertheless it all works and I now have a proper launch mode switch for the DLG - I like the small switch as you can either rock it or push it to engage!
 

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Wildthing

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I added a small momentary switch to the T16 using one of the spare switch pads (I used SJ) - the process to solder in the wires took some nerves as it is all a bit teeny tiny - nevertheless it all works and I now have a proper launch mode switch for the DLG - I like the small switch as you can either rock it or push it to engage!
So is it a totally new programed in switch or did you replace a factory one?
 

TheFlyingBrit

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well, I got rather excited and ordered a new Tx (jumper T16 with open TX) - I think I will expand this thread to include my experience with both kits!

Firstly, I am a novice pilot and I really like the i6s, it is affordable, and works ultra smoothly with the AFHDS 2 receivers - the overall design and the touch screen has real appeal - unless the firmware gets upgraded again, the downside can only be the 4mix limit (and possibly the lack of trim switches) - I have mixed flaps with my ailerons (flaperons) which has covered most of my needs - I am sure I could programme a V-tail mix, and a flaperon mix if I use all four available mixes! The batteries last for ages (I use rechargeables). I am hoping my son will fly at some stage, so I will keep using the i6s and figure out how to trainer it to the T16 at some stage! :p

Why did I go for the Jumper? I have only been on the forum for a wee while, but in the first instance, I have not heard a bad word from the open TX users that I admire - I currently have no prebuild mixes on the i6s so learning to programme is not so frightening (rather exciting actually) - for a ship with split ailerons/flaps and crow, this rig will certainly come into its own - the design looks marvellous and the large format colour screen is a drawcard - it is early days on the binding flexibility as I am only using the FS gear, but who knows down the line! :D

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I Would have gone for the Radiomaster myself, given the choice its a much better radio with same functionality. I've had one for over 2 years now brilliant radio can't fault it. One draw back with the Jumper you cannot charge the battery in situ, but can with the Radiomaster. There where a number of build issues associated with the early Jumpers, which I hope for your sake have now been resolved. Radiomaster was formed by Jumper employees who left and set up their own company, the TX16s evolved and resolved all the previous issues with the Jumper T16.
In fact the Jumper T18 would have definitely a better buy than the T16, it was far better build which resolved there original teething problems.
I would agree that Open Tx software and multi protocol transmitters are an excellent entry point into the hobby for anyone just starting off and eventually I see them becoming ever more popular among seasoned fliers.
(Just don't let the Spektrum boy's know I said that as they easily get upset).
 

bracesport

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I bought a very early Jumper T16 and I have had no issues with it (touch wood) - It was a great entry point into the wonderful world of Open TX - it is no drama to charge the batteries, and I keep a second set charged in the box!
 

TheFlyingBrit

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The Jumper T16 was going to be my first Open Tx transmitter, although I had considered a Taranis for a while. However, at that time they where like rocking horse droppings, very rare. They became increasingly harder to get hold of when FRsky threatened suppliers, if the sold Jumper transmitters they would with-hold their products. This meant the only place to buy them was directly from China, this incurred more postage costs and again they where in limited quantities.
I waited to see if stocks of the T16 would improve, then suddenly Radiomaster released the TX16s which was very similar in appearance and function. I watched the reviews on You Tube and the Radiomaster was coming out extremely favorable, particularly as there had been some issues with the T16s i.e. ribbon cables and connections. Once the TX16s became available at Banggood I placed an order immediately for one, it took 5 weeks to eventually arrive, but it was worth the wait.
For the last 2 years its been my transmitter of choice and the only issue I have had, is having to re-calibrate the Hall Effect gimbals on a regular basis due to a small amount of temperature related drift.
I currently have virtually all of my planes now saved in the Radiomaster and I continue adding more every month, as I finish another build. As more people take the plunge and buy an Open Tx radio these transmitters will become a big player in the RC world, due to the flexibility and functionality they offer. I operate receivers with 6 different protocols on this transmitter and every one of them has passed the range test with flying colours and not once have I ever experienced a loss of signal with any of them.
 
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