This question is for anyone who does not have a clear com or other production intercom. What type of headsets do you use with your FRS radios OR telephone intercom. Or what do you use with your desktop phone or cordless/cell phone?
A few weeks ago I was working at a bad community theater with my friend. I was running sound, and she was running lights. The SM was back stage, and we had a walkie-talkie system with headsets for us to get our cues.
It was next to impossible to understand what she said. She would have to repeat what cue she wanted, and we had an impossible time trying to figure out what cue to run, and when.
I would say use a clear com, or telex, or similar system, or (though I have never used one) a telephone intercom. Only if you have no other choices should you use a walkie-talkie system, as they are horrible to work with during a show.
i did some work for a local tehatre group in a community hall, they had like walkie talkies however they had 5 present channels with a headset attatched and could not be taped into.. kinda weird closed circuit cb radios, had fair range to. apparently they picked them up for 20bucks from dicksmiths (radioshack)
walkie talkies give us the same problem. its made worse because we have the old school type of light board (think super old school, variable resistors with levers and a patchboard) which gives off so much electronic interfereance, and its in a room with a metal cage wall, backstage, and the manager is calling cues from the back of the auditorium.
we used our entire budget for this year on a clearcom system .... finally after like years of worthless walkie talkies.