Mike Bons said:
I have used the 2-way radio setup so far. I really don't like it when compared to commercial remotes, or elsema products but it works for now.
I was leaning toward the 2-way radio option because I figured that I could also use them for their intended purpose when not attached to the winger. Since you seem to be one of the few that actually has made this option work I am wondering why you prefer the other remote options. What do you find to be most annoying or limiting about using the 2-ways?
I really like the looks of your EMT winger; how does it compare in weight, cost and ease of construction to your PVC wingers? Any special talent or expensive conduit benders necessary to work with the EMT?
Here are a few things I dislike about the FRS setup:
When using multiple wingers you need to leave 5-6 channels in between the two "recievers". Meaning that if winger 1 is set on channel 1, winger 2 needs to be on channel 7 and winger 3 needs to be on channel 14. It's not as bad with just 2 wingers because you can use channels 1 and 14. But the scambling between channels and the timing of it all is a bit of a pain. That is what I like about the elsema setup as you just press channels 1-4 for each to fire - no dials or flipping channels.
You are at risk for the winger going off when they are not suppose to because they are widely used frequencies.
There is no attention getting sound feature.
My setup is not waterproof (or even that resistant).
. Just not all that durable
One thing that I have noticed is that when used with the servo's the batteries last a long time - months.
The EMT winger I do like better than my
PVC winger as it is lighter, folds up flatter, and it was cheaper to make then the PVC one, and it just looks and functions a little better. You need a pipe bender which is not that expensive and is relatively easy to use.
FWIW, I won a gift certificate for Zinger Winger at a hunt test in the fall and I broke down and bought an "uplander". I find myself using that most often as it is light, and easily hidden, and does a great job of throwing a bumper or Dokken. I use my FRS electronics with it and it works OK.
I am holding out on buying some commercial electronics right now, to see if sportDOG is going to be bring some out in the new year. I can't get Kevin Lee (sportDOG rep./ RTF member) to say either way.
Any other question let me know,