March 28, 2006 16:33
Subject: Page # 11, FAQ, Mounting Ham Radio On 1800 GW
Mounting Ham Radio On 1800 GW, Now BMW, Updated 3-28-2006
Read comments and suggestions in "RED". Ray
At 10:06 AM 3/12/2006, you wrote:
Some time back I was a member of MARC and looking to install a Kenwood 742 in my GL1800. Because I use that bike for traveling with my wife I decided the radio took up to much room in the trunk (I have the CB and CD player). Well that has never been a problem on the 1800's for us because when someone with an 1800 has both the CB & CD players in the hole in the bottom of the trunk, we mount the ham radios on the inside right wall of the trunk, see included attachment.
Because of this I decided to stand down until such time I could get a bike better suited for radio equipment and traffic control work (as well as being my daily commuter bike). That has never been an issue, we have at least 15 MARC members riding their 1800 GW's to and from work every day. Some are riding as far as 150 miles round trip every day and we are talking to them while they commute on the 440 repeater system.
Well that day has finally arrived, I just picked up a 2000 BMW R1150RTP from a retired CHP. We have several members that are riding different models of BMW's and have ham radios mounted on them and assist us with our MARC charity events. Almost all the ham radio equipped motorcycles are also now running APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) for our charity events so that our net control can keep track of them on a computer screen, while on the bicycle routes on the charity events.
I am looking to get back involved with you and your group and some direction on installing my Kenwood in the Beemer, whatta think? Our MARC meeting was Saturday March 11th at the Lakeview Cafe in Placentia and we still meet every Saturday morning at Huntington Honda in Huntington Beach, except the day of our MARC meetings. I suggest you send in your $12 dues for a one year (or prorated at $1 a month to the end of the year) membership into MARC again and then we can put you on the MARC List where you can get all the help you could every need to do an installation on your own. Chuck KG6NJP and myself have been doing the installations for our members for free for years. You buy the equipment and we furnish the labor. But first come back to H&H and see what we are doing with the installations so you can get a better idea of exactly what you really want to do. We are always here to help our members. Ray