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Old Dec 02, 2005, 03:50 PM
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New way to route Antenna?

Has anyone tried this way? Works good and alot cleaner looking. Have'nt range tested yet. Still building. 36'' piece of Nyrod bent in half and zip tied to skids. Links to pics below.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...v/DSCF0854.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...v/DSCF0853.jpg
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 05:01 PM
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ever tried one of these(Deans One-Piece Antenna 72 & 75MHz)?
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKX47&P=7

Probably cuts down on range a bit, but with a micro it will still most likely be out of sight before you get out of range. They look clean and work well.
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 05:15 PM
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Tried similar. Forward thru 1 tube around and back thru another on the other skid then stretched back to the tail.
Changed it to wound round the tube....
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 05:50 PM
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I have also been looking rounting my antenna a certain way and have came across this micro antenna (http://parts.rctoys.com/rc-toys-hobbies/Items/335868?) Best price so far and free shipping.

Has anyone purchased this antenna? Any feedback would be helpful.

Thanks
Wynn
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 06:22 PM
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Gents,

My antenna came out of the stock black plastic tube, than thru the carbon bin than back to the skid on the opposite side. The carbon fin caused a bit of interference during a range test so, I used an elastic to attach the antenna to the carbon fin. This work better with no range check issues. Having said this I didn't like the way it looked, so I am now using the Dean's Whip Antenna. A range check did show a hint of glitching but I think it was caused by the environment in my garge, moved the heli outside and the glitching went away. The Dean's micro antenna is mounted with servo tape and secured with 1 tie wrap underneatch the rear skid.

Hope this helps,

Gord.
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 06:29 PM
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If you double-back the antenna then you effectively reduce it's sensitivity by the amount you double it back.

If you fold it in half like in the photos at the top of the thread then you will have half the sensitivity that you are supposed to have.
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 08:56 PM
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ur gyro look dangerous man...i could mount it on the side intead,,,
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 09:09 PM
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Well I guess this guy must be losing about a 1/3 of his antenna sensitivity.

http://www.trextuning.com/IMG_6037_filtered2.jpg

Is'nt this the way most people run it?
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 09:21 PM
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I saw this method in a photo. I can't remember where.

Anyway, you don't need any tubes for this, it looks nice and tidy, less likely to damage the antenna in a crash because it's elastic, and easy to remove if it gets in the way when working on the heli.

The base and end of the antenna are tied to opposite legs of the skids. Then the antenna pulled straight to form a "V" by a rubberband and hook assembly that attaches to the tail.

Hopefully the photos are self explainitory.
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Old Dec 02, 2005, 09:57 PM
This stuff is so cool !
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Here is how I routed mine. It's neat, glitch free and has great range.
The built in connector allows easy removal of the Rx.

Joe
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Old Dec 03, 2005, 02:15 AM
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Here is a pic of my Trex with a Dean's Whip Antenna mounted on the bottom rear skid. Sorry if the pic is blurry...need to invest in a tripod.
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