How to Choose the Two way radio Headset That Best Fits Your Needs

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When we found this article we were so excited, having hunted for over one year for this, discovering it on this website was an thrilling time for me.

A headset is a particularly useful and surprisingly cheap accessory for your Walkie Talkie.

It can provide great flexibility, enabling uninterrupted communication even in situations where your hands are involved in other, equally important, processes. However, there are so many different types of two way radio headsets around that you might not be sure what best suits your needs.

All the most common types will be briefly presented below, explaining their pros and cons and hopefully making your decision a bit easier.
Highly recommended in-ear headsetsMotorola 56517 Earpiece with Inline Push-to-Talk MicrophoneAmazon Price: $18.15
List Price: $24.99Motorola 53866 Earbud with Clip Push-To-Talk MicrophoneAmazon Price: Too low to display

List Price: $59.99 The most common headset type is the in-ear headset. It looks and works just like the wired cellular phone hands-free headsets we all know. An earphone is plugged into one of your ears, and the microphone hangs on a cable at the height of your chest.
It’s an easy to use piece of equipment and an excellent all-round performer. The only drawback is that it can not be attached very firmly, so it is mainly aimed at casual users. These headsets can be acquired for a small amount of money as they rarely cost more than $20 USD or so.

A special case of in-ear headset is the in-ear security headset, where the wire leading to the headphone (and the headphone itself) is transparent, to ensure maximum discretion. These types of headsets are usually worn by private security employees, bodyguards etc.
The next most common headset type is the boom microphone headset. This particular product consists of a microphone attached to a boom which brings it very close to your mouth. This allows for low volume talking, and even whispering, to be picked up easily making it an excellent candidate for situations where you have to be relatively silent while communicating.

Another advantage is that they can be attached more firmly to your ear, thus withstanding more abrupt movements. It is, however, rather bulky and might obstruct your field of view and movement freedom a bit.
Highly recommended boom microphone headsetsMidland AVPH7 Outfitters GMRS Headset with Microphone and PTT Button (Camo) (Pair)Amazon Price: $19.00

List Price: $39.99GARMIN 010-10345-00 Headset With Boom MicrophoneAmazon Price: $6.99
List Price: $19.00Excellent camo two way radioMotorola T8550R 18-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Camo)Amazon Price: $79.99
Now we’ll start getting a bit more application specific. Two way radio headsets with a throat microphone can pick up your voice directly through sensors attached to your neck. It can pick up your voice even in very loud environments, as the ambient noise is not recorded at all.

This makes them perfect for usage on motorcycles, night clubs and other noisy situations. They are also excellent at picking up very low volume whispers. Pair one of these headsets up with a camo colored two way radio and you’re ready for some serious paintballing.

Highly recommended throat mic headsetsMidland AVPH8 Acoustic Throat Mic for GMRS Radios with PTT/VOX CompartmentAmazon Price: $21.99

List Price: $39.99Another rather application specific headset type is the ear-protective headset. They are used in environments where noise levels are so high that they are potentially harmful to a person’s hearing, like construction sites and airports. They have headphones which are placed inside hearing protectors, safely covering both ears without obstructing communication.

As both of the above types are mostly aimed at professionals, they are a bit more expensive than the usual two way radio headsets. Other types include headsets which can be placed inside safety helmets for construction workers and headsets which can be placed inside motorcycle helmets, as well as some newer and more expensive Bluetooth enabled headsets.

The key to making the right choice of headset for your two way radio is knowing what your needs are and what product can cover them without being overly fancy and expensive.

Motorola Solutions Expands Award-Winning APX(TM) Project 25 2 way radio Series

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So to continue my run of content pieces on this blog, I have decided to share one of my favorite posts this week. I used to be cautious to include it to this site because I actually did not want to offend the initial author, but I hope he/she is happy that I enjoyed reading their work and planned to share it with my readers.

Addition of APX 1000, APX 4000XE and APX Dual Radio extends options for first responders, local utilities seeking advanced two-way communications

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 26, 2014–
(IWCE, Motorola Solutions, Booth #5021) — Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced the newest additions to its award-winning lineup of APX(TM) mission-critical two-way radios. The APX 1000 and APX 4000XE portable radios, along with the mobile APX Dual Radio, bring to 13 the number of ASTRO(R) 25 radios in the APX portfolio designed with users in mind.

Users like police, fire, EMS, corrections and public works agencies will find a full array of ASTRO 25 features and functionality on the APX 1000 and APX 4000XE portable radios. The APX Dual Radio is the perfect mobile radio solution for public safety agencies wanting all-band operation. These new solutions provide users with Project 25 (P25) Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) capabilities to deliver both voice and data messaging over a single wireless communications infrastructure.

KEY FACTS

— The APX 1000 is a smaller, value-priced portable radio for utilities,
public works and small public safety agencies. The radio features
intelligent lighting and renowned APX audio quality with dual microphone
noise suppression technology. APX 1000 provides users with P25 TDMA
capabilities, including enhanced battery life and advanced radio features
and flexibility.

— Motorola’s robust series of APX Walkie Talkie for extreme conditions is rounded out with the APX 4000XE, which targets public safety agencies looking for a cost-effective portable radio designed to work in the harshest environments. This rugged and durable P25 TDMA-capable radio has an
enhanced ergonomic control top for simplified use and includes dedicated
control knobs for volume and channel selection. APX 4000XE features dual
microphone noise suppression technology and supports Bluetooth(R).

— The APX mobile radio line is expanding with the introduction of the APX
Dual Radio, providing all-band operation that enables monitoring of up to
four bands, including simultaneous monitoring of more than one channel at
a time using the Motorola O7 Mobile Radio Control Head. Designed for
public safety, the APX Dual Radio also features dual and single priority
scan technology to provide first responders with the most efficient
mobile radio capabilities.

— Earlier this month, Motorola announced another addition to the APX series
with the launch of the APX 7000L Multi-Band Portable Radio with LTE,
which was designed specifically to meet the evolving technical and
challenging deployment needs of users.

— ASTRO 25 is now the most widely used P25 mission-critical voice and data
communication network in the world. Combined with these APX radios, ASTRO
25 provides reliable and always available communication for government,
public safety and other agencies, including public works.

— Motorola’s Service from the Start for APX radios gives customers fast
repair turnaround times, increased help desk support and chemical, liquid
and physical damage coverage.

SUPPORTING QUOTE

Brenda Herold, corporate vice president, Global ASTRO Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions

“Since the Motorola APX series was launched in 2008, it has grown rapidly to meet the needs of everyone requiring mission-critical radio communications. These P25 TDMA-capable additions to our APX lineup are further examples of how Motorola Solutions is redefining safety for mission-critical users and giving them optimum choice and flexibility. Every feature and function on these ASTRO 25 radios is designed with users in mind, from the rugged, easy-to-operate design, to the loudest, clearest audio. The end result is a robust series of radios providing the right device for the right user in every situation.”

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

Website: APX P25 Radio Series

Website: ASTRO(R) 25 Voice and Data Communications

Website: Motorola Solutions

Facebook: Motorola Solutions

Twitter: Motorola Solutions Public Safety

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.