These are 1 Watt radios.Christopher how do these compare (in range) to the 530hcx rino that you have?
Where did you see these for $119.00 the link shows $149.00 when I looked them up.
Agreed.If the BCA radios had in helmet speakers and microphone along with adjustable VOX... I would buy in an instant.... the Cardio intercom just don't have any range but the in helmet system with VOX is way cool.... we don't use them on sleds but do use them on our motorcycles... but when you have to spread way out due to dust they are worthless...
Which speakers are you running?I installed a pair of Tork helmet speakers in my helmet to use with the BCA Link headphone jack. This works awesome. You can hear someone call you when WOT, but you still don't have to turn it up way loud. Several in my group have this set-up and it works great.
I took one of Mike Duffy's avy classes in late November this year. We asked about the interference issues. Im pretty sure he told us that the BC Link was designed to NOT interfere with beacons/transceivers, or at least very minimal interference. He strongly recommended the BC Link. I guess its a matter of opinion if 6% is a lot or minimal. I know i would prefer zero, but we all know that any electrical device can cause at least some interference. It seemed to me his testing was from long range. I would like to see some testing on beacon accuracy, say, within 10 meters or less.for those of you interested in the interference with beacons, I reached out to MIKE DUFFY to do some testing and he reports the following findings.....
For those of you not familiar with MIKE, he does a ton of testing and product development for BCA.
I ran some tests with the BCA Link to check interference. Conclusion: When searching have beacon a full arms length away from body, no bend in elbow. Don't have someone talking on radio when searching. Don't keep beacon close to belly when searching. Best to have radios off while searching or have persons searching have beacon full arms length from body. Don't talk on radios during search unless emergency.
Had a T2 with 98% battery life sitting on the ground with a BC Link in a pack 1' behind it. I measured out 200' and used a T3 with a Float Throttle on my back with a BC Link in the pack with smart mic on shoulder strap to see how it was affected in the following situations:
BC Links off: Search range of T3 was 164'. This is getting 3 steady screen read outs in a row.
BC Links on and in stand by. Search range of T3 was 150' when held about 8' out from waist. Search range of T3 was 159' when held out at arms length fully extended with no bend in elbow. Also got a search range of 169' when held 8' out from waist, but #'s on screen did not drop steadily until I got into the 40-50 meter range on the screen.
BC Link near T2 is keyed (talking) when searching with T3. Search range of T3 is 153', but screen stays on same # and does not steadily decrease until you get in the 30-40 meter range on the screen.
My BC Link radio off, BC Link radio on standby at T2. My arm fully extended. Search range of T3 is 165'. 2nd attempt, search range is 156', 3rd attempt search range is 156'
BC Link radios on standby, arm extended full length. Search range of T3 is 154' BC Link affected search range 6%
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For $39 you can get a Baofeng UV5R. You can get an all weather handset speaker mic for a little extra.
It has 4 watts output and covers FRS, GMRS, and 2m/70cm Ham Radio band. Because it has a removable antenna and power output exceeds 1/2 watt FRS limit, a license is required for non-ham band use and of course a Ham radio license needed for Ham Radio frequencies.
I have a pair and used them extensively during the summer ATVing. The work better than anything else I have tried other than a "real/namebrand" 2m radio such as Yaesu, Kenwood, or Icom.
The only way I'd buy the BCA radio is if BCA comes with a VOX with helmet speaker and mic similar to the Collet Communicator. I own 2 900mhz Collet communicators and they work ok but I really like the cost, range and capabilities of the Baofeng.
Looks like BCA is trying to repurpose a radio they designed for skiers.
I've tried about every 'low cost' solution known to man, including cutting up and installing earphones and mics in our helmets. I've used several different brands of FRS/GMRS radios including Motorola and Garmin Rinos among others. I never could find one that the VOX would work properly on when WOT or one that had a decent easy to use PTT button. I never really found one that I felt was satisfactory.the bca is a good idea... but, like a lot of things, there are less expensive solutions that work just as good or sometimes better. for those that don't mind spending the cash and don't want to fool around with programming, bca is a good way to go.
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