I'm in the middle of doing my annual condition inspection, so the wing tips were off again. I had disconnected my J Pole antenna and put the APRS antenna that I got with the tracker inside the wing tip back several months ago. The changing of the antenna solved the issue I was experiencing with packets not getting heard. I was back to spitting out packets reliably. When I did this change, I just left the J Pole antenna in the wing tip (figuring I might need to use it again if the other antenna wasn't the solution).
I pulled out the J Pole antenna and found this on the end.
I don't recall seeing the conducting wires sticking out of the end before.
Maybe this was shorting and causing the intermittent issues?
I did a Google search on J Pole antenna fabrication with TV antenna wire, and some examples have the wires at the end connected and others say not to connect it. I guess it depends on how long the wire is to match the wavelengths of the transmitter. Obviously, this model left them disconnected.
So a question for Pete: Can I just cut off the wires extending from the tip? I have a picture of the J Pole antenna when I originally installed it, but zooming in is a bit blurry. I don't see the wires poking out more than a tiny bit. I'm just wondering how the wires started migrating out of the insulator plastic covering (vibration? heating/cooling?).
Has anyone else seen this happen before?