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post #1 of 5 Old 05-10-2007, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Converting GFRS handheld to VoX

I have a couple of Cobra GFRS units that I use on snowmobiling. They have Vox capability but not when the units are connected to the mating earpiece/boom mics. They've worked great at speed on the sleds (way noisier than the Wee) and I want to convert them to full Vox using the headsets (so I don't have to keep hitting the PTT sw all the time while on the bike). Would be ideal for an upcoming trip to BC.

Has anyone ever done this. ?

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I have a couple of Cobra GFRS units that I use on snowmobiling. They have Vox capability but not when the units are connected to the mating earpiece/boom mics. They've worked great at speed on the sleds (way noisier than the Wee) and I want to convert them to full Vox using the headsets (so I don't have to keep hitting the PTT sw all the time while on the bike). Would be ideal for an upcoming trip to BC.

Has anyone ever done this. ?

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rhbell, did you get these to work ?? The SO was making noises about being able to communicate while we are out riding. I was thinking hand held radios with a mic/ear piece would be a cheap way to go without getting a full blown system for cells, gps and all the rest. What model do you have and how have you mounted it/will mount it on the bike. I know nothing about these com systems so answer in small simple words for the technically challenged.

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Converting radios to full vox with headset

In a word - no . I have some electronics background but the case is so crammed full of miniature components that I wouldn't chance it since I use the radios in pure handheld mode for other things.

On my BC bike trip I got to try out a set of Midland handheld GRS units with full or e-Vox capabilities. In short - too much wind noise is generated at speed to allow intelligent speech - even playing with the Vox settings didn't help as it was extremely hard to hear at legal speeds, even with the non-headset ear plugged with an ear plug. Others may have had different results but for me, wouldnt work well enough to justify cost (around $100 plus headsets.) Space inside a helmet not designed for such is also a comfort consideration.

In the end we planned the next stages of our itinerary at every Tim Hortons we stopped at!

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Addition to my reply

When I reread this I realized I forgot something......I ended up purchasing the Midlands for a slightly different set of reasons. We tried them out trail riding on the ATVs and worked pretty well - wind noise being much lower, again some fornt end clipping but still usefull for majority.

Also, for fishing, especially fly fishing where you really need both hands free, the radios and headsets do work pretty well, again lower noise. We've been using them exclusively when we fish and get separated and it's nice to be able to handsfree take advantage of knowing where your buddies are. You must have the e-vox capabilityin your particular radio however to have VOX enabled when the headset is plugged in since most just have Vox only when used as a handheld, speaking into the built-in micrrophone.

Complete description can be found in www.royaldistributing.com catalog if anyone needs further information as well as the Midland Website.

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