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Shortening Antenna

Old 06-12-2011, 12:19 PM
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Hey, I just recently purchased a TT01 type E (first RC car so bear with me)
I came across this youtube video

Cant post likes yet so "youtube.com/watch?v=HYCAV8IWW-I"

Was curious if this works or if its something recommended to avoid?
Currently my antenna is still flat and taped down inside the chasis. (how it came) I havent put it upright yet. (Only been around my house) Enjoying the look without the antenna sticking out, so when i take it out, I think it be an astethic choice i make to find a way to hide the antenna if i can.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:05 PM
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Some how I doubt the range is not affected.....I would have to range check one of mine, then do this and range check it again and then I'd only believe it for that radio type (mine are mostly FM). Also suspect that there's a diff in whether this is AM, FM or 2.4 radios too. There are some 2.4 antennas that warn you to avoid any bending at all and this is the part at the end where he would have you coiling it.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:10 PM
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From an RF standpoint, this video is completely incorrect. It will reduce your range and cause problems. Wrapping it like that is definitely wrong.

The thinner section at the end of the "antenna" (actually a tiny coax) is your antenna. This last section should be straight and preferably vertical or horizontal. An antenna with a shorter coax and/or creative routing (gentlest curves possible) will allow you to keep it entirely within the body. Changing the antenna/coax attached to your radio to a shorter one (search LXBGCP at Tower Hobbies for an example) will make it easier/cleaner.
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