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New safety rule¿ Radio Transmit time-Out Timer (TOT)

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:01 am
by OP
If you fly with a PTT, please set your transmit timer. If you can't do it i'll do it for you. Takes about 20 seconds. Inability to communicate due to a stuck button could be considered a safety issue.

For the FT-150 or 250 radios its option #22

For the 170 or 270 radios its option #47

Great suggestions

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:49 am
by Chip
OP mentioned this yesterday on the way up the mountain. Seems like this is one of the best suggestions I've heard regarding radios in a long time.

I'd agree that having this condition happen can be a hazard to all other pilots if we needed to communicate important information.

We'll get something up on the bulletin board for those that don't regularly come to the forum.

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:27 am
by BudRob
A great idea. I will do it.

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:48 pm
by Spitfire
Great idea, I'll do it too.

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:59 am
by filthy
great idea i will have OP do it too

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:38 am
by BudRob
The deed is done and tested. It works.

However OP failed to mention one thing before you start. You must UNLOCK your radio before beginning. For my FT-150 radio, push the F key and then the LOCK(6) to enable changes.

This will save many of us a some grief since just about everyone runs into shorted wires or other stupid reasons where the transmit button gets continuously activated.

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:57 am
by OP
Some other things to consider:

Auto Power Off (APO): If you forget to turn the radio off, it will shut itself down in a determined amount of time.

If you have the 170/270; Try the 'RF squelch' in place of the default 'tone squelch.' This makes the difference to upgrade to the 170/270 version.

ptt auto off

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:34 am
by Steve90266
Thanks OP!