I had a RC boat a couple years ago and used a standard 72mhz tx & rx.
I used a bobbin setup to shorten the antenna and it greatly decreased
the range. Prehaps I wrapped it incorrectly.
No, I wasn't near any airfields to interfere with anyone flying.
>I recently bought a Hitec Eclipse Q-PCM radio on ebay. In the box was a
>gadget called an antenna bobbin. Instructions say to wrap the receiver
>antenna wire around the bobbin from one end to the other. It has a slot on
>each end to hook the wire in. It says not to overlap the wire just wrap it
>one layer. This, of course, shortens the antenna. They say it has no effect
>on range. Anyone else seen this gadget or have any experience with it? >TIA
>> From: Craig
>> Organization: SBC
>> Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:12:40 GMT
>> Subject: Re: Replacing Antenna Wire
>> I use single strand copper PC board wire for my DLG planes without any
>> problems. I wrap it around the carbon boom and tack it with CA. Havent
>> had one break yet.
>>> Hi Norman,
>>> Although any copper wire will work for an antenna. I would not
>>> recommend just any wire for the job. Standard stranded wire has only
>>> seven strands and will not stand up to the flexing that an antenna on
>>> a model undergoes. Use nineteen strands or more such as servo wire if
>>> you have any. You can also splice on to what is left. Do not just
>>> twist it together though. If you have no experience soldering, I
>>> would surely recommend you send it in for repair. If you have
>>> experience soldering, I can send you a piece of nineteen stranded
>>> wire if you e-mail me your address.
>>> Good Luck