Flight Mode Voice Cues are Essential for beginner pilots. Why? Because you are going to be nervous when you start flying, and having the radio tell you what flight mode you are in is extremely important so that you don’t fly in the wrong mode, or accidentally switch to a mode, then crash, then realize you were in the wrong mode because you forgot which way to throw the switch. The struggle is real!
Hey everybody. Steve here. Welcome to video three in my series on the radio master, TX 16 S uh, in video one, we did, uh, basically the basics. We, uh, added a new model and we bound it to a receiver incidentally, the protocols that I’m going to be using for this entire series both fall under the fr sky umbrella, uh, started in, uh, uh, we’ve done some stuff with D eight protocol. And by the time we’re done with the series, we’re going to be doing some stuff with the D 16 protocol. My intent is to educate using those protocols and beta flight. But if that is not your flavor of protocol, I still encourage you to watch the video series, because the vast majority of the stuff that we’re doing here is focused on open TX, which is the firmware that runs on your TX 16 S so in video two, we got real familiar with the input screen and the mixes screen, adding a two position arm, switch, a three position flight mode switch, and a buzzer, which we actually put on the toggle. So if in fact you’re looking at the screen and it doesn’t make sense to you, please go back and watch video. Number two, there’s a link in the description to get you there. Easy in video three, we’re going to take it up another notch, and we’re going to add voice cues to all of these items you see before you.
So when you’re flying, particularly when you’re new, it can be an absolute lifesaver to have a voice call out the switch position that you’re in. So say for example, you’re flying in horizon mode and you get in a little bit of trouble and you want to flip it to angle mode. Well, what happens if you flip that switch the other way, end up in ACRA mode and you don’t even know it. That’s a perfect example of a potential crash situation that did not necessarily have to occur. And I’m here to tell you right now that adding the voice cues is relatively easy. All right. So where are these voice sounds that on talking about? Well, if you go to your radio and you push T4 and T1 towards each other and then press your on button already, you can’t see the screen. Let me go ahead and make an adjustment here. So you can see the screen, uh, your radio is going to open up and what, what I call the bootloader mode, what you’re going to do is take your USB, pop it to the top of the radio.
And it is now going to recognize your radio as a USB device. So real quickly, that’s what that’s going to look like. And then popping up on your screen is going to be two new folders. Now, this one we can ignore. And then there’s this one. So if you go into your sound’s folder, double click, I have deleted all the other languages because I only use the English and you click on there. There is going to be some sounds there as a. Now, if you want more sounds, you can go to open TX. And then what you’re going to want to do from open TX is you’re going to want to go, where are you going to want to go, go to links and then go to open TX university and then go to the Amber sound pack. Now the Amber sound pack has a lot of great sounds in it, uh, in, in addition to a lot of great sounds that even has a few that are a little on the risque side. So you can have a little bit of fun with it. Let’s see if I can’t find an example,
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So anyhow, that’s the number pack. And this is where to get the Amber sound pack right there. And last but not least are some unique ones that I’ve created to go along with the functionality that I’m going to incorporate in the series, where you can tune your PID values using just three switches in the radio and have those PII DS called out to you so that you never have to look down from your quad things such as
Pitch derivative pitch, integral pitch proportions, Right? And then there’s the same thing for roll and yaw. And if you have a hard time finding things like Angle mode, acro mode, buzzer, horizon mode,
Any of those that I’m going to be using in this video series are all going to be located on my Dropbox. And I will be leaving a Bitly short link in the description so that you can get to this page without having to type that mess in. Okay. So let’s move on. All right. So I’m going to go ahead and unplug by USB. All right. It’s important for you to know that all of those sounds have to be in your sound folder on your SD card, or none of this is going to work. All right. Let’s get on with it. What you’re going to want to do is a long press, the model button to get us into this menu system right here. And then we are going to page all the way over To special functions.
All right. So we are now on the special functions screen. So what you’re going to do is short press right here, and it’s going to move it to the next field. And we’re going to go ahead and click on it again to where we get an option. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to start with that arm switch that we created in the last video by moving the stick. And that is in the armed position right now. So we can start with armed. Uh, now that I’ve got SF down, I’m going to go ahead and quick click and get to the next field. And we don’t want to override channel one. We want to do something different. We want, don’t be confused by play sound. Play sound is like beeps and system sounds and stuff like that. No, no, no. We want to play a track. So once you get to play track, I’m going to click it again, go to the next field and check it out. You are going to see all of the sounds that you have from the sounds folder on your SD card. And what we’re going to do here is we are doing armed. So I’m going to go ahead and select armed. And the first one’s done. So now when I flip the switch And if you don’t like it, let’s go, let’s try this one. There’s another arm. Let’s see what this one does. Ooh, I like that one better militaries.
All right. So we’re just going to go with that one. I hit return to get to SF two. And now I’m going to quick click to get to the next one. And I got a quick click, quick click again, so that it’s editable. And now I’m going to throw the switch in the other position and there’s the other position. Now click it to get, make it solid, move it over one, play track, select it, move over one. Now this one, I want to be disarmed.
There’s Disarm right here. Click on it. There it is. And let’s take a look at how it sounds. They sound, they sound right.
No. Now that I’ve kind of showed it to you. I’m going to go a little bit faster for our three position switch. So return to get me back here. I’m going to SF three. I’m going to click here to get me further down the line. I’m going to go like that. And I’m going to flip the switch that I want to flip. And this is SG. This is going to be my angle mode. So select, and then I’m gonna move over here and play track, move over here. And this is going to be angle mode. So there’s angle mode. All right. So now that I’ve got, uh, that one, um, moving down, clicking, clicking SG in the middle. All right. I sped that up because I think that this is getting kind of repetitive and I’m pretty sure you probably understand what’s going on. And just like that we have created sounds for all three of our switches. Let’s see how they sound Angle node. Alright. And node, extra node realtors. They sound Bezar.
So in just a couple of minutes, we were able to add all of that functionality to our radio, and this is going to be a lifesaver. All right. So that’s pretty much a wrap for this video. This is a rather quick one in the next video. We’re going to take it up a notch again, because this is video three. And in video four, it is about time that we start doing a little bit more technical stuff. So now what you’re seeing here is the firmware version. The latest and greatest as of September 1st, 2020 is two dot three dot nine. I have already updated the latest and greatest firmware version, but we’re going to teach you how to upgrade to the latest and greatest a firmware version. Uh, and in addition to that, uh, in addition to the firmware, uh, there’s also a bootloader that we can make sure is up to date.
And then you can be sure that your TX 16 S is running with the latest and greatest functionality possible because they are working hard on this open TX project. And, uh, new and cool features are coming along all the time. So that will be in the next video. And beyond that, we are really going to get deep, deep into these menus. Uh, we’re going to add some more inputs. We’re going to add a bunch more mixes and we are going to be getting deep into logical switches, and we’re going to be adding some more complicated, special functions. So stick around because I’ve got plenty, more videos coming along on this, uh, radio master, TX 16 S using open TX. And I’ve got ideas for a lot more videos beyond that. Don’t forget that links to all the videos in this series are included in the description below. And I’m looking forward to seeing you in the next video.