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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Pigasus » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:53 pm



WingAdmin wrote: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.
A belated congratulations to you! I just presently found this topic.

I still haven't gotten around to mounting a radio on my bike, but now that I finally latched on to one of those fancy Sena Bluetooth headsets, I'm seriously considering it. They have a Bluetooth two-way radio adapter that could greatly simplify the rider to radio interface.

Ham radio, Goldwings, flying and guns. Yes, yes, yes and yes. But I learned that I need to tread lightly on that latter subject around here. ;)

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by N2PPN » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:51 am

Hey,
Just be careful with the radio you try to hook up to the SENA... I've been battling with them for a while... it WON'T work with newer style radios... it DOES work great with older analog radios (Kenwood TH f6a, Wouxoun KG UV1D1P, Icom 2AT, FT-470, etc) that don't have PTT specifics... my new DMR radios won't work with the SENA SR10 hub... it either puts them into constant transmit (Motorola XPR 6550, 6350), or won't work at all (TYT MD-380) so I had to go a different Bluetooth route (see my DMR on bike posts...)

SENA is unresponsive to changing or making available a jumper or firmware update to allow changes to the PTT circuitry, and BCLO feature.....

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:22 am

I have a Yaesu FTM 350 with their BT module installed. I did use an external PTT switch bought on ebay for $14. It connects easily and quickly to my Sena 20S. Audio reports are very encouraging, everyone says it sounds as good as the same radio in my car does.
I have heard other folks complaining about the very limited use of the SR10, one fellow even claimed it cooked his radio. Nothing was ever substantiated on that though
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:26 am

Pigasus wrote:
WingAdmin wrote: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.
A belated congratulations to you! I just presently found this topic.

I still haven't gotten around to mounting a radio on my bike, but now that I finally latched on to one of those fancy Sena Bluetooth headsets, I'm seriously considering it. They have a Bluetooth two-way radio adapter that could greatly simplify the rider to radio interface.

Ham radio, Goldwings, flying and guns. Yes, yes, yes and yes. But I learned that I need to tread lightly on that latter subject around here. ;)

73 de WA7V
If you are interested I have been making and selling a BT harness to convert that wing to full BT, yes even the CB. Anything you can do with the wired headset you can do with this
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by N2PPN » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:40 am

I don't have the OEM radio/CB or ANY OEM electronics... all custom made by me for me... 200 Watt amp, custom speakers in the fairing with a tricked out radio, 7 band parametric EQ, and a 600 watt subwoofer under the trunk.. HAM radio only and the SENA SMH-10 in my helmet now connects to the PRYMEBLU bluetooth adapter on my Motorola HT which is powered by a 10A 7.2VDC Switching power supply..

A harness wouldn't help me, but I am sure others would like to know about it...

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Firea100 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:20 am

Congrats on your license! Am considering mounting one on my rig.

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Firea100 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:23 am

Bob Meyers,
Would also be interested in info on your BT kit for a 1500 'Wing.
Thanks,
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:56 am

It mounts inline with the headset lead, uses a Sena SMH10-M01 module. It easily connects to any other Sena helmet equipped headset, and also many others. For some reason the Scala has some weird glitches when pairing to Sena so those are a maybe. What I am doing is more universal than another one available, it will work with either a 1500 or an 1800. $75.00 shipped any where in US
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Uncle Fester » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:21 pm

I used to ride in Denver Colo with a couple of motorcycle mobile HAMS, one is my buddy Jim ( W6TJU, formally N0BLU ) and Phil ( NP2X ). I had a scanner mounted to my bike, a full dressed Honda CB-750, so I could listen to them when we rode together. Was interested in ham then, but could not grasp code, so I lost interest. My interest has been renewed lately, and plan to get my ticket ( tech ) some time soon.

My PLANNED rig will be a handy talky in the 2m / 70cm range, with a speaker and mic mounted in my helmet, and a antenna mounted to the trunk lid with a plate of sheet metal under the lid as a ground plane. . . .

I am leaning towards a Baofeng hand held as a starter radio, maybe the UV-5R as well as the "Comet CSB790A" antenna .
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Bob Myers » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:06 pm

A yaesu ht with a bluetooth unit would work great! There are 3 or 4 Yaesu that all accept the same BT module, I have a FTM-350 on my 93 wing with BT module, and pair my Sena headset to it. Audio reports are any where from great to calliing me a liar for saying i am going down the road at 60mph while talking. Zero noise, Zero background stuff
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:09 am

Do not waste time and money on Comet antenna. Broke several and they have useless warranty and worse customer service. "Must have been my fault"

I have a nice Diamond that is 20 years old and been on numerous trucks and vans so I bought a new Diamond for the bike and it has been great. Worth the few extra dollars once over the cheaper POS that has to be thrown away.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Uncle Fester » Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:42 am

Andy Cote wrote:Do not waste time and money on Comet antenna. Broke several and they have useless warranty and worse customer service. "Must have been my fault"

I have a nice Diamond that is 20 years old and been on numerous trucks and vans so I bought a new Diamond for the bike and it has been great. Worth the few extra dollars once over the cheaper POS that has to be thrown away.
Thanks for the heads up, you got a link to Diamond Antennas ? Also, could I see how / where you mounted your antenna on the bike please. . . .
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:16 pm

I posted earlier in this thread. I joined the Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and did get a wealth of information. One of their “elmers” sells an aluminum clamp that fits the luggage rack and has a UHF antenna hole. He also sells stainless reinforcing plates to slide between the rack and the trunk lid.

I have a tri-band Kenwood with 6m/2m/440 and this same elmer talked to the folks at Maldol/Comet and they recommended a black tri-band that was a good length.

As noted, I have 60” diamond tri-band that has worked well with this radio for a long time and survived some rough days on a couple trucks. So after my problems with Comet, I picked a dual band from Diamond. Of course I don’t transmit on 6m now. I used a NR770-HA, 40 inch here: http://www.diamondantenna.net/nr770ha.html
and http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000062

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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by Uncle Fester » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:06 pm

Just to be sure, this is mounted on the rack, right above the spoiler ? Dod you run a ground braid from the rack mounting bolt to the frame or ? ? ? What is your range and at what power level ?
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Post by Andy Cote » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:45 pm

Yes, I ran a ground wire from the rack to the frame. Range, hmmm.... I guess I never really tested it to find the limits. It hits the repeaters when I want to. I'll have to switch to simplex sometime and test it out.
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Re: Ham radio licensees?

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:31 am

If you're going to add the stress of an antenna in the wind to the luggage rack, I would definitely add reinforcing to the trunk lid to prevent the rack from cracking the trunk lid.

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Post by Uncle Fester » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:47 pm

My original plan was a 9"x9" metal plate UNDER the lid and shaped to match the conture of the lid much the same way you did with the sheet ABS for trunk reenforcement, then mount the antenna through the lid and metal. I would also, of course, run a grounding wire from the plate to the frame. As for how I would secure the metal plate, I was thinking two part epoxy glue. . . .

Okay, now that I spelled that part out, what are the thoughts on this idea ? :?:
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Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:13 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:My original plan was a 9"x9" metal plate UNDER the lid and shaped to match the conture of the lid much the same way you did with the sheet ABS for trunk reenforcement, then mount the antenna through the lid and metal. I would also, of course, run a grounding wire from the plate to the frame. As for how I would secure the metal plate, I was thinking two part epoxy glue. . . .

Okay, now that I spelled that part out, what are the thoughts on this idea ? :?:
The main problem with bonding non-ABS things like metal or fiberglass to ABS, is that ABS expands and contracts quite a bit differently when heated. Especially when talking about a large plate, over summer heat cycles, it's eventually going to break itself free as the different substances (ABS, epoxy resin, steel) all expand and contract at different rates. I had a previous owner's fiberglass repair to my GL1100's fairing break free of the ABS in exactly this way.

I think I would countersink some bolts into the ABS so that the heads are flush in the plastic and the threads pointing down, then bond that ABS to the trunk. That way you have the added strength of the ABS, and you can mechanically fasten a thin piece of steel to it that you can use as a small ground plane.

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Post by Uncle Fester » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:58 pm

I had not thought about the various expansion rates. . . Will have to rethink my idea some.
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Post by bntyhntr6975 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:27 pm

KD0YWZ. No one that I ride with has a license, and a quick chat with a stranger via repeater isnt really my thing. So I generally stick to HF from the house.

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Post by koyote » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:53 am

KI4DTO wife is KI4DTN, both general.

I just got the 86 SEI, and I am pondering what I might do to replace the CB without making structural changes (meaning being able to restore to stock when the random collector offers me twice what I paid for the bike)

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Post by cwgreen1938 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:44 pm

:geek: Congrats on getting your ticket KE8AFW, W5BNW here. I've been a ham since 1957, graduated from high school in 1956 and have been riding Goldwings since 1975.
I bought the first Goldwing that hit Del Rio, TX in 1975 and I've had one ever since.
I am now riding an 89 Goldwing that I bought new in Demming, NM. I would advise anyone that is interested in ham radio to pursue it agressively because we hams in my area are storm spotters and we get out when there is bad weather and do storm spotting and report our observations directly to the National Weather Service which helps them in reporting live on the spot weather happenings. Like someone else said there are many different situations where we hams are a big help to the public as well as law enforcement, and first responders. Again WingAdmin (KE8-AFW) welcome to the ham world and 73s.
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Old thread!

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Post by Bob Myers » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:45 am

Uncle Fester wrote:My original plan was a 9"x9" metal plate UNDER the lid and shaped to match the conture of the lid much the same way you did with the sheet ABS for trunk reenforcement, then mount the antenna through the lid and metal. I would also, of course, run a grounding wire from the plate to the frame. As for how I would secure the metal plate, I was thinking two part epoxy glue. . . .

Okay, now that I spelled that part out, what are the thoughts on this idea ? :?:
If you have a rack on the trunk you could shape a plate to attach via the same bolts the rack uses. May need to space it down an inch to keep the unfamiliar parts from rubbing, but that too would be easy for you to accomplish.
If you do not have a rack, may consider getting one and just mount the plate on top to the rack.
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