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I'm thinking ofMAYBE installing a 2-meter mobile rig on my GL1000. Has anyone else on this forum done it? Are there many others with 2 meters on their bikes? Any suggestions on headset/mic/PTT setups?

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Where in the heck are you going to mount that big friggin antenna on your bike? Most vehicles I see with ham rigs have an antenna big enough to talk to the moon on them. About 10 lbs of antenna I would guess. Seem to me a GW with that kind of rig would make a pretty nice mobile lighting rod.

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Where in the heck are you going to mount that big friggin antenna on your bike? Most vehicles I see with ham rigs have an antenna big enough to talk to the moon on them. About 10 lbs of antenna I would guess. Seem to me a GW with that kind of rig would make a pretty nice mobile lighting rod.

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A CB antenna iselectrically a lot bigger than a ham antenna on the 144MHz ham band. A short (2 meter band) VHF antenna is actually a lot more efficient than a short CB antenna (for the 11 meter band-CB). So basically I can get away with a smaller antenna and it will still be much more efficient than a CB. Also, since it's VHF, the small size of my groundplane (the bike) is more in line with what's needed. Using the bike as a groundplane for a CB is a compromise.

The ham antenna you're probably thinking about is for the HF bands. I won't be using HF on the bike.

Ham radio is more than communicating with distant stations in other countries with large antennas. It's also local communications on the VHF andUHF bands using repeaters and nodes for digital communications. And the hobby has a plethora of other activities such as using satellites, bouncing signals off the moon, digitial commumications, meteor-scatter communications, contesting, and the list goes on.

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That explains a lot to me, I've had a CB for close to 40 years, not much experience with ham, except for a friend I had 20 years ago that was into it. The only ham I'm into now is the eating kind.

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That explains a lot to me, I've had a CB for close to 40 years, not much experience with ham, except for a friend I had 20 years ago that was into it. The only ham I'm into now is the eating kind.

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Yep, most have a CBs on their bikes because it's what everyone uses, but2 meterswill allow me touse more transmitter power, use FM instead of scratchy AM, and use repeaters that enable me to communicate to a much larger area (usually hundreds of square miles and sometimes more than a hundred miles away[depending on the repeater site]). It's even theoretically possible to communicate with the international space station since ham radio is also installed there (and most astronautshave a hamlicense)!

Keep in mind that if you want to use ham radio you have to get an FCC amateur radio license.



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Hey Marco!

Glad to hear another ham out there is looking into this. I have an '85 Aspencade that has the Am/FM/Cassette w/CB and would be interested in mounting either a 2m or 2m/440 dual band. MUCH greater capabilities than the CB! I know of other hams that have done so but only second-hand. Good luck with this and let me know what you discover.

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Jees what happened to just riding.....
Sure I have a CB but squelched down as far as it will go, I just need to talk to my buddies, they are usually not more than a few feet away.
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This is something I would like to try as well but am concerned that the electrical system on my 86 Interstate couldn't handle the power demands of a 70 watt 2 meter mobile on transmit. Perhaps a second battery to run the radio with?

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Jees what happened to just riding.....
Sure I have a CB but squelched down as far as it will go, I just need to talk to my buddies, they are usually not more than a few feet away.
I understand how you feel. And actually, when I ride I usually just have tunes playing. But with all the commuting I do on my bike and with a very active ham group here it is nice to be able to make the contacts. You may not have commuter traffic to deal with but the group here is spread out enough that they can advise of problems coming up and allow me to possibly avoid trouble or simply choose an alternate route.

Besides, the ham community here is as close and friendly as the GoldWing group is on this board. And while I don't always use the radio while I travel it does have a lot more capabilities in outlying areas than a CB and it was cool to be in Cedar City, Utah, at the far south-west corner of the state and talk to two gentlemen in a campground in Yellowstone National Park.

It's not for everybody, but neither is riding a motorcycle.

Not being mean or spiteful, just trying to stay awake after 2 hours of sleep and doubling back to work after an 18 hour day. This posting is simply my opinions; please don't think I am trying start any flame wars! I am just looking for a way to combine two of my favorite hobbies.

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This is something I would like to try as well but am concerned that the electrical system on my 86 Interstate couldn't handle the power demands of a 70 watt 2 meter mobile on transmit. Perhaps a second battery to run the radio with?

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Yeah... something I've thought about. For that reason I'll probably keep the power down to 10 watts or so... more than enough for most situations.At ten watts you're probably only drawing two or so amps while transmitting.

I'm also not very long-winded on the radio unless I'm at home ragchewing on CW (my favorite mode).

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