Operating Bicycle Mobile with Mike Nickolaus, NF0N - ETH073

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  1. K5CLM

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    in today's episode we talk with Mike Nickolaus, NF0N about how he helped start the Mobile Bicycles Hams of America club over 25 years ago.

    If you went to Hamvention this year or any year for the past 25 years you might have gon in and listened to their forum discussion.

    If you like riding bikes and you love amateur radio, give this episode a listen and find out some ways of joining the two hobbies together.

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  2. ZL1RD

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    Interesting piece of hardware that was assembled.... but it is hardly a bicycle... looks more like a train. ;-)
  3. K3FHP

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    Looks too easy. Back in the days of Iron Hams and Wooden Radios, I remember putting a car battery in the rear basket of my 26" Huffy, a Gonset 2m communicator in the front basket and a halo antenna strapped to the rear frame to go bicycle mobile. Almost 8 watts out on AM lasting 20 minutes or so until the vibrator p.s. pulled the battery to low. The hams these days are spoiled..... me included.
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  4. LU9FMS

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    Wow! That is amazing. I never imagined it was possible to operate like that.
  5. K7LZR

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    I've done HF bicycle mobile using a Yaesu FT-817 and a 40m Hamstick on the rear rack.....loads of fun :).

    EDIT: Now I want to try it with a Heathkit HW-101!
  6. AD0HT

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  7. KY5U

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    You guys wear the spandex pants and the bedpan hats? Ham Sexy!
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  8. VK3YE

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  9. W4FID

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    2 years before I could get a driver's license (fall 1961) I was bicycle mobile on 160M. Had a full size Schwinn that weighed as much as I did. Used a detuned 6 transistor AM BC radio and switched the battery lead for T/R. Used its internal antenna. A 6C4 oscillator with an 1810 KHz rock (the mobile freq in the Chicago area at the time so there were lots of guys on and the distance it could cover was enough for a QSO about any time) to a 6AQ5 final with a 6AQ5 modulator built in a J&J industrial size band aid can. Used a small size WWII surplus dynamotor off a 6V car battery for the B+. Varnished a Quaker Oats oatmeal canister (they were heavy cardboard back then) for a coil form and a CB whip. It was so heavy when I leaned a little it turned the corner automatically. I could pedal it for about as long as the battery held out -- not too far. With all due respect to the guys with an FT-817 in a backpack or an IC-02AT in a pouch on the handlebars .......... what I had was REAL bicycle mobile. Full disclosure honesty here -- now in retirement in Florida I have an IC-92AD and a "flag" whip supporting a J-pole on my golf cart as my "green power" mobile.
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  10. K7LZR

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    I hear you.....

    My first mobile 2m rig was one of these(the smaller one):


    .....and it was mounted to the handlebars of my Honda CL125 motorcycle :). Uses little tiny flat tubes! Crystaled for our local repeater, worked pretty well for about 6 months. And I did this in the late 1970s when better, more modern rigs were available even then but I proudly tooled around town with my old Motorola. Looked real official too :).

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