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Old 06-19-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Does anyone have experience using a 4 foot chain link fence as a safety barrier for pilots to stand behind? Wondering if there is any fear of interference from the fence. I believe it is okay and remember seeing it done but can't remember where.
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Re: Chain link fence

I have never seen Chain Link fence used before - the normal material used is construction grade plastic fencing.

A metal fence 'Could' (in theory) block radio signals - but! You would be stretching the theory a bit here...

Use the Chain link and I am certain that you would NOT have any problems - but the Plastic fencing would remove any concerns...

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Re: Chain link fence

Have 5 flight stations with chain link fencing, never a problem. We used chain link because we saw a .40 size cut right through the plastic fencing.
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Re: Chain link fence

Our pilot station barriers are two 4' chain link gates hinged together. Pretty light and easy to move and store.
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Re: Chain link fence

rocky mountain house club has long lengths of chainlink fence no issues on 2.4 or the old 72 system that I know about
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Re: Chain link fence

I have read some anecdontal reports on other forums that it may cause interference or block a signal.
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Re: Chain link fence

I've often wondered about the chain link. I fond a spot at the old homestead with very poor cell signal. If I move behind the chain-link like material over the windows of the garage it goes from nothing to full bars. The tower is on opposite side of 'fence'. Move just 6 inches to the side and signal goes right back to zero.

Maybe if you had 10 foot fence and were shielded behind it..............
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Re: Chain link fence

A number of years ago at our club while using 72 I touched the antenna to the chain link fence. I did not like the reaction of the model and got it off the fence immediately.

2.4 I have no experience as our chain link is behind the stations.
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Re: Chain link fence

We have a 5' fence that separates our flight line from the pits. Although we do not stand behind it to fly, when I range test my planes in the morning they are usually behind the fence in the pits and I am usually on the other side of the fence, never noticed any glitches, even with "reduced" power in range test mode.
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Re: Chain link fence

The Oakville-Milton club has, for many years, had a chain link fence that spans the flight line in front of the 5 pilot pads. To my knowledge, no one has ever complained or even suggested that it caused any interference issues...even when we were all using 72MHz.

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