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XyZspineZyX
07-11-2003, 12:05 AM
In the Battle of Britain and other WWII air war movies - the pilots press something on their necks to activate their radios. What is this? And more importantly - is there anything I can get nowadays like it that I could hook up as my hotkey for TeamSpeak (or any other voice program...)?

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XyZspineZyX
07-11-2003, 12:05 AM
In the Battle of Britain and other WWII air war movies - the pilots press something on their necks to activate their radios. What is this? And more importantly - is there anything I can get nowadays like it that I could hook up as my hotkey for TeamSpeak (or any other voice program...)?

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XyZspineZyX
07-11-2003, 12:14 AM
They're using a throat-mic. It hung on a strap around your neck and would pick up the sound through your throat. It tends to sound garbled unless you hold it tight with your hand. Or have it so tight it was uncomfortable.

When I flew helicopters in the Middle East we had some Westland Whirlwinds (H-19 with a Rolls Royce turbine) that were equiped with them. Theory was that they worked better than a normal mic in the Whirlwind because of the noise.

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XyZspineZyX
07-11-2003, 12:20 AM
As above.
They were also used by the Panzer crews, and I heard that they were the first that used them, but I'm not so sure about that.

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XyZspineZyX
07-11-2003, 12:47 AM
i served in the late 80s in the German Army in an armoured Mortar unit- we used such "micros" and they did the jop very well.

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