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Old 03-19-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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Bike to Bike Communication Technologies

Did a search, came up empty...

What have you used to using multi bike communications? Aside from headset specific stuff such as G9's (Scala).

What I am interested in is a system which I can use phone, VHF Radio, GPS, and MP3 without changing wires n plugs. I would love to be able to talk to a buddy while navigating a city suburb or mountain trail. Be able to stream music or receive a call, get audible directions from my GPS when needed.

Using my Iphone and my G9's, I can do some of the above. What I cannot do is use a two way radio (VHS or other) with my phone. The trick is to have a one system gateway to these communication tools that does not require too much (as little as possible) friggin around with while riding.

I found BAEHR systems online, these suckers are EXPENSIVE, but have the ability to do what I have described above. Has anyone found something that is not so pricy, or do you have ideas about creating a multi-tool for communicating?

Please don't interject debate statements about distracted driving etc. This is a TECH discussion on finding the right tools for the job.
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:05 PM   #3
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I love my sena SMH10. I have had it for almost 3 years and it keeps on ticking. The latest firmware update lets it connect to other brands of headsets as well for voice communication.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:15 AM   #4
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Far and away, the best solution for this is the Autocom system.

I had the same issue, and went thru several bluetooth systems before landing on it.

It manages my Garmin GPS, phone, MP3, as well as 2m/440 radio.

https://autocomdirect.com/

I have no interest in the company other than a VERY happy customer.

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:09 AM   #5
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Hy,

If you are still looking for a solution to connect all those gizmos, here you have it : http://service.alan-electronics.de/B...GB-manuals.pdf ( go to page 9 for english ). It costs about 100 ( 120$ I guess ), and you can connect to it even a PTT button for controlling the VHF radio.

Hope it helps !
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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Hy,

If you are still looking for a solution to connect all those gizmos, here you have it : http://service.alan-electronics.de/B...GB-manuals.pdf ( go to page 9 for english ). It costs about 100€ ( 120$ I guess ), and you can connect to it even a PTT button for controlling the VHF radio.

Hope it helps !
That's pretty interesting, but I never heard of the "a radio with PMR 446 or LPD", which is claims is some standard for PTT(?). Is that some EU thing?

I'm currently using a SENA SR10 / SMH10 combo. My GPS and Ham Radio is plugged into the SR10 (along w/ a PTT switch), and the SR10 is paired to the SMH10 via BT, as is my Smartphone, which I also use as an MP3 player. (Alternatively, a 'normal' MP3 player can be plugged into the SR10 as well, or some of the SENA headset bases have a 3.5mm jack as well.)

I don't use the headset for bike-to-bike comms, but everything else works pretty well. I can ride along listening to music off my phone and control FF/RW via the headset (SMH10). If a call comes in, I can answer via voice or a tap of the headset, and the phone pauses the music and the call is connected. If the GPS speaks, it interrupts the music, as does the VHF radio. All pretty seamless!

Edit - BTW, the way I have it all wired, I never unplug anything. The SR10 and the VHF radio run off bike power and are automatically turned on/off with the bike. If I want, I plug my cell into a AUX power lead on the bike and keep it charged as well when riding. That same lead (constant hot) charges the SMH10 when I'm off the bike.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:56 AM   #7
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That's pretty interesting, but I never heard of the "a radio with PMR 446 or LPD", which is claims is some standard for PTT(?). Is that some EU thing?
It's pretty much the same thing as FRS on that side of the pond, i.e. no license required, a fixed set of frequencies available, and pretty low transmit power if you want to stay legal.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:33 PM   #8
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What I need!

Thanks! One question on running your two way radio and the PPT button. Did you have to add a PTT to the unit or did it come with it?

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That's pretty interesting, but I never heard of the "a radio with PMR 446 or LPD", which is claims is some standard for PTT(?). Is that some EU thing?

I'm currently using a SENA SR10 / SMH10 combo. My GPS and Ham Radio is plugged into the SR10 (along w/ a PTT switch), and the SR10 is paired to the SMH10 via BT, as is my Smartphone, which I also use as an MP3 player. (Alternatively, a 'normal' MP3 player can be plugged into the SR10 as well, or some of the SENA headset bases have a 3.5mm jack as well.)

I don't use the headset for bike-to-bike comms, but everything else works pretty well. I can ride along listening to music off my phone and control FF/RW via the headset (SMH10). If a call comes in, I can answer via voice or a tap of the headset, and the phone pauses the music and the call is connected. If the GPS speaks, it interrupts the music, as does the VHF radio. All pretty seamless!

Edit - BTW, the way I have it all wired, I never unplug anything. The SR10 and the VHF radio run off bike power and are automatically turned on/off with the bike. If I want, I plug my cell into a AUX power lead on the bike and keep it charged as well when riding. That same lead (constant hot) charges the SMH10 when I'm off the bike.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:43 PM   #9
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Came with the SR10.
http://senabluetooth.com/product/ada...tab-in-the-box
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