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Old 20 November 2020, 11:52   #1
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Waterproof PTT headset?

Always difficult to hear the radio at speed........ Does anyone know if there is a waterproof PTT headset available that can be made to interface with an ICOM fixed VHF?? Either cabled or even better over bluetooth????
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Old 20 November 2020, 12:51   #2
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Always difficult to hear the radio at speed........ Does anyone know if there is a waterproof PTT headset available that can be made to interface with an ICOM fixed VHF?? Either cabled or even better over bluetooth????
As a pleasure Boater (although ALL weather Ribber ) I've never found or felt a need for headset radio link...but if your RIB is particularly noisy for some reason and you still do feel the need ...why not just hook up a good quality Loudspeaker for coms which you can engage (or not ) as necessary ..
Can't imagine you going to wear your headset coms on a lovely sunny day with family onboard in Flaaaat conditions (even at speed)??

It'll save you a decent amount of money... and Pfaff!.... enable you to still wear Gheckos or equivalent without the need to find compatable Helmet coms Hardware ...and be one less electronic thing at the mercy of care Salt and maintenance...
For me good communication between helm and crew especially in extreme conditions ...is more important than Radio monitoring .....and would inevitably only be compromised by constantly wearing headgear for that purpose.
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Old 20 November 2020, 13:26   #3
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Always difficult to hear the radio at speed........ Does anyone know if there is a waterproof PTT headset available that can be made to interface with an ICOM fixed VHF?? Either cabled or even better over bluetooth????
I don't know anything about them but Gecko do headsets.

https://www.geckoheadgear.com/shop/communications/
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As a pleasure Boater (although ALL weather Ribber ) I've never found or felt a need for headset radio link...but if your RIB is particularly noisy for some reason and you still do feel the need ...why not just hook up a good quality Loudspeaker for coms which you can engage (or not ) as necessary ..
Can't imagine you going to wear your headset coms on a lovely sunny day with family onboard in Flaaaat conditions (even at speed)??

It'll save you a decent amount of money... and Pfaff!.... enable you to still wear Gheckos or equivalent without the need to find compatable Helmet coms Hardware ...and be one less electronic thing at the mercy of care Salt and maintenance...
For me good communication between helm and crew especially in extreme conditions ...is more important than Radio monitoring .....and would inevitably only be compromised by constantly wearing headgear for that purpose.


Same here, even at speed, certain words get through to your brain.
Your boat’s name & “mayday” being the obvious ones. The newer Icom sets also automatically record the last 2 minutes of traffic, so you can replay it if reqd.
I have a Gecko headset that I use (rarely) which plugs into my handheld if it gets really lairy.
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I added a loudspeaker to one of my earlier boats, made for good clear comms but haven't bothered with the current one as I've not yet failed to ever hear the callsign.
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