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What Two-Way Radio to use

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by Seth Gussow, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Seth Gussow

    Seth Gussow Member

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    I know many people suggest a clearcom system, but 1) we don't have the money and 2) were getting a new building in two years so installing would be pointless. I would really love your help in deciding. We have a fairly big stage and house, making communication from one wing to the next quite hard, as well as a big booth communication disconnect.
     
  2. RonHebbard

    RonHebbard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    @Seth Gussow You might consider purchasing one the lower priced ClearCom compatible clones including one base station / power supply then temporarily installing it portable style with non-fixed cables carefully routed to avoid trip-hazards, doorways, heavy foot and caster traffic. You'd avoid the pit-falls such as drop-outs and interference of wireless and save big on batteries.
    Googling "ClearCom compatible" could be your friend.
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard
     
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    I really would love to use ClearCom, but as I said we really don’t have the money (also our school system is really REALLY picky with what we buy especially with the new building). Thank you so much though, I wish we could afford it.
     
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    @Seth Gussow I don’t think RonHebbard was suggesting ClearCom. He was just suggesting a similar, cheaper system that is able to work with ClearCom if needed in the future. Either way, cheaper than ClearCom and cheaper than the most expensive 2 way radios.
     
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    What used to be Production Intercom is back in biz and there are other brands that are half the price of ClearCom. As they are compatible, if your school uses ClearCom in the new build, you will have a plug and play sub-system available.

    If you think intercoms are expensive just wait until you price walkie talkies (that work, and are legal in the USA - note that most of the "chinese" radios should not be sold in the USA for our type of uses) and the accessories to make them theater-friendly. It will be as much as a ClearCom-compatible system.
     
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    Or check out the Low Cost Stage Com using Raspberry pi thread, and it’s predecessor 70 bucks +/- a self contained or existing cat5 backbone +/- additional wifi access points can give you full duplex com. Users can use their cell phones and an ear bud, on a closed wifi system, or you can have stations wired or wireless that are apple, windows,linux, or more 25 buck raspberry pi with the headset of your choice. 70 bucks and you and a buddy on cell phones you already have, and you can test optimal placement of the all in one router/com backbone. I used to use FRS family radios, and would not go back now.
     
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    In my Production case that I tote around with me for freelance gigs, and some mid sized shows, I have use the Midland GTX1000v4, with TAPualk "security" stile ear sets for them. They around about 75$ for two, and about 40$ for 2 ear pieces. They work well, I carry 2 with me most of the time just to assist with sound check and light load in/focus between catwalks, FOH, Backstage situations for me and my buddy. But I own 6 and they work great for local use. Their "vibrate call" is great. they are just about the Highest level consumer level 2-ways you can by with out getting into the stuff that @TimMc is talking about. (some of that stuff operate between 400-470Mhz which i believe is fully usable in the USA. (it's the stuff that operates in the HAM radio range below 200Mhz, that are a no go.

    I think you realize the benefit of a Clear-com style system, which for purpose of discussion is a Party Line system and not a 2-Way Radio system. Radios can be used to call a show by a SM but they are way below ideal, bordering hazardous especially with what high school com discipline ends up being :) It can be done and I've worked shows where we have used radios for such, but they were generally easy tech shows.

    Something else to consider is that Clear-com or it's less expensive basic competitors like Production Com and Telex are built better then the radios i listed above. I guarantee that with radios I've mentioned above with high school student's you'll be replacing them all in less then 2 years, either because they'll break from high school use, or they'll grow legs.
     
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