I've used my Rat Shack Handi's (2M & 440) with the Autocom Icom plug and PTT for a local parade. Even the local LEO"S were impressed with my 4 way flashers & fluorescent yellow vest.
However, when touring you are usually out of range of a repeater very quickly unless you have a "great" antenna system and since the LT frame really isn't a good ground plane, the RF doesn't get too far.
They do work well well though for group rides with other licensed hams.
Bough my K1200LT yesterday, its model 2006 with 18000kms ( I gave up GL1800 model 2001).
I am a keen ham radio eperator OH2KW, next thing would be to assemble Yaesu FT-10R to the bike. Or as the season is finishing, at least during the coming winter....
As I am very new with K1200LT, I wonder, does it have somewhere a place for this kind of unit (control head is a separate one). I do not want to spent luggage space for the radio if not absolutely necessary. My bike has not any intercom, only standard radio with CD-player. How can you connect the ham gear to the audio system ? And How could I get my Gl1800 helmet headset to the LT's audio system (at least to listen to radio or CD with the headset speakers).
IS there 2006 LT schematics available somewhere, also a repair manual would be good (I found only
1999 manual so far).
PS. For hams: worked juts few hundreds A, N, K, W stations in SAC test !
I've got a Yaesu FT2800M that I can listen to through my Autocom, but have'n't figured out how to use a PTT. I got out very well by using the mic from the radio next to my mouth (using my left hand). I put a steel plate on my luggage rack so I had a good groundplane.
Any electronic gurus out that that can help me?
In the manual for the radio it tells witch wire is ptt and mic then hook up to autocom. I got a icom gmrs cable and hooked it up to that and have used it for 5 years. I little experimenting with mic wires well get it done. Jim KD6REA
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