R7 Motorcycle mode?

firstsage

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2016
Messages
179
Reaction score
98
I use my R7 on my bike (RAM mount magnet base, metal plate on the bottom of the R7) and I use the 3.5mm jack to plug into the speakers built into my helmet. To help prevent additional hearing loss from wind noise I use Starkey custom molded headphones, so this is why the R7 is plugged into speakers in the helmet.
I ended up having to get a battery powered inline amplifier because with the added wind noise, I could not hear the alerts. So my ask/thought is, could there be a motorcycle mode where the audio out of the 3.5mm jack can be increased a lot, and a tone blip every minute or so, so I know that its still on as I can't see the screen.
I am going to look at a BT connection to hook into the comm system. If anyone has a module that has worked well for you, please link! :)
 

kwthom

n00b retiree
Intermediate User
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
263
Reaction score
218
Location
Jaynes Station, AZ
I use an R1 on my bike, but if it's similar, the output is 3.5mm MONO on a stereo jack.


The thread that I deposited my info on the topic when I did my integration onto my motorcycle.
 
Last edited:

firstsage

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2016
Messages
179
Reaction score
98
I use an R1 on my bike, but if it's similar, the output is 3.5mm MONO on a stereo jack.


The thread that I deposited my info on the topic when I did my integration onto my motorcycle.
Well that is exactly the same issue! So my ask is, can this be addressed in a firmware update or is this a hardware limitation. My thought would be firmware.
@BagNDrag: Is this worthy to add to your issue tracker?
 
Last edited:

DC Fluid

Dreaming of a warm dry summer!
Beginner User
Joined
Jun 7, 2019
Messages
606
Reaction score
783
Location
Prince George BC
My R7 on Ram Mag mount, loud cruiser with big windshield, full face helmet, ear pocket speakers, R7 on latest firmware that had the volume increase, and my industrial molded earplugs with maximum dB reduction.
Just enough volume to do the job. Could use more.
Old Escort 9500ix doesn't even need full volume to outdo R7. R3 is similar to R7 post firmware volume increase.
All I can think about is finding self powered (rechargeable batteries) helmet speakers that will amplify the signal.
Same concerns as OP about max volume.
Audio is everything on the bike.
Even right in front of you the R7 is hard to see in daylight and you want eyes on road anyways.
 

firstsage

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2016
Messages
179
Reaction score
98
My R7 on Ram Mag mount, loud cruiser with big windshield, full face helmet, ear pocket speakers, R7 on latest firmware that had the volume increase, and my industrial molded earplugs with maximum dB reduction.
Just enough volume to do the job. Could use more.
Old Escort 9500ix doesn't even need full volume to outdo R7. R3 is similar to R7 post firmware volume increase.
All I can think about is finding self powered (rechargeable batteries) helmet speakers that will amplify the signal.
Same concerns as OP about max volume.
Audio is everything on the bike.
Even right in front of you the R7 is hard to see in daylight and you want eyes on road anyways.
Exactly. It did get better after the firmware update, but not enough. Bike and inline amp are up north where I do my riding during the summer. I'll snap a pic of what I have. Its worked fine.
I ended up going into a guitar shop and they had an inline amp for guitar players that don't need a big amp to play when they are using headphones. Takes 2 AAA batteries. Has worked fine until the batteries went out on a ride couple weeks ago. Took me a minute to figure out that it was the amp as it would turn on at first.
 

DC Fluid

Dreaming of a warm dry summer!
Beginner User
Joined
Jun 7, 2019
Messages
606
Reaction score
783
Location
Prince George BC
I would look into Lithium AAA batteries you can but now. Lasts 5 to 10 times the life of top name alkaline batteries.
A rechargeable would be great, trickle charge right from bike acc power.
 

venom690

PSL +5
Intermediate User
Joined
Jul 22, 2018
Messages
900
Reaction score
1,391
Location
Miami, Florida
you guys must have some loud pipes.

I can hear my R7 even without ear phones but the stock exhaust and the toll windshield helps.

Before the volume increase I would grab some of those earphones that comes with the android phones and stick both on the same side inside the padding by the check of the helmet. All you have to do is remove the cheeck padding and stick it right under and replace the padding .At least this works on full size helmets.

With this method you do not have the earbuds in your ear that can start hurting on long trips but they stay inside the helmet, just make you sure you tape both ear phones in the direction of your head.This is also good if you use a Sena headset for music since this way it won't dim the music down.

Then select the loudest tone you can find(you can find which one sounds the best by going at highway speed on a clear road with no turns and go through all the tones till you find the ones you can hear the best.I found 2 for K and I think 4 or 5 for KA band.

Remove Frequency and voice call out .

Remove Q-ride

Crank up the volume and that should do the trick.
 

DC Fluid

Dreaming of a warm dry summer!
Beginner User
Joined
Jun 7, 2019
Messages
606
Reaction score
783
Location
Prince George BC
My bike is not nearly as loud as a Harley with pipes.
It's a combination of :
Slip on Cobra exhaust, wind noise, increased engine noise in cockpit because of really tall windshield and the fact I wear maximum protection molded earplugs, because hearing loss is real and bikes are bad for contributing.
Without earplugs the speakers put out pretty loud sound with the right alert tones.
Just when you add all factors while riding faster it is desirable to have that bit more.
 

wjbertrand

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Joined
Jul 10, 2019
Messages
104
Reaction score
111
Location
Ventura, CA
I have my R7 mounted on my bike. I feed the audio via the 3.5mm earphone jack and cable to a Sena SM10 Bluetooth dongle that is then paired to my Cardo Packtalk helmet headset. This set up works very well. The SM10 has an audio boost setting and I have plenty of volume, even with -33 dB foam earplugs in my ears.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
 

venom690

PSL +5
Intermediate User
Joined
Jul 22, 2018
Messages
900
Reaction score
1,391
Location
Miami, Florida

DC Fluid

Dreaming of a warm dry summer!
Beginner User
Joined
Jun 7, 2019
Messages
606
Reaction score
783
Location
Prince George BC
My headphones plug right in and sound in both ears.
Earbuds and speakers both.
 

kwthom

n00b retiree
Intermediate User
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
263
Reaction score
218
Location
Jaynes Station, AZ
I have no idea I was going off kwthom's post to make a quick link to what one needs to look at.
Again, it's mono sound on a stereo jack - right and left are identical.
 

BagNDrag

PSL +5
Intermediate User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2012
Messages
400
Reaction score
705
Well that is exactly the same issue! So my ask is, can this be addressed in a firmware update or is this a hardware limitation. My thought would be firmware.
@BagNDrag: Is this worthy to add to your issue tracker?
I'll add it as a question to see if it can be addressed in firmware. That would be awesome for the bikers if it could be!

-Mark
 

firstsage

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Lifetime Premium Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2016
Messages
179
Reaction score
98

wjbertrand

Learning to Fly
Beginner User
Joined
Jul 10, 2019
Messages
104
Reaction score
111
Location
Ventura, CA
I have to use the mono-to-stereo adapter for my Escort Redline or Passport 9500ix in order to hear alerts in both ears, but the R7 has a stereo jack so no adapter is needed. Just a straight male-to-male 3.5mm patch cable between the R7 and the Sena SM10 works fine in my experience.
 
Last edited:

kwthom

n00b retiree
Intermediate User
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
263
Reaction score
218
Location
Jaynes Station, AZ

Biohazardous

Finding the loopholes
Advanced User
Premium Member
Joined
Oct 24, 2015
Messages
1,509
Reaction score
1,986
Location
In the north
I use an R1 on my bike, but if it's similar, the output is 3.5mm MONO on a stereo jack.


The thread that I deposited my info on the topic when I did my integration onto my motorcycle.

You *do* realize that will NOT work, right?

The JACK in the detector is STEREO. That adapter WILL short out one of the two channels in the detector.


The underlined quote is what I was referring to. I made the statement that I do not know if it would work or not on the R7. I was not giving a concrete statement on advice only that IF it is a mono output that you need a adapter plug to go from mono to stereo. Which is why I quoted your post and stated I do not know only pigging backing off your post about the R1 IF it was similar, which it seems like it is not.
 

kwthom

n00b retiree
Intermediate User
Joined
Apr 25, 2018
Messages
263
Reaction score
218
Location
Jaynes Station, AZ
Plug in a standard tip, ring, sleeve stereo headphone into the detector to verify the finding. Sound should be in both sides of the headphone. If it's tip and sleeve mono, you'll only hear it in one ear.

It's my understanding that this audio output configuration has been what Uniden has done for years - back to the DFR series of detectors, if not earlier.

I'd previously used Escort products which have always been tip and sleeve mono.

Luck to the OP on solving their integration puzzle.
 

Discord Server

Latest threads

Forum statistics

Threads
78,337
Messages
1,192,673
Members
19,977
Latest member
iunyan
Top