Stiff antenna for SLX1 or PGX1

Stiff antenna for SLX1 or PGX1

Date Updated: October 20, 2017 FAQ #3178
Question:
I want to stiffen the "floppy" antenna wire on the SLX1 transmitter. The reason is to prevent the antenna wire from being scrunched when a user puts the SLX1 into a pocket. Any ideas?
Answer:


Here is a simple way to stiffen the SLX1 or PGX1 antenna. Supplies required are:

Heat shrink tubing
Piece A: 75 mm (3") long, I.D. 4 mm (3/32")
Piece B: 25 mm (1") long, I.D. 5 mm (1/8")
Piece C: 25 mm (1") long, I.D. 7 mm (3/16")
Heat gun or hot hair dryer

1) Carefully pull off the protective tip on the antenna wire. It is held on with a tiny drop of glue. Roll the tip between your fingers to break the glue bond

2) With the protective tip removed, place Piece A of the heat shrink tubing over the antenna wire.
2a) Push it onto the wire until it hits the rubber boot at the base of the antenna.
2b) Use the heat gun to shrink the tubing.

3) Place Piece B over the antenna wire.
3a) Push it onto the wire until it hits the rubber boot at the base of the antenna.
3b) Use the heat gun to shrink the tubing.

3) Place Piece C over the antenna wire.
3a) Push it onto the wire until it covers the rubber boot at the base of the antenna.
3b) Use the heat gun to shrink the tubing.

4) Replace the protective tip on the end of the antenna wire. Use a tiny drop of "Super Glue" to hold it in place.

Heat shrink tubing may be purchased at Radio Shack or from Mouser Electronics.