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Old 05-30-2004, 07:05 PM   #1
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I bought an Avistar yesterday, and I am building it now. the instructions say to rig the antenna up to the vertical stabilizer, but I want to just pin it inside the fuse at the tail (or as far as it can reach). Will this work, or will it reduce the range significantly???

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Old 05-30-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
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Just a thought what about running the antenna out side though the bottom to the tail. It won't be in the way if it is running on the underside. Plus there won't be a chance for loss of range.
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I stick the wire into an antennae tube and run it through the fuse. Haven't had any range problems with the Avistar.

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Old 05-30-2004, 09:22 PM   #4
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As far as there is no metal object in parallel like metal push rods it should be OK. but if you want to take the receiver out in the future, reinstallation would be more difficult.

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I just drilled a "fuel-line" size hole in the bottom of the fuse, stuck a short length of fuel tubing in the hole for protection against rubbing, stuck the antenna thru that and ran it along the bottom of the fuse to the back end. Taped it to the fuse with clear packing tape.

Do the taping before running the engine the first time (real hard to get the covering as clean as it is when new) so the tape will stick.
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:17 AM   #6
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All of my antennas are inside the fuselage. I let them lay in the fuselage with about 1" sticking out the back. I tape this to the rear of the fuselage. this is to ensure the antenna stays stretched out. The range is not affected at all. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember.

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:35 AM   #7
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I install my antennas inside all my scale planes this way. As Bob said, go to your local hobby store and buy a length of clear plastic tube and install this inside your fuse and drill an exit hole out the rear for excess length of antenna. Feed the antenna wire throught the length of tube and just let the excess dangle out the rear or use an elastic to hold it in place.

This system works very well and is fairily easy to remove if you need to take out the Rx for any reason. I have never had any interfearance this way and it keeps the plane looking neat. Just make sure you do not tie any knots in the antenna to hold in in place as I have actually seen some guys do this and you'd only be asking for trouble.

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Old 05-31-2004, 11:18 AM   #8
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It is bad practice to leave the antenna end just waving in the breeze. It will whip around while flying and eventualy break off. Always tape the end down as I suggested.

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