Originally Posted by Greywing
I think you should count yourself as lucky. You probably had some part of the antenna that extended outside the aft end so it wasn't totally masked. The Art Hobby tailboom is a carbon fiber and fiberglass composite so it may not be totally opaque to RF signals. Carbon is like a shield to RF signals which is why the 2.4 MHz antenna whiskers are always put outside of carbon pods and fuselages.
You must be right about the Art Hobby tube being part glass. There was only about an inch of antenna sticking out. I did carefully range check the thing before I flew it, even though Andre' said it should be all right.
I wonder if it would be okay to run a 72 MHz antenna along the outside of a carbon tube, or if that would blank it from certain directions?