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I have Zumo 550 installed in my K, I love it and I use it to listen music, but sometimes, just for short rides I don't want to put Zumo in my bike, or maybe my wife need it and so .... no Zumo, no music :)
Then, I like to listen FM radio or also sometimes is nice to change music from my mp3's stored in my Zumo, also I don't like to have external speakers.

I found and installed a nice radio Jensen JHD910, bellow you can read some specs, I installed also a small antenna, see my pics bellow:


  • Front panel audio aux-in for use with iPods, MP3 players, and portable CD players
    Electronic US/Euro AM/FM Tuner
    12VDC Power – no batteries required
    2 Wire Power Connection allows unit to maintain station presets. Clock will run up to 30 days when vehicle battery is disconnected
    Completely waterproof; locks out water, dirt, and grime. Unit will withstand even the harshest weather conditions
    7-Channel NOAA weatherband tuner
    Weather Alert automatically switches to WB mode when NOAA warning broadcast is received.
    Corrosion and UV-resistant faceplate
    Programmable station presets (12AM/18FM)
    Built-in Jobsite Work Timer
    Electronic Seek up-down / Volume / Bass / Treble & Balance Controls
    12/24 hour clock
    Backlit controls with selectable amber or green illumination color
    Daylight readable display with wide viewing angle
    1/4" Headphone jack pigtail & 2-Channel Stereo Speaker Output
    Universal mounting provisions
    2-Channel amplified audio output (15W)
    One-touch Audio Mute
    E-mark certified
    Chassis Size: 5-3/16" W x 3-3/8" H x 1-7/8" D
    Please call Jensen at 1-800-688-3135 with any product questions
 

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TiMax

Thanks for posting the Jensen pictures.

Your post is the only one I've found with ANY owner info. I do have some questions about the radio. How's the sound quality? Have you hooked up speakers to the radio? I wouldn't be using the speakers while riding (I use ER6i earbuds) but I could see using the radio and speakers at my campsite. Please post more info. on the Jensen.

(how it mounts, would you buy again , pros and cons etc. , what antenna model and/or part number is it your using and more pictures)

Thanks again, John
 

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Hello,

I don't use any speakers, I only use my Autocom intercom, maybe I plan to install some small, very small speakers, but I'm not sure

About installation, I don't use ampli output, I just use pre-ampli output connected to my Autocom, I was unable to found a good antenna here in Canada, so I ask my friend in Italy to send me small antenna from Italy :clap:

Sound quality is excellent, I don't need to use 100% volume, maybe only 70%, signal quality too is good, if you want I can take more pictures
 

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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.
 

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Looks like a nice fit. Unit is not too small or large. What does a unit like that go for? and what other units did you consider if any?
 

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some pics of my installation :)
 

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You could try dropping Ken Godwin (http://www.ken-godwin.com) an email to see if he could come up with something as a ground plane. He made me a couple of antennas and I know he can do mounts for them.

In regards to radios, I like the look of the JBL MBB319 - http://www.rocktheboataudio.com/html/37055.html

It adds an iPod controller to the mixture so you can control an iPod from the remote unit. That said, I'm finding it very difficult to get information on the exact functionality it has over the iPod or what it can do. Also has the ability to add Sirius but I have no interest in that.

Lastly you could connect a headphone socket to the audio out and get a set of small speakers to play music when stopped at a camp site. Problem here could be running down the battery though
 

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...... what other units did you consider if any?

It's a nice looking radio but $200 for a radio (yes NOAA and aux input too) makes it hard for me to pull the trigger. If it had an ipod control I'd be all over it. lol

Is there any other 12v, weather proof radio like the Jensen on the market?


PS I didn't see any pictures of where the headphone jack is mounted on the installs poated.
 

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Is there any other 12v, weather proof radio like the Jensen on the market?
You mean like this one?
 

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If thats the only other choice I'll go with the Jensen.
It's one other choice, but not the only one. Google is your friend.

I have music/audiobook mp3's on the gps and an 80 Gig iPod, so I don't worry about satellite or terrestrial radio signals. :)
 
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