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04-26-2002 11:36 PM  15 years agoPost 1
RCtime

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I use both a Deans and Revolution whip antenna. They test approx. 30 feet with the transmitter antenna down before the servos start to twitch. What is an acceptable distance?

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04-26-2002 11:44 PM  15 years agoPost 2
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Dean's

I just put a Deans on my Nova and with the first step of the antenna pulled out I stepped off about 80 yards until I got bored with walking out.

30 feet sounds a little scary.

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04-26-2002 11:47 PM  15 years agoPost 3
metalman

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Whip antenna

This seems a bit short to me. My Futaba 9Z and R149DP, R 309DPS and R148DP all do better than 125 feet with std. or base loaded antenna[whip]. What does the radio do with the std. antenna?

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04-26-2002 11:48 PM  15 years agoPost 4
furyextreme

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it all depends on what radio you have,with the futaba 9z you have to pull the antena out on the first step to do a range check,dont know on any others

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04-26-2002 11:49 PM  15 years agoPost 5
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My experience concurs with NOVAZEUS's. I tested mine last week and walked about 275-300 feet with the antenna collapsed. I then removed the antenna and still had no problem (based on spotter). I've been using Deans for 4 years now with no problems.

However, my buddy couldn't get 15 feet from his model without the servos wigging out.

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04-27-2002 12:03 AM  15 years agoPost 6
scott3

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I have a 8u super with the antenna fully collapsed and a whip installed I could get about 50 feet before the servos started glitching. Put the standard antenna back on and got 150 feet. Heres a good link that explains how to do a range check with futaba products. http://www.futaba-rc.com/faq/faq-q331.html

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04-27-2002 01:22 AM  15 years agoPost 7
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range test

I should explain further about the range test. I could walk 100 feet or more and still have operational servos. I would not have seen this jittering of the servos. A 2nd person with his hand on the servo arm feeling the jittering of the servo is the only way to tell. The jittering of the servo would increase as the range increased. I really have lost confidence in whip antennas. Thanks for the replies. If anyone tries the range test with a 2nd person feeling their servo arms I would like to hear about it, I was using the rudder servo Futaba 9523 for touching, but all appeared the same. Thanks again

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04-27-2002 03:15 AM  15 years agoPost 8
Wes

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umm hello?

I would imagine you have a gyro thats gunna twitch in my oppinion the tail servo is a TERRIBLE idea I would go for something more important than tail.

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