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tomrv4



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:12 am    Post subject: Tube and fabric com ground plane Reply with quote

I am installing RAMI comm antenna on my tube and fabric high wing experimental. I’ve read up on creating a ground plane using adhesive copper strips. I plan to do a starburst pattern. Several of the copper strips will need to go over some of the fuselage tubing before continuing on being adhered to the fabric. Will it be helpful to use the steel tubing as part of the ground plane?

I could sand off the paint coating on the tubes where the copper strips pass over them if this would help with the ground plane… (the adhesive used on the copper strips is supposed to be conductive)

Thoughts?

Thanks!
Tom


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: Tube and fabric com ground plane Reply with quote

The steel fuselage tubing can be used for a ground plane if the antenna is located at a junction of 3 or more tubes. Gluing copper strips to steel tubing is unlikely to do any good. Adhesive is not usually conductive. Don't count on it.

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