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    • #144798
      mntman
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        I did not want to hijack the combat radio thread, but wanted to see if there was a general consensus from the comms experts as to what accessories would be recommended for the combat radio. Once you have the IP67 rated radio of your choice what accessories would you recommend to complete the setup? For instance would you choose a different antenna? What audio setup would you run? Would the audio set-up be different for training than for a post event patrol? Thanks for the input.

      • #144822
        AWS18
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          I’ve been doing a lot of research in this area recently. Looking to run Retevis RT82’s with quality IP67 accessories. I like the idea of IP67 everything with some form of digital encryption capability on the radio.

          I’m considering going with some high quality speaker mics designed for military/police/firefighter use with an auxiliary cord plugged into MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X’s.

          The Pro X’s are very high quality and meet all the same standards as the military issued units for waterproofing and durability. I like the behind the neck units with the headband because it’s comfortable and allows you to remove your helmet and still retain ear pro. While still not a cheap setup, it’s considerably less than COMTAC III’s or VI’s, especially when you start adding stuff like rail adapters and a quality U94 PTT. Although there is no denying the COMTACs are exceptionally good ear pro.

          The two reasons I’m considering this setup are scalability and the lower cost of each full setup.

          It’s scalable because you can change out your earpiece using the auxiliary jack on the speaker mic so you don’t have to have one expensive set of connectors for your ear pro and another set for non combat comms. You can also just use the speaker mic if you’re not concerned with noise at the moment.

          As for cost, you can get everything for about $330-$400 brand new. You can obviously make this cheaper by going with defferent ear pro if you don’t feel you need the waterproofing and durability of something like the Pro X’s. A proper comtac setup will likely be at least $700 or above and fill only one roll. The important part here is not the extra $300 for one set of comtacs, it’s saving money on multiple sets. The obvious thing about communications is it’s not a single unit purchase because you need people to communicate with. You’ll have to have at least a few setups unless you can rely on other people having setups that are rugged and compatible with your equipment.

          Companies like Otto, Impact, and Pryme seem to make quality speaker mic’s used by law enforcement, military, and firefighters. I know there are people on this forum who use speaker mics in those capacities, so it would be great to hear y’all chime in regarding experiences and opinions.

          I am going to start testing some out at a range soon to determine suitability. I’m thinking the noise cancelling function will be a necessity with gunfire, just remember not all speaker mics will have that feature.

          There is one thing I’m not sure about yet because I am waiting on the first speaker mic to arrive, does anyone know if the Pro X’s continue to transmit external sounds from the microphones while the aux connection is being used? I know some cheaper ear pro like Peltor sports simply override the microphones with the sound coming from whatever your aux cord is plugged into.

          Below are links to various products discussed above.

          Sordin Supreme Pro X’s.

          https://srstactical.com/msa-sordin-supreme-pro-x-neckband-hearing-protection-headset.html

          Impact’s best offering.

          https://www.twowayradio.com/impact-prsm-hd8-wp-m11-speaker-microphone.html

          A good one from Otto, although there are other models from them as well.

          https://www.twowayradio.com/otto-revo-nc2-v2-r2mg5112-remote-speaker-microphone.html

          Pryme’s two suitable options. First is IP57 and not too expensive. Second is IP67 and around $120 depending on the connector you need.

          https://www.pryme.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2316

          https://www.pryme.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2315

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        • #144826
          Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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            • #144827
              AWS18
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                Thanks Joe 👍🏻

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            • #144833
              AWS18
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                Correction, Pryme’s IP67 option is more like $80-100 per unit.

                https://www.twowayradio.com/pryme-spm-4233-speaker-microphone.html

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