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Old 27 July 2007, 07:25   #1
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VTronix RIB Raider Aerial Redesign?

Having lost the metal antenna part of my RIB Raider in some rough stuff last weekend (not an uncommon problem with these aerials it would seem!) I just bought a replacement.

It looks like the base has been redesigned completely and the antenna part looks like it might be permanently fixed in. If it is fixed in then it looks like the problem might have been acknowledged and fixed!

This presents a new problem however, in that it isn't going to be so easy to remove in order to get it under the over hanging trees on our road!

I'll get some pics up for comparison when I get home from work and get it out the packet.
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Old 27 July 2007, 07:29   #2
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Must be very recent as I bought one only about 3 months ago and it was very detachable!
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Old 27 July 2007, 07:34   #3
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Must be very recent as I bought one only about 3 months ago and it was very detachable!
Me too, my original one was only bought in March!
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Old 27 July 2007, 08:18   #4
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Bought one a month ago and the only difference I could see was that the aerial has a thick bit of plastic around the bottom of it making it whip around less.
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Old 27 July 2007, 08:53   #5
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and it was very detachable!

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Old 27 July 2007, 10:39   #6
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Here's the difference:

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I hope the coax connection is the same... it looks the same but the screw collar that holds the bullet connector in might be a bit deeper on the new one. Also, the nut on the base of the new one doesn't tighten right up against the base which means it might need a washer to keep it tight through the A-frame plate.
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I hope the coax connection is the same... it looks the same but the screw collar that holds the bullet connector in might be a bit deeper on the new one. Also, the nut on the base of the new one doesn't tighten right up against the base which means it might need a washer to keep it tight through the A-frame plate.
How did the swap go? Was the coax connection the same?

The metal support round the base of my whip snapped last time I was out so it looks like i'll be swapping it for the all new version.
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Old 15 August 2007, 03:35   #8
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How did the swap go? Was the coax connection the same?

The metal support round the base of my whip snapped last time I was out so it looks like i'll be swapping it for the all new version.
I've not done it yet... I'll let you know after this weekend!
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Old 17 August 2007, 18:13   #9
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Just seen this on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VHF-aerial-for...QQcmdZViewItem

might interest somebody here? I've got one on my rib excellent recepetion around here.
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Old 19 August 2007, 12:07   #10
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I've not done it yet... I'll let you know after this weekend!
Right... well there is good news and bad news...

Good News:

The connector is exactly the same and the new design is a straight swap for the old.

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Bad News:

Although it looks all moulded it isn't. After 30 mins in the rough stuff a plastic grommit started riding up the antenna with all the waggling!!

The antenna itself still seems very firm and doesn't come out, but why on earth would they make it with a stupid push-fit plastic grommet?? I think I might write to Vtronix and ask them as an aerial specifically marketed for RIBs shouldn't start falling apart less than an hour after fitting it!
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