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Enough people commented in my intro thread that there are a bunch of ham radio operators on the forum, so I thought I'd pick your brains on this one. I know, I just got the bike yesterday and I'm already looking to modify it!
Has anyone put a two-way radio setup on their bike? One of the first things I thought of when looking over my GL500i was that it would be really easy to mount a 2 meter antenna with a luggage rack clamp on the bars going around the trunk.The trick is the rest of the setup. I own a Yaesu VX-1R handheld, and a Kenwood TM-271A mobile rig (two, actually - one's mounted in the dashboard of my car, the other temporarily in my work vehicle - easily removed if I need it). Certainly the best option would be to buy a mobile rig with a remote head, mount the rig in the trunk, the head on the inside of the fairing somewhere, plug in a headset, and away we go. I just can't justify installing a radio that costs more than the bike itself.So I'm looking to use what I've got as much as possible. I may start with something more like a portable setup, where I ride to a scenic spot, pop open the trunk, then play radio while stationary. But I'm curious what others have done to get some ideas to use with my own setup. I'm mainly interested in 2 meter operation, as we have an excellent linked repeater system here in Maine that covers nearly the entire state. But the VX-1R is a dual bander - 1 watt maximum output running on 12v, though. Maybe a really good dual band antenna can help me stretch that out a bit.
73 de KA1ULT
Has anyone put a two-way radio setup on their bike? One of the first things I thought of when looking over my GL500i was that it would be really easy to mount a 2 meter antenna with a luggage rack clamp on the bars going around the trunk.
73 de KA1ULT