Trick Out Your Transmitter

by FliteTest | December 17, 2014 | (9 Ratings) Posted in How To

Josh and Peter install new switches in their transmitters and show you step by step how to do it yourself. 

What better way to void your warranty than by mod’ing your transmitter with some some switches or buttons!

We picked up some switches from Radio Shack, each with different functions and sizes.

Be sure to use a pillow to save your sticks while you 'operate' on your transmitter.

Using a digital multimeter you can check how each of your switches will work and you can match up the best switch for your installation.

Taking photographs as you open up your radio is a great way to keep track of what plugs go where, in case anything gets unplugged accidentally.

While your radio is open, it's a good chance to also check to be sure things like your antenna are plugged in!

Push button (on/off) switches, flip switches and and just about any other type of switch can be installed.

Reminder that opening your radio will void your warranty, but it's something that you can do if you want to modify or repair your own radio.

Thanks for watching! Be sure to share your radio mods, and other ideas in the comments or the forum!


hipeoples on December 17, 2014
i bought my switches off amain when i broke mine on my dx8 they are just like new and high quality only 5 bucks
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gremlin88 on December 17, 2014 and have vast assortments of switches. Also, for getting random electronics parts, check out and
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gremlin88 on December 17, 2014
I also got a pretty cool (fake) carbon-fiber safety cover from sparkfun.
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sailorJohn on December 18, 2014
Was that heat shrink tubing for antenna repair, great idea if internal wire not broke.
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sailorJohn on December 18, 2014
A lot of difference between the inside of a futaba and a spectrum ,making the futaba harder to modify or repair without the proper tools.
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rallekralle11 on December 18, 2014
great tutorial, i dropped my 9XR and broke the trainer switch a few days ago and this will help me fix it
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91shadowrider on December 20, 2014
There is that plane again with the green propeller hanging behind Josh. What is the plane and will it be released? A little help folks.
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Flyerguy455 on December 23, 2014
Added a switch to my 9X. Desoldered the speaker and put a switch into the circuit to be able to turn off the speaker during programming. (Who thought having the TX beep every time a button was pushed was a good idea?) It was the first time I have used a soldering iron on circuit board.
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CrazyLittle on December 23, 2014
Jameco is an online and brick/mortar retailer of electronics components, so if you need switches and small parts, you can usually find it or drop-in replacement parts from them.

Also, hey flitetest guys, use FLUX when you use desoldering braid (copper strip) and add additional 60/40 solder to the factory solder joints. It will make your job a lot easier.

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davcrockett on February 3, 2015
I have a Flysky FS-T6 transmitter. Is there a 2 position switch or knob, on the radio that I can replace for a 3 position switch? I would like to put a 3 position switch on for my flaps. (off-50%-100%) And how to reprogram it. Thanks.

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