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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2010, 2:19 pm Thread Starter
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amateur radio install on "04 GT

I provide motorcycle support and gear (SAG) for the ADA Tour de Cure. The Comm leader is strongly encouraging all SAGs to get outfitted with amateur radios. The next Tour is June 13 and I am studying for the June 5 test so I can get my ham radio license. My question is equipment. Does anyone have any experience outfitting their motos with ham radio equipment? I currently run an AutoCom Super Pro AVi that supports my Zumo 550/XM. Any advise is greatly appreciated. Cheers.
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I run an autocom with an Icom ICT7HSPORT ( 5 watt dual band HT) in the tank bag. I got all the interface cables for the radio to autocom from autocom as they have them already made up and ready to go. I run the radio off bike power.

I have done the same thing with kenwood HTs. Autocom works fine. I would suggest getting the autocom PTT switch and not try to run the radio off the vox feature of the autocom.
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Thanks Berry...that's exactly the info I'm looking for. I'll contact Brian at McGuire Distributing for the parts. Would you happen to know the part numbers? How was the test? No rush. Cheers
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Berry...is there an antenna mounted on your bike? Or, is the HT's stock antenna inside the tankbag adequate for your needs? Rather than a tank bag, I am considering putting the HT either in the top case or in one of the side cases. Thx again
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I am running a dual band antenna on my bike at this time. I have used just the HT antenna but wasn't really happy with that. (I like to run APRS and need the extra antenna power to get into the digipeater..)

Like all things involving ham radio, things can snowball into something much more involved than simply putting a radio on the bike. Ha ha.
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....Like all things involving ham radio, things can snowball into something much more involved than simply putting a radio on the bike. Ha ha.
Yep. You might end up with one of these.




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Where's the ground plane on a bike, or do you run co-linear antennae?



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Where's the ground plane on a bike, or do you run co-linear antennae?
I run half wave antennas so I don't have to deal with the 'ground plane' issue.
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I use 3/4 wave antennas, so I don't have to deal with ground planes or impedance matching devices. That gives just about the same pattern and strength as a 5/8 wave, without all the complexities.

I pick up a 9' CB whip at a yard sale and cut it down for VHF.

For UHF, I use a piece of 3/8" aluminum rod from the hardware store and run a tap onto the end so it threads into the same CB antenna base.

...and thanks for the reminder that I need to make an APRS harness for the BMW, too :-)

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