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Old 05-22-2012, 08:33 PM
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Communicating on the trail

I'm looking for some information to be able to communicate with other riders while I'm out riding. I was wanting something helmet mounted or at least an earpiece I can wear while I have my helmet on. I tried to use the search function but it came up empty when searching for communication, walkie talkie or trail talk.

So far I have seen the "Chatterbox" which is pricey $200+, and the midland GMRS radios with the headset and mic for around $60. (VOX) voice operated versus a (PTT) push to talk set up would be nice but I don't really have a problem using PTT. I just don't want a bunch of wires hanging all over the place and getting snagged going down the trail. The advantage of the Chatterbox is you get full duplex. So you can hear and talk at the same time. Main disadvantage is that it's expensive and everyone you want to talk to has to be willing to pony up the extra coin. For that reason I'm leaning toward the midland setup.

Has anyone had any experience with either of these setups or another setup that you would recommend?

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:57 PM
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I have used the midland Radios with the earpiece with vox. It actually worked well. My Dad rides with an open face helmet so his radio would activate due to the wind. There is a sensitivity setting for the vox so it takes some fine tuning, but all in all we were happy to be able to communicate while riding.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:13 PM
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Give Thor a shout. He was telling me about a new line he has tested that was really good.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:00 AM
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Thumbs up myself ad my riding partners use

midland brand 30mile fmrs radios with earpiece and and small wire for talking they work great and my boonie hat with stampede string works great for holding it in place as far as wires we just run the wire fr- ear talk piece inside our shirts and clip the radios to our pockets for some reason alot of folks around here run on channel 3 they work great for anywhere from 60 to 80 bucks you can get the recharger 2 radios and head sets
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:49 AM
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We use the Chatterboxes, specifically the Bluetooth model. Things are great, I don't think I could ride without one again. We tried alternatives and ultimately just threw money away by not going straight to the Chatterboxes.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:12 AM
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We use fmrs radios with comfortable ear buds and push to talk mic's as well. I like the PTT mic's better than VOX as you get less "oh shoot and WOO-HOO!" chatter. They are handy to have for other uses and not dedicated to the helmets.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:10 AM
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I've tried a couple of different vox set-ups. one was a midland and the other was a motorola. They both came with the mic,radio and earpiece. I just could adjust the sensitivity enough to get them to work well on atv's. The mics would stay on constantly after they were activated by our voices and due to engine sounds the mics had to be closed manually.

I finally went with this PTT set-up and it works great:
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I already had motorola walkies so, it was a pretty cheap solution for me.

The cables and the fact that the mic and earpiece are taped inside the helmet might be a drawback though. I ride with my son and when he gets stuck. I have to disconnect and reconnect often if it's a tough trail for his 90. Cables have never been snagged on branches or anything but, I have gotten off my quad a bunch of times and forgotten that I was still connected (no damage to the cables yet).

I may get a set like chatterbox in the future to shed the wires.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:30 AM
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I guess the best solution would be to get the chatter boxes for riding and the fmrs for camp. Does the chatterbox use the fmrs frequencies or do they communicate by blue tooth? If they use the fmrs freqs that would be great. Blue tooth is very limited by range. Fmrs would be good to communicate with other riders who do not want to spend the extra cash.

I'm gonna have to do more homework on the capabilities of the chatterbox before I spend the money.
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Hell, me and my buds just use the good old god given finger point method. Costs nothing,gets the idea across plenty good. Cheap too!
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:31 PM
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We bought the midland vox and had trouble with wind noise opening the mics. really didnt fiddle with the vox set up. The finger in the air works good if its not too dusty.
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