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thestug
2011.04.05, 10:13 AM
I typically drive my AWD underneath low tables and overhangs that the antenna gets snagged on and affects the cars path of travel. Is there a way to bend/tuck an atntenna to fit under the body so it dosent stick out and hit things that I drive underneath? Will this kill the range? I'm poor and dont want to switch to a 2.4 ghz board and transmitter yet.:(

Bodom
2011.04.05, 10:51 AM
You can use some bendable cable as an antenna.
I drive my AWD with such cable, but I stick it out of the car since the reception is better. You can experiment with that. Cut some 30cm cable and try it. You can always bend it, so it stays inside the body, or stick it out.
http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq194/Bodom_photos/Mini-Z/P1030064.jpg

thestug
2011.04.05, 11:25 PM
I assume that is just a small diameter stranded wire, right? So, it must attach by just wrapping the stripped end under the antenna screw? I think im gonna try this because my antenna is pretty beat up from so many rolls and adjusting it for different bodies. I'm quite surprised that my awd antenna is still in one piece. Thanks for the suggestion.

Digitalis West
2011.04.06, 12:32 AM
Back when I had a MR-01, we would cut a length of stranded wire the same length as the standard antenna, put one end under the antenna screw and wrap the remainder around a flat piece of plastic. Make sure the wire never crosses itself and you can tuck the assembly under the body. Reception was not as good as a regular antenna but it worked acceptably in most situations.

There was also a Kyosho "internal" antenna that was much cleaner version of the same idea. Somebody somewhere might still have them in stock.

Internal Antenna (http://shop.tinyrc.com/product.php?productid=16616&cat=0&page=2)

Bodom
2011.04.06, 03:30 AM
I assume that is just a small diameter stranded wire, right? So, it must attach by just wrapping the stripped end under the antenna screw? I think im gonna try this because my antenna is pretty beat up from so many rolls and adjusting it for different bodies. I'm quite surprised that my awd antenna is still in one piece. Thanks for the suggestion.

Yes, your assumption is right :) Small diameter copper wire.

thestug
2011.04.06, 02:13 PM
Thanks for the replys I'll try to find some scrap wire to try this out. If it won't work I can always get an internal antenna.

thestug
2011.04.06, 02:58 PM
You can use some bendable cable as an antenna.
I drive my AWD with such cable, but I stick it out of the car since the reception is better. You can experiment with that. Cut some 30cm cable and try it. You can always bend it, so it stays inside the body, or stick it out.
http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq194/Bodom_photos/Mini-Z/P1030064.jpg

What is that black round thing on top of your chassis?

Bodom
2011.04.06, 05:45 PM
What is that black round thing on top of your chassis?

Electrolyte capacitor parallel to the batteries.

thestug
2011.04.06, 09:17 PM
Electrolyte capacitor parallel to the batteries.

Huh? What does it do? It sounds complicated, but please do explain.

Bodom
2011.04.07, 02:54 AM
Huh? What does it do? It sounds complicated, but please do explain.

I followed this (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31699) thread.

"7. A power Capacitor with 5v or 5.5v is recommended in line to maintain an constant stable power voltage to the e. board. I am actually using PM Racing 5.5V 0.22F Power Capacitor (part # 500604) with superb results."

In theory it makes the power supply more stable.
For example if you hammer the throttle - the motor will heavy load the batteries, which would drop their voltage a little.
With the capacitor connected - it helps the batteries to maintain the voltage for a while. I didn't see any radical improvement, but I kept it.

thestug
2011.04.07, 10:42 AM
I followed this (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31699) thread.

"7. A power Capacitor with 5v or 5.5v is recommended in line to maintain an constant stable power voltage to the e. board. I am actually using PM Racing 5.5V 0.22F Power Capacitor (part # 500604) with superb results."

In theory it makes the power supply more stable.
For example if you hammer the throttle - the motor will heavy load the batteries, which would drop their voltage a little.
With the capacitor connected - it helps the batteries to maintain the voltage for a while. I didn't see any radical improvement, but I kept it.

Sweet, I might have to try this. I use lights on my car, but they dim when I hammer the throttle. I might have to give this a try.