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berniematic

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I don't know if you can help with this in the forum but here goes;
My plane is a Wittman Buttercup with the first series Lyc. 0-235, probably never intended to be in front of a radio. P leads are shielded except for a few inches were they connect to the mags. I have an wire external antenna.
I had been using handheld radio going thru outside antenna. Seemed to work but but a pain to handle. So - I installed an old Collins Com radio on top of the dash and wired it all up with PTT and headphones. Its a better setup but - receive is loud and clear, Xmit light lights and there is garbled, staticy transmission and people can't understand me. I just re-routed the shielded antenna lead away from the inside firewall but no improvement. Suggestions for what to try next?? Thank you.
 

bmcj

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The transmit problem is obviously in the spelling.

(Sorry, I couldn't resist... should have, but didn't.)
 

berniematic

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Ground plane - Antenna is mounted under cabin in the forward 1/3 of an aluminum panel, painted on the outside. This seemed to work with the handheld unit.
Coax Length - I was unaware this was critical. It a little long, but not much to get from the top of panel to the floor.
Work on the ground - Well - yeah. I tried it from one end of the runway to the other (2000 ft) and it was OK, not great, I attributed that to my being close to the ground and under the plane with the antenna.
Xmit function - All I have to go on is that ground test and a response from a tower from 5 miles out when I first installed it. They reported readable with static. Since then (about 5 flights) another different tower and another plane 2 miles away reported static and unreadable.

The only radio wire I have shielded is the coax. Because all the other wires (mic, audio, power, PTT) attach to the back close to each other with no shielding, I assumed none was needed. And they are wrapped together. Is this a problem? Thanks again.
 
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