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Old 03-27-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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Amateur Radio on Bikes

Wondering if any of you are hams and have a radio mounted on your ride? I'd like to know how you've mounted different radios and antennas, any problems you've had, types of headsets, etc.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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TH-D7A with Diamond rubber duck in tank bag

I have my hand held in my tankbag connected to my Garming GPSMAP 76CSx for APRS

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:04 AM   #3
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Someone posted a crazy getup a while back with a massive antenna on the back of the bike for their ham radio. I can't remember the thread it was in, hopefully someone will know the one I mean and link to it.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:43 AM   #4
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I have one of these: http://www.gme.net.au/products/radio...-radios/TX4600

I think USA frequencies are different however, and I plug mine into my Baehr comms system.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:13 AM   #5
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Yep....

Greetings from W1SPB...

www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600677

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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We run 2 meter Yaesu HT's in the tank bag with Larson's 1/2 wave mobil antennas. And we also use the Sena SR10's to BT to our Sena headsets. All works very good.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #7
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Awesome link!haha Glad to see so many responses. I have a vx6r I can take with me, and I have a wilson mag mount antenna, but I'm thinking something different on the bike... although it'd be an easy fab.

Any noise gremlins on the bikes? (especially electrical)
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #8
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Ve6ims - vx7r

I use a Yaesu VX-7R in the tank bag, and my wife uses a Yaesu FT-60.

Last year I added a permanently mounted antenna at the back of my FJR. My wife just uses the duck antenna for now, but I plan to add an external antenna this year.

The antenna is attached to an aluminum L-bracket that is mounted to the license plate points and runs behind the side-cases.


While I have my amateur license VE6IMS, my wife does not, so we stick to GMRS freqs.

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:25 AM   #9
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #10
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I used a VX-7R mounted using a radar detector mount from Aerostich and wired into my Starcom system with a PTT button on the handle bars. Like Klay said, too distracting, so I have not used it since.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:12 AM   #11
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Greetings from EA3GLF!!

I use for all a Baofeng UV-3R V-UHF 2W (copy of Yaesu VX3) lightweight, cheap (35 euros with shipping costs) and a clear TX/RX.

Antenna use the original or a Diamond NR-77 with magnetic base.

Good radio!!
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #12
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Nice to meet all you guys, and I'm enjoying all the varied responses. This is exactly what i was looking for:)

I'm afraid, like some of you have found, that using the radio while riding may be too distracting. Which if it is, all is not lost. I live in a very rural area and don't venture out in the woods too far along w/o communication, cells don't work too many places out here, so I could use it while parked out in the woods, or God-forbid broke down out in the woods. Plus with wide receive on the vx6r I could program some SW freqs in to listen to while riding... or catch some of the local FM stations.

Have any of you had need to use your ham in an emergency whole riding? I'm using emergency pretty loosely. Not necessarily a wreck, but a flat, broken part, or the like that you were glad you had your radio?
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:44 PM   #13
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My wife and I are on the radios all the time when riding together. The primary use for the radios for us is bike-to-bike.

The radio itself is connected to a Starcom Digital, with a PTT button on the left handlebar. Being able to talk back and forth has been a Marriage-saver.

Is it distracting? I don't think so, in fact I feel we're safer in many ways with four eyes looking at things and we can easily communicate stops and other maneuvers.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #14
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I'm speaking out of school somewhat but here goes. I had a ICE agent tell
me I should get a ham radio instead of a Spot Messenger for emergencies when I ride. I ride alone most times and I rarely have cell service here in Montana.
The agent said I would have coverage all over the world as well as locater service. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:17 PM   #15
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@mt800 I have been told the same and just purchased a VX8dr for that exact reason. I travel from Montana to mexico for work. I have a spot w/the pnw 60 from delorme i have that dialed and send text from all over the planet. Its a great tool but with repeaters Ive been told you have coverage all over. I also have been told (which is of interest to me) that it's sometimes better in Baja and Mainland Mexico than a cell if you have a mechanical in Baja. I have a Baja and Copper canyon trip planned coming up. I am just now studying the book for the license test. I hope this tread continues so we can get some education from Veteran ham's who are ADV riders. I am not really concerned with bike to bike because I have a Cardio Scala g4 which by the way I feel is one of the best communicators on the market. 80 miles an hour on dirt into a headwind today and my 11 year old called me from home. He said I cant even tell your on your bike (950 with uncorked akra, it aint quiet), So for me it will mostly be a safety thing for mechanical or other.
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