Bicycle Mobile Station
by William Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
I am an avid bicyclist and enjoy combining amateur radio with my cycling. I have built a VHF/UHF FM bicycle-mobile station and I carry my QRP HF station to field events on my bicycle.
I built my bicycle-mobile station in the winter of 2004 in order to be able to ride bicycle-mobile helping the Athens County Amateur Radio Association (ACARA) provide communications support to the 2004 running of the Athens (Ohio) Marathon (link). The Athens Marathon is the big public service event the ACARA supports annually. For this event, the 2m HT and antenna system were completely successful; I could successfully hit the repeater over the entire 26+ mile course except for one small space near the far-end of the course.
Beginning with the 2005 running of the Athens Marathon, I also carried an APRS station on the bicycle.
In addition to the Athens Marathon, I’ve used my bicycle-mobile station in support of the Athens MS-Walk, Run Like Hell 5K Run for Cystic Fibrosis, and Pelotonia.
Note: This page reflects the current bicycle-mobile station built around a Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF handheld. The page describing the older station, which was built first around an ICOM IC-02AT 2m handheld and later around an ICOM IC-2AT 2m handheld, is archived and is available here.