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Old 07 June 2006, 05:21   #1
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HH VHF too quiet

I have an Icom M1euorV radio. I don't have a fixed set as my engine is pull start and I have no battery. Trouble is, I can't hear the radio over the engine noise except at low revs. I have it clipped onto my bouyancy aid, as near to my ear as I can get it, with the volume turned up.

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Old 07 June 2006, 05:33   #2
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I think you can get an external speaker/microphone for the M1EuroV. We have one on our 601 - it's standard - and it's really handy as you can hold it to your ear to hear things more clearly.

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I believe you try anyone of these with the M1euroV

http://talkingheadsets.co.uk/pdfs/Waterproof_Marine.pdf

Not cheap though.

Or you could try these guys to see if they can do the right connector

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/D-Shape-Earpie...QQcmdZViewItem

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Or the Icom version:http://www.icomuk.co.uk/categoryRend...3509&cCID=5105 I have no idea what price though!
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Tim,

I have the same set as you.

Buying an extra mike/ handset for it won't make it any louder. I have the Icom HM125 mike and its actually quieter than the handset itself. Strange because its actually quite large compared to the handset. Its a bit oversized really.

Persevere with just the handset. I have mine fittted to my life jacket on the left breast area and that gets it near my ear.

I don't think you'll ever get away from the disadvantages of having no cockpit and having the wind whistling round you.

Strangely with that handset there is no way of fitting an ear piece. Thats what i normally do with handsets and then you can hear them. If you find a way to fit an ear piece let us know.

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MikeB,
Thanks for your suggestions. I've emailed Talking Headsets to find out if any of those are waterproof and I've emailed the Ebayer to find out if he can help.

Biggles,
Thanks for the advice about the fist mic. I had wondered about getting on, but didn't want to fork out about £70 to see if it worked. I'll let you know how I get on.

Mr Brookes, any ideas?

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PS would acoustic foam in the cowl of the engine help and if so, how much?
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I don't know about your boat but on mine I would say the noise was mostly wind noise rather than engine noise?
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Gaffer tape it to your head. Three turns around the head should be ok. Remember to keep the other ear free for missus to nag into.
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Or the Icom version:http://www.icomuk.co.uk/categoryRend...3509&cCID=5105 I have no idea what price though!
Around 80 quid list.
Maybe 70 if someone's being nice.
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I believe you try anyone of these with the M1euroV

http://talkingheadsets.co.uk/pdfs/Waterproof_Marine.pdf

Not cheap though.

Or you could try these guys to see if they can do the right connector

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/D-Shape-Earpie...QQcmdZViewItem

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The guy on ebay doesn't have anything to fit the M1euroV. Talking Headsets got back to me very quick - they do the Telex Stinger PTT headset which is waterproof for £264+vat or the "special price to you" of £199+VAT.

Thanks Alice for the gaffa tape idea, I think I'll wait to see if Mr Jon Brooks can offer any other sugestions before tearing all my hair out with gaffa tape. If you see anyone driving a little orange RIB with a bald patch round his head then you'll know it's me, AFTER I've pulled the tape off!

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