We operate in the ocean in Southern California on Yamaha Jet Skis and we are often entering the surfline and taking waves over the bow and off the stern during aquatic rescues and emergency situations. This equipment needs to be able to withstand the harsh and salty marine environment while delivering clear communication with units on shore. Thus far in testing, it has shown that it can handle our marine environment and deliver good, crisp sounding communications while underway. The dry bag keeps water out and the zipper stays secure despite impact from waves and other elements. The headset remains secure in place and gives great audio clarity and volume. The dry bag is excellently sealed on all edges and especially where the connecting cable exits the dry bag and the PTT component is watertight.
The Maritime Kit was tested by Santa Barbara County Fire Air Support Unit Ocean Rescue Swimmers and SBCFD Surf Rescue PWC Operators in the following capacity. A training was set up involving rescue swimmers jumping out of a helicopter hovering 20 feet over the ocean. A second rescue swimmer, would then jump out after the first swimmer and communicate to the helicopter crew chief using the OSK Kit that he was going to rescue the first jumper by attaching a cable to the both of them in order to be hoisted back into the helicopter. All the while, the Huey helicopter was hovering 20-30 feet above the swimmers. This continued for 3 more times while using the OSK kit. The OSK kit was then to be handed over to the PWC operator for testing on the watercraft. Speeds of 20-30 mph were hit while transmitting using the PTT. Radio range was tested as well as clarity of communications at distances of 1-2 miles. Initially after the jump, for helicopter swimmers, communications were muffled, but a squeeze to the (microphone) wind sock expelled water allowing for clearer communications. We didn’t get a chance to test communications without the windsock, or at speed without the windsock, or with the earcup attached to a helmet instead of on a mesh headpiece. All in all, the audio and clarity was excellent. The biggest limitation was not having the ease of being able to change communication channels on the radio. However, we are aware this does not lessen the quality of the product or its performance. I am extremely pleased with the performance and ease of use of your product.
We used the ODK w/SAR-M headset kit while operating a jet ski and jet sled at approximately 30mph and carrying on a radio conversation. This was to simulate the loudest environment we thought we’d have to encounter with the headsets. Overall the product fit really well. The helmet we use is not designed for a headset to be used and it worked great. some of the fit issues are probably on our side
and just need experience and practice. The audio performance was outstanding. we were very impressed, and we are excited to add this to our team.
Tea Headset PTTs have always been my choice above any other PTTs. The SAR-M headset is also my top choice for Reconnaissance mission profiles due to the lightweight and better fit/comfort than in ear solutions.