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Anyone mount an Amateur radio on a Strom?
 

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I've had a transceiver under the seat and an HT in the tank bag from time to time.
 

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http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18773&highlight=amateur+radio&page=2

The link above shows what tmgee suggested to me, I was seeing about setting up a tracking hardware package so the home front and other "volunteer keepers" could keep an eye on my travels.

If I would have been more interested in amateur radio, I think I would have jumped all over this. But the tracking service availability aspect is spotty in my region, especially where I want to be riding. Tracking was my main priority, not 2-way communication.

For tracking purposes, I went with the Spot tracking GPS device, all satellite based equipment and service, but no 2-way comm. http://findmespot.com/Home.aspx

If my fleeting interest in amateur band radio ever gels, then I'll jump neck deep into this stuff.
 

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Yeasu VX-6R

I use a Yeasu VX-6R handheld mounted on the handlebars and a helmet wired for the radio. A push button thumb switch for PTT. The antenna is a 1/4 wave vertical mounted on the Caribou Cases rack. Works fine, hits repeaters out to about 40 miles.
 

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How did you mount your VX6R on the handlebar? I have a VX5R that I use, but I haven't come up with a good way to mount the little radio yet.
 

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For tracking purposes, I went with the Spot tracking GPS device, all satellite based equipment and service, but no 2-way comm. http://findmespot.com/Home.aspx
FWIW, I also have a SPOT and it isn't any better than the amateur 2 meter APRS network at tracking. My tracking beacon failed to reach a satellite over hundreds and hundreds of miles of open highway on my trip to New Brunswick last weekend. It wasn't like the signal was lost in trees or anything, although it could have been captured by highway bridges.

Still, I was expecting a LOT more from a subscription service.

I use a beacon at 2 minute intervals with APRS. SPOT has a 10 minute beacon. You can transmit a message with either system, but you have to prepare your messages and recipient list ahead of time with SPOT. Also, with a 2 meter system, you have voice access to amateur radio repeaters everywhere.

SPOT is useful, but ain't no cure-all. :(
 

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Looks like the vx-8r has bluetooth. Should work with the blueant interpone bt headset. No wires!
 

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There's not much space on a V-Strom for moutning a good radio, but having an HT for emergency situations may be helpfull. My Yaesu VX170 has pretty good range on high power, but in really rough country it's pretty much hit and miss plus I've been in areas where you don't hear any chatter. I quit taking it because I got very little use and it was just one more thing to haul around.
 

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V-Strom Amateur Radio

I carry a Yaesu 2 meter HT (VX-150) in my tank bag. Here in Vermont cell phone reception can be sporadic due to the mountains. But, the VHF repeater system makes up for it. I have been able to get into various repeaters in areas without cell coverage. Great for emergencies.

73s de KK1VT
 
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