Need suggestions for a bike portable setup.
I'm planning several multi-day touring treks on my bike this summer, and would like to take along a portable radio capable of VHF and/or UHF operation for safety, information, and just plain fun. I'm interested in what kinds of setups other folks are using to operate on their bikes. I have a rear rack I think would hold a 1/2 wave magnet mount whip just fine and double as a safety flag pole. I'll also be taking my RockMite 40 along for something to do in the evenings and possibly to file reports to the folks back home.
I've had a variety of bike mobile setups. Even had an FT-857D in a saddle bag, AGM battery in the trunk, and the ATAS-120 antenna on the back of the rear rack for HF! VERY heavy...
For VHF/UHF, my last setup used an FTM-10R. It is a no-fans "brick" of a radio, with remote-mount head that is water resistant. Put the body of the rig in the trunk with battery, a dual-band antenna on the back of the rack, RJ45 cable up to the control head on the handlebars. The mic is built in to the control head, or use a bluetooth headset. (You don't have to use Yaesu's BT headset, but it's the best I've found so far for blocking wind noise.) The only thing I don't like about the radio is programming. It's completely different from every other Yaesu rig - or any other for that matter - I own and is quite cumbersome. The display is also hard to read in direct sunlight.
The antenna mount is a mobile mount on an L-bracket bolted to the rear of the aluminum rack over the rear wheel. Coax runs into the trunk bag mounted on the rack or a saddle bag depending on which radio I take. I have a Diamond NR-770HA dual-band antenna that is 1/2 wave on 2M and seems to work well on the bike. The most surprising antenna was the ATAS-120. It actually auto-tunes on all bands 40M-6M while on the bike! Considering how much trouble some have with it on their cars...!