Tactical Ear Protection with communication capabilities is seriously cool… AND SERIOUSLY EXPENSIVE.
If you have wanted to run drills or be able to communicate in noisy areas with your amateur radio, you already know that.
Comtac and Peltor make radio enabled ear muffs, but they are about $500 a pop.
You are going to learn a technique to provide yourself with a 700 dollar communication setup for about 120 bucks!!!
Typically you would need:
Your system will not look exactly like what I just explained, because we are going to do a little comm hacking!
How can I achieve hearing protection with radio communication on a budget?!
If you don’t already have a radio, then you will need one. My guess is that you already have one, because you are an awesome super prepper.
On the off chance that you DON’T have a radio in mind, I will be explaining how to connect everything using Baofeng Radio since it is a cheap programmable radio.
You can find a nice little radio kit on Amazon: BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8W High Power – BaoFeng’s Best TRI-POWER (1, 4, 8 Watt) (USA Warranty) Dual-Band 136-174/400-520Mhz (VHF/UHF) Ham Two-way Radio – With Large Battery, High Gain Antenna, Earpiece, Charger, and More
The Baofeng Programmable Radio has a Kenwood K1 Connection which you can find in the radio connection chart at Planet Head Set.
Baofengs have amazing capabilities, but are super cheap. You can program it to do almost anything.
Like I said, a Comtac has an earmuff with an attached microphone, but will also cost your first-born child. Comtac as a company, isn’t the problem. Most reputable companies cost a bunch for these.
Get a good quality headset with a 3.5 mm stereo jack (the plug that is on headphones) for iPod. These are fairly cheap in comparison to some of the more digital ones that are designed for more.
For the headset you could go with the Howard Leight 1030110 Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff.
Really, all you need is a touch to talk mic. You don’t need some fancy hands-free gadget when these work just fine.
These clip onto your clothing very well.
No one will be able to hear your mic as long as you have head phones plugged into it, but with THIS setup, you can use the mic and speaker WITHOUT plugging in headphones if you don’t want them.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE OPTIONS, PEOPLE!
Get a cheap Baofeng Speaker MIC for 6 bucks: BAOFENG Speaker MIC For BAOFENG UV-5R 5RA 5RB 5RC 5RD 5RE 5REPLUS 3R+
All you have to do is get a male 3.5mm to male 3.5mm adapter cable. It just looks like a headphone jack on both sides.
This cable typically comes with any computer monitor you purchase for free, so you may have one.
If not, you can just purchase it: StarTech.com MU3MMSRA 3 feet Slim 3.5mm to Right Angle Stereo Audio Cable – M/M
Baofeng Radio setup is a cheap option.
Here is a breakdown of the way I recommend you connect it:
And all of this for a total of $120!
I use a completely different setup at work. A Motorola with a multi-pin setup.
The great equalizer? My radio has a mic with a 3.5mm jack. Headphones can be put in these.
Let me know what AWESOME radio setup YOU HAVE!
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