Monday, November 12, 2012

Bike to Bike Radio Comms - Part One

I first started to get into advanced motorcycle training in the late 1980's and it soon became apparant that I needed to improve the way in which the training was given.  I was brought with the Police method of training , that being being followed by your instructor and after as short riding session, stopped and debriefed.
When I commenced my advanced training on a more semi-professional basis, I only had the clients for two hour session every week. so time was limited.

 I thought about bike to bike communications, so the research commenced and at the time these radios were the ones to get:

I don't know if anyone remembers them, but they operated on the 49 MHz frequency - In otherwords Baby Alarm Frequencies here in the United Kingdom.
I soon found out that were not really suitable.

At the time there was a firm called Autocom supplying very good pmr 446 radio communciation systems, but at a price.....They were not cheap so I looked for an alternative and came up with this set up:

 We had moved on, with the Nady 446 radio being bike mounted and I had a PTT button fitted.  The clients each had the Cobra 446 radios and each had the ear hanger ear peices.

They did the job, but at higher speeds there was a  lot of windnoise and in the back of my mind I was thinking of recording the training on video with audio from the radios.

This system was clearly not going to work very well.

So off to my local council for a business loan and yes..... An Autocom system purchased with two Icom radios.  They worked...
I did have a moment when I heard about a pmr 446 radio which could transmit over greater distances, so purchased an Intaride system. Never got on with it, not as clear at speed and it failed twice in one day.  Not impressed with the build quality. It wet back, but I kept the radio which I still use today.  The Wintec A80.

That is it for the early days of radio, will tell you more in part two bringing you upto date with the present set up, including, wait for it.....Blue Tooth

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