Re: XCOM radio
- From: "Ian McPhee" <ianmcphee@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 09:39:53 +1000
I make the microphones but not the preamp that goes inside - I think all is
well with the preamp now as been much activity over last 2 weeks
Ian McPhee (skype macca304)
Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
Tel +61(0)2 66847642 mob +61(0)428847642
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"Paul Remde" <paul@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hi Jim,
> I sell the XCOM radio so I'm probably biased, but I do my best to give
> completely honest advice.
> I have played with the XCOM radios in my office quite a lot. I like the
> ease of use. It is easy to configure and change settings. It is easy to
> use "in flight" (although I haven't flown with one yet). It does have
> some very cool features as you mentioned. I also like that it can
> transmit 0.75 W output with only 9V power input. That is an impressive
> spec. Most radios won't transmit at all at 9V. Of course, it transmits
> with much, much more power at 12V or more.
> My testing was plagued by an issue with a particular batch of XCOM
> microphones. They received a bad batch of microphones and I received most
> of them. It was tough to track down since the units they had in their
> stock worked fine. Thankfully they recently solved the problem and they
> are sending me more microphones to test. It was a vendor component swap
> issue that was tough to isolate. I've been impressed with their
> professional communications with me on the issue.
> I've sold several of the radios so far. The microphone issue made us
> question the radio for a time but now that that we know it is a microphone
> issue and it has been solved, I think we'll be on track. I haven't had
> any radios returned to me so far.
> If you want a radio with a track record, buy the excellent Walter Dittel
> or Becker radios. If you want something new with new features it may be
> worth trying the XCOM.
> Good Soaring,
> Paul Remde
> Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
> "jphoenix" <jphoenix13@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Anybody have comments positive or negative regarding the XCOM radio?
>> I'm trying to decide on a replacement for the Filser I pulled and I
>> like the Becker and Dittel, but the features of the XCOM are very
>> interesting, monitor two channels, receive 108 to 118 range
>> frequencies, etc.
>> Do they sound as good as the Becker? Any reliability problems?
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