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Old 18 October 2004, 13:15   #41
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Ordered a Gecko this morning. Went for a blue one, which came in at around £150. Apparently it will arrive tomorrow!!
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Old 19 October 2004, 09:21   #42
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You won’t be disappointed. Tried out my new Gecko helmet last weekend, really excellent. Don’t know how I survived last winter without one !
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Old 19 October 2004, 14:06   #43
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Tried mine for the first time today,really excellent and discovered a hidden feature,it stops raining when you wear it and starts when you take it off.
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Old 20 October 2004, 17:33   #44
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The Gecko came in the post yesterday.

Im very impressed with the company; it was about 22 hours from ordering to it being on my kitchen table! Would order again (although somewhat pricey at £150.44!)

The Gecko sticker was a bonus!!
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Old 20 October 2004, 18:26   #45
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Those Helmets are the Dogs Bo___cks.
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Old 26 October 2004, 08:06   #46
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Geckos & Comms units

THe gecko helmets are good yes, ive had the latest version, the mk10 i think, for about 18 months now and have been out in the winter in hail and rain with it many times and thanked it time and time again.

Some of the non-rnli volunteer rescue crews dont go for them mind, as they think that the lightweight design of the mk10 is a bit cold at sea in winter. I have though this and have got myself a nice micro-fleece balaclava to go with it!

Manos is right about communica, as far as i am aware they supply the comms units to go with the helmets for the professional boys, rnli etc......

whether the guys in bude (gecko) fit the kit at their operation or its something the rnli retro-fit i dont know, has anybody got any ideas?

I am looking at fabricating a headset to go into my gecko where i want intercom to another helmet on the boat. Has anybody got any ideas that will be a nice job , not break the bank, and have any significant advantages.

So far i can see a couple of options

1. A cheap motorcycle intercom set from maplins for £20 wrapped up in a plastic bag (what we have got at the minute but not ideal)

2. PMR Radio operating on VOX , tucked inside your jacket pocket.


any other offers?
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Old 29 October 2004, 09:55   #47
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2. PMR Radio operating on VOX , tucked inside your jacket pocket.

I've used this option on occasions but the vox is next to useless - even on some of our models that have variable vox sensitivity. The wind noise / coughing etc always defeats it. We use them with a push to talk button still active. that way you can make the decision whe you want the other person to hear you and when you want to swear at them under your breath.

I find the PMRs really useful when putting the boat on the trailer or even sending someone for chips !

If you want a duplex conversation then the motorcycle intercom sounds reasonable and at £20 is disposable when the water does get to it - which Im sure it will.

If you want reliable duplex comms then id have to say cost up for the real thing.

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Old 29 October 2004, 20:13   #48
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intercoms

Me and the missus have used coms from a company called Autocom, on the bikes for many years. They are at the upper end of the price range, depending on spec. We have never had a problem with water ingress and I ride through the year. Good clear sounding kit (tested on a honda blackbird).

I have one for sale at the moment, Autocom pro M1 cost to you £4300.00 and you get a full spec Honda CBR 1100XX Super Blackbird thrown in for free!!!!!

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Old 30 October 2004, 17:54   #49
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I have one for sale at the moment, Autocom pro M1 cost to you £4300.00 and you get a full spec Honda CBR 1100XX Super Blackbird thrown in for free!!!!!

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Martin,

Looking at your signature, I take it you don't ride the bike during the week? That must be quarter throttle in first gear on a Blackbird
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