Rubber Ducky is a Stripper - How to Fix

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by N8FPY, Nov 22, 2019.

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  1. N8FPY

    N8FPY Ham Member QRZ Page

    My FT70D’s rubber ducky shed its rubber cover. It’s easy to push back on, but what is the best glue to use to fix this?


    maybe automobile windshield sealant or wetsuit cement.
  3. WA0YDE

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    I'd try good 'ol black RTV silicone.
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  4. KE4OH

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    Shrink tubing.
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  5. KF5LJW

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    $20 bill wrapped around it and take it to HRO to replace it, works great.
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  6. W6KCS

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    Not exactly for your application since you're re-using the cover, but for re-coating or just "beefing up" those really thin wire portable antennas, I've had EXTREMELY good luck with that stuff you buy in a can to dip tools. "Plasti Dip" is what I used, I think. I've done several rubber duckies and a few experimental helical mobile antennas and have been surprised at how long it lasts. You can do as many applications as you need to get the thickness you want. I usually dip the whole antenna once, let dry, than dip just the lower portion, maybe twice, to get it a little thicker at the bottom.
  7. W9KEY

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    Reading above, I'd avoid RTV silicone, unless you have the stuff specifically made for electrical use (around copper wires). Most are not electronics grade and therefore not suitable - the stuff with a vinegar smell gives off acetic acid which if not well vented can damage / attack copper. I like the suggestion for a nice long piece of shrink tubing. Even if it doesn't work perfectly or maybe gets a wrinkle in it - it's pretty easy to cut off and re-do (unless you use the marine type with internal adhesive, which would NOT be easy to remove, but might be more water resistant).
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  8. N8FPY

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    Well, I called Yeasu and they were clueless as to what would work. They said to just send it back for an exchange. It is only a couple months old, so I might.
  9. KF4ZGZ

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    I would strip all the old rubber off and put a new piece of new heat shrink tubing on it.
  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Rubber Duck is not a handle. :D

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