Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
I installed the same radio, but the antenna issue is giving me some grief. I bought the Jensen antenna and it requires a decent ground plane for counterpoise. I've spent many evenings combing through the net looking for a solution and have yet to come up with the perfect answer. I know the RT has an FM antenna, as do many Harleys, so apparently FM on a bike is not exactly uncommon, but installing an antenna that gets decent reception is an ongoing project. They do make "non ground plane" antennas for boats, and I bought one, but it's so big, it would look ridiculous on the bike so I took it back. TiMax's antenna is too small to be terribly effective so I question how well it would work in my area. From everything I've read, the stubby and mini antennas look great, but compromise performance, even with a large ground plane like the roof of a car. I'm getting to the point where I may have to fab some kind of bracket to create a decent counterpoise. But with respect to the Jensen unit, it works nicely.