2 way radio systems normally operate in 1/2 duplex mode; this basically means that the user can listen or talk, but cannot do both at a go. A PTTÂ (also known as press to transmit) button usually activates the radio's transmitter. When the button is released, its' receiver becomes active. ForÂ 2 way radio earpieces, a push to talk button is included on a wireÂ that runs up the arm of the user, with an acoustic tube up to the ear.
There are 2 wires which run independently from theÂ 2 way radio; oneÂ ends at the PTT and mic, while the other ends at the radio's earpiece. The 2 wire kits are worn under the clothing, running oneÂ cable from the 2 way radio, up to your ear. The other cable runs from the 2 way radio, up your back and down your sleeve to the cuffs of your long sleeved shirt or clipped by a lapel on the front of your shirt. 3 wire kits separate the Mic and PTT with one cable running down the arm, connected to the PTT, another connectedÂ to the mic, withÂ normally includes a microphone which is clipped to the jacket or shirtÂ and the third has the acoustic tube to go into the ear.
How to Hide a Radio Earpiece
You can run the wires underneath the shirt; hiding the wires from the 2 way radio to the earpiece underneath your clothing, offering more discreetness. If you aren't too concerned with discreetness, you can leave the wires outside of your clothing. The radio will work either way. Here are the steps on how to hide a radio earpiece;
Take the wires of theÂ radio earpiece and runÂ them inside your shirt. Now take the wires out from your shirt's top; this way the wires will be well hidden. Take your earpiece and then put it in one ear. Ensure, the earpiece fits tightly and wont fall when walking, you can put the earpiece in either ear.
Once you're comfortable with your earpiece, it is now time to fit the wires that go into the radio. Take the wire that connects the earpiece and the radio, and fit it inside the shirt. Take this wire out from your shirt's bottom. Put it in your radio, and then clip the radio properly on your belt. Once all the wires are properly fitted inside your shirt, you can now tuck in the shirt to hide them completely.
Once everything is properly fitted, switch on your 2 way radio and test it. Now, you can useÂ your 2 way radio earpiece covertly
The real benefit of using a hidden radio earpiece, is that other people will not notice when you're talking on your earpiece, remember to never share radio earpieces; this is for health and sanitary purposes. You can also buy radio earpieces, along with your own personal ear tips and clear coils.