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01-18-2009 03:20 AM  9 years agoPost 1
PBusch

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It's a bit hard to tell but the end of one of the antenna wires decided to shorten itself on the canopy. It works fine but I would hate to crash because of this. Should I send it in or just use it?

In the second pic I added a piece of Hayes fuel line over the antenna wires to protect them, would that cause a problem with reception?

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01-18-2009 03:35 AM  9 years agoPost 2
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I would send it in. They need to be a certain length and gauge. When you get it back protect it like you have it.

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01-18-2009 03:47 AM  9 years agoPost 3
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I also agree send it in.... as the antenna needs to be a very specific length

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01-18-2009 03:52 AM  9 years agoPost 4
Heli 770

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Send it in for sure. I just notice you have it on a Vibe50.

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01-18-2009 03:59 AM  9 years agoPost 5
TMoore

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It is trivial to replace the antenna wires on a Spektrum RX. I've done several. These RX's don't use the miniature Coax like the freq hoppers do and even those are easy to replace if you have the antenna wires.

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01-18-2009 04:53 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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Just lengthen it by soldering a wire to make it approx the same length as the unbroken one, size is not important. These ant get bent and scrunched up in all sorts of setups and they work fine. If the length was critical the instructions would be very specific on making sure they were straight.
Add a piece of wire, then range test it.
The tubing will not affect its operation.

EDIT: I would range test it the way it is, I bet you will find it works much farther than you will ever fly.

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01-18-2009 10:44 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Mark D

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The answer is VERY simple!

What is the value of the model, and can I afford to risk it?

HH service is outstanding and fast normaly. Send it in.

Mark

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01-18-2009 01:42 PM  9 years agoPost 8
PBusch

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Yep, its in a Vibe 50. I'm going to send it in even though it works just fine the way it is. Its not worth crashing over.

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01-18-2009 05:01 PM  9 years agoPost 9
TMoore

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A range test would reveal whether or not the antenna affected the performance of the unit or not.

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01-18-2009 05:14 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Mark D

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Maybe, maybe not, due to the way the receivers work. Would think to really test it you would have to use Spektrum flight logger to show up if the receiver dropped out as don't forget you have multiple receivers!

Go for it on your models, I value my models more obviously

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01-18-2009 05:17 PM  9 years agoPost 11
TMoore

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Go for it on your models, I value my models more obviously
That's a pompous statement to make. Maybe I just know how to work on radios. Did that ever occur to you?

Losing a quarter of an inch on a Spektrum radio won't detune the RX. I've replaced the antennas on the 7000's and the 6000's and it is trivial to do. If there was an issue with the antennas it will show up in the range test.

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01-18-2009 07:55 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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I am with TMoore on this one, Range test and fly. And if you are really uncomfortable with it and know how to solder, just call Horizon and ask what wire they would suggest replacing it with. My guess is that just about any small wire will do. Solder it on, range test, fly. I am just not that patient..especially when it's just wire and solder.

The new spectrum RX's are really nice about blinking when they lose signal...even for a split second. If you take the thing a mile way and the little lights aren't flashing when you get done...then you are good to go.

Please continue to direct all mud slinging between yourselves. Just wanted to add my take on it.

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01-18-2009 08:35 PM  9 years agoPost 13
PBusch

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My best guess is there is a very small chance this will cause a problem. I've inadvertently already did a range check as its been this way for a while before I noticed it.

I'm still going to send it in mainly because I like to keep my stuff like new and its winter so its pretty much just sitting there collecting dust.

BTW, I'm the last guy you want soldering a circuit board, I may as well just smash the thing with my foot.

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