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PostSubject: Antenna Mounting   Antenna Mounting I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 04, 2012 8:09 pm

I'm a ham radio operator (N7XUC) and want to put a 2m/70cm antenna on my bike (Diamond NR770). I'm trying to figure out how to mount it. I have the Givi 55 liter top box (FWIW the 45 liter one my wife has is better made IMHO and I'd go that route next time).

Has anyone mounted a ham radio or CB antenna on their Silverwing? Where did you mount it? Got any pictures (I'd love to see them for inspiration).
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna Mounting   Antenna Mounting I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 04, 2012 9:10 pm

Place a thin flat bar between you Givi Box and mounting bracket secure with pop rivet and install the antena on the right side beside of the box. A 1/16 flat bar would fit .
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna Mounting   Antenna Mounting I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 04, 2012 9:22 pm

What about a DB flag mount for your flagellator?
You are obviously aware about ground planes so they should not be a problem!


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for some smart A to ask about grounded airplanes (that's AEROplanes for the UK contingent...furrinners, ha!)
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna Mounting   Antenna Mounting I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 04, 2012 10:15 pm

KurtPerthWA wrote:
What about a DB flag mount for your flagellator?
You are obviously aware about ground planes so they should not be a problem!

If I didn't have the top box, or if the dual flag mount extended further to the side so it's vertical (not 30 degrees), I'd probably go that route - they look very nice (and much better than I could make without significant help - plus I'm really happy with the DB product I own, the headlight accessory power adaptor). If Dennis were to come out with something, I'd be very interested. Smile

As for ground planes, the NR770 doesn't need a ground plane, which is why I chose it - even if grounded, a scooter isn't much of a ground plane. It could be mounted on fiberglass or plastic and work fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Antenna Mounting   Antenna Mounting I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 05, 2012 3:21 am

Check out where the Goldwings are mounted and the method of mount ...might be useful to get ideas.

What about the top box lid with suitable reinforcement?

I suppose there are hundreds of questions to ask.

How far do you want to transmit recieve?
How big are the knobs and buttons on the CB etc.?
Are you planning to use it while mobile...???
or to talk to others while stopped as a base?
If mobile the only button you would want to push would be the PPT, concentrating on anything else could be illegal or worse still fatal. Mobile phones are already a curse to us on the road.
As a stopped mobile base station this could be real fun especially while others are trying to get a fix on your position.
How long have you been involved in ham radio or CB?

I run a dipole on the bullbar of the 4x4. It saves setting up and rooting around with a SSM

I have a small hand held UHF which I was setting up for the bike, but cannot find comfortable ear and mike sets for under the helmet. On the other hand there was no one out there anyway other than truckers who were switched on.
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