Post by Bishop (Task-Force Nightmare) on Mar 24, 2013 15:14:13 GMT -5
Hello i'm in the market for a new radio. I have read the other thread "Radios" but I was just confused. So I was wondering what do some of you guys run for radios and headsets. I'm on a $200 budget. Any input helps! Sent from my SCH-I535 using proboards
Tank and I started using ICOM F4011s and they have been great. Others guys have since adopted them and so far everyone seems to like them. With radio, headset and programming equipment you will be close to $200 but probably a little over that amount.
We bought them at the link below. They have the best price and their customer service is great.
I would personally recommend that you stay away from replica sordin/comtac headsets. Some people have good luck with them, but mine would only transmit. I've been told that this was because I wasn't using a radio with enough power, so that may be the case. However, I have heard of tons of them just not working after a while, and for how much they cost they just seem like a waste to me. I say just get real ones or bust. I still need to buy a decent radio, but based on reviews I am buying a puxing 888, which is a bit cheaper than the icom that X recommended, but more features. Icom is a more reputable brand and may be more durable and such, but mine is going in a mbitr dummy so I expect it to be fine for me. I think your best bet is probably just a speaker mic if you are trying to stay cheap.
That would work just fine. I'd recommend finding a Comtac III rather than a Comtac II, or picking up a pair of MSA Sordins. Quality generally goes Comtac IIIs > Sordins > Comtac IIs. It isn't clear in Botach's description if they include the mic, I would verify that you would receive that before ordering.
You'll need a specific icom PTT for that, rather than the standard U283 plugged PTT. They are semi rare but pop up on ebay, or you can get one custom done. Don't buy a PTT at retail, they charge out the ass.
Sordins can be found for 150-200 on ebay, if not less if you're patient. Comtacs are generally more expensive.
You could also buy the sordins with the maritime plug, which have an impedance compatible with civilian radios from what I've heard. You would then either have to get an expensive TEA ptt or have them converted to a standard plug. This guy on ebay looks like he'll do several mods for sordins if you choose to go that route. www.ebay.com/sch/ssgtcarroll1/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3686
All in all though, I feel comtacs are the more simple route, since if the impedance is mismatched then you just get a replica mic for like $20, plug it in and you are good to go.
Either the sordin or the comtac route will certainly put you over your budget though if you go with real steel stuff.