Possibly a couple of really silly questions but bear in mind I am absolutely totally non-technical and have never owned an intercom headset:
1. What is this 'PMR radio' that Rob speaks of? Is it additional equipment that I need?
2. I regularly blat with a couple of muscle head guys in their American Tin Tops. They communicate via CB and always give me a handset which I can't use because the sound quality is terrible and there is too much wind noise in the Caterham. Would your headset be able to communicate with them? Suspect the answer is no but worth asking the question
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1. A PMR (Private Mobile Radio) radio is basically what we all know as a walkie talkie. One of the most commonly used Radios is the BaoFeng UV-5R. This is readily available from many websites for under £30. The JAL PRO-COM headset is designed to work with virtually any PMR radio available today. You simply plug the PRO-COM into the PMR and then the PTT (Push To Talk) button and volume are controlled via the PRO-COM headset.
2. The CB radio is an unknown factor but certainly worth investigating for you. Can you find out the make and model of the handset they give you?
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So just for reference, to use a BaoFeng UV-5R in the UK you would need a Amateur Radio license (Ham Radio). A BaoFeng UV-5R isn't a PMR radio, it's too powerful and has a removable antenna, features which mean it can't be classed as a PMR.
Search "PMR 446 License free" to find a vast range of radios you can use without a license.
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Cheers guys. I will investigate. They refer to it as a CB but the handset they give me is essentialy a walkie talkie with a PTT. I will find our exactly what it is they use
Just looking around the tinterweb and came across this:
So would I be correct in thinking that, with this I could give a handset to each of my mates in their tintops and I could connect a Jal system to my handset and we could all communicate (provided of course we were within range of each other).
This is irrespective of whatever system they use at the moment because they freely admit it's old and not very good.
I would avoid Motorola if you want a compatible radio. Motorola use their own special connections for external options.
The question of 'which radio' has been raised several times already so I am also looking at offering a compatible radio.
I promised to keep members updated so I am pleased to announce that the JAL PRO-COM Headset has now been launched. Full details are available here.
There is a Bluetooth and Non-Bluetooth version and a host of accessories to tailor the system to your exact requirements. The system is modular so you can buy a single headset to get you started and then add to your system later if required.
I am also trying an experimental 'PRO-COM System Builder' to help customers through the buying process. An FAQ will be coming shortly.
As with all JAL products there are interest free payments available.