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Headset recommendation for hands (mostly) free talking with Wouxun KG-805G


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Good morning. I just received a pair of KG-805G radios. I will be using them in the forests and nooks and crannies of Oregon, mostly with one other person while we explore various areas. We both carry backpacks with gear enough to last a week in case of the worst, i.e. snapping an ankle and being forced to stay there a couple of days or longer. While we are out exploring, we often have things in our hands. For me, I have a walking stick in one hand, and often a camera, audio recorder, binoculars, night vision, FLIR, etc in the other. So my hands are often busy. Is there a good option for me with a headset? My partner is never more than a quarter of a mile away, but it would be awesome to be able to just talk to her without having to yell and spook animals. It's also important for us to have one ear open to what's going on around us. If there is a good headset, I'd love to know what would be compatible with these radios. Recommendations on what to get, and / or what to avoid? Looking for functionality - not cheap gimmicky. Do throat mics work? 

Thank you in advance.

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I’ve been using a cheap Chinese version of a D-ring ear hanger head set. I’ve tried various headsets over the years. They are either bulky, heavy, poor sound quality like those surveillance plastic tube types etc. The only one I’ve found so far that is comfortable to wear for long periods, anything that I have to stuff in my ear canal ends up hurting after a while.

I've been using the D-ring type for months when out for long walks. The microphone is built in-line and clips to a shirt collar or near the top somewhere. Using the VOX feature on a radio setup right you don’t need to use the PTT on the headset or radio.

This is just one of many variations out there.

https://www.twowayradiocenter.com/kenwood-khs-27-d-ring-headset/

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I used similar headset to what Lscott posted, for Yaesu, before I lost it. Convenient when kayaking: hands are full with paddle. And when hiking they allow to keep radio clipped to the top of the backpack, instead of usual place on the belt, which have good effect on range.

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I have the "surveillance" style headset (for Wouxun 805G) from Buytwowayradios and the vox function does not work very well.  We did not fiddle with it too much but never really got it to work the way we'd like. 

I'd like to try our speaker mics on vox and see if that works any better.  Our speaker mics are from Powerwerx and they seem very nice for the low price.  You can clip it on your collar or hang it on a neck cord. 

Vince

 

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