Cool switch, I've seen guys use a magnet activated one too, any info on that?
no.. I know quite a few use them in Rocketry.. but thats all I got!
Hoping for the same result this weekend ! I switched all the boats over . Bench tested only !
There is hardly a boat built that needs a long antenna. Simply put what is there straight up a antenna tube and your good.
Several top level boaters were having issues at the Nitro Nats in Huntsville a few years ago, a factor rep from Futaba came out and recommended long antennas for all boats.
water is a challenge for 2.4.. the further away the coax from the water the better.. that's all.. just that simple regardless of who's 2.4 system you use.
Yea ok I will bet he did. To fix peoples setup that do not know how to run a fasst or 2.4GHZ antenna correctly.
He could have said you need that much wire to wrap it in a knot around the receiver first and you would believe that too ? Lol.
I can maybe see if you are trying to go max distance at some SAW event but not heat racing course bu if short antenna is setup correctly there would be zero benefit of longer wire antenna. If you got line of sight antenna to antenna and polarized the same you are good.
Thousands and thousands of racers have run for 10 -15-20 years now with 2.4GHZ half with antennas in the boxe and no one is losing control of the boats from loss of reception at every race they go to.
One race one guy loses signal(we think) and someone says he needs a long antenna so now everyone that runs 2.4ghz does. I do not think so.
That is because people do not put the entire length of the short antennas up the tube or they leave it laying in the box. You even see totally bizarre stuff like running 2.4 coax through side of box to remote mounted antenna tubes.
... and they wonder why they are having problems.
If it is up in the tube all the way the long antenna is doing nothing for you. It is the same antenna just longer trying to fix what isn't broke..
Way too many people leaving them in the box or receiver not at the antenna tube so yea if you need 8" of wire to find your way to your antenna tube I recommend long antennas too but otherwise they are 100% not necessary one iota. It is just more delicate coax wire to get damaged.
If the end of antenna is above the rest of the boat you are completely fine with the short antenna.
If it was needed I would be all over it but too much expirience without long antenna withy ZERO mishaps year after year after year. You couldn't pay me to run a long antenna.
You are actually losing signal through a longer wire.
As long as the stock factory antenna is all the way up the tube it will have at least the same or better range. A long as it is up enough for line of sight going to be no difference at all.
Got any pics of theses switches? Do you do them with charging lead made in?I have sold thousands of wired locking switches over last 10 years and have no problems with vibration. That is all about how you wire them as the quality switch itself is highly resistant to vibration. That is why I only sell them wired. There is no way for wired connection to switch to fatigue and break.
They also sell the locking switch I use in double pole so you can have two contacts for wiring in parallel for redundancy but until I hear of the single contact failing and becoming a issue I am making te the same way as the last 10 years, Silver and gold contacts don't have the issue of cheap copper sliding contacts. Those oxidize and have issues.
Never mind, not worth my time...
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