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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #16
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Hi Renton and all.

Those walkie talkie's shown in the sailing article

www.48north.com/aug_2005/dont_yell.htm

are sold by Cruising Solutions

http://www.cruisingsolutions.com/headsets.asp

Mariner 500 Head Sets
Walkie Talkies are just like cordless telephones. They enable both parties to talk and listen at the same time. The headsets style allow your hands to be free for other activities.
Trouble is, they are just a pair - so having more than two won't work.

Cheap reliable RF communications is very difficult. All the professional quality ones I have used are very expensive, and all the cheap ones total rubbish!
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #17
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Trouble is, they are just a pair - so having more than two won't work.
So 2 pairs are not compatible with each other? That doesn't sound right....
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #18
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You are correct, Paul. I just confirmed this with them and they said that more than 2 will not work together but they could not give me a reason why. They said they were working on a solution for more headsets.


Guess it's back to the Portacoms.....
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Old December 28th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #19
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Having just a pair that's fully duplex wouldn't be too bad though, if your doing a two person event shoot. I'm thinking this might be a worthwhile set to try out. It certainly is much cheaper than the Eartec set up.

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Old December 28th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #20
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I've been looking at a few this morning - Motorola, Uniden, and a few others. Some of the kits come with headsets, some don't.

They all seem to have far bigger range than these cruising ones - they're only good for 300m, which isn't too much of problem on a yacht - if you had a yacht that big you wouldn't be going cheap-skate like this!!

In NZ there are sets of two with headsets going for $NZ169. Some kits come with four sets but without headsets. A guy on another group says he wouldn't be without his when videoing weddings. He uses 'Midland LXT310 GRS radios with headsets' though they're not sold anymore apparently. Swears by them - see similar here:

http://direct.motorola.com/ENS/web_p...A&language=ENS

Full range:

http://direct.motorola.com/ENS/phone...e=TWOWAYRADIOS

He says divide range by 5 if not on smooth land, and inside buildings even more. Theirs works when they are on separate floors of buildings - have a range of a couple of miles.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 02:30 PM   #21
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I have used cell phones with wired headsets before. Worked out really well actually. Weekends are unlimited minutes too.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:34 PM   #22
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I saw someone rig up a workable set-up very cheaply using wireless telephone headsets. Not sure of the details but it cost less then $50 and worked very well.
Brilliant! A cheap and effective solution. And, no push to talk as it's full duplex.
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