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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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What works for trail communications.

I am a Jeep guy and we use CB and now more and more FRS/GMRS on the trail. We use a and hand mic and usually the an external speaker in the Jeeps but I don't see that working on a four wheeler. Are there hands free voice activated options that will work for 4 wheelers?

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there are a bunch of pretty good systems designed to be worn inside a helmet(and we all should be wearing a helmet when riding our atv's ??)
I have never used any, so won't recommend a brand/model
but countless guys I know use them on snowmobile helmets and on street bikes.
to maybe get a better idea on what works best/better, try maybe browsing some of these sites(street bike, sled forums)
to get latest and greatest one's
many I know are blue tooth set ups
I tend to ride atv's lone, so never had a need for them!
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yeah I'm a GMRS guy myself...some of the last of the 5 watters ( and yes I have my license)

I'm not home right now so I can't recall the headsets/earpieces I have for mine..still a press-to-talk deal, but you can at least get the call while riding..not fancy, certainly not like an onboard big road bike system.

I'm old enough to still have my original CB license back when you needed them..and I have a couple handheld hams..one is a cheapo Baofeng, the other is an old trusty Yaesu, but really, a better grade /full power GMRS is going to cover about as well as anything especially when line of sight is an issue, and you aren't looking to be all formal across a repeater etc.

I tend to find myself solo riding as well..and when I am trail riding, it's nose to tail with the other guys..so we just don't need the radios..more of a techy geek thing for me to have a couple in the bag...there, I admit it (grin)
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frecom 4's mounted to our helmets. cant beat it. 2 way radio chat, fm radio, bluetooth to phone etc.
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I use a set of cardo scala rider Q2 multiset on my motorcycle and it should work with quads too. Except mine only has the intercom for 2 people and separately a third.

Their more expensive models add more “buddies.”
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you've got me curious Mac with the Frecomms... I know they've been good on road bikes..clean line of sight stuff...
but I'd love to hear your first hand experience when trail riding, hills, thick woods, etc..things that can really mess with Blutooth
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Thanks for all the feedback. I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to research any of it but I will. I just got back from the licensing office paying taxes and other fees on the four wheelers I just got. Now I'm broke.

It is something I'm going to look in and have to handle, I'm tired of trying to yell at my kids to go this way or that way come, that is proving to not be very effective.

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Thanks for all the feedback. I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to research any of it but I will. I just got back from the licensing office paying taxes and other fees on the four wheelers I just got. Now I'm broke.

It is something I'm going to look in and have to handle, I'm tired of trying to yell at my kids to go this way or that way come, that is proving to not be very effective.
well maybe not a perfect idea, but you can also teach your kids, basic hand signals, can also add some hand held radio's many have 2-5-+ mile ranges, just in case one gets separated, tell em STOP and wait!
a good set of mirrors do wonders keeping track of folks behind you,(helps you NOT get re ended if you use em)
and they do also sell turn signals you ca ad to things.
just some idea's , for those that ride insight of each other, the radio's do work in hills and Mt's pretty good, pending what hand held one's you get!

and don't forget, almost every one seems to have a phone these days that you can call if anyone gets lost too!
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cheapo Baofeng
what type did you get ? I have 4 ..... Never had a single issue with any of them , i have a helmet setup hands free vox operation (works perfectly) I've reached a distance of five miles with my high power 82 hp i wouldn't pass on a boafeng ... You can adjust about anything from power, sqelch, vox , dcs/ctcss tone, covers frs,gmrs,murs., they'll easily over talk those cheep handy talkies cobra , unidine , and even some motorola units I have also programmed one of mine to local emergency service repeater.... So i wouldn't pass on a boafeng ..... I would how ever do my research 1st.
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