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Old 09-06-2004, 07:39 AM
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Default TX Antenna Broken

I have a Futaba Skysport 4 radio. The top segment of the transmitter antenna came off. Its a solid rod, about 6 inches long with a small hole at the bottom. Any good idea how to fix it again?

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Old 09-06-2004, 07:42 AM
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That antennae screws out, just get another one and put it in
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Old 09-06-2004, 07:47 AM
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You mean replace the whole antenna with new one? Easy. Question was if the existing one can be fixed.

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Old 09-06-2004, 12:04 PM
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Price a replacement antenna, compare it to the cost of fuel, or some of your other acessories and go buy a new one. Repairs are possible, but not recomended.

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Old 09-06-2004, 12:35 PM
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ORIGINAL: ZM2000

You mean replace the whole antenna with new one? Easy. Question was if the existing one can be fixed.

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Nope, it cannot be effectively repaired without causing yourself agrivation every time you want to extend it. As suggested above replace it they are cheap.

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Old 09-06-2004, 01:04 PM
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didn't anybody bother to look where ZM is posting from?? there still are places in the world where finding the simplest things can be a major lesson in frustration.

ZM the quickest, most reliable fix would be to insert it about 1 cm into the next segment and solder it in place. BTW i gave up on collapsible antennas years ago. i now use a music wire whip soldered to a threaded adapter made from a brass screw.


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Old 09-06-2004, 02:09 PM
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Solid antenna's are actually better because you don't have to worry about contact resistance between segments. Lots of people have had problems when they oil up their antenna thinking to let them slide better, only to find out it kills their range checks because the oil is acting as an insulator between the segments.
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You are absolutely correct Dave and no I did not catch the location. In this case of course soldering would be the only practical solution of course if you can get the section inserted into the next section. Not very convienent at times but would keep you flying reliably.

Lynx's observation about the oil from you hands is a common problem also even with a healthy antenna. For this reason on my most used Tx's I do periodicaly clean the antenna with a clean rag soaked in some alcohol and this does wonders in keeping the segments sliding easily along with maintaining electrical continuity.

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be a pal and send him a new one
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Thanks a lot folks, its always interesting to see how others do it.

ZAGNUT what is the guage and length of music wire you are using.

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Old 09-07-2004, 08:48 AM
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i use 2mm wire the same length as the original antenna and add a plastic bead to the tip. this gives the radio the same balance and feel as the telescoping antenna.


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