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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Ck622, Jan 9, 2014.
Thanks for the detailed report
In the directions for this radio does it say anything about GMRS repeaters? I am wondering if this unit is capable of using them. I am not seeing any mention of this capability on Motorola's website.
I bought a set of these radios based on the reviews in this thread so far. I ride with a group with a variety of short range and incompatible Cardo and Sena intercomms, so these will let us converge on a long range FRS/GMRS standard. I wanted a remote PTT, but not a wireless one that cost more than the radio itself, so I picked up a cheap Motorola compatible headset on ebay for under $10.
I was worried that plugging in the wired headset would disable the bluetooth connection, and I couldn't find any information online to say yes or no. So in case others are wondering too, I can report that it works exactly how you want it to. Enabling the bluetooth link overrides and disables the mic and earphone in the wired headset, but the PTT button still works. No mods, no cracking open the radio, just a cheap ebay headset and you've got yourself a wired PTT button.
So I received a pair of the radios last Friday. They seem to be a step up from the grms radios that I have previously purchased. The pairing procedure with the sena bluetooth headsets is critical to smooth transition between media.
My setup is:
Sena smh10 (latest firmware)
iPhone 5s (phone and music)
Clear all pairings on all devices
Pair the sena and iPhone as a phone (hfp and a2dp)
Pair sena and mu350r using multi point pairing on hfp (this is key)
Pair other sena headsets
I have them and the g9 did not pair like said earlier.
they work great with the Cardo q2
as far as the PPT why it has VOX and IVOX the battery will go faster but its ready and you can just talk. B
Confirmed to work with Cardo Q3, paired as Phone #2 (vol - for pairing), phone #1 (S4) streams music/directions, incoming/outgoing radio transmission interrupts music, then resumes. I've only had it kill music completely once, otherwise works OK.
I got the same case as chrish4ku (thanks for the tip), found home for it on the left mirror on my GS, the antenna is sort of held in place by the flap on the Wunderlich bag so it's pretty stable and in reach:
Btw I assume that you have all applied for the operator license to use the 1.5W channels... right? Riiiiight? Because I may not have done that...
Just used these again in Death Valley, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes. These are the top of the line radios here folks....
How did you manage to attach it vertically to a backpack strap?
VS is their own brand, completely unrelated to Motorola.
Vertex Standard provides air-band and commercial equipment.
Yaesu is VS's amateur line.
Standard Horizon is their marine line.
Nope. I have yet to encounter a consumer-level FRS/GMRS handheld that has repeater capability.
Another neat radio to check out is BCA's BC Link radio.
Volume/PTT/Preset controls on the speaker-mic.
Rechargeable through Mini-B USB.
Simple and straight-forward to use.
The A..F dial is for "presets" - set that to A, set the radio to 1-1, turn to B, set to 2-2, C, 3-3, whatever channels/PL's you want for the letters... then you can switch between those presets by changing the dial on the mic.
Downside to these radios - They lack a PTT/Spkr/Mic on the unit itself - radio MUST be operated through the speaker/mic.
IMO they're a little pricey for what they are, but overall they're built well and seem to work pretty well too.
Just zip tied it to the strap with two ties.
Is there something a ziptie cannot do?
Thanks so much for this thread. Our group just purchased this setup for snowmobiling. We bought the scala rider QZ ($109 at motorcycle-superstore.com) and the mu354r. Work perfect together. I wired up a ptt button to the handle bar and put the Motorola in a storage bag on my hood. Paired my iPhone to the QZ as well for calls and streaming music. When someone keys the Motorola the music turns off and the device switches to the Motorola as expected and back when complete.
I really like the QZ. Volume is loud and exactly what we wanted for long range. The intercom functionality on the higher end units was not what we wanted.
So you can add the QZ to the list of compatible helmet headset devices. Can't beat the price either.
I just came back from a 1500 mile trip (bike/Q3 + car) and the radios worked great for communications between the vehicle and the rider even though the car's Faraday cage reduces the range a LOT. The only thing that you have to remember is that there's about a 2 sec delay before you push the PTT button and before the BT unit switches over the the radio channel - so just count two Mississippis before you actually start talking.
Btw is there any magic needed to pair the radio with a Sena 10? I couldn't get it to work with any of the units I tried, I followed the steps described here and it was always a no-go.
Did you clear all the previous pairings first?
Yeah, no. How do you do that?
My group of riders has been using the Motorola MT352R for two years now, and they've worked out great. We bought the Motocomm helmet kit which includes a PTT handlebar button, installed the speakers/mic in our helmets, and put the radios in pouches on our tank bags. Works like a charm and the range is around 1-2 miles.
There are better options in terms of range (5W GMRS radios that use repeaters, giving a 25+ miles range), but each rider needed a license to legally operate them, so that is not practical for us right now.
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Those units aren't BT capable like the MU350R.
Looks like there are many different options for PTT use. Motorola 1884 is a wired PTT and headset. PTT button is separate from the headset so can be used with the radio and BT communicator in the helmet. About $50. I would think just mount radio on bike and wired PTT button on handlebar next to grip.
Better than the BT PTT button. No need to recharge the wired one.
I am interested to know how that setup works for you. I am trying to figure out what to buy.