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Ham radio licensees?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:32 pm



It seems to me that there are a large number of Goldwing owners who are also amateur radio operators. Quite a few people have their call signs tagged on their message postings...and I've seen some plastered across the back of their bikes, as well!

Listening to some of the conversations on the radio, it's obvious that quite a few of the people there own and ride Goldwings.

My wife got me a little handheld amateur band radio for Christmas, so I decided it was long past time to do something I'd been intending to do since high school: get my HAM radio license. I took the test a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday was issued my license: KE8AFW.

So...how many of you are there out there? Do you combine your hobbies? I know I have read about where quite a few people have interfaced their handheld radios into their Goldwing audio systems.



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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:34 pm

Incidentally, there are far more than just Goldwing Hams...in fact, there's an organization: Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:36 am

Welcome to the club!! I used to really enjoy amateur radio about 30 years ago, before the internet really took off. Playing with different antennas, trying to build linear amplifiers, up at all hours to get long distance contacts, but as the internet grew and became more reliable (and easier to use), I lost the drive to spend all that money and time on radio gear, it's so much easier to send an email!! I am still active with our local club on 2 meters, but I don't see a lot of new blood coming in, so I suspect Amateur radio has become a bit of a dinosaur and is slowly becoming extinct!

But despite all the gloom and doom, well done and I hope you enjoy it.. I use my radios more for Paragliding (158.4Mhz is the USA hangglider/paraglider call frequency) than amateur radio..

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Breakdancer » Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:30 pm

I think if our power grid ever goes down for any length of time, we will be happy to have our Amateur Radio friends. BTW, my mother and both my grand parents were ham radio operators. I remember as a small child, once a week at 0900 sharp, mom would dial them in and chat. Grandpa was an electrician by trade. I swear his radio covered almost an entire wall. I still have his "tube" tester. :D
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby ka4yqi » Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:00 pm

Welcome. You will be glad you did it. I am a General here. I have the love of motorcycles and ham radio. I carry my dual band ht some when I am riding just in case. Got into marrying the radios with the computers for a while. Now just like to play on 10 meters and play with different kinds of homemade antennas.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Mag » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:17 am

Was raised around ham radio, dad is WA6AWC, mom KG6GBZ....dad wants me in, I was connected with the ham group here to check out testing but they did not seem active, so it did not catch my interest ..... yet ;)

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby dingdong » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:41 am

Strictly from curiosity. What are the benefits of being a ham operator? Especially considering cell phones and the internet being what they are. Are there guidelines governing "free speech". I quit using the cb back in the day because of the foul mouth idiots that took over the airwaves. ?????????
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby harvey01 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:59 pm

dingdong, I have no idea what the long term benefits of being a Ham operator as I am not one. However this thread has reminded me that this is something I have always wanted to do and I am starting the process. I may or may not be successful but will have trying to learn enough to get licensed.

I have learned from my initial study that Amateur Radio is not nearly as dependent on the electrical grid as cellphones and the internet. So this means in the event of a Hurricane Katrina or Sandy type of problem, Amateur Radio operators may be the only folks who can communicate. I know if I loose electricity I lose both the cellphone and the regular phone not to mention heat and/or cooling. And Amateur Radio groups serve as communication systems at many charity and other events every day. These groups are closely tied in with various First Responders to be ready for serious events.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Bob Myers » Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:59 pm

N4RWM here, Richmond Ky
Have a Kenwood TMD700/APRS setup on my Yamaha Venture, Yaesu FTM10r on both my vulcan and my wife's vulcan. Have an FTM 350 to put on my "commuter" bike, 93 wing. Won't go to the trouble with the 95 wing.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Bob Myers » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:09 pm

Getting licensed is easy as pie, lots of online study guides, lots of available "Elmers"
to help one-on-one if you want. I guess I have advanced my license about as far as I'll go, I am a General class, and next step is Extra, and the benefits from my class to that do not weigh enough for me to follow through.

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Go to the link, choose Technician study guide, then practice test, This series of questions were taken from the pool the Tch test is actually taken from
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby ankgrays » Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:40 pm

Hi all, KA0CEA here. Been licensed since 1977...(WOW! I AM old!) Started as a novice class and got the 5wpm code down. Took several (3?) times taking the general test and the 13 wpm code. Finally got that, then up graded to advanced after more study. Interest kinda went back and forth...getting married, having kids, job, etc., kinda put a damper on my enthusiasm for several years.

Now an empty nester after sending the baby to college this year. Now I spend time working on the GW and bought my wife her "dream" car...a 1968 VW Beetle convertible. So now i have my hands full of projects with the GW & VW.

Trying to figure out the radio antenna config. I want to use on the bike. Will prob change out the CB, (an OLD kraco in the fairing rig) and the CB antenna for a dual band handheld, and dual band antenna of some kind.

Yes, I think the ham radio glory days are WAY past...with the use of cell phones, and the internet, it's easier to talk to someone on the other side of the world...but not as fun. Ham radio still has some very good uses, but those are getting fewer too.

If anyone is interested, or thinking about getting a ham ticket, I say DO IT!!! Alot more study material and resources now than ever, not to mention choices in radios!

Just like all hobbies: Have Fun!!
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby N2PPN » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:12 am

N2PPN Motorcycle Mobile checking in....

1981 GL1100 Interstate with a SENA Bluetooth SMH-10 Headset in both helmets (for intercom and hands free phone use) and a SR-10 Bluetooth HUB connected up to my Woxoun Dual Band HT (soon to be replaced with a Motorola MotoTRBO DMR HT) and a Diamond NR-770H antenna..

Been DFQ on any repeater I desire and no one believes I am on a motorcycle until the see me pull up..

Had radios on my bike for more than 30 years..

Pics of my installs are in my photo album http://www.classicgoldwings.com/forum/gallery/album.php?album_id=871

Feel free to take a look....

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby rrnut-2 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:53 am

My wife and I got our licenses at the same time about 3 years ago. I'm KB1TOW and she is KB1TOX. I have an 1800 GW and she has a '98 Pacific Coast. The funny part is that she is on the HF radio I lot more than I am. I tend to only use the 2M radio while I am commuting.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby noeleo » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:16 am

K5NES here. WindAdmin, congrats on getting your ticket. I wish everyone would get their ticket. I Had a D700 on my 1200 wing until some chick bought it (the 'Wing) with her Toyota Yaris. Haven't completed the install on the replacement GL1500 as of yet, but will attempt to finish in the spring. I love riding and talking to other hams (yes, even in cages). Kinda neat to give someone the five-two with your hand and then talk to them simplex. As to the poster who asked about the language, there is not as much swearing on the ham radio as there is on the CB. Although, there still are some who don't respect the rules and still cuss. You get that in any group, I guess.

You mentioned MARC. I was a member for several years, but gave it up since I could not attend any of their functions. Just too far to drive from Arkansas to Los Angeles just to attend a meeting. HiHi.

Good luck to all who want to get their ticket or those who wish to upgrade. I recommend upgrading to anyone. Don't just quit at Technician. Challenge yourself and become an Amateur Extra class operator like I did!

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby dw3123 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:11 am

yes, I have actually gone a little crazy with my radios. aside from the 1500s factory CB, I have added both UHF and VHF radios. this gives me the capability to chat on HAM, FRS, CB, and the General mobile radio services bands. We set my friends 1200 up the same way and we can actually split our conversations between the CB and any other combination which actually gives us the capability of full duplex conversations which came in handy when my friend had a stuck mic. being in full duplex mode, I was able to tell him what was going on. all the additional radios are interfaced into the intercom. so far we are the only bikes with 3 antennas each that I have seen.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby AZgl1800 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:31 am

K5AWO here, back when there was no such thing as the internet, I was a 24/7 guy talking on CW on 40/80 meters, 2 meters FM in the car going to/from work and yes, I did a lot of 40 CW mobile from my '51 Plymouth driving back and forth to college. The old vibroplex was screwed down to a piece of wood so it would stay on my legs! Talk about driver distraction, but somehow, it never seemed to be an issue for me. I was licensed in 1958 and have always had the same call sign, I never allowed it to be changed.

Ham Radio lost my interest in '83 when my employer banned it from company vehicles and the internet was a curious 300 baud thing with bulletin boards and CompuServe being in vogue then.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby kb9lww » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:36 am

I don't have a rig on my 'wing, but I have thought about it. With all the various headset/in-helmet/Bluetooth adapters available now, I might just have to look into it again.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby miken6qzt » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:44 am

Good Morning from Southern California.

I'm Mike, N6QZT, a member of MARC, the (Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club). The clubs dues is a WHOPPING $12.00 a year for a family membership. Check us out at: marc-hq.org.

I ride a 1994 GL1500SE. I have a Kenwood 742 tri-bander (VHF, UHF & 220), I also have APRS "Automatic Position Reporting System", a Garmin GPS and my iPhone connects via bluetooth. I'm going to upgrade to a different helmet and installing the Sena headset system, so that I can integrate with the intercom system on the Bike.

Cell phones are great, but what happens when there is a natural disaster and the systems aren't working? Hams will be providing Health and wellfare services across the "world".

Anyway, check out the MARC club and if your in S. Cal., come to our breakfast meeting on the 14th of February at the Home Town Buffet on 17th st. in Santa Ana at 0800.

Please feel free to contact me or the MARC Club if you'd like to hear more.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby dougv » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:01 pm

Congrats on the getting your license....WA1JBR here from Ct....been licensed since 1968, since my first year of HS and was very active when I was younger before job, wife, kid and all that. Now that I am getting close to retirement I think more about it...I still have a HF station and VHF/UHF gear but not too active.

I bought SENA bluetooth intercoms last summer and they have an adapter that will work with other radios and I might pick that up for ham use.

As far as ham radio not being as popular as before, I think that is a misconception. The modes have changed, although CW is still popular with low power and field use, there are many digital modes to use now, even digital voice. Someone might be able to send an e-mail to someone in another country, but can they communicate directly with the astronauts in space. Ham radio has been on many of the shuttle missions and is in use on the space station.

What blows my mind is the fact you don't need massive stations and antennas to work the space station and many schools are set up for this. In 1968 when I first was licensed this wasn't even a blip on the radar....this is a perfect platform to get a kid interested in electronics or other sciences.

When my son was younger, he was involved in scouting and out of 100+ kids in our troupe, we brought many of them through the licensing process. Besides the boys we had fathers, mothers and siblings join and get licensed.

If anyone needs more info, contact the ARRL in Newington,Ct. They can provide local contacts and info on licensing classes and exams.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby bill jamison » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:17 pm

KA6ONN here. Been a ham since 1980. Years ago there was an earthquake in Coalinga, Ca. And all means of communication were out. No one could get out with any messages except the local hams. We worked with the emergency agencies getting messages out as well as into the area. We helped with supplying the drug store and helping with messages to family outside the area. Today, if the power goes out there is no communication. Not only was the power out but the generators and repeaters also. A car battery and ham gear gives contact to the world!

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby st4r50 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:33 pm

WingAdmin wrote:It seems to me that there are a large number of Goldwing owners who are also amateur radio operators. Quite a few people have their call signs tagged on their message postings...and I've seen some plastered across the back of their bikes, as well!

Listening to some of the conversations on the radio, it's obvious that quite a few of the people there own and ride Goldwings.

My wife got me a little handheld amateur band radio for Christmas, so I decided it was long past time to do something I'd been intending to do since high school: get my HAM radio license. I took the test a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday was issued my license: KE8AFW.

So...how many of you are there out there? Do you combine your hobbies? I know I have read about where quite a few people have interfaced their handheld radios into their Goldwing audio systems.


I've been a Ham for nearly 13 years now. I just upgraded to General in January and my son just got his ticket at the same time. I had been inactive for a number of years but someone I work with came in with a Baofeng last spring and I just had to have one. I'm so glad the Chineese made those things. I have a couple of them now and I gave one to my son as a reward for getting his ticket. Sadly they are give away price compared to my Yaesu HT.

I have just purchased a Kennedy Celset4 and Yaesu FTM-10R to install on my wing. I can't wait! I also joined MARC. Those folks are great and offer plenty of advice for interfacing your amateur radio into the wing. I cannot expect to ever go to a meeting since I'm in VA but...

I also joined the GWRRA SIG for Ham Radio but that was yesterday and I cannot speak of how that will be.

Motorcycling hams are great! Just think, the crowd who are hams are generally pretty swell guys and they also ride motorcycles, how much nicer could a fella be? I mean you meet the nicest ppl on a Gold Wing and the nicest ones have a ham radio!

Gratz on getting your ticket, I hope you have many years of pleasure from the hobby. Don't be afraid to ask questions and share your knowledge with others.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:06 pm

KC8SLK here... Congratulations and welcome to the Ham community!

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Andy Cote » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:14 pm

Well congratulations on your license. Frankly, I’m surprised it took you this long.

I have a Kenwood tri-band TM742 as well; 6m, 2m, 440. I used the Kennedy Technologies equipment to interface to the Goldwing intercom. I expect a two way version of your GPS interface device to appear in the marketplace anytime now  ;)

I used the MARC antenna mount attached to the luggage rack. Originally used the Maldol/Comet antenna but they are cheap plastic junk. Broke two in less than a week. Lots of excuses from Comet then told me it was my fault. :evil: I bought a new Diamond antenna and have been working well ever since.

I usually get a pretty good response when I announce “motorcycle mobile” on the repeater.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby lhelber » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:40 pm

KC2ZLU I was always interested in becoming a HAM and finally got my license 2 years ago. I haven't done much with it primarily because I haven't been able to find an elmer that has an interest in the things I am. Primarily the digital side of it. I have an interest in APRS or the D-PRS. Not sure how much activity is going on in the D-STAR world. Most of the Elmers I have met all like to hang out with the old stuff. As a software engineer I like seeing what can be done digitally.

Interested in any comments, especially about APRS vs D-PRS so I can finally decide on a radio.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Postby Jim Caudill » Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:10 pm

Hi all, I'm surprised that there would be any association whatsoever between being a ham and a Goldwing rider. I've been riding a wing since 1991 and a ham for just the past 2 years. I've had an interest in ham radio since about 1960, and played with CB during the craze. The wife and I were going to get our ham license together back around 1980, but kids and life intervened. Now, I am an Extra (AF8JC) and the wife is a Technician (KD8VWE). I keep telling her it gets easier to spell your license as you advance :mrgreen:

Anyhow, 73 friends

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