by Drew Pushie, V6HGW
A picture of my Kenwood 742 dual bander set up on my GL1500. The radio head is
inside the RAIN PROOF plastic box and in this shot the cover is closed. The
bracket on the "left wing" holds my "Bike Buoy" cup holder.
The bracket on the "right wing" holds the Kenwood microphone. The unit
to the right of the 742 control head is my GPS (Global Positioning System). The
unit to the left of the 742 is a clock/thermometer. You can just see the thumb
operated PTT switch (red) on the left side. This PTT operates a relay that
switches my boom mic (Cycle Com) from the Honda system to my Kenwood. When the
PTT is pressed I transmit on the 742. When this PTT is released the mic operates
the intercom. When the Honda CB PTT is pressed the CB transmits using the boom
mic. I can't transmit on ham and CB simultaneously which is a problem for some
but works fine for me. When
I transmit on the ham, the intercom is dead. Again not a problem for me. I hang
the Kenwood hand mic on its bracket on the "right wing" but I never
ride with it installed. I always use the PTT. I'll plug in the mic when not
riding if I need to use the phone patch. For ham audio I use a cassette
interface plugged into the 742's audio out jack. The cassette interface's cable
is routed out of sight underneath the Honda radio controls. I can switch the
audio from helmet to fairing speakers using the Honda controls. I must admit
that I still have a second set of helmet speakers that are dedicated to the 742.
The actual radio component is in my right saddle bag.
The metal bracket is home made and works quite
well. For strength there is a 90 degree bend the full length of the bottom edge.
The "overhang " is about ½ inch. I plan to powder coat the bracket
flat black this winter. Above the radio bracket you can see the flap to the
vinyl pouch that is attached between the handlebars.
For more information contact Drew VE6HGW at: firstname.lastname@example.org