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Spektrum Bind Support

Spektrum bind with hardware bind plug support.

The Spektrum bind code is enabled for most targets, some boards may not work due to SBus inverters. If you need Spektrum bind code ensure the board you are using specifically provides bind support.

Configure the bind code

The following parameters can be used to enable and configure this in the related target.h file:

SPEKTRUM_BIND          Enables the Spektrum bind code
BIND_PORT GPIOA Defines the port for the bind pin
BIND_PIN Pin_3 Defines the bind pin (the satellite receiver is connected to)

This is to activate the hardware bind plug feature

HARDWARE_BIND_PLUG     Enables the hardware bind plug feature
BINDPLUG_PORT GPIOB Defines the port for the hardware bind plug
BINDPLUG_PIN Pin_5 Defines the hardware bind plug pin


The hardware bind plug will be enabled via defining HARDWARE_BIND_PLUG during building of the firmware. BINDPLUG_PORT and BINDPLUG_PIN also need to be defined (please see above). This is done automatically if the AlienFlight firmware is built. The hardware bind plug is expected between the defined bind pin and ground.


The spektrum_sat_bind CLI parameter is defining the number of bind impulses (1-10) send to the satellite receiver. Setting spektrum_sat_bind to zero will disable the bind mode in any case. The bind mode will only be activated after an power on or hard reset. Please refer to the table below for the different possible values.

If the hardware bind plug is configured the bind mode will only be activated if the plug is set during the firmware start-up. The value of the spektrum_sat_bind parameter will be permanently preserved. The bind plug should be always removed for normal flying.

If no hardware bind plug is used the spektrum_sat_bind parameter will trigger the bind process during the next hardware reset and will be automatically reset to "0" after this.

Please refer to the satellite receiver documentation for more details of the specific receiver in bind mode. Usually the bind mode will be indicated with some flashing LEDs.

Table with spektrum_sat_bind parameter value

ValueReceiver modeNotes
3DSM2 1024bit/22ms
5DSM2 2048bit/11msdefault AlienFlight
7DSMX 1024bit/22ms
8DSMX 2048bit/22msUsed by new DXe
9DSMX 2048bit/11ms

Connecting a Spektrum-compatible satellite to a Flip32+ flight controller

The Flip32/Flip32+ is wired in a rather strange way, i.e. the dedicated connector for the satellite module uses the same UART pins as the USB adapter. This means that you can't use that connector as it maps to UART1 which you really shouldn't assign to SERIAL_RX as that will break USB functionality. (Looks this problem is fixed in later versions of the Flip32/Flip32+)

In order to connect the satellite to a Flip32+, you have to wire the serial data pin to RC_CH4. This is the fourth pin from the top in the left column of the 3x6 header on the right side of the board. GND and +3.3V may either be obtained from the dedicated SAT connector or from any ground pin and pin 1 of the BOOT connector which also provides 3.3V.

Tested satellite transmitter combinations

Orange R100Spektrum DX6iBind value 3
Lemon RX DSMXSpektrum DX6iBind value 9
Lemon RX DSM2/DSMXSpektrum DX8Bind value 5
Lemon RX DSMXWalkera Devo10Bind value 9, Deviation firmware 4.01 up to 12 channels
Lemon RX DSM2Walkera Devo7Bind value 9, Deviation firmware
Lemon RX DSMXSpektrum DXeBind value 8, Supports up to 9 channels