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   INFORMATION - Where to run your radio aerial when using a 35MHz radio

There is quite a bit of misunderstanding about the aerial on the helicopter that is connected to the RX (Radio Receiver).

Far too many people believe - WRONGLY - That it is fine to just wrap it round and round the boom supports.

Doing so will cause you to loose contact with your helicopter a lot nearer than you should, and an out of control helicopter is a VERY DANGEROUS THING to have.

The radio manufacturers will tell you that it really is essential to have at least 9 inches, and preferably a bit more, of STRAIGHT aerial wire.  This should be either the first section or even the last section, which is exactly why most helicopters come with a length of plastic aerial tube that typically fits to the skids.  This tube is about 9 inches long, and therefore forces you to have that first section of your aerial STRAIGHT.

If you use this aerial tube at the start of the aerial that is fine, and you can then wind the rest of the aerial up the boom tube if you wish.  I personally use a longer tube, and then wind all the rest of the aerial back around the far end and tape it there.  Then I connect the back end of the tube to the rear end of the boom support.

ALSO, NEVER THINK ABOUT CUTTING THE AERIAL, THEY NEED TO BE A CERTAIN LENGTH... That also applies to 2.4GHz aerials as well

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