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Offline Peter_Brisbine_MO

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« on: September 24, 2008, 10:55:00 pm »
Greetings all.  I'm new to the group but have had my 2004 Connie for over two years now with 12000 of my own miles on it.  I bought it used from a friend who only put 6000 miles on it.    I'm also an amateur radio operator and added the Yaesu FTM-10SR radio to the bike.    Feel free to take a look at the Install Pics.        I'm working on placing a bike spec page together here shortly to compile the list of mods and equipment installed.    I live here in Saint Louis and ride the Great River Road quite a bit up to Grafton and across on the ferries to St. Charles.  Also down to Ste. Gen quite a bit.    Looking forward to meeting up with other local Connie riders.  
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008, 02:37:00 am »
Welcome!  Nice install of the radio!  Looks like a really cool idea. I just wonder how many others are operating on the same frequencies.  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008, 10:07:00 am »
welcome...      --  Steve Smith, #3184  COG Northeast Area Director  (somewhere in south central CT)     If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
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Offline Peter_Brisbine_MO

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 10:20:00 am »
Thank you for the welcomes.    As far as how many folks would use the frequencies, quite a bit around   the Saint Louis area.  The amateur community in town is quite active.    Now if you're asking how many other fellow riders would use them, not   so much.     Not to mention the radio offers Broadcast AM and FM receive for those   parts of my longer rides without much amateur or FRS activity.    I'm sure at this point this thread could get moved over to another area   for discussion on the forum.  Being that I'm new to the layout here, I   would not object to a moderator moving the thread to an appropriate   area.  :)    Here is some more info on the install.    Installation Specs:  - 2004 Kawasaki Concours (ZG1000/GTR1000)  - Rifle 19" Windshield System  - Yaesu FTM-10SR  - StarCom1 Advanced Intercom - http://www.starcom1.com   - Helmet headsets for driver and passenger included  - Comet SSB7-NMO antenna  - Battery Tender Jr. - http://www.batterytender.com/    A couple of key points during the testing and final installation process   that may help others:    - Solved ground loop issue by moving FTM-10SR and StarCom1   grounds to the frame instead of directly to the battery.    - I have no perceptible ignition noise at the control head speaker from   running the control cable along the "spine" of the bike and between the   two ignition coils.  No ignition noise induced at the radio on receive or   transmit.  AM receive is as clear as AM can be.  :)    - The same wiring diagram posted by Ron/KC8YVF for the AutoComm   also works for the StarCom1.  Order the CAB-01 cable if you're using   the StarCom1 and building the interface box.  This worked great since   using the PTT supplied from StarCom1 interfaces directly to their box   and the "magic" happens in there.    - Even with the good coverage from the Rifle windshield, I backed the   StarCom1 Mic Gain 1/4 turn left (less) from the recommend default   position.  All other settings on the StarCom1 are default as   recommended in the manual.    Audio reports around town at 35-40mph, "no background noise,   strong and crisp audio".  Audio reports around 65mph, "minimal background noise, strong   audio".  Audio reports >100mph, "Now really, would I exceed the speed limit?"    See previous two audio reports.  :)    As for power consumption:    I measured a draw of ~0.00595 amps while off.    With the head unit detached and nothing else but power connected, the   10SR draws a little less: ~0.00447 amps.    I let the bike sit for over two weeks without any noticeable effects on   the battery.  The StarCom1 powers itself off when the drivers headset   is detached. Now if my bike sits for any longer then a few days without   a ride, it gets plugged into a Battery Tender Jr. for maintenance.    Enjoy.    Pete  
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 10:28:00 am »
How De,    Welcome to aaa here.  This may be a bunch of guys like you.  Interesting use of the two skills.  Maybe you can start one in your area.  http://www.mset-tx.org/  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 11:09:00 am »
Peter,   Welcome.  Glad you are enjoying your 2004 and tied in your other favorite hobby.  Nice mod to add FRS and GMRS for bike to bike.  Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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Offline Brett0769

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2008, 04:44:00 pm »
Welcome aboard!     Now we have someone new to pepper w/radio questions! :) Hope to see you at the national!          
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2008, 12:11:00 pm »
Welcome from the Sunny Southwest   :)    As it has been stated before, it's great that you are putting your two loves together....      Yuma,  Summer in Yuma is not hell, but hell is a local call :-)  2006 Connie http://community.webshots.com/user/Lateck?vhost=community
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