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Old 11-23-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Replacing Receiver Antena Wire

Don't know if this is the correct forum, but I've thrashed my receiver antena wire and it looks like it could break with a good tug. I suppose losing contact could result in a nasty crash.

Opening the receiver case, it looks like an easy replacement job.
I know the length is important - what about the exact guage of the wire?

Any suggestions on this repair before I warm up the soldering iron?

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i know deans makes a antenta that you can solder on but nothings really the same as a new reciever
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:20 PM   #3
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I suppose I could ship it to the repair facility, but it looks simple to me......the LHS actually sells replacement wire, so before I drop $60 on a new receiver, I'll see if I can fix it, and splicing isn't an option.......I know that's a failure waiting to happen!
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What brand receiver is it?

I've replaced many Futaba receiver wires in my day. Just solder new ones in and cut to spec. Very easy and actually is a good time to clean out that receiver and casing because dirt and junk collects and causes glitching.

Here's what it is: Futaba Receiver Antenna Wire 1100mm
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:46 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Best Solution - Reinforcement

I just got a call from a buddy who suggest slipping some 1/16" shrink tubing over the wire to reinforce the antena between the receiver box and the tube on a NTC3.

He said he has broken a few receiver antenas from the stress
between the box and the tube.

This may not be an issue for electrics - but nitros are a much harsher environment on delicate wires outside the receiver box

just my two cents
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Good idea, but if your current receiver antenna has any nicks in it then you need to replace it. Nicks results in glitching and poor range....not good with nitro cars.
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Old 11-23-2004, 03:25 PM   #7
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Just get the wire that is suggested above and cut it to lenght. Then shrink wrap it so it won't get cut again. I've replaced 3 antenna wire with the futaba wire on my novak recievers. I haven't had many glitching poblems.
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Old 11-23-2004, 03:41 PM   #8
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Talking Probably saved a bad crash!

Thanks guys for your feedback - probably saved a bad slap in the boards or a runaway - I'm using an electronic "saver"
that shuts down the motor with interference or a bad battery
the shrink tubing on the antena is another good pit trick.

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just an FYI - the guage of wire does not matter - you can use 24 guage wire and you'll be fine.
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:12 PM   #10
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Length matters !! Not tha roundth !!

Acr R/C products and Sig have wire assortments in the correct guage to replace your antenna wire. Just cut it to the correct length. Heres a bonus too!! The wire assortments come with several different colors so you can choose what color your new antenna wire will be.

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SIG part number--SH-328 Hook-Up Wire

They each come with eight different colors each in 3 foot lenghts.
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roundth thats sweet. Another to add to the RC dictionary.
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I did fixed my futaba pcm 1024 receiver with slightly thicker wire (read: slightly thicker wire). The exact lenght of the wire, maybe 35 cm or little bit longer than the original. I pulled the wire from a Fan wire PC Computer.

It works okay, no problemo.

Just be careful when you solder the new wire to pcb, it's delicate factor. You need good small & clean solder tip & solder flux to make the job well done.
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