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NPSF™ -- Are you trying to protect from NIHL and still be able to communicate in a loud environment at a distance, but you do not have or do not want to use two way radios?
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Contained Two-Way Radio Headsets
|Self-Contained Two-Way Radio
Headsets are just what they sound like: noise protection ear muffs with
a two-way radio in the ear cups. The important differences among the
models include durability, comfort, range, microphone configuration,
and frequencies on which the radio operates.We like wire reinforced
headbands with lots of padding and gel ear pads for maximum comfort
allowing for long duration wear. Unfortunately, the gel ear pads are
pricey, they are only available for Peltor LiteCom headsets, and they
are sold separately. Other headsets in this category
do have ear pads that are comfortable enough, so that should not stop
you from considering the others.
Radio headsets that operate on FMRS/GRS or BRS frequency bands offer up
to 3 kilometers of range, while FM two way radios offer a maximum range of
just 50 meters or so due to FCC regulations that limit transmission
power in the FM frequencies used in the USA. FMRS/GRS bands can get
crowded in high density population areas, because these are the
bands used by casual two-way users. These frequency bands do not
any license. The BRS band is meant for serious two-way business use,
requires that the user have an appropriate FCC license to be able to
use these headsets. If you already have a BRS license, these will work
with your existing two way BRS radios.
Boom mics are good until the ambient noise level exceeds about 95 dB.
Beyond that noise level, it is difficult to get the boom mic to pick up
your voice over the ambient noise, making the boom mic a poor choice in
really noisy environments. For very high noise environments, the two
best options are in-the-ear mics and throat mics. Most Peltor headsets
let you add a throat mic which plugs into the headset where the boom
mic normally goes. If you need
more range and you are in an extreme noise environment, a Peltor
LiteCom with the added throat mic will likely offer your best option.
Peltor LiteCom Plus (FMRS/GMRS/BRS)
Peltor LiteCom BRS (BRS only)
Peltor Throat Mic Accessory
|Intrinsically Safe Communications Headsets
|For those who work in process
industries including petroleum refineries, grainery mills, and mines,
where explosive atmospheres make sparks a very bad idea, we offer two
self-contained intrinsically safe two-way communications headsets.
Peltor LiteCom Pro II (UHF Programmable, 3KM Range)
|NeckMike is in a class by itself: a
self-contained BlueTooth device that allows you to connect with up to
three other NeckMike wearers (one at a time) and have full duplex
conversations at a range up to 1000 meters. As the name implies,
NeckMike uses a throat contact microphone to pick up your voice so it
works well even in the noisiest environments. The flip side of the one
to one limitation is that it is ideal for private conversations at a
NeckMike (BlueTooth without the need for an
external device, 1000 meter range)
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