Update on Roady 2 PAS and Bike Riding

When more than one person asked me about my Roady 2 PAS, I realized I had never posted followup on my article about purchasing the PAS.  So, here it is:

I don't use the stock headphones that came with the Roady 2 PAS.  They have foam coverings on the ear pieces, and I was worried that they would get clogged with sweat.  Nevermind the fact that VA law doesn't allow both ears to be covered while riding a bicycle (except in certain circumstances).

I went to Wal Mart and bought the cheapest pair of earbuds.  I split the cord so I can leave one in the pocket of my pack and put the other in my ear.

For an antenna, I use the vehicle antenna that came with my Roady 2.  I just purchased a big washer so I could magnent mount it to my pack.  Reception is good.  I only have a few (3-5) places where I drop out for 1-3 seconds.  I think that is because of trees.  Overall, this yields good reception.

I had to turn the volume up way louder than I thought to compensate for the wind noise.  I tried listening to Fox News on XM, but decided music was better.  I usually spend my ride time listening to "The Message" XM32 (Christian "Pop" is what they call it).

Battery life is good.  I have spent 3.5 hours on my bike and it was still going.  As the battery gets weaker, I think reception gets a bit poorer, but I haven't tested it enough to be sure.

Overall, I think this is a very good solution.  I only wish the battery pack were lighter and lasted longer and that it had a belt clip so I could use it without having to carry it while I'm off my bike.

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