Alachua County ARES

Gainesville, Florida

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Local Organizations:
GARS, K4GNV
GARC, W4DFU
Alachua CERT
Northern Florida District
Florida SERT

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ARRL
ARES
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Audio for HTs

HT Audio, Power Plugs Your HT may have a single plug or a double-plug audio jack, or a more complex adapter. Be sure to check on compatibility before you buy accessories. Not all models from the same vendor use the same connector.
A speaker-mic allows you to leave your HT clipped on your belt while you talk. If you clip the speaker-mic near your shoulder, you can hear the radio over surrounding noise without having your audio too loud. Speaker-Mic
HT With Speaker Mic Most speaker-mics have a spiffy connector to hold the cable and keep it from pulling loose from the HT. If yours doesn't, or it breaks, a twist-tie works fine.
An earbud is an excellent way to hear the radio in very noisy environments, like races, with a set of ear muffs over them. Conversely, the ear bud is great when people around you are quiet and you're trying not to disturb them, like in a shelter. Ear-Bud and Lapel-Mic
HT With Ear-Bud The earbud and lapel microphone are also less obtrusive when worn correctly, so you can be less visually distracting when that is appropriate.
Law enforcement wear earbuds like this, so you may get a second look from someone with a badge. This is a good time to introduce yourself as a volunteer communicator.

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