View Poll Results: How does YOUR antenna hang?
45 degrees up, forward 12 26.09%
90 degrees directly to the side left or right 11 23.91%
45 degrees down left or right (or Jimmy Rigged) 1 2.17%
Straight out 6 13.04%
90 degrees up, 45 degrees to the side left or right 3 6.52%
Anylink or Module 0 0%
Upside down TX, antenna any direction 0 0%
Mr. Stubby 7 15.22%
TX right side up, antenna down any direction 0 0%
Toy TX 1 2.17%
OTHER wild orientation 'cause I love chaos 5 10.87%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Feb 23, 2015, 12:40 PM
Lee / RC Enthusiast
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How does YOUR antenna hang??


My buddy and I were watching the flight-line during EFEST 2015 this year and noticed everyone had a different take on how to orient their transmitter antenna. There didn't appear to be a standard direction.

So, to entertain us and the masses, here is our unscientific poll on RCG to generate the answer.

I'm attaching photos of the various methods we noticed. Find your antenna position and then refer to the number on the image to cast your vote.

Have fun!

-Lee / YarSmythe

(PS - I prefer #1 myself)
Last edited by YarSmythe; Feb 23, 2015 at 01:08 PM.
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Feb 23, 2015, 12:41 PM
you ain't gang you can't hang
Somethin' Extra's Avatar
Im a #2 to the left
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Feb 23, 2015, 12:53 PM
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Hmm... Horizontal I suppose...
Feb 23, 2015, 01:01 PM
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Hmm........ here also
Feb 23, 2015, 01:28 PM
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I fly mostly gliders, so 30-60 down. As close (within reason) to perpendicular to the line between plane and tx as possible. The idea being to maximize signal strength when the plane is high and far away.
Feb 23, 2015, 01:39 PM
HobbyView/RCRoundtable
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Whichever way your receiver antenna is orientated (see attached)

Though I prefer #1 myself.
I think 90% of us fly so close to the TX that is really doesn't matter. Especially since the attitude and angles of the model changes so much.

How do I vote for #11?
Feb 23, 2015, 03:37 PM
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i never looked.
what happens now?
maybe 2000 to 3000 flights with 2.4 technology... should it begin to matter now?
Feb 23, 2015, 03:49 PM
I'm a balsa butcher
I fly #4 in my old timers. 3000+ ft high and had no issues.
Feb 23, 2015, 03:50 PM
Built For Comfort
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My antenna does not "hang." It pokes.

TP
Feb 23, 2015, 04:46 PM
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45 inward to the right. About to buy a " mr stubby " also.
Feb 23, 2015, 05:33 PM
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My DX9 and DX18 have two antennas. One is horizontal and one is vertical, and they're not movable. That's the direction of the future.

Andy
Feb 23, 2015, 05:46 PM
Lee / RC Enthusiast
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Andy - That would be #8. Mr. Stubby.
Feb 23, 2015, 05:56 PM
mutski
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fitz Walker
Whichever way your receiver antenna is orientated (see attached)

Though I prefer #1 myself.
I think 90% of us fly so close to the TX that is really doesn't matter. Especially since the attitude and angles of the model changes so much.

How do I vote for #11?
EXACTLY. And remember, the weakest signal is off the tip of the antenna. It should never point at your plane. Full-range receivefs often come with a satellite receiver so that you can orient antennas in two planes, eg vertical and horizontal, so that one antenna is close to the same plane as the transmitter antenna when the plan banks or pitches. Before I swithed to EZ-UHF, I could see a very noticeable difference in range depending on whether the receiver and transmitter antennas were in the same plane or not.

This is excellent:
FPV Antennas 101 - Polarization, Diversity & Gain Patterns (27 min 56 sec)
Last edited by mutski; Feb 23, 2015 at 06:02 PM.
Feb 23, 2015, 05:56 PM
http://www.sgvhumane.org/
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i feel so dirty.
Feb 23, 2015, 05:58 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AndyKunz
My DX9 and DX18 have two antennas. One is horizontal and one is vertical, and they're not movable. That's the direction of the future.

Andy
I'm glad. My old DX6i antenna is so flimsy and easy to break. I love my DX9. I hemmed and hawed for months before finally buying it. I wish I'd have bought it a year earlier now.


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