ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Replace the Antenna on a Spektrum DX6i Radio Transmitter - Install the Replacement Antenna in a Few Easy Steps

Updated on February 25, 2012

If you are reading this, it is likely that you dropped your Spektrum DX6i and broke the antenna. I did!

My son and I were taking turns flying on Phoenix Flight Simulator and we were switching the radio between us. I thought he had control and he thought I had control. BAM! A split second later, the radio was on the floor with an antenna that was snapped.

The small plastic hinge broke and the reticulating antenna was dangling. Fortunately, the wire inside the plastic sheathing was intact and the radio itself still worked. I was able to feed a paperclip through the holes in order to keep the two sections together, but it sure didn't look nice!

This article will walk you through the steps needed to replace the antenna.

It's not as good as duct tape, but a make-shift paper clip hinge works just fine until I effected the antenna replacement.
It's not as good as duct tape, but a make-shift paper clip hinge works just fine until I effected the antenna replacement.

Order the Part

This was a lot more difficult than I had envisioned. I called various hobby shops to order the part (SPM6830), but this piece was on back order for quite a while. It finally came in and I picked it up.

To be fair, it would have been a lot easier just to order the replacement antenna online. There seems to be an ample supply now.

Batteries removed!
Batteries removed!

Remove the Batteries

It's electricity. It is much better to be safe than sorry and it only takes a second to remove them.

This part of the project is great for kids to help with. Some of the later steps require more fine motor skills that may not be easy for younger kids.

Locations of the Screws

Here are the six screw points.  Make sure not to lose them!
Here are the six screw points. Make sure not to lose them!

Remove the Screws on the Back

There are six screws holding the back in place. They are highlighted in the picture.

Use a small phillips head screwdriver and remove them.

Important: Put the screws in a secure location so they do not get misplaced. I like to put them together in a ziplock bag so there is almost no chance of problems.

Gently remove these three plugs that connect the front of the case to the back.  Take a picture so you remember how to reconnect them later.
Gently remove these three plugs that connect the front of the case to the back. Take a picture so you remember how to reconnect them later.

Remove the Front of the Case

Gently pry the front and back of the case apart. There are wires connecting the two sides that you must disconnect.

Do yourself a favor a take a couple of pictures with your camera or phone. You want to remember exactly where the wires plugged in and their orientation. A picture will guarantee that you will replace them correctly when this goes back together.

This connector "snaps" on and off.  Gently pull it straight off.
This connector "snaps" on and off. Gently pull it straight off.

Disconnect the Antenna Wire

You will see a small wire leaving the antenna and connecting to the RF board. Grab the wire near its base and gently pry it up. This will disconnect the wire from the board.

Remember how this fits for your reassembly. It simply snaps on. You know it is installed correctly when the wire is secured and is able to pivot sideways without coming off.

Look at the picture to see it close up.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Unscrew the slotted metal baseplate to remove.Take special note of which slot the antenna wire routes through.
Unscrew the slotted metal baseplate to remove.
Unscrew the slotted metal baseplate to remove.
Take special note of which slot the antenna wire routes through.
Take special note of which slot the antenna wire routes through.

Remove the Base Plate and Antenna

Before you do anything, look at the orientation of the slotted metal bracket. It fits in the plastic housing in a very specific way. You will need to reinstall it exactly how it came out.

The slotted metal base plate is connected to the antenna mount with a phillips head screw. Unscrew it and remove the base plate over the antenna wire.

The antenna itself will now easily slide straight off of the transmitter.

Note: The old antenna still worked. I looked like a redneck using it, but there was nothing functionally wrong with it. I kept it just in case I dropped the transmitter again and it DID break the antenna to the point where is stopped working.

Snap the antenna wire back on after routing it through the slotted metal bracket.
Snap the antenna wire back on after routing it through the slotted metal bracket.
The new antenna assembly inserted.
The new antenna assembly inserted.

Reassembly

This is the easy part! Slide the replacement antenna into the transmitter housing, slide the antenna wire through the slotted metal baseplate and screw it back into place.

Snap the end of the antenna wire back to the RF board.

Reattach the wires that connected the front piece to the rear piece and screw it back together securely.

Warning: Before you go fly a RC aircraft, perform a thorough range check and make sure that there are no lingering issues. The last thing you want to have happen is to have an aircraft in mid-flight quit responding to the transmitter. That will be an expensive "oops!"

How did you break your antenna?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Rich 

      6 years ago

      This is fantastic, thank you for taking the time to do this. I also found the Spektrum instructions but these are much clearer and the pictures are very useful. I'm going to get busy sorting a replacement, very relieved!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)