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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2008, 11:24 pm Thread Starter
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Kenwood Radio-Bike to Bike Comm Question.

First, I haven't posted in a while and have been racking up the miles on the best bike i have ever owned. I am using an autocomm system and wanted the kenwood for bike to bike communication. Can this be programed to chat with someone using a JM cb radio. Based on my research, I don't think it can be programed for the lower frequencies. Please help I am confused as shit but 32,000 miles later the bike is great.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2008, 9:17 am
 
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Yes the frequencies are different, but that's not the big problem.
CB radios are AM (amplitude modulation) and the Kenwood radios used with the Autocom are FM radios (frequency modulation). They aren't compatible.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2008, 5:14 pm
 
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Which Kenwood??

Just to add to what Ron posted. Kenwood makes several types of two way radios. VHF, UHF, FRS & GMRS. I don't think they manufacture CB radios any more. If you want to talk to someone on CB none of these are compatable. I just outfitted my '07 GT with J&M stuff and the Midland CB that is sold by J&M. It works great.

CB is very outdated technology but seems to be what MOST bikes are "still" sold with these days. These include the BMW LT, HD Ultra Classic, and Honda Gold Wing. You can get adapters to make FRS and GMRS radios work but the CB seems to be the most widely used two way unit.

Mine has come in handy numerous times on the slabs talking to the truckers re: road hazards and the like. Yes, some of them actually warn bikers.

Guess the problem you have now is deciding who you're going to be talking to the most and what kind of radio the other party has.

IMHO CB is the way to go at this time if you want the widest capabilities. However, CB is in the AM band and is very sensitive to electronic noise in certain situations so be prepared for that.

I'm rambling so....that's my opinion....and I'm sticking with it.

Oh yeah, I still have my Kenwood Freetalk FRS from my '02 LT that I do utilize now and then.


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