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Throat mic - any good?

Post by wiggum » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:46 pm

With all this single patrolling business, i'm considering getting myself a throat mic to give me a bit more freedom dealing with naughty customers. A candidate for purchase is:

http://www.niton999.co.uk/products.expa ... 8MEP013%29

Does anyone use one of these? And if you're a Met PCSO, does it look good with the Met PCSO uniform or do you just look silly?

Thanks muchly in advance :slby:

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by Big Brother » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:51 am

waste of money, and you'll look daft.

Just keep your radio attached to your chest/stab vest if you're worried, having these wires wrapped around your neck isn't particularly safer......
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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by Sgt87 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:29 am

I can alomst guarantee that if you used that you would

(1) be subject to ridicule
(2) told not to wear it
(3) wasting your money

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by typecastboy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:02 am

One of our response team PCs has one (Met), but he is the only one I have seen in the whole nick. I thought he was talking to himself first time I saw him talking on it, bizarre!!!

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by tommy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:09 pm

LOL!

I agree with the other comments. You'd be the mockery of the station. Whats wrong with just the radio on your stab vest & an ear peice?
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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by wiggum » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:09 pm

I've seen some officers with these, but being a newbie i wasn't quite sure how practical/useful/pointless these are

thanks for the heads up, i think i'll be staying well clear!

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by Arthur ASCII » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:15 am

I used one extensively while in the Royal Air Force. The great benefit of throat mics is that they virtually eliminate background noise. If you work a noisy urban beat, you may find one an aid to communication.

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by overthinker1977 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:23 am

Arthur ASCII wrote:I used one extensively while in the Royal Air Force. The great benefit of throat mics is that they virtually eliminate background noise. If you work a noisy urban beat, you may find one an aid to communication.
but not so much as to overcome the sheer quantity of mocking.

Naw seriously I heard on the flip side of that. That they are pants... sound quality etc. But mine is 2nd hand info... Arthur ASCII says it from 1st hand so... meh.
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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by jay1 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:58 pm

i used them in the RAF and yeah you could eliminate the sounds of an aircraft using them. The pilot could understand you so was very handy.

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Re: Throat mic - any good?

Post by Big Brother » Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:22 pm

There is however a vast difference in noise levels between working on an airbase and working in an urban environment. The Sepura handsets do a good job of eliminating background noise anyway.

Also.....

your radio is designed that if you press your emergency button and drop your radio or similar the microphone gain is boosted so it can pick you up. Not gonna work with one of these mics.
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