Being a Ham Radio operator for more years than I care to admit, and starting to ride longer trips by myself, I decided to put a 2-meter FM Ham Radio on my 2006 Gold Wing
. The advantage to Ham Radio is that it?€™s very possible to transmit over 100 miles using a repeater system. I thought it would be good company on my solo rides.
I had a similar set up on my GL1500
, but my new GL1800 offered a unique set of challenges. Shallower pockets and more electronics caused transmit and receive interference, which all had to be worked out. I decided to mount the radio near the handlebars and just put it away in inclimate weather. Also, each time I stopped the radio would have to be removed to prevent theft.
First came the antenna. I took apart the am/fm radio antenna at the top and removed the cable. This was just a matter of driving out the drift pin. I took a double SO239 connector (a barrel) and, on my grinder, started turning half the connector until it just fit inside the bottom section of the am/fm antenna shaft. To this connector I soldered 10 feet of RG8U coax.
Before inserting the connector I drilled and tapped the holes from the drift pin to 8/32 so I could use a couple of small setscrews to secure the connector in place. The bottom half of the antenna holder is stainless steel so it is plenty strong. Then I ran the coax under the seat
, top shelter, into the left fairing pocket, and up the handlebars
. Cutting off the excess cable and soldering a PL259 connector on the end.
I chose a Diamond NR-770RA antenna. This antenna works great with little or no ground plane, has a PL-259 type base, and folds over in the middle like the stock Gold Wing antennas. It even looks a lot like the Gold Wing
?€™s CB antenna.
Under the seat I installed an antenna combiner for the CB and the am/fm radio
. That way the CB antenna serves both radios. These combiners are available on the internet. I tuned everything in using the tuning screws on the combiner and my SWR bridge.
I mounted my 2mtr radio on a Ram Mount. I fabricated a small custom bracket for an external push to talk, and a scan button. From the mike connector I picked up speaker and microphone signals. A single throw/four pole switch and I was able to switch from the bike?€™s regular cb/stero to my Ham Radio.
This project took about two weeks to work out all the kinks. The installation is clean, safe and works well. Cost with do-over, but not counting radio and antenna, was about $50.00.