Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: foothills of the Boston Mtns, Arkansas, USA
I don't remember the model # of the units I have - but they are OLD units. We have used them when we ride our 4-wheelers and they did work better under those conditions - probably because, when we 4-wheel, we aren't dealing with all the road, wind noise, and higher speeds that you do on a bike. Also we ride closer when 4-wheeling, so we can set the squelch all the way up and leave it there. If nothing else, I will probably keep them for that reason. We basically used them as walkie-talkies.
Most of our problem was getting the squelch adjusted when on the bikes. Usually we don't ride any more then a few hundred feet apart, but as that distance would vary, we either seemed to be too close and the communication would break up, or too far apart for clarity. It was difficult for us to adjust the units "on the fly" to compensate. Also, with the VOX you would miss part, if not all, of the first word. When using the units, we make some type of sound (click, cough, etc.) to open the VOX b/4 we tried to communicate. Wind noise was also a problem. If we rode much over 65mph, the quality of the sound went downhill. That probably could be resolved by wearing a quality helmet and closing the vents and visors. I didn't use cell or music with my systems, nor did we use the intercom function. When group riding, I was "odd man out" with bike-to-bike if I was the only one that had a Chatterbox.
In their defense, I never had a mechanical problem with Chatterbox. They seem to be well constructed and very durable. I also liked not having to tether yourself to the bike, which is something you learn to deal with when you run Autocom. Price difference is definitely a consideration. A basic Autocom with cell and headsets will run $300+.
Last edited by bwbcpa; Mar 8th, 2006 at 10:17 pm.
Reason: thunderstorm - keep losing connection