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Re: Ham radio licensees?

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by GreggN » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:55 pm

KC8YSZ here. I usually take my handheld along when I go camping with my gl1500i. At one time, I planned to get a 2M radio professionally installed on my bike - but the expense of getting it done right was daunting. I'm probably better off keeping my mind on my riding anyway.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by NevadaDave » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:17 pm

I have been a ham since 1969, presently an Extra class. I often take a dual-band handheld radio in the trunk, just for fun, but generally find that there is so little activity on the local repeaters when I travel that the radio rarely gets used when I stop. One thing that would be nice is an INEXPENSIVE interface that would allow the CB radio transmit switch and audio amplifier to be used with an external radio. If the schematics of that setup were available, I'd take shot at working something out. It would be perfect if you are using the built-in intercom system, as you'd already have a mic and speaker to the helmet. If you are using a Bluetooth intercom (as my wife and I use now) it gets more complex, but a second mic and cable to the intercom system would suffice for the transmit audio, and we could just listen via the built-in speaker system.
At any rate, some earlier posters asked about the utility of ham radio. the short answer is that, for most purposes, cell phones and the internet are much more convenient, no question. The utility of ham radio really comes into play in situations where those communication systems are not available, or out of service. Also, there is another side of ham radio that appeals to me (and others) and that is the thrill of talking (or using a variety of digital modes) to communicate with people, whether near or far, using my own communications equipment, parts of which are home-built. I suppose, in a way, it is like a picture - you can find a variety of published beautiful pictures of the many wonderful places to visit when riding your Goldwing - but there is something special about the pictures taken with your own camera, even if they are not as technically sophisticated - because they are YOURS, and not someone else's. If you just want to ask someone how they are doing, or share barbeque recipes, email is great, but there is something magical when you are communicating with someone independent of any commercial or government entity.
Anyhow, if anyone has schematics/wiring diagrams for the built-in CB and audio system interface on the GL1500's, I'd appreciate a link!
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by fuzzydog » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:01 pm

Hi I have been a ham. The early 90 s KC7IVT. But I don't talk on it much any more but when the grid goes down I got it

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by offcenter » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:04 pm

dingdong wrote: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. ?????????
Cell phones?? Hey, tell ya what, take your cell phone and dial up the number of someone you don't know and never spoke to before and show me how you make a new friend on the cell phone. My guess is, the response you would get would not be repeatable here. LOL!!!
I've been a ham for 31 years and I have met the NICEST people on ham radio. These days, all my closest friends are hams. The best thing I ever did was becoming a ham, hands down.
I've found that for some reason, there are a LOT of hams that are also interested in motorcycling and flying.
Don't know why the three seem to go together, but they do.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:05 pm

offcenter wrote:
dingdong wrote: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. ?????????
Cell phones?? Hey, tell ya what, take your cell phone and dial up the number of someone you don't know and never spoke to before and show me how you make a new friend on the cell phone. My guess is, the response you would get would not be repeatable here. LOL!!!
I've been a ham for 31 years and I have met the NICEST people on ham radio. These days, all my closest friends are hams. The best thing I ever did was becoming a ham, hands down.
I've found that for some reason, there are a LOT of hams that are also interested in motorcycling and flying.
Don't know why the three seem to go together, but they do.
George, N2ELC.
You forgot one: guns. It's hams, motorcycles, flying and guns. At least as far as I've been able to tell so far. :)

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by offcenter » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:08 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
offcenter wrote:
dingdong wrote: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. ?????????
Cell phones?? Hey, tell ya what, take your cell phone and dial up the number of someone you don't know and never spoke to before and show me how you make a new friend on the cell phone. My guess is, the response you would get would not be repeatable here. LOL!!!
I've been a ham for 31 years and I have met the NICEST people on ham radio. These days, all my closest friends are hams. The best thing I ever did was becoming a ham, hands down.
I've found that for some reason, there are a LOT of hams that are also interested in motorcycling and flying.
Don't know why the three seem to go together, but they do.
George, N2ELC.
You forgot one: guns. It's hams, motorcycles, flying and guns. At least as far as I've been able to tell so far. :)
Guess I did. There's an interesting discussion about guns on our local repeater every other day or so.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:11 pm

offcenter wrote:Guess I did. There's an interesting discussion about guns on our local repeater every other day or so.
Yup, here too. :)

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WB5RAG » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:37 pm

Congratulations on your new ham license DE WB5RAG, Joe in Del City, OK
I have been trying to figure all this stuff out for a long time, i.e. since my 1997 and 2002 wing. I've dropped the ball for a while as it will be like pulling hens teeth to get anything out of Honda for wiring connections for the switch on teh hanglebar for PTT and further wiring any kind of radio through instead of a "factory CB" which proved useless to me on my 2002. Dealer installed, never could get an answer from anyone on the highway and even friends who had CBs on their bikes. hopefully one day someone will come up with wiring diagram and i can fit an FT90 or 5200 on with the power head detached and readable without having the full radio outside exposed to weather.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Freelancer » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:12 pm

Hey, everyone! KF5UTT checking in.

I've been riding since I was 14 but the Wing and the Ham license are new - about two years ago. I'm a member of the Motorcycle Marshals in Houston. We ride safety and medical support for bicycle events, like the MS150. I don't use the rig much when I'm not out on a course.

I favor waterproof above new, so I installed a Yaesu FTM-10R. The power base is in the trunk (not waterproof) and the small control head (waterproof) is on a J&M reservoir mount. The audio goes through the built-in system and I use a handheld mic (also on the reservoir mount).

Ride safe!
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:48 pm

I installed an FTM 10 on both my wife's and my Vulcan several years ago, built a small interface box for it to my standard 5 pin headset. I pretty much gave up on integrating the bike radio(then a Yamaha Venture) to my Kenwood. It just could not be done reliably with my limited abilities without using a switchbox to toggle from CB to ham radio. That was Yamaha, this is Goldwing and there is a much easier appearing solution to doing this on the wing than the Yamaha. I had initially considered pulling an FTM 10 off one of the Vulcans and using it but that would be too easy. Instead i am looking at using a Kenwood D700. It is already setup with my APRS and that makes it even more desirable. Dreaming and scheming on this now.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by jpnast » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:33 pm

KE8AFW de KC0MKS,

Hello OM! Congrats on your ticket and welcome to the hobby! Got my ticket in 2002, at the same time as my two sons got theirs.. Andy KC0MKT and Ted KC0MKU. Currently an Extra and still learning plenty about this many faceted hobby!

Strangely, I've only been riding bike for two years, and a ham for 13. But have managed to equip my 96 wing with a Yaesu FTM-350AR. Got a Sena SMH10 Bluetooth on the helmet and a Sena SM10 on the radio. Can't say enough good things about the Sena, and so do the hams I talk to. But I did need an isolation transformer between the SM10 and the radio to eliminate ground loops.

The radio is mounted in the left pannier and control head fits perfectly between the handle bars. I use a freezer zip-lock and a couple paper clamps to cover the control head in inclement weather. I hijacked the PTT for the CB, since I never use the "Chicken Band" radio.

I had a local gent weld up a small antenna "platform" on top of a 1" square aluminum and bend it into a 90 degree turn. Put the short end in the trailer hitch and the long end is about 6' off the ground. Coax goes inside the tube. Getting that antenna up high will help immensely! I works great for APRS and voice.

Here is a short clip from a July 2013 trip in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with a brief view of the control head in there... (recommend 1080p setting)




And a few photos of the installation below.

Antenna mast...
Antenna mast...


Radio install (prior to putting in the isolation transformer)...
Radio install (prior to putting in the isolation transformer)...


Control head...
Control head...


APRS Tracking for the 2013 trip...
APRS Tracking for the 2013 trip...

73 and safe journeys!
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WarrenD » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:01 am

N4OVI here...no ham radios on the bike, yet, but that's soon to change. Been inactive for a few years, but kept my license up to date. I remember staying up late at night and chatting around the world on 20 meters and participating in many a field day. For a while, during the beginning of the Gulf War, I was also a MARS operator. Let that slide to inactive as well....I blame cell phones and this here internet thingy as the downfall of popularity in HAM radio, but that's just me. Your mileage may vary. 73...

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Post by trkr75 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:07 am

dingdong wrote: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. ?????????
I am a ham operator as well KJ4OQW, I also work with the Red Cross. With that said we had a tornado in a small town with limited cell coverage. After the tornado came through I was sent in to access the situation and work with the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) After I found out what they needed from us (Red Cross) I stepped out side to make a call with my cell phone.... no signal at all, so even though cell coverage is great most of the places and almost everyone has internet at their home, nothing is guaranteed. Once I found out there was no coverage I went to my truck and grabbed my hand healed and was able to get a message to the Red Cross. Later that day they got service back but for a while it was all HAM. One other time comes to mind, When I was driving truck I was driving overnights and was on a "net" we had someone break in and ask for help. This would have been in 2010 when Nashville, Clarksville and the surrounding areas had their "100" year flood. It seemed this gentleman didn't want to leave when the sheriff wanted him to, later that night he became trapped by flood waters. He asked us to relay a message to the sheriffs office to send help. These are a few examples of why HAM radio is still a great thing to have around. Do I have it on my Wing... Nope, to many other things going on around me.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WB5RAG » Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:02 pm

My thoughts for a small change in thought. I will begin carrying my cheap $50 handheld radio in the trunk from now on - will surround it in foam. it will be programmed with all the local repeaters and simplex frequencies it has room for. one day i would like to have it in the CB place where i can use the PTT - preferred.

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Post by flainn » Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:56 pm

Don't currently have a rig integrated into the 'Wing. All I have currently as far as gear is a VX-8 handheld, anyhow. But some sort of Bluetooth solution is on my list.

There's a local club here on 145.33 (the Amateur Radio Caravan Club) that does a ragchew net from 7 am - 8 am on weekdays, and it'd be neat to be able to listen to on my morning commute.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by duncan99 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:06 pm

Hi, all. KB9EMA, West Lafayette, Indiana.

No radio on the bike yet, I just got it last May. Will have to think about that as a winter project. (It's a 1982 GL1100 Interstate).
I am a ham operator as well KJ4OQW, I also work with the Red Cross. With that said we had a tornado in a small town with limited cell coverage. After the tornado came through I was sent in to access the situation and work with the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) ... These are a few examples of why HAM radio is still a great thing to have around...
Had to respond to that. I'm a (volunteer) communications officer with our county EMA. I'm still building the station out in our EOC, and have installed a rig in the mobile command center. Having responded to several disasters (and drills), I can say there's still a need for non-traditional communications; ham radio is one of the best alternatives. Around here the NWS has a station in the weather service office, and the state EOC runs an annual drill of amateur capabilities.

It's far from a dead hobby. Although it's not as popular as it once was it's still in use. And licenses are easier than ever to get, if you're at all interested, go for it!
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Post by N2PPN » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:22 pm

I forgot to mention that the main reason to use a HT is that you don't want to expose yourself or your passenger to RF radiation in excess of
approved exposure limits... A mobile rig (running 10 or more watts) into a mobile antenna that close to a person isn't too good...

5 watts into a 4dBi antenna yields effectively 10 watts of radiated power....

At less than two feet from the antenna, your passenger's head is just on the fringes of max RF exposure limits...

Keep this in mind as you set up your bike..

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Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:22 pm

Mark, KN6PW, Extra Class, (old school). 2005 GL1800, Two Meter in trunk. I don't talk while riding, too distracting.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:35 pm

N2PPN wrote:I forgot to mention that the main reason to use a HT is that you don't want to expose yourself or your passenger to RF radiation in excess of
approved exposure limits... A mobile rig (running 10 or more watts) into a mobile antenna that close to a person isn't too good...

5 watts into a 4dBi antenna yields effectively 10 watts of radiated power....

At less than two feet from the antenna, your passenger's head is just on the fringes of max RF exposure limits...

Keep this in mind as you set up your bike..

Good Luck,

Rich
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I would be quite interested in seeing a 4DBi ant on a motorcycle that works
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by N2PPN » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:13 pm

http://www.diamond-ant.co.jp/pdf/nr/nr770h.pdf

3.0 dB on 2M and 5.0 db on 70 cm

It works great!! (ignore the first page of the pdf file, it's in Japanese... second page has english)

No radials/ground plane required to achieve effective radiation.

3.75dB of gain is the equivalent of doubling your power output AND one S Unit...

Have had this antenna on everything from a big cabin cruiser boat to a bicycle and it always performs...

Image
Diamond antenna is the one on the left....

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:16 pm

Did you separate the shield of the coax from the ground section of the mount to achieve the groundless effect? What length coax are you running to achieve this?
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Post by N2PPN » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:59 pm

Nope, coax shield is grounded to the frame of the bike... coax length is about six or seven feet...

Antenna works just as well as without the shield being grounded to motorcycle frame as it was on fiberglass of boat... just the coax connected to the mount ungrounded..


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Post by Bob Myers » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:06 pm

So the mount is not electrically connected to the bike, but coax is?
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Post by N2PPN » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:31 pm

For MY installation, the mount AND the shield of the coax are BOTH grounded to the bike's frame ...

VSWR is 1.2:1 across both bands...

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