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Chatterbox Vs. Starcom - July 3, 2007, 01:28 PM

Planning a long long trip in August with several other riders. Most of them run a Chatterbox, but I've heard good things about the Starcom system. Are they compatible? Anyone have any recommendations?


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July 3, 2007, 01:33 PM

isn't just changing frequency? Im not sure, never had anything like that. would like to know more.



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The chatterbox uses standard 2-way channels to communicate. The Starcom is a "brain" of sorts that lets you plug in all sorts of things that it manages. One of these things being a 2-way radio. As long as you are on the same channel as your friends, you will be able to communicate.
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So I'd need a separate 2 way radio, like a motorola handheld, to plug into the Starcom, which I could then use to talk to the Chatterboxes? But the chatterbox itself is a 2-way radio unit...


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I've heard good things about Starcom, but most of the folks I know that use 2-way com. use chatterbox.

doubt you could go wrong with either.


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So I'd need a separate 2 way radio, like a motorola handheld, to plug into the Starcom, which I could then use to talk to the Chatterboxes? But the chatterbox itself is a 2-way radio unit...
Exactly. The starcom is a control unit that provides NOTHING in the way of communication or music. It simply manages everything intelligently.
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Also, I am happy to show my starcom to anyone up at the spot.
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July 3, 2007, 02:11 PM

so how big of a pain in the ass is it to plug everything into it, stow it, and operate? I like the extended functionality of the Starcom, but want to make sure I can talk efficiently with the Chatterboxes.. you'd recommend?


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I will be getting a Starcom after getting Dravens sales presentation in my driveway


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I can't recommend them enough. They're pricey, but worth it to me. No one I've ever talked to has recommended VOX, so no matter what you buy, prepare to get whatever PTT option they have.

The StarcomAdvance is what I have and it's tiny. Smaller than a PCIII (i think, Nudist can confirm) and easy to use. You simply plug in whatever you want going to it and run your main plug for the helmet. Install the helmet speakers and mic, then all you have is the patch cable between.

You'll end up spending more money on accessory cables, as the basic kit only comes with a music lead. The extras I have are the remote volume switch, PTT handlebar button, and Cell phone lead.
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It is slightly smaller then a PCIII


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