Questions on Comms

Radios and communication related equipment.

Questions on Comms

Postby Geoffrey » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:43 pm

I am looking to do reconnaissance, I am wondering what would be a good radio and mic set up? Should I get one that is waterproof?
User avatar
Geoffrey
Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder
 
Team: N/A
Posts: 28
Age: 22
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:25 pm
Location: Eugene, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Matt » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:50 pm

I've never paid attention to whether or not radios are waterproof and never had problems with them in rain. However I've never been up to my neck in water at an event.
Image
User avatar
Matt
Webmaster
Webmaster
 
Team: APST
Posts: 12586
Age: 34
Images: 12159
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:32 pm
Location: Portland, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Geoffrey » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:58 pm

Do most teams use them?
User avatar
Geoffrey
Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder
 
Team: N/A
Posts: 28
Age: 22
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:25 pm
Location: Eugene, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Matt » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:05 pm

They are used more often at OP events than skirmishes. Definitely not a requirement, but a good thing to have, especially if you want to do recon. If your CO has no way to communicate, your recon won't be very effective.
Image
User avatar
Matt
Webmaster
Webmaster
 
Team: APST
Posts: 12586
Age: 34
Images: 12159
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:32 pm
Location: Portland, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby LiquidSnak » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:45 pm

Lots of radios are water resistant, which I definitely recommend if you are planning on playing in very wet weather. Midland radios are very good, and are fairly inexpensive on amazon.com.
Biggest Postwhore, 2008
Osprey wrote:
McNair wrote:Are you guys really that f***ing daft?
I'm sorry I didn't know I had to hear to read a post

I leave for FIVE MINUTES, and there's flies having SEX ON MY KEYS D:
User avatar
LiquidSnak
1337
1337
 
Team: N/A
Posts: 5416
Age: 28
Images: 7
Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:21 pm
Location: Portland, Oregon

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Jester316 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:05 pm

Comms are the most volitile thing in airsoft. Very rarely have I been to a game where comms work all day. Either someone gets pissed off at the idiot hot miking and calling for help by "that one tree with the green leaves".
Image

FIRE CLEANSES ALL!
User avatar
Jester316
1337
1337
 
Team: SpecDet1
Posts: 5795
Age: 26
Images: 6
Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:26 am
Location: Beaverton

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Jewish Ninja » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:13 am

Comms are important, but pretty low on the gear totem pole. Before investing in a radio, make sure you have spare: eye pro ( easy stuff to lose and the most important part if your kit), batteries and mags.

After that's done, I'd look into a midland set. You can get a pack of 2 with a recharging station for about $60 on ebay last I looked. They work great for airsoft and you can't beat the price.

Also, if you're running a plate carrier, or some other setup, be sure to keep your radio accessible. Having it on your back is a bad idea as you always need someone to adjust the volume/change the channel for you.
Image
Threepeat! AP Gearwhore of the Year.
WWGFD?
Adjective noun is adjective.
User avatar
Jewish Ninja
1337
1337
 
Team: SpecDet1
Posts: 3784
Age: 28
Images: 13
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:22 pm
Location: Gresham

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby McNair » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:34 am

Jewish Ninja wrote:Also, if you're running a plate carrier, or some other setup, be sure to keep your radio accessible. Having it on your back is a bad idea as you always need someone to adjust the volume/change the channel for you.


This is good advice. I made the mistake of putting mine on the back of my PC to keep it out of the way and what not. However, not being able to easily change the channel, volume, etc without taking my PC off or having someone else do it was quite a bitch.
You WILL have to adjust the volume/change the channel during the game.
User avatar
McNair
1337
1337
 
Team: 7/42ndAIR
Posts: 7088
Age: 32
Images: 5
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:27 pm
Location: Vernonia

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby pulsipher » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:39 am

McNair wrote:
Jewish Ninja wrote:Also, if you're running a plate carrier, or some other setup, be sure to keep your radio accessible. Having it on your back is a bad idea as you always need someone to adjust the volume/change the channel for you.


This is good advice. I made the mistake of putting mine on the back of my PC to keep it out of the way and what not. However, not being able to easily change the channel, volume, etc without taking my PC off or having someone else do it was quite a bitch.
You WILL have to adjust the volume/change the channel during the game.


You could also have a team mate adjust it for you
Image
Image

45 Foes and counting 07/23/2012
User avatar
pulsipher
Soldier
Soldier
 
Team: SOTA
Posts: 687
Age: 30
Images: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:03 pm
Location: Mesa, Arizona

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby McNair » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:41 am

It's not always an option to have someone adjust the radio for you.
User avatar
McNair
1337
1337
 
Team: 7/42ndAIR
Posts: 7088
Age: 32
Images: 5
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:27 pm
Location: Vernonia

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Geoffrey » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:29 am

Throat mic or regular headset?
User avatar
Geoffrey
Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder
 
Team: N/A
Posts: 28
Age: 22
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:25 pm
Location: Eugene, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby McNair » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:44 am

Either/or.

For a throat mic, though, you need a nice one or it just sounds like shit.
User avatar
McNair
1337
1337
 
Team: 7/42ndAIR
Posts: 7088
Age: 32
Images: 5
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:27 pm
Location: Vernonia

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby pulsipher » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:47 am

McNair wrote:Either/or.

For a throat mic, though, you need a nice one or it just sounds like shit.



throat mics are garbage. get a headset
Image
Image

45 Foes and counting 07/23/2012
User avatar
pulsipher
Soldier
Soldier
 
Team: SOTA
Posts: 687
Age: 30
Images: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:03 pm
Location: Mesa, Arizona

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Matt » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:20 am

The best cheap earbud headset I have had is this guy. It outlasted most other earbuds I have owned, and stays comfortable in my ear.
Image
User avatar
Matt
Webmaster
Webmaster
 
Team: APST
Posts: 12586
Age: 34
Images: 12159
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:32 pm
Location: Portland, OR

Re: Questions on Comms

Postby Jewish Ninja » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:47 am

A $12 hand mic worked just fine for me. I haven't been too impressed with the build quality of the clone headsets to suggest one.
Image
Threepeat! AP Gearwhore of the Year.
WWGFD?
Adjective noun is adjective.
User avatar
Jewish Ninja
1337
1337
 
Team: SpecDet1
Posts: 3784
Age: 28
Images: 13
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:22 pm
Location: Gresham

Next

Return to Comms

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests