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Old 08-22-04, 01:56 PM   #1
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Radio mount: Need ideas

This is probably going to be one of the more odd questions I have poised. I am an amateur radio operator and I frequently carry my 500 dollar magneseum radio about with me in the back most pocket of my MULE camelbak. I have a speaker mic attachment that I bring around the front of my camel bak and clip on. This is all fine and dandy and has worked well for me in the past. However, I would like to mount my radio on my frame where I can get to the controls to manipulate my frequency. Then I would relocate my antenna; I would use a small dual band whip and put in probably behind my seat. I realise this probably sounds very geeky, but any suggestions would be awesome. It would have to be a sturdy mount that would not slide but would be removable and would not be prone to fall off.

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Is it the Vertex/Yaesu VX-700 radio? I don't know much about amateur radio but I know a few pilots who carry this one because it's also an aviation navcom. It's a pretty slick unit, rugged, waterproof and fairly compact.

If I were you, I would probably get the vinyl case for it and modify the case. Cut two slits in the back of the case and thread velcro straps through crosswise. Then cut two more slits perpendicular near the top and thread velcro through as well. Then mount the case on your stem with the top near the handlebar using the crosswise velcro to secure it to the stem. Use the other two velcro straps hanging from the top to secure it to the handlebar. You may also wish to consider taking a thin but fairly rigid piece of plastic cut to the shape of the transciever to use as a backing for the vinyl case to make inserting and removing easier. Good luck.
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Actually very close. It's the Yaesu VX7R which is the HAM version of that same radio. Looks the same and is made the same, but with different band capabilities. It's near bulet proof, waterproof and performs absolutly superb. I didn't realise they made such a case for it; so I will have to look into that. Thanks you veyry much. In fact, I had never thought of that.
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This is probably going to be one of the more odd questions I have poised. I am an amateur radio operator and I frequently carry my 500 dollar magneseum radio about with me in the back most pocket of my MULE camelbak. I have a speaker mic attachment that I bring around the front of my camel bak and clip on. This is all fine and dandy and has worked well for me in the past. However, I would like to mount my radio on my frame where I can get to the controls to manipulate my frequency. Then I would relocate my antenna; I would use a small dual band whip and put in probably behind my seat. I realise this probably sounds very geeky, but any suggestions would be awesome. It would have to be a sturdy mount that would not slide but would be removable and would not be prone to fall off.

Thanks all in advance!
What bands are you operating on? N0LWA here. Funny, you are like the third HAM i have run into on here. N7... (forgot his call to lazy to go look) from Montana is in here a lot. I don't get on any more. I don't even have a rig of any sort.

I would be interested to see pics of your setup that you are trying to run there. Also curious how you will be using the Amateur Radio with your bike.
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Old 08-23-04, 11:56 AM   #5
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Mainly 2 meter and 440. I am a part of ARES and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and I can assure you, if there is ever a mass casuality incident or a major disaster, in most cases in the after math the best way to get around will be on two wheels; motorized or not. I frequently check in using my handitalki or I cross band repeat to my car.
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I hope either that radio of yours is built like a tank or that you ride on smooth trails. Cause I gotta believe it would take a beating if it were hard fastened to the frame.
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I hope either that radio of yours is built like a tank or that you ride on smooth trails. Cause I gotta believe it would take a beating if it were hard fastened to the frame.
The VXA-700s I've seen are fairly hardened. Die-cast magnesium shock-proof frame, waterproof to JIS7 standards. It's definately on my list of handheld NAVCOMs to get. I suspect the VX7R is built to the same standards.
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