In 2005 the new Airwave radio system for emergency services was introduced and has revolutionised the way the police, fire, and ambulance services communicate. Airwave has better coverage, is clearer, is more secure, has increased flexibility, and offers some great safety features for officers on the ground. It really is a procurement success story, and i for one cant imagine policing without it.
The two aspects that are important to me are Comfort and Clarity...more specifically; Ear comfort, Body comfort , Receive clarity, and Transmit clarity.
G-Style: The G-Style ear piece is probably standard issue in most police forces. It wraps around the the outside of the ear and deposits an earbud inside the ear. The angle is such that it can easily sit in the ear without completely blocking it. I have found, however, that after a 12 hour shift it can get very uncomfortable.
Headset: The last option is the full on headset. Not really suitable for operational front line policing, but may be very useful for Bronze and Silver commanders who are further away from the action in a coordination role.
Terminal microphone: The microphone that comes in-built with the airwave terminals are very sensitive, so one doesnt need to shout to be heard during a transmission. The disadvantage of that is that is picks up a lot of background noise, can be easily obstructed by clothing, and be rendered useless by the wind.
|G-Style with inline mic|
|D-Style with boom mic|
and inline PTT
|Throat mic with acoustic tube earpiece |
and inline PTT
|Lapel mic with ear bud earpiece|
Generally you can purchase any combination you like. I have generally used the G-Style ear piece, used with the terminal microphone. I'm currently using the acoustic tube with in-line microphone. I am now about to order the throat mic with G-Style ear piece...i will let you know how it goes!