Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:56 PM
What I wanted to do was to add an external mic to the radio, set it on voice activated, and set it out near the perimeter of camp or wherever we thought it might come in handy.
We could then, using a scanner, monitor each radios frequency. Each radio will be marked on a map, so if we get a hit from say, radio C, we will know exactly where the radio is, and we can watch that area more closely.
Here's the problem. The jack on my Motorola (2.5mm) is designed for use only with a earpiece-mic combination. I tried a few different mics with the same sized plug, and none of them fit quite right.
By only being able to use that type of ear/mic combination, we would be very limited as to the quality of mic that we could use.
I asked about the potential of using a ear/mic thats meant to be used on a cell phone. Thing is, again we'd have limited sound quality, beside the fact that most cellphone headsets aren't voice activated.
I was also told that sometimes Motorola sets up the radios so they will only work with Motorola accessories.
Now if any of this isn't correct, let me know, this is all from one guy at Radio Shack and they don't really know what they are talking about sometimes.
Now, to the New Piece of Gear part of the post. What I want is the ability to plug any kind of microphone into my radio. Whether someone can take an existing headset, eliminate the speaker, and somehow add a jack that will allow me to do so, or if someone knows of an adapter?
Any electronic wizards out there?
Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:11 PM
I built them years ago for use in conjunction with CB radios when they were popular; same principle would be used for any 2 way radio.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 01:54 PM
Anything too delicate just won't work. Often times we are carrying all our gear in on our backs. Things get bumped around, dropped, and exposed to the elements.
Of course the radios themselves aren't meant to be beat on and left out in the rain, so anything that we would attach to the radio we would like to be at least as durable as the radio itself, but they don't have to be made of cast iron.
Would it be possible to whip one up for me Jim?
Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:08 PM
Otherwise yes I have facilities here to put something together and verify the basic operation.
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