How to Program a 6 Channel RC Transmitter

By Michelle Course
The advanced RC helicopter models require 6-channel transmitters to function properly.
The advanced RC helicopter models require 6-channel transmitters to function properly.

Only the most complex radio-controlled vehicles require a 6-channel transmitter to function properly. For the most part, these transmitters are used by helicopter and airplane enthusiasts who want their aircraft to exhibit exceptional maneuverability. However, no matter how powerful the radio system, the wrong setup could mean the difference between a gentle touch-down and a crash landing. Learning how to properly set up your 6-channel transmitter will provide you with superior control over your RC vehicle, allowing you to practice and sharpen your skills behind the joysticks.

Turn off the transmitter, then click and hold the "down" and "select" buttons simultaneously while turning the power back on. This will enter into the transmitter's setup menu.

Click the directional button to highlight the correct aircraft type; choose between "Acro," if you're flying an airplane, or "Heli," if you plan to use the transmitter with a helicopter.

Turn the transmitter off, then enter into the transmitter's function mode by holding the "Up" and "Select" buttons while turning it back on. Press the "Down" button to highlight "Reversing SW." Use the "Select" button to identify the channel you want to reverse, then click "Increase" to set that change to the servo between "Normal" and "Reverse" functionality. Changing the servos is usually only needed when you install new servos, since they do not always function perfectly out of the box.

Turn off the transmitter, then hold the "Down" and "Select" buttons as you turn it back on. Enter into the function mode, then depress the "Up" button to highlight the "Travel adjust" option. Press the "Select" button to choose a channel you want to adjust, then click the "Increase" or "Decrease" to change the servo's travel settings. Make any adjustments necessary to match the servo travel to your needs as a pilot.

Depress the "Down" and "Select" buttons while the controller is powered off, then turn it on before releasing the buttons to enter into function mode. Press "Up" on the transmitter to select "Pitch curve norm" from the menu. Depress the "Select" button to choose the stick position that needs adjusting. Press either "Increase" or "Decrease" on the transmitter to adjust the pitch curve values of each individual pitch position. The values displayed are as follows: "L" means "low," "1" is equivalent to 25 percent, "2" equals 50 percent, "3" translates to 75 percent, and "H" means "high."

Turn on the transmitter while depressing both the "Down" and "Select" buttons; this will display the device's function mode. Press the "Down" button to display "Throttle curve norm," then click the "Select" button to identify the stick position you want to adjust. Use the "Increase" and "Decrease" buttons to alter the throttle curve settings. The values displayed are as follows: "L" means "low," "1" is equivalent to 25 percent, "2" equals 50 percent, "3" translates to 75 percent, and "H" means "high."

Things You Will Need

  • 6-channel transmitter
  • RC vehicle

About the Author

Michelle Course is a professional writer holding a bachelor's degree in English with a focus on world literature from North Carolina State University. With professional experience in the nonprofit advocacy industry, she covers social issues such as agricultural sustainability, holistic wellness and people and culture.