March 28, 2006 16:13
Subject: Page # 9 FAQ, New Ham, New Harley Installation
New Ham, New Harley Installation, Using the MARC List For Installation Information, Updated 3-28-2006
I'm a brand spanking new MARC member and I already have a question. I have a 2003 HD Ultra-classic and I'm about to receive my first radio (ICOM W32A) and would like to know if you or any of our other members can recommend a mounting kit for my handlebars or a recommendation for how to carry the unit?
Sorry John, but I don't know what an ICOM W32A is. Is it a handheld or a base/mobile radio. I went to the AES (Amateur Electronic Supply) catalog and couldn't find that particular radio. Maybe the model number is wrong or it is a newer radio then my Oct. 05 catalog.
I have only done 2 or 3 installations on HD's in the 14 years I have been doing installations, so I am not familiar with the HD Ultra Classic model either.
I am going to send your email to MARC member Mark KE6ZRP because he rides a HD and has ham radio on it. I do know one thing for sure, that is that I would not mount a ham radio on the handlebars. There is just to much vibration. My suggestion would be to mount it in the trunk or in a pocket in the front fairing (if it has one) or in a tank bag and wrap foam around it. I hate to see you destroy a brand new radio and have wasted your hard earned money. I know it can be done, but you need to listen to what other MARC HD owners have done to mount a ham radio their beautiful steeds.
Boy the way, a neighbor done the street from me (Bob) who has a brand new top of the line HD with all the bells and whistles on it, GPS, XM Radio, CB, cell phone all built right in to his new motorcycle. I think he said that he paid about $35,000 or more for it. Now he is having the transition changed to a 6 speed, that is another $2800. It must be nice to have that kind of money to spend. Since I have known him he has had 3 different motorcycles in about 3 years.
If Mark KE6ZRP can't help you, get back to me and we will get you the help from someone. Mark, please Cc: any information to me that you send to John, so that I too can learn from your expertise. Ray