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Old Oct 09, 2011, 04:02 AM
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stiff antenna for 433Mhz UHF Rx ?

Hello guys,

for my next install im trying to find a stiff (non flexible) antenna for my Chainlink UHF 433mhz Rx.

does anyone know of any kind of stiff antenna for it ? perhaps a whip of some sort (but could be any kind) ?

the stock antenna is a dipole made of 2 flexible wires, so i even thought about building a dipole on my own using 2 stiff thick conductors - if thats possible, what are good conductors to use ? perhaps 1/8" brass tubes or similar ?
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 04:32 AM
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just stick some plastic tubing over the wires or brace them with something stiff. a 2 y/o could figure this out.

I've been seeing your question about stiff antennas all over the place for THE LAST MONTH, what's the deal?

- Jeff
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 09:58 AM
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Jeff,

of course i thought about that, but i have my reasons, trust me.

i do apologize if my question(s) has offended you in any way though.
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 11:42 AM
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use piano wire that is not to flexable

you will need to go pretty fast inorder to need a very stiff antenna

plastic tubeing will work well and stand up to pretty fast speeds

watch the start of this video, I did some testing regarding this a while ago

piano wire however seems to work the best for range and high speeds

Testing Thomas' system for long range (4 min 36 sec)
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 12:03 PM
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use piano wire that is not to flexable

you will need to go pretty fast inorder to need a very stiff antenna

plastic tubeing will work well and stand up to pretty fast speeds

watch the start of this video, I did some testing regarding this a while ago

piano wire however seems to work the best for range and high speeds

http://www.vimeo.com/6659134
Thanks David, but im also trying to source something more scale looking (if at all possible).

since this model will fly only right side up (no aerobatics) i figured a good whip will probably work, but i may be mistaken. for video it sure works well.
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 12:36 PM
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i feel like a fool, why would i talk to somebody online in a way I wouldn't face-to-face? My apologies i3dm.

But really, what is the antenna going on?

- Jeff
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 12:40 PM
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i feel like a fool, why would i talk to somebody online in a way I wouldn't face-to-face? My apologies i3dm.

But really, what is the antenna going on?

- Jeff
no harm no foul !

the antenna is goin on this plane, hence the need for something scale (and not just a plastic tube hanging off of it..hehe):
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6&goto=newpost
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 02:50 PM
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I use one of those for 433 mhz.

http://store.flytron.com/15-antennas
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 02:57 PM
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I use The “Sander” Style Antenna and its works great 12km+

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=652
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Old Oct 09, 2011, 06:31 PM
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I use one of those for 433 mhz.

http://store.flytron.com/15-antennas
Do you mean this one ? how good does it work ?
http://store.flytron.com/antennas/10...hz-antenna.htm
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I use The “Sander” Style Antenna and its works great 12km+

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=652
Thats more like it ! did you run this on your CL Rx ?
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 01:48 AM
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I don't do long range, only tested middle range for 4km and it's ok.

I took this one: http://store.flytron.com/antennas/10...z-antenna.html

The original dipole was too big for my little quad.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 03:07 AM
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I used multiplex push rod sleeves to some antennas but I found they break so easily loading into your car or what not..

When you say piano wire do you literally mean piano wire? it's metal no? Could that cause radio problems? Would this "straightened" piano wire on amazon do the trick?

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Music-St...233785&sr=8-15

I like trappy's neon colored sander style antennas, I wonder what that is / where to get it.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 07:35 AM
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I can't see how a sander style antenna looks more scale at all?

piano wire antennas would look the thinest and hardest to see if that is what you mean

you need some simple soldering experience however, just use lots of solder paste with a hot iron and sand the piano wire to clean it up first
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 07:38 AM
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Do you mean this one ? how good does it work ?
http://store.flytron.com/antennas/10...hz-antenna.htm
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Thats more like it ! did you run this on your CL Rx ?
Done 12km with cl rx and tx at 200mw
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 01:25 PM
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just stick some plastic tubing over the wires or brace them with something stiff. a 2 y/o could figure this out.

I've been seeing your question about stiff antennas all over the place for THE LAST MONTH, what's the deal?

- Jeff
hahahahahahahaha I just saw this response and laughed for a solid minute..
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