Can a snapped antenna be mended?

Heather Hilton
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I have snapped the antenna of our baby monitor off very close to the base: can this be mended? I can upload a photo if that helps?
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ste5anSenior Developer

Commented:
It depends on the kind of antenna and the kind of damage.. so any image would help. A radio repair shop should be a able to do this.

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Thanks for your prompt reply; how can I up load a photo?
Scott CSenior Engineer

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Add a comment and click the "attach file" link under the comment.

Then  browse to your file and upload.

Also, you may be able to contact the manufacturer of your monitor and order a replacement.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The likelihood is that you will have to replace the monitor. There was most likely a wire embedded in the part that snapped off.

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Thanks again. Here are some images.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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There is a conductor inside the snapped off part that appears to be a foil conductor.

There is no practical way to put that back together.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Yes, it can, but are you up to doing it yourself?

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Thaks for both comments. I couldn't personally but my dad was an electrician so maybe he could with some instruction. Although when he looked at it he said he couldn't see how it could be done. Is it a big/difficult job?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You will not likely get a good connection with the foil. The connection will be intermittent. If you look in my profile, I experiment with this stuff as well.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Not in my profile but one of my clients is an antenna manufacturer

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I have emailed Motorola  (the manufacturer) so I'll see what they say. As it's a baby monitor for my twins, I really need a good connection all the time: may have to bite the bullet and replace the whole monitor. Thanks so much for your help. X
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I think so. If the antenna is intermittent (as I believe likely to happen, give the fragile nature of the foil) then you will not have the benefit you need.
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OP...I agree with you.  Your children's safety is way more valuable than relying on a patch job.  I've been soldering for decades and I've never heard of a way to solder foil.

This one is currently on sale for 33% off.

You get both video and audio.

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And it has 4 out of 5 stars with 87 reviews.

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Wow that is a great baby monitor: it would allow us to move the twins' cots rather than having to have them side by side as there are two camers.Thanks so much. And thanks to all for your help. X
Scott CSenior Engineer

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Anytime.  From one parent to another.

Also, if one child is sick and the other is not, you can have them in separate rooms and still keep an eye on them.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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As one who raised children and now has grandchildren, be sure to rely upon your natural senses and hearing as well.
Scott CSenior Engineer

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John, I couldn't agree with you more.
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You could sort that with a paperclip, a thin drinking straw and some baking foil!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Unit has to be replaced.

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