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    Default In boat communications

    Up until now, I've not seen the need for communications within the boat.
    But recently, SWMBO and I (just on our own) have done a fair bit of "stern to" berthing in unfamiliar ports.
    So far things have gone smoothly but the big problem I have is finding SWMBO when she is busy.
    Shouting doesn't work (I've Tried It - not a good result!!)
    Hand held radios won't be any good either because both of us are busy using our hands.

    I was wondering if there was a simple headset (with a single earpiece like telephonists use) which contains a short range wireless communications.
    They would need to be simple enough to pop over the head/ear and use them - possibly VOX operated so no Press To Transmit PTT etc.

    There is a system of frequencies (FRS) see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Radio_Service that would keep away from marine channels.

    Reading up on Bike to Bike and Cycle to Cycle websites seem to have the solution - even using bluetooth.
    But these all seem t fix to the helmets.

    Anyone on here have any ideas??

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/TOTALDIGITAL...=radio+headset

    Says in helmet but it's just in ear really and VOX activated

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    What has Mary done with her long piece of string?

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    Doesnt bluetooth need unobstructed line of sight to work properly ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davo99 View Post
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/TOTALDIGITAL...=radio+headset

    Says in helmet but it's just in ear really and VOX activated
    A step in the right direction, but , even the open face version seems to need velcroing(sp) to the helmet.
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    Thought about using my bike stuff, but it would need adapting since it attaches to the helmets, as well as having earpeices under the helmet lining. Not tried them but this sort of thing seems worth a look:

    http://www.yachtunlimited.com/crew-communication.html

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    Have a look at this Hurricane:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PMR-SRBR-2...item1e724d6697
    or this:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Over-Head-...item4168e4156f

    either would plug into your hand helds.
    Last edited by davids0865; 21-06-13 at 14:16.
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    FRS is American, and I believe the frequencies have other uses in Europe hence the kit's technically illegal to use.

    The equivalent here is PMR446. Basically all "leisure" walkie-talkies (more than cheap kids' toys, less than pro radios with licenses) use these frequencies, there are tons of models out there. Most have sockets for headsets, and I'm fairly sure I've seen some with voice activation.

    Pete

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    No. Why would it?

    Obviously substantial obstructions between transmitter and receiver will reduce the range, like any radio. But it certainly doesn't need line of sight. When I used to bring my laptop down to the living room, it would remain connected to its bluetooth keyboard and mouse on my desk upstairs.

    Pete

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    You can buy vox headsets and peltor ear muffs with vox built in that attach to motorola uhf radios. The only problem is that anyone with a uhf can hear what your saying. I don't think bluetooth requires line of sight as phones can connect in other rooms? Actually if your in cell phone range then bluetooth headsets for your mobiles might work. Also usually free if your on the same network.

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