Let’s talk CB’s

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    • #22224
      Tex
      Participant

      Now that J&M has ceased supporting CB radios for motorcycles, does anyone have suggestions pertaining to: 1) where to get repair support 2) how about repair support along the route(s) 3) anyone know of alternative cb devices which could be used RELIABLY. I haven’t been in contact with J&M (distributor for the handlebar unit I have on my Roadie) so I don’t know what they are handling support. Anyone have any information ?

      Tex

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • #22232
      DJ
      Participant

      Tex, I was thinking about getting a J&M for my wife’s Cam-AM, so if you receive any information, please post it here.

      Don “DJ" Jordan - (Mid-Wife)
      USAF 1965-1986
      AZ Patriot Guard Riders-Sr. Road Guard
      2013 FNG & Tail Gunner ATW-CR
      2014, 15 Tail Gunner ATW-SR
      2016 2nd Platoon APL ATW-SR
      2017, 18, 19 6-Pack (Support) Platoon Leader ATW-SR
      Ride a 2016 HD CVO Road Glide Ultra "Jaws"

      • #22233
        Tex
        Participant

        You might want to talk to Den Mother (Angie Uhler) . I believe she’s already investigated this option for her Can Am …

         

        Tex

        NAVY
        in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
        GM3/ FTG2
        SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
        Retired Senior Software Manager
        Retired A&P
        ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
        FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • #22234
      Tex
      Participant

      Having just gotten off the phone with J&M Corp (makers of the J&M CB radios for motorcycles) I find they have completely discontinued the CB radio line. They still provide parts. They will also provide repair work if you happen to be in the Tucson, AZ area where their headquarters is located, but that’s it. This is a shame as it is/was a great product.

      Now, on to the reason I’m posting this. I have a Garmin ZUMO (660 LM) which is my primary GPS. I found that the J&M CB has an audio-in line which you can use for whatever. For the past 7 years I have been using a 3.5mm audio plug from my GPS to the CB so I can hear audio instructions in my helmet if I’m following a route. The problem is with the Garmin. Sunlight will washout the screen. I’ve tried various sunshades, but if the sun is behind you then you are SOL. Garmin has no recommended screen overlay to fix this problem and hasn’t addressed this with any new release of the motorcycle GPS.

      So, I’d like to hear experiences people have had with using their iPhone (I have a 12 PRO now) as their primary GPS and how it holds up under direct sunlight. I found Lightning to 3.5mm adapter on Amazon which would allow me to plug in the iPhone to my CB and still hear the verbal instructions (MUCH better guidance than the Garmin instructions).  I may just ditch the Garmin in favor of the iPhone.

      BTW – I have a 2012 Roadie so I don’t have a console.

      Tex

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • #22270
      U Turn
      Participant

      I haven’t used a CB on previous RFTW’s since I was riding a motorcycle that was so loud that it wouldn’t have worked (Yamaha Roadliner with Cobra pipes).  I bought my 2016 Goldwing (Level 1) in July in preparation for next year’s RFTW and have enjoyed the quiet and the possibility of listening in on the CB.  I was considering the $600 CB + $185 antenna from Wingstuff… and using a Sena Firewire to connect to my Sena 20S on the helmet.  I talked with a Sena salesman this weekend and he suggested that I use the Midland Portable 75-822 that is available from any truckstop (Pilot, Loves) and mount it to the handlebars with a Ram Mount or Tacform Mount and use a Sena SR-10 to connect to the 20S.  I think I remember seeing some type of info from RFTW that handheld CB’s are not to be used, but I can’t seem to locate that notice.  First of all… are handhelds, mounted on the motorcycle, allowed on RFTW?  Second… has anyone else tried this type of set up for CB?

      Steve Andros – “U-Turn” – Arizona State Coordinator – Central Route

       

       

      • #22271
        Tex
        Participant

        Since I am not familiar with the models you are speaking of, I would strongly suggest you send an inquiry to the road guard captain, Bob Mazzone (Captain), ( [email protected]) about these models. Bob  should be familiar with the variety of units used by most of the road guards. It is my understanding that any device which requires you to remove either hand from the handlebars is frowned upon by RFTW so this precludes any microphone/speaker unit that you clip to your person. The J&M handlebar unit only requires lifting a finger on your clutch hand to press the transmit button. Unfortunately, the J&M unit still requires a 6 pin coiled cord attached to the base unit and your helmet speakers, which is a real pain, but THAT point is moot since these units aren’t manufactured any more. Bluetooth wasn’t available when I installed my unit (2013).

        Good luck. I’ll be interested to see how you resolve this issue.

        Tex

        NAVY
        in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
        GM3/ FTG2
        SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
        Retired Senior Software Manager
        Retired A&P
        ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
        FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • #22272
      Tex
      Participant

      Sorry, Steve. I believe I sent you to the wrong person. I assumed you were on the Southern Route like I am.  Instead, I suggest you contact Kirk Olson (Prettyboy) ( [email protected] ). He is the Road Guard Captain for the Central Route. Apologies for the confusion (on my part).

      Tex

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • #22273
      U Turn
      Participant

      Tex… thanks for the response.  The SR-10 unit from Sena provides the Push-To Talk function and I am guessing that it can be installed in a location that will keep both hands on the handlebars.  Since I am not a Roadguard (or any other position of authority on the run other than Az State Coordinator) I won’t be talking anyway… just listening.  I will check with Kirk before using this on the RFTW.

      Steve Andros – “U-Turn” – Arizona State Coordinator – Central Route

    • #22298
      Navigator
      Participant

      If anyone is looking for a J&M CB,  I have 2 units I’m willing to part with.

      I’m in Huntingon Beach, Ca.

      email for details:

      [email protected]

    • #22377
      Ronald Wiley
      Participant

      I also have a J & M Cb handle bar mount with the corded helmet headset that i am willing to part with.

      Ron Wiley

      Tot

      [email protected]

      Midway Route.

    • #22383
      iride4u
      Participant

      As far as handheld CBs go they must be hard wired. With all the noise and the closeness of the pack it is just not safe. Some models can use a Sena SR10 to a Sena headset.

      J&M CBs can be used with Sena Freewires as long as you get a Honda  version and a pigtail from Sierra Electronics. The Last versions of J&M CBs were stereo and will not work with a Freewire. I have spent much of last fall working on a friends bike trying to get a new version to work and the only way was wired to the helmet.

    • #22491
      Poppy
      Participant

      Gentlemen,

      I’d like to jump in here with a question.  I am zero CB tech savvy.  My plan is to run a Midland 75-822 with a SENA SR10 bluetooth interface to a SENA 10C EVO headset.  The run would be the only time I ever use a CB.  Question is, Is an external antenna absolutely necessary.  Would the handheld antenna provide at least some range? Thank you

      Tim Fry
      Retired Civil Service Mechanical Engineer USAF HQ SAC Offutt AFB Nebraska
      Road Glide Rider
      PGR
      MIAP
      RFTW: Participant 2014 (Central); ATW 2015 (Midway); ATW 2016 (Central Staging Team); ATW 2018 (Southern Route); HHT 2021

    • #22688
      Greg Noller
      Participant

      Tiimgene:

       

      On the antenna I would say it depends.   If you just want to listen, the rubber duck ant is probably enough.   If you are in a leadership position I’d suggest a high frame mounted antenna.

      <<<☆)))
      San Antonio area of Texas
      US Army 1971-1996
      FNG & Tailgunner ATW MR 2018
      Participant SR 2019

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