By Tyler Hooks
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We in the RC community have seen a major trend towards using radio systems for long nitro mains which include pit stops, strategy, and in many cases fatigue. RC Communications in large part have been a majorly influential in the push towards two way radio communication use in the hobby.
With amendments made to the ROAR and IFMAR rule books to allow for the use of these setups it seems that a large part of the community are embracing the concept. I was dead set against using them when they first came out, but that had little to do with the idea and a lot to do with not wanting to have my father in my ear. I reluctantly came around and I am ultimately glad I did which I will talk about later.
I would like to thank Hooligan RC for letting me borrow their personal system for the weekend so that my dad and I could test them out and see what we thought.
RC Communications Systems
2 Person System - $360
3 Person System - $535
The system itself is pretty well thought out. There is a primary headset, and anywhere from one to three secondary sets that all communicate essentially like walkie talkies. If you flip the arm with the microphone up to the top of your head the microphone turns off, but you can still hear what is being said from the other headsets. This allows you to be able to talk to other people around you without having to turn the headset off.
Personally I really liked the experience and I wholeheartedly expected not to. The RC Communications system was extremely easy to use and understand considering my dad and I decided to ignore the instructions and wing it. He could bring me into the pits without having to yell, he could relay lap times and how close or far I was back from other drivers, I could relay how the car felt and what we should do to change it in real time. It was pretty great honestly.
(Jared Tebo using his RC Racing Communications system at the 2018 Dirt Nitro Challenge.)
- Extremely easy to use
- Lightweight design
- Clear vocals and communication
- It is pretty expensive (Not for what you are getting, but it is simply an investment for nitro racing.)
I like it, if you have the money to put towards this product then by all means go for it. For what you are receiving after doing a bit of research I think you are getting a pretty solid deal. They are very comfortable and really helpful on the track.
Beacon Rating: 5/5