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[Courtesy of Richard Shilling, RICHSHILL "at" aol.com, June 2000]

What to Do While You're Being Shot Down!

With all the posts about channel checkers and park flyers I thought I'd throw in some old advice about what to do if you're in the process of being shot down.

1) Hold your transmitter as high as you can get it while still keeping your fingers on the sticks.

2) If you can, orient the transmitter antenna so that it's parallel with the receiver antenna. This radiates the maximum signal, whereas pointing the transmitter antenna at the plane radiates a more minimum signal.

3) Run towards your plane.

4) If you do regain control, you have some choices to make. If you can - land as soon as possible. If the model is far away, fly the model towards you. Since you don't know the source of the interference, you might as well get it in the direction of your transmitter so that your signal gets stronger to the model. Again, as soon as you can, land, even if it's two fields over.

5) Try to figure out what's going on - transmitter mistakenly left on, park flyer, power flyer two blocks away. If you can't definitely establish the source of the spurious signal, pack up, go home and be thankful your model lived to fly another day.

Regards, 

Richard Shilling 

 


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