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09-16-2009 12:06 PM  11 years ago
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sjiraffn

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Communication between pilot and cameraman/spotter ?
Hi
With the noisy nature of the gasser as an AP/AV-platform, the old "shout-at-eachother" will not work for communication;aparently
So I am considering some radiocommunication between me and the "other one".
What do you guys in here use for theese type of operations, when you need to have som communication with the cameraoperator?

Will you need some voice-activated mics as well?

Thomas
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09-16-2009 12:32 PM  11 years ago
oneskidshort

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Believe it or not....I found the easiest and most reliable is just using a handsfree bluetooth with my cell phone. I tried a couple of voice activated walkie talkies with different headsets, but found my cell phone worked fine...........there I was, out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas.......
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09-16-2009 12:36 PM  11 years ago
mickmikeyboy

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The old 2 cans and string works great, you do need to learn to fly with one hand however another system uses 4 cans and two strings duct tape one can to your ear and one to your mouth and vise versa on the camera man/woman. Good luck!

Oh just a warning, don't listen to other posts that suggest superglueing the cans to the head, personal experience says they were joking!

Lol, anyhow actually I haven't tried anything from personal experience but the cheapest way would be a couple hands free units and just use your cell phones, everyone has one and they're wireless these days. You do need to spend a good $90 or more to get good noise canceling, I'd recommend Jawbone. What's more is you can use it in daily life too not just on the job.
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09-16-2009 12:37 PM  11 years ago
sjiraffn

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Yes, I have also considered that exact same solution. And that might be it for now, but here in Norway, there are still some white spots with low to no signal. Spescially up in the mountains. Not that we will be doing to much business in those places, but it would be nice to have a backup that is independent from cell-nets.

But thanx alot for the input. Good to see that it is a tested and proven solution for our kind of work as well.
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09-16-2009 12:39 PM  11 years ago
Art-Tistic

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Provided you have good cell reception in the area you're working, the easiest solution with clear duplex communication can be achieved with cell phones and headsets. I prefer wired over blue tooth.

Additionally I now have my Camera Op using a mobile monitoring system so we are only feet apart at any given time and there is no fear of loss of communication.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
Anthony
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09-16-2009 12:54 PM  11 years ago
BigguyOz

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Call me cheap, but we are quite happy with a pair of voice-activated 40mhz UHF two-way radios,just as long as we remember that the first couple of words are sacrificed to firing up the Vox Tony Stott
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09-16-2009 11:54 PM  11 years ago
Vortex Aerial

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09-17-2009 06:43 AM  11 years ago
daytonabeach

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Get this, big bang for bucks, bought this kit couple of months ago, voice activated and light weight, comes in a suitcase with double of everything, great deal and a range of 5-10km depending on the conditions.
http://www.teknikmagasinet.no/
Enter Topcom TwinTalker 9100 in the search field...
Never argue with an idiot, he'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience...
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09-17-2009 10:53 PM  11 years ago
Steveact1

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If you want to go high end, Motorola makes a programmable walkie-talkie that matches up with a Bose noise canceling headset with VOX. This is the same unit they use in fire trucks. It's like sitting in your family room talking without all the noise. They're pricey though...2 radios with headsets are around $1,700.
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09-18-2009 03:46 AM  11 years ago
Gary Travis

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I have tried many brands but switched to these about a year ago and wouldn"t use anything else. Well worth the investment

http://www.eartec.com/Wireless%20Wi...m4personwi.html
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09-18-2009 04:02 PM  11 years ago
puneetp

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EARTEC is the best bang for the buck.

However we were tight on budget so did this for time being.A cheaper workable solution.

- Panasonic Cordless Phone with 2 handsets (on 5.8GHz Dect6 or 2.4Ghz ). Should have headset jack

- Power the base station with the battery in the ground station at 9v.

- Buy Jabra Headsets or Panasonic Headsets.

- Call intercom to your pilot either ways.

thats it .. its very clear and good range.

- Puneet
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