Race Radio Communications with Bluetooth using P.C.I.’s TRAX Ultimate 4 System.Posted in How To: Electrical on March 28, 2017
Communication is an important part of any adventure. It sounds simple enough, but it isn’t always. A simple handheld radio may suffice the safety needs, allowing you to reach out for help in an emergency and even give basic communications between vehicles in your group. It is often, however, a glorified walkie-talkie. Racers have been using intercom systems for years, they allow open communication between driver and passenger as well as a direct link to support crews without having to even stop driving. Push to talk at break neck speeds. PCI Race Radios recently launched a new system that gives non-racers a far better way to have that same communication, the TRAX Ultimate 4 system.
Designed for UTVs, sand cars, and prerunners, the TRAX Ultimate 4 system with Bluetooth is loaded with hardware that not only gives superior radio communications, it also has music and cell phone use options with Bluetooth connectivity and a hardwired audio connection jack. Now you can properly listen to your favorite adrenaline pumping music while blasting down the trail.
TRAX systems from PCI are available in several formats. The individual pieces are available, as well as packaged sets with two to five headsets or helmet wiring kits. The TRAX Ultimate 4 system includes four headsets, the TRAX Stereo Bluetooth Intercom, Icom 50-watt VHF radio, antenna, push-to-talk buttons, and the all the necessary cables. PCI spent the required time to set up a good system that’s easy and straightforward to install.
We spent some time at Dependable Off-Road in Anaheim, California, as they installed a PCI Race Radios TRAX Ultimate 4 system into a ’16 Polaris RZR XP1000 using PCI’s XP1000 specific radio and intercom dash mounting bracket. Follow the captions for the basics of the install and refer to the PCI instructions for more info.
TRAX Stereo Bluetooth Intercom: Two Trax five-pin 12-foot, and two 16-inch headset/helmet cables with quick-disconnect nexus mil-spec connections; optional upgrade to digital signal processing (noise cancellation)
TRAX Stereo Headsets: Four full stereo, high-quality, carbon-fiber, over-the-head¬–style headsets with built-in coil cord; featuring new full range, HFI speakers, gel ear seals, and cloth ear covers
Icom F5021 Mobile Radio: 50-watt, VHF, alphanumeric display, 128 channels pre-programmed with stock desert list; option to add notes to your order to include special frequencies
Antenna and Coax: 17-foot hole mount coax and no ground plane antenna
Push to Talk Buttons: One Velcro and one panel mount
Music/Phone Audio Input Cable: 6-foot cable, allowing you to input music into your intercom or voice conversation from a phone or music device