Additional accessories supplied by AKE increased headset mounting options and allowed more detailed control and interface tests – all very much appreciated.
Mini spiral cord kit for flip-up helmet use (Article No. 32330) extends the standard microphone connection cord length to accommodate the additional distance or extension needed when the flip portion of the helmet is extended up.
A goose-neck microphone, PBM 1 (Article No. 32351) allows flexibility in mounting the microphone component of a headset and can be used with all other PowerCom components.
Microphone windsock (Article No. 32333) high quality, especially flocked to provide a soft touch surface and maximum wind noise suppression was included.
PowerCom Operating Device (Article No. 33354), a mini-control module that provides: manual switching between iVOX and PTT; a button for muting audio to the rider but not the intercom user; and, ENT or enter button to answer and end mobile phone calls.
Supplied Accessory – Alan 456R PMR446 Radio
Having the Alan 456R radios was essential so that initial device tests could be done, allowing data to be collected and features validated. Although not available (approved) for North American use, it has a couple of unique features, one being a built-in intercom capability – with the optional MA40 kit, full duplex mode between rider and passenger is provided.
The first section of the two piece power harness has five lead wires mated to a flat 5-pin male connector which is then mated to the control module power cable section.
The five wires are assigned the following functions:
Red: Positive (12V) with spade connector
Black: Negative (12V with spade connector
Yellow: Optional, driver security feature
Green: Optional, for use with a relay (switched power, accessories, etc)
Blue: Only necessary when not using the automatic helmet detection capability (AKE PowerCom systems power up/power down when connected/disconnected via the main helmet connection).
For protection and handling the power harness was wrapped in flexible wire wrap and routed up inside the tank-bag bracket that resides along the bottom edge of the dummy panel, then up the back of the panel to the tank-bag, temporary home for the ROGER One.
Using only the red and black leads initially, the other three were taped up, then collectively wrapped and secured to the top battery clamp, out of the way.
The module is Bluetooth v2.0, Class 1 (100mW) with a 10 metre range and it features an integrated booster to keep signals clear even in high noise environments. The low profile, long-life battery has an energy saving mode. The microphone is noise compensated and has a foam windsock to help as well. The loudspeakers are dynamic transducers housed in a waterproof membrane.