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Author Topic: Army simplex phone  (Read 1329 times)
LB5KE
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« on: September 11, 2012, 01:53:00 PM »

It seems like phone handsets with tx/rx switch are the prefered method of communicating with the armies. Is it because of tradition?
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KQ6Q
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2012, 02:14:19 PM »

What you may be finding are military handsets that have the speaker on all the time, but the mike is muted unless you hold the button down. Good for use in noisy environments, or when you need to have side conversations that the person on the phone should not hear.
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LB5KE
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012, 02:23:02 PM »

Yes, but why not use a ordinary mic like on a 2 meter mobile?
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 02:26:07 PM »

Speakers are not always good to use in combat.  Using a telephone handset limits noise that might give away the radio operators position, or that might allow unauthorized people to hear the messages being recieved.
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KJ6MSG
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012, 08:02:54 AM »

Also, there are lots of loud things in military operations... having a headset to the ear is a lot better for understanding someone on the other side  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2012, 08:12:51 AM »

It is a combination of clarity under adverse (loud) conditions, and security. A handset provides both - security, as it is very hard to over hear a conversation ona  handset compared with a loudspeaker, and clarity - with a handset very close to the ear its much easier to hear above the sounds of battle/machinery.

A lot of forces go beyond this, and also leave the soldiers hands as free as possible, for obvious reasons! In the British Army, the use of headsets of various types is encountered even for ordinary line infantry, as this means each man can be constantly listening into the command net for instructions and battle information, whilst still have his weapon to bear.
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