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Old 04-29-2004, 01:32 AM
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I am installing my RX in a newly finished Scat Cat. Due to the engine weight, there had to be some lead weight added to the tail. I would like to run my RX antenna through a tube out the rear of the fuse. Do I need to worry about signal interference? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Default RE: Does lead tail weights affect RX reception?

This should not present problems... I would of course perform an in depth range check to validate the integrity of the flight system..
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Most folks with modern Quickees do just as you are doing and even dispense with the weight of the tube and this is running along the Carbon fiber pushrods. It works fine. Are your two tail surface survos mounted behind the wing trailing edge?

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Old 04-29-2004, 10:08 AM
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John-

Yes, both servos are behind the trailing edge. This Scat Cat kit has been laying around in my shop since 1990 or so. It was time to fly it and have never had the need to use lead in a plane. I have never dealt with such a light plane before however.

Thanks for your response.

And thanks for the responses from the others. I have used these forums numerous times to get advice and suggestions. Just a few weeks ago, I inquired about an older OS engine 40fsr with carb problems and a member happened to have the identical carb. He sold it to me for a fair price and everything runs great!!!!

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Here's an idea, Since you are located in a northern hotbed of Quickee racing activity why not visit the pylon forum on the board here and you will find that the moderator Daven is in the middle of that activity. Post there and you find plenty of help and info that may influence the type engine you get and the local entry level classes there. Your Scat Cat will do just fine for an entry level racer. If you give it a try I think you will wonder at what you havew been missing.


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I didn't realize I was in the Quickee Hot Bed. I just bought the Scat Cat about 14 years ago because I liked its look and I saw a guy fly one at the club. I have an MDS 48 laying around so I'll use that. I may have another plane for quickee racing. It is a low wing Santee. About the same size as the Cat, but without the foam wing. I have an os 46 on that plane. I haven't flown or installed the rx in that plane either. Just a couple of projects I'm working on.

I have never raced before and it does sound interesting.

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