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    Okay. Signed up for the WERC enduro May 20th at Thunderhill in E3. Friends running another car have offered to help with re-fueling, for which I am immensely grateful. They have asked that I acquire a radio so that they'll know when I need to come in for fuel (or just to rest since I'm trying to fly solo). Sampson Racing Communications helped me get a kit together for my LeMons team and that interaction went well. I am thinking of going back to them for The 5watt Racer Package -- but I don't know a whole lot about radios, so if I go buy that will my friends existing radios and I get along okay? Should I be evaluating other alternatives?

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    That is pretty much the standard in Cali. Another plus with Sampson is they also go to werc events (not sure about NorCal). So it is easy to get serviced
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    Yeah. I've been trying to get in touch with Shawn and email to them has been marginally problematic, but I got them on the phone today. Just don't want to go buy a complete system that won't inter-operate with the guys I'm trying to bum off of... they apparently have Motorola radios...

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    It's possible to do enduros without a full radio if you want to do it on the extreme cheap for your first time. Get a walkie talkie, zip tie it to the car and have the driver hit the "call" button a few times before he comes in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkmccready View Post
    Yeah. I've been trying to get in touch with Shawn and email to them has been marginally problematic, but I got them on the phone today. Just don't want to go buy a complete system that won't inter-operate with the guys I'm trying to bum off of... they apparently have Motorola radios...
    it is possible it won't work with your friend's radio. you better double check.
    example: all our radios are scrambled. so it won't work with ours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    It's possible to do enduros without a full radio if you want to do it on the extreme cheap for your first time. Get a walkie talkie, zip tie it to the car and have the driver hit the "call" button a few times before he comes in.
    We do similar with our LeMons car... except the radio actually works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    it is possible it won't work with your friend's radio. you better double check.
    example: all our radios are scrambled. so it won't work with ours.
    That's both my fear and my expectation. But maybe flink'll wear my crew headset and let them know if I buy the whole kit... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkmccready View Post
    We do similar with our LeMons car... except the radio actually works.
    then just run the cheapie radio. this is your first enduro, and not looking to win. it isn't that crucial to have a long range system. you can transmit while on the front straight.

    the low end system uses cheapie radios, ones you buy for $50...
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    All the wireing is universal. So if you have the wiring and headset and your friends have an extra radio. Your good.
    But I've tried to cheap out on radios and it always comes around to. Buy good and buy once. You may ask Sampson. I'm sure they could get Motorolas.
    There service is great. Even when I was in Ohio. Made a call. Not 10min later he was there with the part I needed
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    Hey Guys

    As always, thanks for the support!

    MotoIQ is doing a product review next weekend at the NASA BW event on the new Racers Digital Radio Package. We have had fantastic results form teams around the US and world on the voice quality and distance. They aren't cheap but they are for sure a game changer. One great feature is there is no way to scan them... so all conversations are private (great for endurance teams).
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    Just make sure to get FCC license if your are using GMRS freqency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post
    You may ask Sampson. I'm sure they could get Motorolas.
    There service is great. Even when I was in Ohio. Made a call. Not 10min later he was there with the part I needed
    No problem Gian!

    Yes we do offer a CP200 Motorola based system as well. Its called "The Checker Flag System" Motorola 4watt Checker Flag System

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    Which is a better radio in all aspects? Motorola CP200 or the Vertex VX-351? What would draw someone to pick one over the other? Thanks!
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    We sell both units but at the end of the day Vertex outsells the CP200 by 95%. Vertex offers 5watt vs the CP200 at 4watt and a 3yr warranty. For the money the new Vertex digital radios cant be beat and are cheaper then the CP200 radios.

    And FYI, All that being said... Motorola owns 50% of Vertex Smart guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson Racing Radios View Post
    We sell both units but at the end of the day Vertex outsells the CP200 by 95%.!
    Can these radios scan for the SCCA frequencies trackside so we could listen to "flagging and communications" during a race?

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    Hi Fatbillybob

    Any analog radio can be set to scan track freq as long at its OK with the event folks. The only exception would be the digital radios which would not be able to scan Analog Freq.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson Racing Radios View Post
    Hi Fatbillybob

    Any analog radio can be set to scan track freq as long at its OK with the event folks. The only exception would be the digital radios which would not be able to scan Analog Freq.
    Sorry, I'm really clueless on what makes a radio analog or digital unless it says it on the box. An analog radio then has a scan button I guess? Why would anyone want a digital radio then? It seems like a scanning function could be valuable. I'm thinking it would enhance track safety if you could here the banter between corner stations. You might learn that a local yellow exists before you can see the flag wave. Or maybe hear about possible fluids leak from a car ahead before the debris flag is thrown.

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    -- Again it depends on if the folks running the event want to let you know whats happening on the track. The conversations from corners are very cryptic and most folks will not understand what they are saying.

    Some folks will allow you to scan a freq that the track puts out info on but for the most part not corners.


    Look here for some insight between Analog and digital
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    Buttonwillow uses landlines for the corner workers, so no easy eavesdropping there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Buttonwillow uses landlines for the corner workers, so no easy eavesdropping there.
    No wonder they are late with the yellow flag after an incident. They are busy talking on the phone . . . Oh no, wait, that's not Buttonwillow, it's Streets of Willow. What's their excuse?
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