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|Ham Radio Installation for "Casper"|
Picture 1: This is the picture of the Kenwood TM-700A mounted on the right inside of the trunk that is used only on 2 meters for APRS. This picture is to show you how you can mount the radio up on the inside of the trunk and keep it out of the way and it gets plenty of air up there to stay cool. The control head is mounted there on the right inside of the trunk out of the way because we never have to touch it for any reason. It just beacons the APRS signal every 2 minutes on 10 watts of power any time the key is on. The picture shows how we use a very thin aluminum strap to hold it in place with to small self taping metal screws, one at the top and one at the bottom. What you don't see is the Radio Shack Supper Hook & Loop (industrial velcro) that holds it in place against the inside of the trunk while we put the aluminum strap on. We tried to use the Velcro / hook and loop alone, but when the weather got real hot going through AZ it came unstuck and the radio fell into the trunk bottom. That KW TM-700A has been in that position for about 4 years without any problems. At first the detachable control head was up on the right handlebar, but after about 1 year the circuit board inside of the control head disintegrated and had to be replaced. That is why the control head is now mounted in the trunk where it doesn't get all the vibration that it did on the handlebars.
Picture 2: This picture shows the Kenwood TM-742A Tri Bander 2m/220/440 in the compartment in the bottom of the Gold Wing 1800 trunk. The 742 sits on top of the stock Honda Gold Wing CB radio with a sheet of plastic between them. The false bottom closes easily right over the ham radio so that both the CB and the Kenwood are down under the trunk floor mat and out of sight. There are no holes drilled into that compartment for cooling. There is however 2 holes drilled forward into the area under the passenger seat to run the power wires, coax and control head wires through. We used a 1 inch hole saw to go through that front area of the trunk. When drilling from the trunk into the area under the passenger seat with the hole saw we had to put a block of wood in the area where the hole saw was going to come through because of the large roll of cables that are right were the hole saw comes through. That Kenwood 742 has been in that hole in the bottom of the trunk from the week we brought Casper home in Jan. 2004 with no problems what so ever. That's for 180,000 miles.
Picture 3 and 4: These 2 pictures show how we run the braided copper ground strap from the tubular rack on top of the trunk to the frame. The strap is bolted to the right front leg bolt of the trunk rack first and then run down behind the passenger back rest and seat to the big bolt on the right side of the frame under the passenger seat. To make the installation look a little cleaner we also put shrink rap over it. If you run the copper grounding strap this way, be sure the trunk is open when you are cutting the strap to length. Once cut to length, we then put the proper sized ring tongue terminals on each end of the strap and then crimp and solder them. I don't know how many times guys have bolted the strap to the frame and then opened the trunk to find out it wouldn't open all the way because they had cut the copper strap too short. It is better to leave 6 inches of slack in that braided copper strap then to cut it short because the trunk can't open if the copper strap is too short. Ask me how we know this.
This picture is taken from the riders seat
and what you see is all the electronic equipment that is mounted on the
handlebars and on the fairing to the rear of the ignition key. From left
to right you are looking at the Garmin 660 GPS, under that is the control
buttons for the cell phone. Up on the dash is the Garmin 2650 that has the
NMEA program in it for APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System). That
GPS sends the location to the Kenwood TM-700A in the trunk and that radio
sends the location out over the antenna on the right side of the trunk
rack to digipeaters in the area. Then to the right of that GPS on the
right handlebar is the cell phone that is paired to the Motorola H-1000
blue tooth car kit under the rider seat. You can see that in another
picture with this group. Next to the cell phone is the VholdR Camcorder
(they are actually designed to be mounted on the side of helmets for sky
divers, skiers and motorcyclists, but works just fine mounted there on the
right handlebar. It has a self contained battery with a 2 hour recording
time and has stabilization built in. Really makes for good videos while
moving and the sound is outstanding. I can describe what I am seeing and
the Camcorder can hear my voice even with the face shield down. To the
right and down from the Camcorder is the Valentine One Radar detector.
Then down in front of the tank bag is the control head for the Kenwood
TM-742A Tri bander, 2m/220/440 ham radio. The Kenwood TM-742 unit itself
sets in the bottom hole in the trunk, on top of the stock Honda CB.
This picture is looking from front to back of the Gold Wing with the seat
and the passenger back rest removed.
Picture 7: This picture is taken from above that area under both the passenger seat and the riders seat. To the far left are 2 of my home made electrical power bars. One is hot all the time and is wired directly to the battery on the positive side. The second one on the left side of the motorcycle and the one you can actually see is the one that comes on when the key is in either the ignition position or turned all the way to the right for the auxiliary position. All of the electronic equipment is grounded to the center cross bar you see between the side rails of the frame just behind the black box in the center of the motorcycle. Just ahead of the black box is the Motorola Car Kit that is rapped in a plastic bag and makes it possible to hear the cell phone in the helmet. All of the wiring is run through spiral plastic conduit to protect the wires. All wires are also labeled at both ends where they come out of the spiral rap. You can't see most of the wiring that runs to all the electronic gear up front because all the wiring is in that plastic spiral wrap and either under or along the side the frame members. Unlike some of the wiring jobs we see when they come to us for help, using the spiral rap and labeling all of the wires where they come out on both ends of the spiral wrap, makes for a very clean and professional installation. Using the spiral wrap also adds the benefit of not having to worry about the wires getting crushed or shorted out. Ask us how we know about that too.
Picture 8: This picture is of the ham radio Waterproof Press To Talk (PTT) Button and the PTT bracket under the left handlebar that we sell and install on all of the installations we do on any Honda Gold Wing.
Picture 9: This is the picture of the trunk rack on Casper. On the
far right in the picture is the Comet CA2X4SR 2m/440 antenna. Just to the
right of that is the stock CB antenna (the one slanting back) but it looks
like if is coming out of the plastic cap on that antenna mount and ham
radio coax fitting. To the right of that is the 1/4 wave 220 antenna that
I use around town for the Condor system. In front of that is the Predator
2 dual amber flashing police light that we can legally use while on
charity events. Almost every MARC member working charity events out here
runs this light. It is unsurpassed at keeping traffic off our backs while
protecting bicycles on narrow roads. Cars are afraid to pass until we wave
them around us. To the right of the Predator 2 is the Maldol EX-107.
Maldol is out of business and was bought by NCG Comet and the antenna is
now called the Comet EX-107RB. I use it around the local area for APRS
only and because it is short enough to go in and out of the garage safely
with out taking it off. It is not a fold over antenna. However most of the
Comet antennas are fold over antennas so that you can fold them over to go
in and out of the garage or to put a cover on the motorcycle.
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