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  • #16
    And besides all of the above, an earpiece keeps from having to listen to the "Nosey Nellies" "What did they say?", "What are they talking about?", "What does that mean?", "What's a code XYZ?" questions.

    I found that I had to answer a WHOLE lot less questions after I started using my earpiece.


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    "In fact, I know your rights better than you do!"

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    • #17
      Coyote, basically the same as the Hawk, same company.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by kman1981
        just out of curiosity, why do you need an earpiece?
        There are plenty of reasons to use a microphone on-duty, a lot of which include officer safety reasons.

        Just to name a few:

        1) Poorly trained, dispatchers who don't clear your 10-12(visitor present) when they let you know the subject your standing in front of has a warrant.

        2) When often work in noisy environments where you can't hear a shoulder microphone (bar, concerts, heavily populated areas)

        3) Being able to sneak up on subjects, or when working in an area you don't want to give yourself away in.

        Etc. Etc.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by kman1981
          yea, i know why officers could find them useful....i'm wondering why a CSO would need one.
          Aha! Point taken. If wasn't so lazy I would remove my last post.

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          • #20
            I use the "listen only" by Ear Hugger Safety. Cost was about $40-50, lasted me a year and half so far, and they'll replace parts for free usually. They'll also send you a few earpieces and plastic elbows. The plastic elbows get clogged with earwax so it's good they send about 10 of em w/ the set. It plugs into your portable mic and I love it! Great for loud places like bars and HWY and you don't have to worry about squelching on the radio. You can keep it at the same volume all day. Here's the site below, just call to order.

            http://www.ehsequipment.com/Listen%2...Tcategory.html

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            • #21
              I have been thinking of using an earpiece. I can see the advantages for regular duty situations. However, I was considering its use more for when I am tracking the bad guy through the woods w/ my K-9. Hate to have my radio go off during a bad moment.

              In any case, I am wondering how the wires are routed around the body. I use a Motorola XTS1500 and was thinking of using something along the lines of the Hawk. Are the wires routed inside the shirt? If so how does the wire enter from the radio? If not how do you keep the wires from snagging or pulling?
              Good traffic rule of thumb - Broke down people, drive broke down cars.

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              • #22
                The Hawk seems to be a stealth radio mic. All the wires are under your shirt except where it slips out to attach to your wt.

                Our old explorer radios had really cheap stealth mics so I rarely used them, only for bike patrol. Our new explorer radios have no mics or earpieces.

                I also work high school football and basketball games so I use the school police radios with an Otto external speaker mic and an acoustic clear earpiece. In that case, you do have a large coiled or uncoiled cord from the mic to your radio. Then the earpiece is routed through the placket (buttons) of the shirt and clipped to the back of the collar, and then into your ear.

                Earpieces are good for crowd situations like sporting events, which are what I work most. And of course, for when you don't want others to hear your radio. But for prolonged use, it kinda gets annoying having this thing in your ear.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Depco164 View Post
                  In any case, I am wondering how the wires are routed around the body. I use a Motorola XTS1500 and was thinking of using something along the lines of the Hawk. Are the wires routed inside the shirt? If so how does the wire enter from the radio? If not how do you keep the wires from snagging or pulling?
                  Just have the local uniform shop put a button hole, radio side, on the seam, about 8 inches down from the arm pit (I would advise putting on your uniform and measuring to find the exact placement). Any good seamstress will be able to do it no problem. Once the wires are inside the shirt you don't have to worry about them catching anything. Once my mic got unclipped from my lapel but it didn't go anywhere it just sort of dangled there off to the side. If I had really needed to use my radio for an emergency the mic still would have picked me up. As far as comfort goes, I work in a jail and wear it for 8 hours and there have only been a few times that it has ever bothered me. Just make sure to wash the rubber piece that goes in you ear every now and then. After using one for two years I don't see how anyone can stand that stupid shoulder mic.
                  War to the knife and knife to the hilt.

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                  • #24
                    Hey Grove, how is the quality of the mic? Maybe my post just had bad stealth mics because they would always overmodulate easily and have lots of static.

                    As a cop, I think I would prefer the under-the-shirt stealth microphones. That dangling cord in the front or back looks like yet another thing some idiot can use to grab you (in traditional shoulder mics).
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                    • #25
                      depco

                      I just tuck mine in with my shirt and then have the plug hang out enough at the belt line to plug into my radio. (I have the quick disconnect) I bought my hawk when this post came out in july and love it.

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                      • #26
                        I work in a direct supervision jail and I wear my ear piece sometimes. Being that it is direct supervision i am in the pod with 60-70 inmates on somedays when not assigned bookin. I like the feeling that they have no idea what is being said on my radio, and I am able to hear everything that is said.

                        -Steven

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                        • #27
                          I'm using an earmic bought from Kawamall on eBay. Works pretty good in low noise places, high background noise and I sometimes sound like I'm talking through a tin can. Only hing I don't like about it is no earclip....

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Drummadude12 View Post
                            Hey Grove, how is the quality of the mic? Maybe my post just had bad stealth mics because they would always overmodulate easily and have lots of static.

                            As a cop, I think I would prefer the under-the-shirt stealth microphones. That dangling cord in the front or back looks like yet another thing some idiot can use to grab you (in traditional shoulder mics).
                            The quality is great. No static or anything. I have never had any problems with mine. the only down side to tucking it in to your shirt is you will wear out the wire where it connects to the radio by bending it at an unnatural angle.
                            War to the knife and knife to the hilt.

                            TERM LIMITS!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Shiloh View Post
                              There are plenty of reasons to use a microphone on-duty, a lot of which include officer safety reasons.

                              Just to name a few:

                              1) Poorly trained, dispatchers who don't clear your 10-12(visitor present) when they let you know the subject your standing in front of has a warrant.

                              2) When often work in noisy environments where you can't hear a shoulder microphone (bar, concerts, heavily populated areas)

                              3) Being able to sneak up on subjects, or when working in an area you don't want to give yourself away in.

                              Etc. Etc.
                              +1

                              Originally posted by BPD_126 View Post
                              I use the "listen only" by Ear Hugger Safety. Cost was about $40-50, lasted me a year and half so far, and they'll replace parts for free usually. They'll also send you a few earpieces and plastic elbows. The plastic elbows get clogged with earwax so it's good they send about 10 of em w/ the set. It plugs into your portable mic and I love it! Great for loud places like bars and HWY and you don't have to worry about squelching on the radio. You can keep it at the same volume all day. Here's the site below, just call to order.

                              http://www.ehsequipment.com/Listen%2...Tcategory.html
                              This is what I use. Search on Ebay. $15 or so + shipping. Also get the ear mold, this will let you hear your radio as well as things around you (get the pack with all 3 sizes so you can see what fits best).
                              The two loudest noises are a BANG when you thought there should be a CLICK and a CLICK when you thought there should be a BANG.

                              http://tacticalspecialistgroup.com/

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                              • #30
                                I forgot to add, I use the ear hugger as well and I have never had any problems with static.

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