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Old 31 March 2008, 12:14   #1
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Helmets and VHF

I'm thinking of buying a Gecko helmet, and getting the VHF headset option.
Has anyone got any wise words to offer?
I really would like to wire it in to the fixed vhf set, but I'm a bit put off by their 'air switch' idea. Has anyone got one?
Any comments greatly appreciated!


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Old 31 March 2008, 15:30   #2
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Can't promise wisdom, but here's an opinion. The helmet/radio combi is pretty good, and I'm happy enough with air switch, but it's a good idea to make sure that it's ether everyone or no-one on the boat in helmets.


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Old 31 March 2008, 15:54   #3
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Helmets and VHF


We (Portishead Lifeboat) run a system of 6 Gecko helmets, one of these being their Video Helmet.

Each helmet has got the Gecko supplied headset, however, our system works on the Peltor DectCom system all suitably 'waterproofed' using a combination of IP rated boxes (for the base station) and Aquapacs (for the users handsets), rather than their standard VHF radio setup....the DectCom works on voice activation, therefore we do not have the in-line PTT switch.

I have to be honest, we have managed to 'kill' a few headsets, but this is mainly due to the conditions we operate in. The quality (before being subject to a few bad weather trips) is very good, but like all electronics, the presence of salt water can soon take its toll!!.

The Gecko helmets (as many other readers will confirm) are very good, they can appear a bit tight when new, but soon loosen up.

If you want any more info, let me know.

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Old 03 April 2008, 03:12   #4
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I have used these for years both into a hand held and into a main set.

I would suggest you speak to D S Developments.
They produce an "Adaptor Comm" to fit the Gecko.
Is very waterproof and works well.
They can also offer solutions for both hand held or fixed VHF's.

Tell them I sent you!

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