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Old 09-05-2012, 04:37 PM
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I am planning to go to a MILSIM open play, and it suggests that i need a headset/radio
Are these really crucial, and if so, where can i purchase them and how much do they cost?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:49 PM
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Headset - $50-$100 for one that will last. As for radios you can just get some multi channel radios at Walmart for $20. If you continue with the sport you'll find out quickly a nicer radio will be needed (more range, programmable). I'd start off with a quality headset with a talk about and go from there.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:01 PM
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So do i really need one, or can i go without one for my first event?
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Would an xbox headset plug into a radio?
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So do i really need one, or can i go without one for my first event?
EDIT
Would an xbox headset plug into a radio?

For your first event go without.

Once you play you will find out pretty quickly what you need and what you dont.

I doubt an xbox headset will work, but I really dont know, never tried.

Good luck!
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Ok, thanks a BUNCH
Any other advice for a new player?
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Ok, thanks a BUNCH
Any other advice for a new player?
Priority list:

Water
Good goggles
Good Boots
obviously your gun and such.

After that just get out and play. Like I said before, you will find out real quick what you need, what you dont need and what you would like to have. Once at the event, talk with the players, Ask good questions. Most folks would love to help you out.
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Mouth protection. Most people think they'll never get a tooth shot out...until they do. Like your eyes, there are plenty of unobtrusive options for protection and the slight inconvenience they cause is far less than actually losing a tooth.
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Definitely spend time ogling other peoples loadouts to get a good idea of what people use and find out what works. Don't be shy to ask questions about peoples gear. Most of us are more than happy to talk about how tacticool our stuff is.
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Do I need a two-way radio?
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You don't NEED a radio, but they're very helpful. If you want one, look at any home improvement store for an "FRS/GMRS" radio.

FRS (Family Radio Service) - This is a set of frequencies that the FCC says can be used by anyone, without a license. However, to mitigate the inevitable jackballs yelling whatever they want, radios transmitting on an FRS frequency have 0.5 watts maximum power.

GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) - This is a set of frequencies that the FCC says should be used by businesses, and other general uses. You must have a license to broadcast on these frequencies, but there's no test to get the license; you just pay your money and you get it. The reward is that you're allowed to transmit on GMRS frequencies at up to 2 watts.

FRS and GMRS transmission capabiliy is often bundled on the same device because, and this is where it gets tricky, some of the frequencies are shared across both of these bands. If you want to know more, go here: http://www.buytwowayradios.com/blog/...equencies.aspx

Here's the reality: most people with FRS/GMRS radios have no clue, and no interest in, what they're allowed to transmit on, and at what power level. Because of that, oodles and oddles of airsofters transmit on GRMS frequencies without a license. The general belief is that the FCC doesn't care unless you start using repeaters and auxilliaries, which you're not going to be doing, so just get an FRS/GMRS radio and have fun.
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I mean, is a two way radio what i want to get?
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I mean, is a two way radio what i want to get?

Yes, you want a two way radio.
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Thanks a bunch.
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Xbox will not fit, in motorola at least, which is what you'd start with. If you do get a radio, go without a headset fisrt. The wires going to the ptt and then the radio just bugs me when I play, and you can always turn the volume if you need some stealth, and chances are you will have someone with a radio in your squad, and you really shouldn't end up on your own anytime, so it should all be good. Like previously said, go to one and see what you need then. Different strokes for different folks.
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Umm yeah I'd get a headset. Say you're with someone else and DON'T have the volume turned down ( it can happen in the " fog of war" ) Your opponent MAY hear your radio and rain bb's upon you and your squadmate. Who will not be happy with your forgetfulness. But you don't absolutely NEED one to start out. They are nice and if you get on a team , they are almost alwys a must.
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I am planning to go to a MILSIM open play, and it suggests that i need a headset/radio
Are these really crucial, and if so, where can i purchase them and how much do they cost?
I want to thank you for such a clean and direct thread. It shows a lot of maturity. I can't even begin to tell you how many "new guys" get on the forums and pretty well mess up their reputations before they even set foot on the field. My hat goes off to you.

My suggestion is to just go. There really isn't a need for special gear at an open play, especially if its your first. Just bring a gun, boots, goggles, and water. Go with a curious mindset. Look around and see what other people have that you like.
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I want to thank everyone for all their help. My first event is tomorrow, and I am so pumped, knowing that I will know what to bring thanks to all of you guys!
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