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HelicopterMain Discussion › Raptor 50 Revo Antenna??
12-02-2005 02:16 AM  12 years agoPost 21
GURUMODS

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Just keep it about 1" to 1 1/2" away from other electronics
mine is along frame side half way up frame .

If you get one there are instructions for you to follow

Hooters in gallery

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12-02-2005 02:27 AM  12 years agoPost 22
cuckoospringer

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To Use or Not to Use

I'm not saying that there hasn't been post on here that condemn the whip antenna. I draw my on conclusions and so far in the time I been flying I have had two major crashes and neither one was due to the antenna, both dumb thumbs. I am for sure no expert at this hobby an probably never will be but I personally have had good luck with the Revolution whips. Guromods made a good point. Follow the instructions. I try to mount them even farther away from electronics.
Happy flying and burn more fuel.

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12-02-2005 02:42 AM  12 years agoPost 23
nguyen23464

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Is it safe to mount the antenna underneath inside the canopy? I would think that would cut down range even further.


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12-02-2005 02:54 AM  12 years agoPost 24
cuckoospringer

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Both the Predators are mounted under the canopy but it has a big canopy. On the Raptor the picture that you brought up in one of the post looks good to me and he also said that he has no problems.

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12-02-2005 02:57 AM  12 years agoPost 25
nguyen23464

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thanks

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12-02-2005 03:17 AM  12 years agoPost 26
JeepCJ

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Rev BL ant.

I have always used Rev BL ant. Until now. I had my R50 go into lock out. The wire seperated where it goes into the black base. replaced with full length antenna, and no more problem. (it would go into lock out as soon as motor fired up, no question about what was causing it)

Bob

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12-02-2005 04:56 AM  12 years agoPost 27
Giguana

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I mounted my revolution whip antenna in the loop on the bottom of the landing gear strut pointing forward on my Raptor 30V2. It just slid in there perfectly and it's away frome any metal.

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12-02-2005 05:13 AM  12 years agoPost 28
pistole

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I bought a Deans Base Mounted Ant. and I am still trying to
psycho myself into installing it , since I am also doing the
scale TT MD 500 body for my R70.
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Rap70. TT70.Rap50. TT50.RD8000.

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12-03-2005 03:06 AM  12 years agoPost 29
flyingquisinart

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I had a Revolution base loaded and the wire came out of the black base, just like a couple other folks said. Caused major glitching but luckily the heli was close enough not to totally lose control. I think it was a bad batch of them. I now put a dab of silicone where the wire enters the base to help secure it and provide a little stress relief.

must have been a downdraft

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12-03-2005 06:14 PM  12 years agoPost 30
iflybyu77

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As far as the base loaded antennas go, this is my take.

I bet a number of these people with failed base loaded antennas just HAPPENED to forget that crash when the heli came down and potentially could have damaged that antenna. The probably never thought about it, and didn't inspect them for damage either. Then they flew that setup for a while, while the fatigue failure of the antenna continued until finally it just broke. Or while they were transporting their heli, the antenna got bent around, bumped into, or twisted. Again, they didn't notice and never checked.

Ok, so that's my opinion. Look, there is no rocket science in a base loaded antenna. Fatigue failures happen, and if you mishandle them, they will break and you will pay the price. I think the Dean's antenna has maybe a bit of an advantage as far as determining if it's been damaged, but I've been happy as a clam with my base loaded antennas on my gassers and nitro ships and planks - all with no issues. So, please, let this argument die. Crap happens, and checking your equipment regularly should be a habit.

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12-03-2005 10:02 PM  12 years agoPost 31
JeepCJ

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Rev ant

Nope, sorry, 15 flights, was installed new out of package, and no crashes, face it, there was a defective batch, take your chances....


Bob

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12-03-2005 10:51 PM  12 years agoPost 32
iflybyu77

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Bob,

How did you determine it was the antenna's fault?

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12-03-2005 11:21 PM  12 years agoPost 33
JeepCJ

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rev

I did the dremel trick, got it locking out, and started feeling around, leads, and the antenna and such, got it by pushing on the wire, so pulled on it very gently, and it came out. When it was like this, I could not even fire then engine up with out it going into lock-out. soldered a full length ant back on , and it has been fine every since.

Bob

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12-03-2005 11:39 PM  12 years agoPost 34
iflybyu77

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Good detective work! At least you didn't lose your ship! Did you try to determine how it broke, or dissect it to see what occured to cause the break?

I'm getting at those who say they had a crash, and the antenna was broken after the crash, yet they didn't follow any other leads, or determine with certainty that it was the failure point, and not the result of previous damage.

Believe me, I've done that - it's easy to close the book on a crash if we can pin the blame on something. The fact is that often times a base loaded antenna gets the "short" end of the deal from those who just want a cause and immediately claim that's the problem, "fix" it by replacing it with a standard antenna, and claiming the "fix" stopped the supposed problem.

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