DIY helmet communication using FRS radio and headset

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  1. KRS

    KRS Sand.... My Nemesis

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    A buddy and I are planning a dual-sport ride. I am thinking of making a DIY helmet comms set using my FRS radios, and buying a PTT button with headset and boom mic.

    Has anyone else pieced together their own "sena" type outfit?

    I don't need bluetooth because I don't listen to music when I ride and I don't answer phone calls.

    What experiences do you have?

    Motorola Talkabout T7150. Thinking about a planet headset dot com headset. An outfit called rugged radios dot com makes some neat stuff, but I don't have that in the budget.

    Thank you.
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  2. NorthIdaho800gsa

    NorthIdaho800gsa Bad influence

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    Good luck. there have been many a post on the subject. However, very little follow through. let us know how it goes. there is always interest in this.
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  3. KRS

    KRS Sand.... My Nemesis

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    Hmmm, makes me wonder (like on any forum) if:

    1) they found the answer and never posted a follow up

    Or

    2) they found it didnt work and never posted a follow up
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  4. Rubber Dutchman

    Rubber Dutchman Lurking Adventurer

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    I was looking into this ... and then my wife decided she didn't like riding the bike so I no longer have the need.
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  5. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll Supporter

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    I did just that. Our 2 "kids" lived with us during the summer while they were going to college. We did several multi-day road rides, Jen and John on their bikes and SWMBO 2-up with me.

    The 4 of us could all talk to each other. IIRC we had small Velcroed speakers on both sides and a small microphone stuck inside the chin bar of each full face helmet. PTT switch on the handlebars while wife would press talk on the radio itself. Radios were just tucked into jacket pockets. Batteries would typically last several days.

    Road and wind noise were minimal especially since we nearly always avoided high speed highways, sticking to 2 lane fun roads.

    They are living long distances away so we never used them since. Last year I tossed all the wiring after selling the radios.
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  6. Migolito

    Migolito Prognosticator and MotoYogi

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    Motorola has an in the helmet ptt system exactly for what your thinking. I paid about $50 if i remember right.
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  7. Malamute

    Malamute Low speed adventurer

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    Is there a workable mic system for those that dont use full face helmets?
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  8. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll Supporter

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    I believe that was what we used.


    Edit: I just looked and ebay has all sorts of Motorola accessories
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  9. Migolito

    Migolito Prognosticator and MotoYogi

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    IF you want to 'step it up' a little. PCI Radio (https://www.pciraceradios.com) is the best in the business. Call them and let em know what u want.
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  10. NorthIdaho800gsa

    NorthIdaho800gsa Bad influence

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    Didn't see anything in there really motorcycle specific.
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    thumpididump MacGyver

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  12. Migolito

    Migolito Prognosticator and MotoYogi

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    I'm not really looking to trash any company, however, Rugged Radios is simply rebranded chinese junk. PCI has what you need IF moving up from something like a motorola. CALL them up. They have lotsa stuff that is not on the site. BTW, they outfit many of the Baja racers, BITD racers, crews, etc.
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  13. foxyfoxadv

    foxyfoxadv n00b

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    not really DIY, but I got this figured out! I blogged about it > http://libertyfoxdefense.com/motorcycle-communications/

    basically, you use a bluetooth hub that connects to your radio. the BT hub talks to your BT intercom so you have wireless in the helmet.

    much much further distance than the suckie sena/packtalks of 200 yards :(

    FoxyFox
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  14. S/W

    S/W Long timer

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    I used a FRS system for a while and hated all the wires it took to use it on the bike. I finally stopped using the wires and hung the radio around my neck with a lanyard and listened with a single earbud, I talked into the radio and keyed it directly. Since 2010 I have used a Cardo with good results.
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  16. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    sena SMH5 + motorola mu350r under $200

    water proof ( radio and headset) works great.
    you can add a $10 Push to Talk button to the handle bars if you do not want to key the radio itself.
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  18. mr72

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    I looked into this pretty seriously and basically got talked out of it by everyone. Frankly I think the Sena/Cardo/etc. are over-solving for the simple problem of bike to bike communication. My main issue was that I think there's no way my 68 year old father is going to do bluetooth and he's who I need to communicate with. For me personally, having a bulky thing stuck to my helmet all the time was going to be too much of a drag for the utility it gave. But I'm going to watch this space in case someone comes up with a good solution that uses good old fashioned radios.
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  19. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    he doesn't have to "DO bluetooth"

    you can pair the units and turn them both on before the ride, then you and he talk just like you would face to face.

    a pair of SMH5 headsets is about $180, will give you 300-400 yards of range pretty reliable in the woods or in town

    and SMH10s ( almost double the range) cost a bit more than that.

    also, the "bulky thing" easily removes from the helmet anytime that you aren't using it.
    it weighs almost nothing and i use it daily for music or phone calls, so i never bother removing it.

    but its easy to do

    sens removal.jpg
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