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Old 04-04-2004, 05:19 PM
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Default Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

A few years ago I heard abut the "Rubber Duck" transmitter antennas. Now I would like to give them a tryon my Futaba 9C transmitter. Do any of you know who is manufacturing them? I think I remember reading that the range was less with them, but the transmitter is being used indoors so I don't think a reduction in range will hurt me.
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:02 PM
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www.htantennas.com ---Smiley Antenna Co.---Love Um!---Use one on a 9C all the time---
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Old 04-05-2004, 05:04 AM
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Thank you tande, Thats exactally what I'm looking for!
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Old 04-05-2004, 08:57 AM
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

I second that.

The rubber duck antennas are GREAT. Been using mine for over 5 years now with no problem at all (and I regularly fly up into clouds and at extended ranges). I'm going to get another one so I can have one on my new 9C and one on my old 8U (I took it off the 8U and put it on the 9C).
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How do they attatch to the radio? Do they come with a adapter?
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Yes---with a quick disconnect---
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Old 04-06-2004, 05:00 AM
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Thanks again tande.
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Old 04-06-2004, 05:53 PM
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What one would you get for the Futaba 9cap?
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Call 1-800-527-5439---tell them what you want it for---
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Old 04-07-2004, 11:23 AM
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Alright sounds good
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Old 04-11-2004, 10:16 AM
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

Based on this thread I ordered one of the Rubber Duck antennas from Smilie (the manufacturer).

I have a mixed opinion on this antenna. I have two 9C radios I will not be ordering a second antenna for the other radio right away.

I have two issues with the antenna. (1) the antenna base is kind of a pain in the butt to install, requires you to open the back of the radio and screw the base wires in. You must be careful because you can easily damage something. (2) While this antenna is shorter than the regular antenna, about 12-14" instead of 36"; it is not all that flexible near where it goes into the radio. If you accidentally bang your antenna against something farely hard there is a real chance you could crack the radio case. the Rubber Duck attaches just to a small loop of plastic at the top of the 9C. The factory antennja goes through the top loop and screws into the base. Overall a much stronger and full proof method. Also, when collapsed, the factory antenna doesn't stick out at all.

The factory antenna is an easy screw-in and costs about $11. The Rubber Duck costs about $25. In the past two years I have replaced two antennas from people stepping on it or being careless.

I have yet to test its operation; but with most things, it has its pluses and minuses. I'm glad I didn't get two initially, but still to be determined if I will put one on my other radio.
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Old 04-11-2004, 12:32 PM
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

Interesting, I just sent Bill an Email for my Futaba 9CAP asking which one I will need. I plan to try one out and see how it does. The one real nice advantage, is that you never will forget to extend the antenna! I have seen that all to often.
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Old 04-12-2004, 07:06 PM
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

Splais,

I don't know what you are talking about but maybe that's because I'm using an old style Rubber Duck. Mine has two parts. Part 1 is the adapter. The adapter screws into the transmitter exactly like the original antenna. I actually do not have to take my back plate off the transmitter in order to screw it in and out (but I open the transmitter when I do that anyhow) because I can just unscrew the original antenna and screw the new one in its place. The only difference is my adapter is not as large in diameter as the antenna so there is a gap between the adapter and the transmitter case. I filled the gap by wrapping wing saddle tape around the adapter where it meets the case and now there is no gap as you can see in the picture. Part 2 is the removable antenna. The antenna screws onto the threaded top portion of the adapter where it sticks out of the transmitter case.

Now, I have no idea what "base wires" you are talkinga bout screwing in. Have you got any pictures of your rig so I can see what you are talking about? I ask because I just ordered a second antenna (this one red so my transmitter and antenna are colored to match my Sukhoi) and I'd like to get an advance look at the apparent changes in the antenna design.

Also, what do you mean this antenna is fairly hard where it attaches to the case? Do you use your transmitter as a hammer, or soccer ball, or something? I have not tried it, but I think it is fair to assume that if one banged the standard antenna against something hard enough, one would cause the same damage you speak of. Or one could opt to treat the transmitter with care. That way it will continue to work properly because if you banged the antenna hard enough to crack the case I think you would have bigger problems than just your case cracking and you may want to send the thing to the factory for a checkup before flying again.

Also, the threaded portion of my antenna extends all of about .75" above the transmitter case. My transmitter's original antenna, when collapsed, certainly stuck out more than .75". Is this another change to the design with the BNC-type quick-disconnect they sell now?

Give us some pictures of what you're talking about because I have owned, flown, and swapped mine from radio to radio over the past 5+ years I have flown with a Rubber Duck and have seen any of the issues you mention.

Shortman,

When I was learning to fly (using a buddy box), one of my instructors took off once without his antenna extended. I have never seen anyone do that since that day but it remains a distinct memory and was definitely a factor in my opting for the Rubber Duck. I been in love with it ever since and until someone who has actually used one tells us something different I'll be recommending them and getting more for myself.

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Old 04-16-2004, 09:35 PM
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go here and see.www.htantennas.com
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

I've seen the website, thanks.

They show an antenna but they don't show an adapter that is taller than a collapsed antenna. They also don't say whether the new adapter simply screws into the transmitter like the old ones did (and like the original antenna does) or whether the quick disconnect adapter uses some sort of "base wires" as mentioned in the other post.

Do you have pictures you could share? I have ordered one of the new antennas so I'll see for myself in due time but I live overseas and it takes a good month for things to arrive. If you or someone else could share some pictures that would be better than continual talk.

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try this web site it has pics http://www.californiasailplanes.com/RubberDuck.html
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here's another option [link]http://www.hobby-lobby.com/antennas.htm#Power%20Stick[/link]


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Thanks Larboy. That's exactly what the doctor ordered. I didn't realize how old my antenna design was until I saw that.

Still, I can't wait to get my hands on the one I just ordered.
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i'm curiuos as to where fpo ae is
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Default RE: Rubber Duck Transmitter antenna

I am going to try and order one here in the next month or so. However, the one downside I now think of is putting my transmitter in a carrying case. Does the Antenna unscrew easily with the adapter without taking the case off?
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yes .it has a quick disconnect bnc connector
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FPO, AE (for me at least) means Okinawa Japan. Unfortunately. Luckily though my 3 years in "exile" out here will end in August and I'll be back in the states (where it doesn't take 30 days for my toys to arrive in the mail).
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I carry the smiley antennas on my website (depronalaska.com) and the price on the site is shipped if you say you saw it on RCU. I have put them on all my radios. It takes about 3 minutes for the first install on a futaba radio ( I have done the 9C and 8U). There is a 1/4 turn BNC connector on the end of the antenna so you can pull it off and put it in the radio case in less than a second. I have installed them on lots of guys radios at the field. The JR and AIRTRONICS just screw into the stud on top of the transmitter and require no adapter.

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