I'm a geek. As such, it should come as no surprise that I'm also a licensed Amateur Radio operator. And, as a motorcycle enthusiast, it would inevitably come to pass that I would want to put an amateur radio setup on my Cross Roads.
I had 2 goals for this:
1) Operation on the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands.
2) APRS functionality.
If you aren't a ham radio operator, you can skip down a bit.
The problem with radios is weather. I didn't want to have to pull over and stow the radio if it threatened to rain. Fortunately, there is a radio for just such situations, the Yaesu FTM-10R. Unfortunately, this radio is not APRS-capable. This meant I had to get a separate APRS tracker with, ideally, its own antenna.
Okay, non-hams, start again here.
This meant three (count them, THREE) antennas on the bike including my CB. Now, I wasn't about to settle for the mamby-pamby antenna that comes with the Cross Country, or even the antenna that you can get from J&M that goes with the JMBC-2003 that I have. Nope, I wanted a serious antenna setup, one that had SOLID mounts for all three antennas.
If you've tried putting an antenna on one of the Cross bikes, you know that, unless you have a trunk, finding mount locations can be a bit tricky. The nice round curves and angles that make the bike handsome also leave little in the way of mount locations. However, I'm not one to back down from a challenge (see my post on installing HID lamps in the factory light bar), and after much expenditure of brain energy and a few trips down to my local ham radio store, I had my setup.
The center antenna is a Diamond Antenna AZ507RSP
. I was going to use this for the main ham radio, but when I got it I realized it was smaller than I thought, so I re-purposed it for the APRS Tracker. It's attached to the back vertical lip under the factory sissy bar using a Diamond Antenna K400
*. This was the tricky one to mount; I had to take the sissy bar/luggage rack assembly off and turn it over in order to mount it. The cable is very thin* and runs down the side of the sissy bar and into the saddle bag.
The side antennas are both mounted to the factory saddlebag crash bars using Diamond Antenna CRM
mounts. The left antenna is a Firestik II "FS" Series
** 3-foot model mounted using the cable from the J&M antenna it replaced. The cable is run along the top of the exhaust mount and into the rear wheel well, then up under the seat and forward to the CB connection. The right antenna is a Diamond Antenna NR770HB
mounted using the Diamond Antenna C101
cable assembly. The cable is run a short way on top of the exhaust mount, then up along the sissy bar and down into the saddle bag.
The side antennas are tilted just a bit to make sure they clear the saddlebag lids when they open.
Getting the antenna setup done was the hard part. Now for the fun part. Still to do:
1) Receive the APRS tracker and mount it in the right saddlebag.
2) Mount the Yeasu FTM-10R body in the right saddlebag.
3) Mount the Yeasu FTM-10R head on the handlebars and run the connection cable to the right saddlebag.
4) Receive, hook-up and mount the wiring harness that will integrate the Yeesu FTM-10R with the JMCB-2003 intercom system.
5) Wire up the FTM-10R integration cable with the JMCB-2003 harness.
6) Mount the PTT switch for the FTM-10R, run it to the integration cable and wire it appropriately.
Like I said, I like a challenge...
* I used a K400, a C101 and a UHF-to-SMA adapter to mount the APRS antenna, but I could have used a K400S instead, which is just a K400 with a cable assembly that has the SMA connector on it.
** Once you click the link, click on the "Firestik II" link on the left. The site uses frames, so I couldn't link directly to the product page.