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September 29, 2009

Mounting a HAM Radio in the Car

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 9:46 pm

There are several large manufacturers of HAM Radios.  The largest are Yaesu, ICOM and Kenwood.  Mounting options are plentiful.  Mounting configurations sometimes depend upon the radio.  Most handheld radios are used in marine or mobile environments.  The majority have a rear belt clip or knob that inserts into a belt clip.  The larger tabletop versions often have a detachable head.  That head typically can be mounted while the radio itself is stowed out of site.

We find most handheld ICOM models use a rear belt clip.  Our mounts use that belt clip to fasten to our mounting systems.  Yaesu seems to use a combination of methods ranging from a mounting knob on the back to a belt clip and some have no rear clip at all.  Mouting of heads often requires a different part such as the ICOM MB-63.  You may need to drill some holes in the mounting plate to match a standard mounting pattern called AMPS (basic 4 hole rectangular design).

We offer a few pictures of HAM Radios mounted in a variety of configurations.

Belt clip suction mount from RAM

Belt clip suction mount from RAM

Rear button mount popular with Yaesu from MountGuys

Rear button mount popular with Yaesu from MountGuys

Car Seat Bolt Mount for Yaesu FT-7800

Car Seat Bolt Mount for Yaesu FT-7800

September 15, 2009

Motorcycle Mounts for your Garmin Nuvi GPS

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 11:24 pm

When we first started selling GPS mounts eight years ago, we never dreamed of the market that existed for motorcycle mounts.  Today, we probably sell as many motorcycle mounts as we do the car.  There are many options available for putting a Nuvi on your bike.  Today we discuss the many options available for putting a Garmin Nuvi on your motorcycle.

Before diving into the subject, note there are roughly 100 models of Garmin Nuvi.  These model lines range from the lower priced Nuvi 200 line to the premium Nuvi 880.  Throw into the mess, the Zumo, Nuvi 550 and 500 for your motorcycle (these are waterproof), the Nuvi 465T (for trucks) and the new ultra-thin 3000 lines of Nuvi.  Many of the latest models have traffic like the 1350T, 1370T and 3750T.  The first Nuvi mount we ever sold was the Nuvi 350 which is still very much in use today, and in fact if you want a bargain, hit eBay for a deal on a used Nuvi 350 for around $50.  It’s still a very solid GPS!

We covered waterproof mounts for your GPS in a prior article, but today we discuss other types of mounts for your motorcycle.

The type of mount needed is a matter of motorcycle model and preference.  Roughly 80% of all mounts sold are made to fit the handlebar.  The majority of motorcycle handlebars are one inch in diameter.  The majority of Harley models fit this category.

These mounts come complete with a cradle to hold your GPS.  These cradles have allowances for the cables and full access to all buttons on your GPS.  But what if you would like to use the cradle that came with your GPS (it’s probably still attached to your car mount).  Not only can you do that, but you can also save a few bucks by using a standard Garmin ball mount.  These also come bundled with hardwire cables.

What do you do if you do not have any handlebar space?  Honda Goldwings are an example of a bike that doesn’t have a handlebar to mount your GPS on.  Many customers choose the clutch mount.  Many BMW owners like to use the mirror stem mount that can fit between the mirror stem and handlebar.

Garmin Nuvi 1400 Series Custom Handlebar Mount

Garmin Nuvi 1400 Series Custom Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

September 13, 2009

Radar Detector Mounts for Escort, Bel, Uniden and Others

There are so many different brands of radar detector on the market.  Most come with a bracket to clip to your visor or suction attachment for your windshield.  But what if you want to attach it elsewhere or have lost your mount.  It’s difficult to find replacement mounts.  We have even heard of some that trash the radar detector and buy another because they lost their mount.  We also receive a lot of inquiries from people that would like to mount their Escort, Bel, Uniden, Rocky Mountain, Cobra, Whistler or whatever brand out there in some unusual places (and not so unusual).  In today’s posts, we discuss available options.

The most popular mounting option is the windshield suction mount.  There are two types for the window, both work by placing your device on a platform which uses velcro or double sided tape to keep your unit in place.  One uses a rigid base, the other (which we think looks pretty cool) uses a flexible gooseneck.

We have a lot of people that live in the few states that do not permit attachment of anything to the windshield.  For them, a dash mount is the most popular option.  There are two different options.  The first combine an inexpensive smooth round disk that sticks to your dash.  We partner the windshield suction option with this dash disk.  It sticks to the dash disk the same way it would to a windshield and this makes the mount portable.  The second type combines a non-friction heavy base with the suction mount.  No glue, and easy to remove.

Radar Detectors and motorcycles just seem to go well together.  The problem is that most radar detectors aren’t made to attach to bikes.  We carry a mount line for motorcycles that combine a heavyduty metal mount with an equally heavy mounting base.  Made by RAM Mounts, these look great on a Harley, or any model bike that has a standard handlebar or clutch.

Lastly for those traditionalists, we also have standard visor clips for your Escort or Bel Radar Detectors.

September 8, 2009

My Apple iPhone Keeps Falling Off My Lap

Seems like everyone lucky enough to be within an ATT calling area has or wants an iPhone.  The iPhone might be the single most influential device to hit the mobile market ever.  It has completely changed the way people work and live.  But wait, Houston, we have a problem!

The problem is when in your car or on a motorcycle, where can you put it?  Sure, you can balance it on your lap, hope that it doesn’t slide off (let alone crashing your car while looking down at your thigh).  But that’s neither safe nor effective.  Not to worry, we’re the Mount Guys!

The iPhone comes in three models:  Classic, 3G and 3G S.  The 3G and 3G S are the same exact size, where the older Classic is a little larger.  Solutions are available for all three models.  Car solutions include the vent, windshield, floor, visor, dash, cup holder and the lighter.  Motorcycle locations are the handlebar, clutch,  and mirror.

Now that golf GPS apps are available in the App Store, there are even Golf Cart Mounts for the iPhone.

The most popular car mount for the iPhone is the vent mount.  Inexpensive, somewhat hidden form bad guys, and near eye level, it makes a great location for your device in GPS mode.  The second most popular is the floor / seat bolt.  This is great for using your iPhone for music as it places it close to where your radio is located.  There are lots of other options, our favorite is the dash.

The motorcycle options are just as plentiful.  By far the most popular is the mount for the handlebar.  We sell two different types.  First is an economy model constructed of heavy plastic.  It’s a great mount and quite sturdy, not to mention a great value.  The second type is made by a company called RAM Mounts and is constructed of marine grade aluminum.  We think RAM Mounts are the highest quality sold.  RAM has mounts to go almost anywhere on your motorcycle.

Lastly, it seemed a bit strange when we first saw it, but thigh mounts make a lot of sense on airplane and even driving.  Your arm gets pretty tired when holding the iPhone (or iPod) for a 2-hour movie.  Take a look at the ThiPhone.

September 1, 2009

Where do I put my SkyCaddie?

Playing that par-5 18th hole.  Second shot is 200 yards away over a slope.  Can’t see the flag on the large green.  What now?  Take out your trusty Golf GPS and scope out the distance to the green and exact location of the cup.

The major brands of Golf GPS units include SkyGolf with their SkyCaddie line, Garmin with the Golflogix, iGolf, Bushnell, and Golf Buddy.  The most popular are Skycaddie and Golflogix.  Each has multiple models.  If looking at Skycaddie, they have the SG1, SG2, SG2.5, SG3, SG4 and SG5.  The newest is the SG5 but the older models are great values and can be purchased on ebay for less than $200.

These units have come a long way since the initial black and white models.  The new SkyCaddie SG5 is color, maps out 40 targets per hole, shows the aerial view of each hole.  Heck it even keeps score for you.

A constant complaint of golfers is the belt mount.  It’s tough enough to hit a golf ball.  Having a GPS tethered to your waist makes it even more difficult.  So in we come with a complete mount selection for your Golf GPS.

Most units have a rear button on the back and we use that as the mounting point on most of our holders.  For GPS units without the button, we offer cradle mounts.

Our most popular is the cup holder mount.  Today’s electric carts all have at least two cup holders.  Why not use one for your GPS?

Playing nine-holes on the executive course with a walking cart?  No cup holder in your golf cart?  No problem.  We have walking cart mounts as well.

Lastly we don’t want to forget to tell about the new iPhone application from GolfLogix.  They have come out with an app that works just like one of these $400 GPS units.  The cost?  $40.  Although we haven’t tried it yet, reports are that it hit the top 10 in the iPhone store in less than a week!

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