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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2016, 05:29:27 pm »
I'm still not hearing anyone extol the virtues of these Bluetooth sets for bike to bike. Anybody?

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2016, 08:44:05 pm »
Rae will be along shortly to extol to your heart's content!

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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2016, 09:02:48 pm »
Yes, My wife and I successfully use a Scala Q3 intercom between our bikes via Bluetooth. Absolutely no problems with it. No messy cables that you can forget to disconnect when dismounting the bike either! Also, very useful when wanting to pair up with other Scala users, as I did yesterday when out riding with a colleague who had a Scala Q9 intercom. Battery life of the actual unit is approx 9 hours between charges. It also pairs easily with the Nav 5 Sat Nav as well. Happy? Yes.

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2016, 11:36:20 pm »
Rae is here, and me and Mrs Rae use our old Scala G4s without problems.

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2016, 12:41:01 pm »
So, Rae and Steve, what effective bike to bike range do you guys experience?
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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2016, 01:19:34 pm »
Typical range on our Scala Q3 is about 1/4 mile. Anything over that and the signal starts to break up, bearing in mind it's only a bluetooth connection between the two intercom units.
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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2016, 01:54:55 pm »
So, Rae and Steve, what effective bike to bike range do you guys experience?
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I only use them for rider to pillion so cannot comment on bike to bike. I'm sure the manufacturers claims are correct for line of sight. The useable distance will obviously be reduced considerably in built up areas.

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2016, 02:00:25 pm »
Thanks, guys; I'll be interested to hear how perbunan gets on with his. I'm tempted to go bluetooth just to eliminate wires but concernd about the loss of range compared with the PMR radios.

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2016, 03:52:34 pm »
Thanks, guys; I'll be interested to hear how perbunan gets on with his. I'm tempted to go bluetooth just to eliminate wires but concernd about the loss of range compared with the PMR radios.

Delivery due on Monday so test run next week some time.....

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2016, 05:55:08 pm »
I'm still not hearing anyone extol the virtues of these Bluetooth sets for bike to bike. Anybody?

Go here...

http://support.sena.com/entries/54378520-Intercom-range-20S-to-20S

...read orl abaht it and save your money! I wish I had!

Brian (who still can't remember how to answer a phone call on his Sena S20  ::) )

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2016, 06:04:52 pm »
Interphone 4 Bluetooth is good for up to 1 mile, 5 slightly better than that , only the sena S20 can beat that , still around 1,5 miles distance is at the far limit of a Bluetooth system.
Any VHF system can beat that but the quality of the sound in not as good. VHF comms allow not only line of sight comms but (depending on the handheld unit amplifier power) and an earth traveling signal thus the distance they cover is greater than a Bluetooth system. The best in market ever was the Motorola p210 with 8 watts able to go as far as 20 kms line of sight comms, with base unit powered by the car or a motorcycle lighter socket was a miracle gadjet.
Then limitations to the watts amplifier output was implemented and such handheld radios even for military purposes were discontinued. 
My money now are with the sena systems.
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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2016, 06:15:16 pm »
....BUT, the range on a Sena system is limited to about 400 metre between any two units, that's about as far as BT goes.

To get to the range of 2 km claimed by Sena, you have to have 8 bikes, all using Sena S20's, 'daisy-chained' together, all with 8 channel intercom enabled AND THE BIKES HAVE TO STAY IN THE ORDER OF THE INITIAL DAISY-CHAIN ALL THE WHILE THEY ARE ON THE ROAD and every member of the 'group' must remain within 400 m of the bikes either side of them.

If one bike drops out, the daisy-chain collapses but the riders either side remain in mini-chains! If one unit's battery goes flat, the chain collapses but the bits either side remain as mini-chains etc.

You'll be lucky to get 400 m line of sight in open country with any BT system!

With only two riders, Sena S20's give about 400 m max range!


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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2016, 07:14:18 pm »
Exactly Brian! :) My Scala is good for about 1/4 mile (as stated in an earlier post) which is........400m!

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2016, 07:50:13 pm »
Exactly Brian! :) My Scala is good for about 1/4 mile (as stated in an earlier post) which is........400m!

Er, aproximately   ::)

I was wittering on so that no-one else fell for the marketing hype and bought a Sena 20S expecting to talk to their mate a mile away when there are only two of em in the chain!

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Re: Intercom recommendations.
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2016, 08:21:56 pm »
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