Taranis Tx DSMX module fixed antenna mount

by Rav | December 9, 2014 | (0) Posted in Projects

The Taranis Tx allows the addition of one module at a time to enable its use with other vendor's receivers.

There is a simple to install OrangeRx DSMX module which has one draw back; The antenna comes out the back and one usually removes it when not in use. The reason is that when you set the Tx down on its back it rests on the antenna. The problem occurs when one forgets to attach the antenna.

An instructor at the club forgot the antenna so frequently that he copied my idea and mounted the antenna to the Tx body. The module comes with enough wire that this was easily done.

A few months ago in anticipation of getting my wings I purchased the Taranis Tx from Aloft Hobbies. Hobby King didn't have the ready to use DSM module instock so I purchased the DIY DSM module.


The Taranis Tx module bay pinouts.


The holes in the module bay for the RF port. Some trial and error was involved due to interfierence with the antennas. If you do this plan ahead:)


RF port installed.


DIY Module in the bay with ppm, battery, ground and antenna connected.


Module cover with Bind/Range Check/Mode button and flashing mode light.
Modes: DSM 1024/22ms & 2048/11ms, DSMX  22ms & 11ms
Led Flashes/second : Off & 1, 2 & 3 


Antenna installed (the lower one).


Antenna connected (the lower one). This is where you can see the problem with positioning the holes for the antenna and RF port.




donnyb on December 12, 2014
Actually pretty neat. I've been using the taranis for about a year and I just figured I would make all my r/c projects frsky. The only issue is sometimes the receivers are hard to get. Did you do it to fly rtf stuff?
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Rav on December 13, 2014
I learnt on the Apprentice which has the SAFE DSMX Rx. At the time it was the only plane I owned. Until the recent release of the Eagle self balancing gyro for US$30-35 there was no reasonably priced SAFE alternative. I'm a new flyer, received my wings August 3rd, 2014. I wish FrSky at least had gyros in their receivers.
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donnyb on December 13, 2014
I didn't know they had all that. wow! I went to frsky because of the range. Made a mistake and bought a freesky. lol The radios are nice but the receivers are low quality. Two receivers didn't have the antenna soldered on. Found out after a flyaway. lol Yes got some of the quad back. lol took the receiver apart and sure enough there was a component that wasn't soldered. lol. But I'm just gettingoing use to the taranis.
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Taranis Tx DSMX module fixed antenna mount