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Frank Todaro
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I am not sure if this is the place to post this question but you all have helped me slide down this slippery slope and I am almost off the side of the mountain by now.
I am now looking at in car radios. I am thinking about doing a 12 hr and can see a radio would be handy. I have gone online and looked at the different radio systems, and I also read the article in SportsCar about radios. So I think I am sold on the 5 watt system and trying to figure out what I need and what is nice but not really needed. Any comments for an almost broke SM guy?

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Frank
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Chris Taylor
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I bought my in-car wiring setup from Sampson. IIRC the car harness and helmet harness was around $400, and I specified the radio connector to use radios I already owned.

The other thing to keep in mind is IMSA vs. NASCAR helmet connector. I bought NASCAR, all my buddies have IMSA, another brilliant move on my part (although they do sell an adaptor).

Money well spent.

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I have just such a system for sale, using Motorola radios. Anyone interested can give me a shout.

Keith in WA Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Will a radio run 12 hours? I bought a set of 6 (couldn't find just 4 matched) used radios so I can have some on the charger at all times and swap out radios during a pit stop.

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Keith Novak
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George Munson Verified Driver
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Frank,

Just a thought on buying radios, conceder buying from a vendor that comes to the tracks you run on. Support is extremely important at the track. I can't tell you how many times we've had small issues that were repaired on site.

Frank Todaro
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quote:
Originally posted by Keith in WA:
Will a radio run 12 hours? I bought a set of 6 (couldn't find just 4 matched) used radios so I can have some on the charger at all times and swap out radios during a pit stop.

Good question, I don't know but would be something else to consider.

Also some radios have 8 channels some 16 do you ever go to an event and you are sharing channels, that would suck unless they are faster than you and you can learn something?

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Frank
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Buy a mobile base radio, which is hard wired into the car (I have a Motorola M1225 off of ebay, for example). Then you don't have to worry about battery life.

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Tracy Ramsey
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My Vertex vx-160 radio bought from Sampson racing has a hardwire pack that replaces the battery. Can't remember the price, but very affordable. We've used in a 2 25 hour races and now I have it wired into my car, and never have to worry about charging again. But better check with Sampson about the newest Vertex to make sure they have the hardwire pack available. Last I heard they hadn't made it yet.

-b

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Bruce Wilson
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quote:
Originally posted by Frank Todaro:
Also some radios have 8 channels some 16 do you ever go to an event and you are sharing channels, that would suck unless they are faster than you and you can learn something?

8 is plenty. I've used 2 of my 16 and the second only to test in case we had too much cross-talk on 1. Either nobody else talks on my channels or the encoding works well. I know some guys who share channels intentionally. I'd find it annoying to have some random team sharing my channel but at Chump Car it was amusing listening to some guy named "Bubba" who was having a real hard time with his first racing experience and his teammates had to talk him down.

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Keith Novak
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Hey Guys thanks for the shout-out.

We have a complete 4watt Expert System that can have a battery eliminator (hard wired to 12v)added w/o a issue. Its a great way to run a enduro set-up for sure. After that its going to be our Pro Enduro System which is a 25watt mobile in the car (hard wired 12v) and a 5 watt crew radio.

NOTE*** Make sure to check before you buy a mobile unit as some, such as Motorola, take a special harness that has to be set-up for them (could cost more than the unit itself). Also, make sure you have a IMSA helmet kit as mobiles will not work in a NASCAR systems-

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