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Old February 19th, 2013, 10:21   #1
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Help Needed: Comtac Comms setup

Hey there. I'm am considering getting an replica Comtac ii (Yes knock-off I know) headset to go with my Fast Helmet. Im not an techy audio Gandalf so is it possible for one of you seasoned veterans to assist me in setting up a comm system? I just need to know the things I need without killing my credit card. (Yes I'm budgety)

Things I already have:
-Cobra 30km Walkie talkies with 2.5mm headset plug.
-a rechargable battery.
-Granola bar

Yeah thats all I have.. I dont wanna go over $100 but I might have to.

Things I think I need but not sure of

-Comtac II (Ebairsoft)
-A PTT
-Some other alien probe device.

http://www.ebairsoft.com/ztactical-z...et-p-5959.html
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Old February 19th, 2013, 14:55   #2
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Those Cobra walkie talkies really, REALLY suck. Honestly it's not worth building a fancy comms set up around one of them.

But those just work like any other headset. Plug into PTT, plug PTT into radio, start talking.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 15:29   #3
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You may also want to consider an Arc rail adaptor if you want the comms to be on the helmet as opposed to on your head under the Fast Helmet. I have a big head and know it won't fit under my helmet so you may want to consider looking into that as well. Save an extra hunny and grab yourself a Puxxing or something similar as a radio. Complex to set up but worth it in the long run.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 15:34   #4
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I purchased one of the comtac 2 replicas from ebairsoft and it was a dud. the mic sound system worked, but the radio function didn't. you get what you pay for with those, I'm now looking intp a new headset but don't know what I want yet.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 22:54   #5
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I've had 2 replica headsets and they both sucked and died in short order. Same thing with replica PTT's. Had to repair mine and my friends a bunch until we got rid of them all. I spent 8 years having shitty comms until I bought quality and haven't looked back.

Do yourself a favour and save up for a real set of sordins. They can be found for less than 200 bucks on ebay. Swap the mic element out with a $1 high impedance mic and you can use it with any commercial radio.

There are really good radio's out of china that can be had for between $65-$120. The wouxun or puxing radios are good value for the money and will cover all the frequencies you'll ever need and are reasonably well built.

If I was on a budget, I would stay away from any replica headset or PTT and just use an inexpensive frs/gmrs radio and shoulder mic until I could afford something better. IMO you'll honestly have way less headaches going that route.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 23:40   #6
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Kimbo speaks the truth!

I tried out the z-tactical sordin replica's a couple yrs ago. And while they looked the part, and worked ok around the house. As soon as I gamed them, pffffft they shit the bed once they got some sweat in them and I was pissed.

I went to some MSA Sordins, twice now... lol. They work awesome.

I don't think you need a crazy radio for our purposes. I've been using a motorola single pin ever since I started playing and really, I don't see a need in spending the money on anything else. The PTT is the important part, although I have also had good fortune with my clone, but I did re-solder every connection in it :P I do however understand that for the most part clone PTT's suck the big one.

Save up for some real MSA Sordins. You will never consider clone coms again.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:38   #7
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Yeah all my friends have been encouraging me to get real Sordins (No of them have real ones) . Its quite the investment but im sure its worth it. I But my purpose of the Comtacs is just for something nice to cover my ears when wearing the FAST helmet. But why not. Thanks guys. I probably eventually get real one after all my post secondary education debt is paid..
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 12:25   #8
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Do yourself a favour and save up for a real set of sordins. They can be found for less than 200 bucks on ebay. Swap the mic element out with a $1 high impedance mic and you can use it with any commercial radio.

There are really good radio's out of china that can be had for between $65-$120. The wouxun or puxing radios are good value for the money and will cover all the frequencies you'll ever need and are reasonably well built.
This right here.

I paid $180 shipped for my real sordins, Swapped the mic, switched to a TP120 connector, and got a real avenger singlecom PTT. I also got some Arc rail adapters so they are attached to my FAST helmet.

Well worth the investment.
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