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Nick Axworthy
11th March 2014, 20:24
Bit stuck for suitable antenna mounting locations with a flex...its on the nose of the pod at the moment,

The mesh in the above link looks light...anybody ever tried it as a ground-plane.


Sorry cant make it clickable....

11th March 2014, 23:42
Perhaps it might be cluckable?

13th March 2014, 18:08
Or you could do as I have done on the Swansea Quik; ICOM rubber duck, flat coat hanger, bicycle lock attachment, 5 coils of aerial lead and all attached to the front strut!

Resulting in '5's and crystal clear comms using 3 different radios (Swansea Quik is syndicate aircraft).

Photo attached - hope it comes out


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Nick Axworthy
13th March 2014, 19:16
Thats a very novel setup Paul....where did you get that idea....looks neat.

13th March 2014, 20:56
It came as a result of trial and error with my single seater - I went through lots of trial rubber duck positionings and ground plane set ups and eventually fitted a V Rabbit (which was great) however, as I was transporting the aircraft to and fro from home the V Rabbit became cumbersome to fit and remove. So one day I couldnt be bothered to fit the V Rabbit and tried an extension aerial cable to a rubber duck on the front strut (where I fitted the V Rabbit) and it worked as good as any other aerial I had tried. Being in a syndicate on the Quik with three different radio set ups I tried the rubber duck front strut mount but had some problems with howl on transmit, moving the aerial higher up the strut improved the situation but I then found a radio ham site with an article on feedback howl remedies (hence the looped aerial cable and as per original post I've never had such good tx/rx (other than with the V Rabbit - which I definately rate as the dogs do dahs).

No idea why or how but just know its works for the syndicate radio set ups.