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    HAM Radio Remote Head Mount?

    I am HAM Operator (KE7JEJ) & thinking about mounting my Kenwood TM-D710 on to my '99 R1100 RT-P. I can mount the base in to the Radio Box but am not sure what to use to mount the Head into to protect it from the WX. Are there and clear Lexan-type products made for this that you might be aware of? It would go somewhere behind the windshield and probably need a support mount from the Handlebars. Also, I am thinking about remote PTT controls using an Auto-Com system (yet to acquire). Any concerns?
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    Hi David, Gary, WB1GIW here. It's always a trick to weatherproof something like that. Pelican cases are excellent to start with. One that would be a good example can be found HERE Once you get a size that looks good a little trimming and perhaps some silicone and a grommet and your good to go. If there is an REI or EMS outdoor store in your area-they frequently have the smaller sizes in stock. There are some knock-offs but I find the Pelican cases stand up to more modification than the imitations. HTH Gary 73
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    Thanks, Gary, I'll check those out!
    I also found some info on the RAM Mounts Aqua Box http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/Aq...5/Default.aspx. Dimensionally (internal), it appears that the Large would be the appropriate size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Hi David, Gary, WB1GIW here. It's always a trick to weatherproof something like that. Pelican cases are excellent to start with. One that would be a good example can be found HERE Once you get a size that looks good a little trimming and perhaps some silicone and a grommet and your good to go. If there is an REI or EMS outdoor store in your area-they frequently have the smaller sizes in stock. There are some knock-offs but I find the Pelican cases stand up to more modification than the imitations. HTH Gary 73
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    Like Gary said, whatever you do make sure you seriously waterproof the components. Although you already have a radio, perhaps consider the Yaesu FTM-10R, which is marketed as waterproof for outdoor activities. I like that they incorporated a PTT button on the remote head, which could be useful depending on where you chose to mount the head unit.

    Let us know what you chose and how you end up mounting it.

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    Thanks, Craig! I am familiar w/the Yaesu unit and that might be another considertion.
    When are you going to post a pic of your BMW on QRZ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stig View Post
    Like Gary said, whatever you do make sure you seriously waterproof the components. Although you already have a radio, perhaps consider the Yaesu FTM-10R, which is marketed as waterproof for outdoor activities. I like that they incorporated a PTT button on the remote head, which could be useful depending on where you chose to mount the head unit.

    Let us know what you chose and how you end up mounting it.

    73, KB2ZPT
    David R. McCoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRMcCoy View Post
    I am HAM Operator (KE7JEJ) & thinking about mounting my Kenwood TM-D710 on to my '99 R1100 RT-P.
    I assume you are also into the APRS capability of this radio?

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I assume you are also into the APRS capability of this radio?
    A caution on the Kenwood (I have a 700). Keep your eye on bike battery voltage if you'll be out for more than a couple of hours and are transmitting frequent beacons, especially if you're using the 50 watt power setting. DAMHIK

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    A caution on the Kenwood (I have a 700). Keep your eye on bike battery voltage if you'll be out for more than a couple of hours and are transmitting frequent beacons, especially if you're using the 50 watt power setting. DAMHIK

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    Instead,I use the new Kenwwood TH D72 (built in GPS)mounted on the bike..

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    Thanks, Clay & Tom!

    Yes, it is APRS capable but I don't yet use that function and am not using any GPS. If I do at some time in the future, I will be monitoring that process and probably turn it off when not in motion.

    73,

    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I assume you are also into the APRS capability of this radio?

    Regards,

    Clay AA3JY
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    http://aprs.fi/?call=aa3jy-10
    http://aprs.fi/?call=aa3jy-5
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    Yeah, I was considering that Kenwood. I have it's predecessor, the TH-D7A/G and it too is APRS capable but w/out the built-in GPS. I haven't yet stepped in to GPS. I still rely on cartography.

    73

    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I assume you are also into the APRS capability of this radio?

    Regards,

    Clay AA3JY
    Kimberton,Pa

    http://aprs.fi/?call=aa3jy-10
    http://aprs.fi/?call=aa3jy-5
    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Instead,I use the new Kenwwood TH D72 (built in GPS)mounted on the bike..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRMcCoy View Post
    Yeah, I was considering that Kenwood. I have it's predecessor, the TH-D7A/G and it too is APRS capable but w/out the built-in GPS. I haven't yet stepped in to GPS. I still rely on cartography.

    73
    When they discontinued the TH-D7A, I was wondering what they'd do for a replacement. Having the GPS in the radio is a huge advantage. It's quite the pain with cables, adapters, and a power feed to add GPS to the TH-D7A
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Instead,I use the new Kenwwood TH D72 (built in GPS)mounted on the bike..
    What kind of mount did you use and where did you mount it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRMcCoy View Post
    What kind of mount did you use and where did you mount it?
    RAM Universal mount onto the handle bars. There is no dedicated mount for the TH-D72 as of yet like the D7A/G

    http://www.whitehorsegear.com/ram-mo...-device-holder
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    Ham Ops. assist with stroke victim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    Thanks, Clay! Great Article! Glad to hear he is doing okay and that he was able to get help over the air. May I share it with our Clallam County-ARC and our Clallam County-ARES( + for possible reprint in our monthly newsletter)?

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