Originally Posted by oneniner
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?
It could blank it. While there is no absolute rule, it is best practice to keep the antenna as far away as practical from all electrical conductors - metal pushrods, carbon etc. On the Calypso you could probably tape it along the side or top of the fuselage and allow the excess to hang free out the back. I did that along the bottom of my old Radian after I layed carbon tow along each side of the fuselage to stiffen it up. Worked fine.