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I want to operate an underwater vehicle in a big YMCA size swimming pool using your everyday RC transmitter and reciever. I know water blocks radio waves to some extent, but not sure how much. Has anyone tried this? How many feet of water do you think the RC signal would pass through before it is too weak?  ???

Note that I am referring to chlorine filled water, not salty sea water. I understand that radio waves pass differently through each, just not sure how much or why . . .  :-\

Botanic:
Well this is quite complicated. But mostly it depends on what frequency you transmit. You would want a very low frequency for the signals in water.
Then offcourse it depends on the power that you use to transmit, the antenna and what kind of water it is.

The attenuation for radio signals is different for different frequencies.
Some examples:
The attenuation gets big in rain for frequencies over 10 GHz.
At around 1800 MHz vegetation (trees) can be a problem.
In cities the signal travels by bouncing from walls and other objects. High frequencies (1800 MHz) reflect better than low frequencies (450 MHz).

http://www.qsl.net/vk5br/UwaterComms.htm

Ok so I plan to use a cheap-n-simple RC hobby transmitter:
http://www.servocity.com/html/6-ch_laser_6_fm_systems.html

Operation is at 75mhz (ground freq).

I have used that same transmitter at 72mhz through 10 stories of a concrete building and transmission still worked with no noticable loss.

If my signal can pass through 30ft of swimming pool water with no more than say 25% loss it should be fine.

So that link doesnt work . . .

Botanic:
That link explains the relation with frequency and attenuation quite well. It is very educational if you are interrested in these things.

75 mHz is not so very high, but it is not so very high either. You just have to test it if you want to be certain I guess.

The fact that it transmits through 10 stories of concrete shows that it transmits with pretty good power. But then again wavelengths in water and concrete does not behave the same way.

Ben:
I know I've played with a cheap remote controlled sub that would work down to 8ft in my pool, and it operated at 27MHz.  The toy was cheap, so I don't believe it was using a very strong transmitter.