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Antennas, made of mylar?
M48USMCTanker
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 08:47 AM UTC
A few years ago I got some mylar antannas. They were great, but I forgot where I got them. Any one know where to get them?
SSGToms
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 06:44 PM UTC
I make my antennas from carbon fiber, which is better than mylar. I get it fromDragonplate.com, where you can get it in an endless variety of thicknesses in 3 foot lengths pretty cheap. Guaranteed not to snap!
M48USMCTanker
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
Thank you. I'll give it a try.
mogdude
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Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 06:04 AM UTC
is it flexable ?in the rod form ? thinking of bent antennas
cutigerfan
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Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2019 - 07:47 AM UTC

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I make my antennas from carbon fiber, which is better than mylar. I get it fromDragonplate.com, where you can get it in an endless variety of thicknesses in 3 foot lengths pretty cheap. Guaranteed not to snap!



Matthew, I've never even considered or thought about using carbon fiber as antennas. I'm extremely interested in trying this, so my question is, what size carbon fiber you use for this application? Thank you.
Kevlar06
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Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2019 - 08:13 AM UTC

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I make my antennas from carbon fiber, which is better than mylar. I get it fromDragonplate.com, where you can get it in an endless variety of thicknesses in 3 foot lengths pretty cheap. Guaranteed not to snap!



Matthew, I've never even considered or thought about using carbon fiber as antennas. I'm extremely interested in trying this, so my question is, what size carbon fiber you use for this application? Thank you.




I use them all the time. Midwest makes them-- get the smallest diameter rod they make. I have also used nylon rod, which you can find in shops specializing in fiberglass casting (if you can find any around).
VR. Russ
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 02:30 AM UTC

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I make my antennas from carbon fiber, which is better than mylar. I get it fromDragonplate.com, where you can get it in an endless variety of thicknesses in 3 foot lengths pretty cheap. Guaranteed not to snap!



Matthew, I've never even considered or thought about using carbon fiber as antennas. I'm extremely interested in trying this, so my question is, what size carbon fiber you use for this application? Thank you.


For 1/35 I use .010 and .030. And yes John, it's super flexible, you can bend it over on itself and it won't fold or snap.
matt
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 05:37 AM UTC
I'm not finding the .010" rod on the site anywhere..... I wonder if they dropped it since you last ordered it?
M48USMCTanker
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 05:54 AM UTC
Me neither. The smallest I could find was .020. Also you have to order it by the foot.
Kevlar06
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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2019 - 06:11 PM UTC
Midwest carries carbon fiber rod in .040. I wouldn't worry too much about the sizing, as Carbon fiber can be sanded (and thus tapered) to suit. It comes in 2'x24" lengths, two to a package, for under $6. I've also used steel wire from K&S.
VR, Russ