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Old 03-08-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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I started pondering communications ideas with more range than Scala. What I came up with was to use voice activated two-way radios. Got them in today. I ordered Midland GXT760's, which came with a ear bud and boom mic. Tried them out with EMTAggie, and they work pretty well. Only issue is that there is also an inline mic w/PTT, and it seems that once VOX is activated through the boom mic, the inline mic stays open. I covered the inline mic with a piece of felt and tape, but it stated raining, so we didn't get a chance to test it. At speeds below 50, it worked great, even with the inline mic not covered. Above 50, the road noise would keep the Tx circuit open.

I ordered throat mics at the same time I ordered the radios, but they shipped in 2 separate orders. I'm hoping the throat mics work better, as they activate by vibration only. I think the wind noise was affecting the ones that came with the radios. They will be in tomorrow, and I am hoping for a chance to test them Thursday.

The radios have pretty good range. EMTAggie and I were about 2 miles apart with trees, houses and other buildings between us before we started losing signal.

I don't think it's too bad of a deal. 2 radios and 2 throat mics (mics sold individually) ran me $113 shipped from Newegg.com. As soon as I can test the throat mic setup, I'll post the results.

Here is the link for the radios. It appears newegg has removed the throat mics from their site. The second link it for the mics found on a different site.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...AND-_-72008100

http://www.buytwowayradios.com/produ...rce=googlebase
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I thought about doing the same thing once, my wife found a pair of Scala G3's on sale at www.motorcyclegear.com (formerly newenough.com) for $160...They're not great but atleast you can use phone and GPS functions...The radio cuts out frequently and if you want to use your Ipod, you need to use the cable that comes with the pair. (it isn't able to stream music)...Good idea but for $50 more bucks, I'd probably go with Scala....you can always check out what type of bluetooth is available for your phone...I've been creative with stuff like that too, good luck and I hope you can find a way to get GREAT COMMUNICATION AND SOUND IN YOUR HELMET!!!! when you figure that out, let us all know!!!!
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I'm willing to forego the GPS and music function at the moment. I have absolutely no interest in talking on my phone while on my bike, so not having that doesn't bother me, either. Call me strange, but I don't listen to music while riding, anyway. I'm hoping that the sound issue will be at least partially solved by the throat mics. They have an ear bud instead of a speaker just hanging out inside your helmet. If I want music, I can always run a single ear bud into the other ear. I guess for "ultimate" communication, there's always Nolan. You get rider to passenger, bike to bike, GPS, phone, music...AND they connect to two-way radios for added distance. Problem is it's expensive, a lot of wires, and I think the helmets look kinda goofy.
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I was wondering when you were going to register. Adam was telling me about this earlier.
I registered a while back. Even made a few posts, but I've been so busy with my house the past few weeks I haven't had time to log on.
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tell me how the throat mic works, always wanted to trythose
As soon as I can test them, I'll let everyone know.
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So far so good. Pinball just hooked up two regular headphone buds but we havent got to try them out yet. Will let everyone know how they work.
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Alright...with a little tweaking, I got them to work pretty good. The original ear bud was just a hollow tube transferring sound from the speaker mounted in the collar, and it just didn't have enough volume to be heard above around 40mph. I pulled the hollow tube off and took the speaker side of the collar apart. I cut up a cheap pair of ear buds, ran the wire from one of them through the hole that the tubing was attached to, and soldered it directly to the speaker. Not perfect, but it works. You can have reasonably clear conversations up to about 60mph. After that, it's a crapshoot. You just have to remember that you're on a 2-way radio, and have to give it time to key up before talking.

Over all, I'm pretty happy. It's good for important communication...as in "We're turning right up here." Above 60 the sound gets a little distorted, but I think that may be from thinking you have to yell to get the sound across. They definitely seem to work better with a normal speaking voice.
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