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Old Nov 20, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Futaba Receiver antenna

Hi guys,
flying my GP Sportster last night I noticed as it got out a ways it would twitch a little. I brought her down and found that the antenna had shortened itself somehow. this is 72MHZ system

If I measure the antenna on another Futaba receiver can I then add a new length of wire to the shortened one to make it the same length?

What kind of wire can I use?

Thanks,
Steve
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 10:55 AM
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You can. Any kind of flexible multistrand insulated wire is fine.

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Old Nov 20, 2009, 11:04 AM
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As Slipstick said, any multistrand (so it is flexible) wire will do and any length from 39 to 41 inches long will be fine.
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Hi guys, flying my GP Sportster last night I noticed as it got out a ways it would twitch a little. I brought her down and found that the antenna had shortened itself somehow. this is 72MHZ system
If I measure the antenna on another Futaba receiver can I then add a new length of wire to the shortened one to make it the same length?
What kind of wire can I use? Thanks, Steve
Repair with multi strand (say 45g) flexible wire but IMO easier to visit your LHS and obtain correct length pre-tinned original receiver antenna, which cost $0.50>$1.
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 01:41 PM
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thanks guys~

Alan - wow that's a lot of info you have there! great reference site!

another question on antennas then...

I usually try to mount my antennas by exiting the fuse right behind canopy area and then attach to the top of vertical stabilizer with a rubber band rather than just hanging out the bottom of the fuse (which is how I had my Sportster antenna and why, I think, is got truncated)

by attaching to vert fin it keeps most of antenna from dragging on ground while taxiing. But other than that, is one method preferred over the other?
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thanks guys~ Alan - wow that's a lot of info you have there! great reference site! another question on antennas then...
I usually try to mount my antennas by exiting the fuse right behind canopy area and then attach to the top of vertical stabilizer with a rubber band rather than just hanging out the bottom of the fuse (which is how I had my Sportster antenna and why, I think, is got truncated)
by attaching to vert fin it keeps most of antenna from dragging on ground while taxiing. But other than that, is one method preferred over the other?
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 09:43 PM
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The only problem with extending the antenna with a separate piece of wire is that the soldering creates a section that is prone to fail from vibration. Of course, heat shrink helps, but I'd much rather see a whole new antenna of good flexible wire.
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Old Nov 21, 2009, 03:24 AM
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The only problem with extending the antenna with a separate piece of wire is that the soldering creates a section that is prone to fail from vibration. Of course, heat shrink helps, but I'd much rather see a whole new antenna of good flexible wire.
OTOH opening up the Rx and soldering a new antenna to the (often very tightly packed) circuit board requires a rather higher level of skill than just soldering two bits of wire together .

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