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Old Apr 24, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Splicing wires onto receiver antenna...

I accidentally cut the forward antenna on my Parkzone AR600x receiver about 1 inch from the unit. The cut part of the antenna was lost and I'm now hesitant to use the receiver because it lacks full antenna.

I know I can buy a replacement receiver, but I was thinking I could save myself some money by splicing a small wire to the remaining antenna of my receiver unit. Has anyone done this? Did it work OK?

Thoughts/suggestions/warnings?
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 11:20 AM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/searc...=cut%20antenna
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Thanks. I searched, but didn't see this. I must have searched the wrong forum or group.
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 11:35 AM
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click "Aircraft - Electric Airplanes" to take you to the main forum and then click "Search" from there. if you search from one of the sub-forums such as "Beginner Training Area", "Parkflyers", etc., you won't maximize your search results and likely miss some useful ones. that may help.
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 11:50 AM
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You can solder a piece of small guage wire onto the end to equal the original total length. Doesn't need to be exactly the same length but close.
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 02:45 PM
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This antenna is a coax and requires special assembly techniques. You CAN NOT just solder an extension to it and expect it to work properly. Unless you are familiar with how a coax works and what part of it is the actual antenna you will be disappointed in your attempted repair. If you can get to just the center conductor, then you could theoretically just solder the proper length (1/4 wavelength) to the center conductor where it exits the outer sleeve. This will be about 28.8 mm in length.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 01:10 AM
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I would just send it to HH, they should take care of you.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 05:08 PM
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I read the same about the HZ supercub rx aerial that they are coax wires, However when I found the vertical stubby one lying in the battery tray one day I just soldered it back on the board and it performs as great as usual.
When I skinned the end there was no sign of it being a coax wire
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Old May 01, 2013, 12:10 AM
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I read the same about the HZ supercub rx aerial that they are coax wires, However when I found the vertical stubby one lying in the battery tray one day I just soldered it back on the board and it performs as great as usual.
When I skinned the end there was no sign of it being a coax wire
The short lead might not be coax, the longer one (on RXs that have a long one) will be coax (except for the last bit where the outer shielding is missing).

The RX will probably work just fine with only one antenna, if you want to risk it (if something blocks that antenna you are stuffed though).
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Old May 01, 2013, 03:57 PM
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I would just send it to HH, they should take care of you.
They'll help, even if I don't have the receipt and this wasn't a manufacturing fault?

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The RX will probably work just fine with only one antenna, if you want to risk it (if something blocks that antenna you are stuffed though).
I soldered some additional wire to the short (cut) wire. I think I'll be fine. Yeah, it's a bit risky, but I'm not usually flying my plane more than 100 yards from me. I'll send it back to HH if they'll let me.
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Old May 01, 2013, 08:07 PM
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They'll help, even if I don't have the receipt and this wasn't a manufacturing fault?


I soldered some additional wire to the short (cut) wire. I think I'll be fine. Yeah, it's a bit risky, but I'm not usually flying my plane more than 100 yards from me. I'll send it back to HH if they'll let me.
That's whats great about dealing with a real company like horizon hobby. They want you to be happy. Since there are cheaper options out there, their future depends on happy customers. If you have something they made that's broken, as long as it wasn't broken due to gross negligence on your part, they will do what they can to make you happy...

what makes more sense:
#1, have a tech spend a few min to solder a new antenna on a guys RX and send it back, costing them a few bucks, but making a VERY happy customer thats going to tell his friends about this great company...
OR,
#2. say "sorry, not our problem", possibly making for an unhappy customer, who is then going to tell his friends about the company that wouldn't even help him out when he accidentally cut his antenna off....


Im not saying you should try to take advantage of them, but the one time I ever had a problem with a spektrum product, it was out of warranty and I didnt have a recipt, but they told me send it in and they sent me a new one a few days later, which definatly helped cement my decision to stick with spektrum and recomend it to my friends....
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Old May 06, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Send it to horizion. The 600 uses a coaxial extension wire (the actual antenna is only 29mm long at the very end of the coaxial portion) if you cut the wire and attempted to solder something on you will have soldered it to the coaxial portion and get near zero range.

Horizon will take care of you. send it in.
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Old May 07, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Here's the official response I got back:

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Unfortunately, the antenna needs to be a very specific length and material, From your description, we feel that the best solution is to send the unit in for service and repair. I apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. If you would like to send your product in for repair, please visit our online repair request form:
http://servicecenter.horizonhobby.com
It'll cost me shipping (both there & back), but at least I won't risk crashing my plane due to bad signal.
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