tracernz I started over from a blank slate, using the "erase everything" under Tools. Everything worked and setup as expected.
I think what I did wrong previously was that I messed with the board setting too much under the HWTaulink in UAVO Browser prior to running the RFM wizard. Starting from a clean setup, I ran RFM wizard first, which made the connection, before doing the rest of the configuration setups. I also noticed the HWTaulink settings on this successful oplink configurations, have some unexpected settings. Radio is shown as disable, on the vehicle board oplink side.
It's interesting with the vehicle with the oplink connection. Everything setup as expected. The vehicle is autotuned successfully with the oplink connection live. But I needed to make the usb connection to trigger the post-autotune screen on the GCS. Not a big deal.
Another comment about the oplink setup, specifically the revo mini and the detachable oplink mini module. Once a board is configured with the oplink module attached, the board will refuse make the usb connection if the oplink module is disconnected. So the only way I found to "reset" the board is to reconnect the oplink module, boot and connect to usb, than perform the "erase everything" button.
Thanks for all the help.