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Old 04-02-16, 08:42 AM
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Bike mobile amateur radio

I am an Amateur Radio Operator as one of my other hobbies. I only do low power (5 Watts) hf and love getting out to parks and playing radio on a park bench or rock. So are there any others that are radio enthusiasts that also set up their bikes for transmitting ie... mounting an antenna and radio to the bike. By the way my call sign is, KK4UTO for anyone that wants to look me up.
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Old 04-02-16, 11:55 AM
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Interesting. Not yet. Got a quick reference or convenient link for a bike setup? Pic of yours?

Edit: maybe I need 1 bike with long flagpole/antenna.
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Old 04-02-16, 12:28 PM
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I don't have a setup nor a bike yet. But I like the idea of it. I do have a yeasu ft817nd with a z817 auto tuner. I did find this like to a site that is for vhf bike mobile. Amateur Radio Station WD8RIF | Bicycle-Mobile
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Bikefurums member @Redhatter posted his setup on the electronics subforum which makes for a good read: http://www.bikeforums.net/electronic...operators.html
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Old 04-02-16, 02:56 PM
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Hi all,

Cheers on the heads up on this thread @J.C. Koto and @Jim from Boston, haven't been monitoring this site as I've been busy with work and have a couple of projects competing for attention at home.

Yes, still operating from the bicycle, in fact I do more operating there these days than anywhere else. I do a bit of 20m/40m from home on a Sunday morning for the Queensland State WICEN net, then the rest is mostly on 2m done from the bike. 2m FM gets a decent distance with 30W behind it, 2m SSB constantly surprises me with the clarity of contacts, and yes, some day I'll pull my finger out and get FreeDV going.

Still having fun and games with RF feedback, so while I can do HF on the bike, I don't do it often. I tried a few weeks ago, and I could be heard down in Kandos, NSW (I'm in Brisbane) on 5W on 40m, the copy was not great, and bumping that right up to 100W did not help. (I could hear them fine, but they couldn't hear me well at all.)

I might try another Opek antenna, my father upgraded his mobile station to use a Highlander 8 HF antenna, so his old HVT600 is spare and doing nothing, I had good success with the HVT400 until it hit that bus shelter.

The station I operate is largely for emergency comms type work. Last time it got used for that, it was for the Alzheimer's Australia Memory Walk in 2014, and I was the "tail end Charlie" keeping an eye on all the joggers/walkers. I'll be doing it again this year.

My recommendations on a set-up though, you really want the radio controls where you can see them and where trying to access them won't cause distraction. So headset in the helmet, PTT on the handlebars, and the control unit in front of you if possible. Then operating is as natural as talking to the cyclist riding with you. If you have to juggle a handmic, then it gets dangerous.

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I have a HT that I occasionally carry in a bag. I don't really want to bike-mount something, but eventually I may do some QRZ type work with a portable antenna.

I've been fiddling with some APRS bits. APRS was cheaper 10 years ago, strangely.
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KC6UJS no station currently.
But it is a great idea.
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Here are some pictures of my FT-817 mounted on my MTB and using a Heil Traveler headset/mike with the PTT mounted on my handlebar.






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By the way, my callsign is KI4MSJ
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I've been thinking about getting into ham radio, but haven't pulled the trigger and taken any tests yet.
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I've monitored HFPack - portable HF amateur radio - down to 60 meters (5371.5kHz USB and 5403.5kHz USB). Those folks are often dragging wire behind them. It could be done from a bicycle, although you'd want to do it only in areas where it's unlikely to be snagged by other vehicles, and perhaps using breakaway connections. There are also loaded verticals. And many folks report good results from the Par designed End-Fedz multiband monowire dipoles, tossed up a trees or strung out. Probably safer to do HF portable from a stationary position rather than a moving bike.
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Originally Posted by SMartin View Post
Here are some pictures of my FT-817 mounted on my MTB and using a Heil Traveler headset/mike with the PTT mounted on my handlebar.






That is brilliant
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Nicely done on that set-up. Wet weather could be a problem and I found the Heil headsets to be a bit on the flimsy side, but each to their own.

I think I recognise what the "mount" for the radio was in a previous life. You appear to be using the rubber duck antenna on the radio, what's the connection at the back for?
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Old 04-09-16, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I've been thinking about getting into ham radio, but haven't pulled the trigger and taken any tests yet.
Try this site this helped me get to general. eHam.net Ham Radio Practice Exams
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Nicely done on that set-up. Wet weather could be a problem and I found the Heil headsets to be a bit on the flimsy side, but each to their own.

I think I recognise what the "mount" for the radio was in a previous life. You appear to be using the rubber duck antenna on the radio, what's the connection at the back for?
The connectors on the front and back are the same thing. You just select which ever one you want to use though the menus on the radio. I love my FT817nd
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The connectors on the front and back are the same thing. You just select which ever one you want to use though the menus on the radio. I love my FT817nd
Ahh, gotcha. I've never used the FT-817, I've got the two larger siblings, the FT-857D and FT-897D. Prior to buying the FT-857D, I used a FT-290R II with the 25W linear option.
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I'm CW only, which I've done in various /M situations, but not yet on a bike.
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I feel like the front connector was designed to be used with a rubber duck antenna in pedestrian mobile mode. I use the back on when ever I am using an antenna that connects with a cable.
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Ahh, gotcha. I've never used the FT-817, I've got the two larger siblings, the FT-857D and FT-897D. Prior to buying the FT-857D, I used a FT-290R II with the 25W linear option.
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Anybody remember Steve Roberts? I met him many years ago, during his touring days.
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Anybody remember Steve Roberts? I met him many years ago, during his touring days.
omg! Yes. Never met but read all his books and zine-style publications for a while.
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I sometimes put a HT in the seat bag and clip my mic to my shirt. AF7JA
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Do you still have to take a Morse Code test to get the higher levels of ham license? It used to be, the only ham operator/cyclists I saw were on old recumbents. Eventually they all went away. Can a ham radio be packed into a hand-held by now?
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Do you still have to take a Morse Code test to get the higher levels of ham license? It used to be, the only ham operator/cyclists I saw were on old recumbents. Eventually they all went away. Can a ham radio be packed into a hand-held by now?
Not here in Australia. We've been code free for a while.

And yes, there are hand-helds. 5W jobbies normally that do 2m/70cm, some do 6m and some 23cm, and nearly all FM-only.

Versus the FT-857D that will do 50W on 2m, 20W on 70cm, 100W everywhere else, and can do AM, SSB and CW in addition to FM. You will not find that in a hand-held.
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They are bringing back the morse code requirement here in the US
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