8/11/06

As I was leaving for work, I came upon a box. A white box, with a blue and red stripe. Yes folks, the postman had brought me a present!

My Chatterbox FRS Multi-Sport was finally here, so I scooped it up and brought it to work with me.



While trying to drown out the droning voice of my customers, I read what little instruction was included and got it charging and mounted on my helmet. Candice had her (borrowed) helmet in the car - ready to go for a ride on a whim - and we had the second headset on it lickety-split. Rather than using the included clamp on hers, we just shoved the mounting piece between the liner and shell, and Voila!

Granted, we must have looked like fools sitting at my desk with helmets on, but we connected all the pieces and we were talking! To each other! Well, there's this handy PTT (push to talk) button in case I don't want to use VOX (voice activation). Candice doesn't get a button. hehehe... I am in charge of the conversation!

The headset cord that attaches the two of us is short, and is meant to be used with an extension cord (which I don't yet have). Cycle Gear carries them, but I can't get to one before the morning ride. Wild West Honda opens at 8:30, but I won't know if they have the part I need until I get there.

I'll add the music later; I left that cord at home. I'll finish charging the battery after work, and the cord placement could use a little tweaking. We'll see how it works on the ride out west in the morning.

2 comments:

Melinda said...

Umm...what does this do, exactly? Play music? Allow you to talk to other riders? Is there a cord to attach you to them? What?

Rebecca "Squeaky" Nelson said...

It allows for hands-free communication with a passenger (attached with a cord) and/or to other riders (radio frequencies like walkie talkies), while also allowing music to come through the same speakers. The music mutes automagically when someone talks.

You recharge the unit the night before a ride, then it's powered by an internal battery and simply clips onto the side of the helmet. It has a microhone and speakers that are tucked into the helmet.