Our Tactical Comms Setup for Milsim & Airsoft (2019)

Recently we promised you guys to give you more videos/blogs about our setups and as for today we will be talking about our communication setup.

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Comms are always a complex technical subject. On one hand there is the communication itself that allows to do proper teamwork and on the other hand there's also the matter for protecting your ears. Usually it’s either one or the other, but if both are needed they intertwine.


Communication for Airsoft and Milsim purposes usually means a two-way radio system. Important to know are the differences between an analog and a digital radio, the functions they can have and the laws you have to take into count.

Example given most people don’t know it, but a Baofeng radio is actually a radio system for which you need a license in the EU. If you don’t want to do the effort of getting that license you will have to look for unlicensed radio systems that fall under the PMR446 regulation.


Basically you will have to use them every time you can be exposed to loud noises from for example bangers or GBBR users. For this you can either get yourself earplugs that are cheap, but limit your surrounding noise awareness or you can go for electronic hearing protection that doesn’t have this disadvantage.


We’ve gathered some experience throughout the years of doing this and we have to say the best way to use a radio solely is to put it on top of your shoulder for easy access and usage.

On the other hand you have a radio system with a push the talk button and an external microphone and speaker like displayed here.


Of course all this cost money and you might ask yourself “what would a good price tag be?” Well the first thing we would like to mention is that repro communication systems are just a waste of money which is something we learned from experience of many others.

Now on the other hand, unfortunately proper products will also eventually fail you. For example the communication setup we used to use which was the throat mic with a push-to-talk button with a combined value of €100 had some issues as well, either it was transmitting:

  1. all the time
  2. not at all
  3. or you were not understandable

Which is obviously not something anyone would be looking for in a reliable communication setup.

So that said, let’s have a look at our personal communication setup we use nowadays and let’s start with the device that connects us over distance.


The radio we use is the KENWOOD TK-3401D. Why are we using this one? Well, it’s a quite modular radio that comes ready to go out of the box and requires no license. In addition to that it has 16 preset channels on the analog frequencies as well as on the digital frequencies. These last ones have the advantage of having a better range with less noise.


The device weighs 280 gram, can be operational for 16 hours on the digital modes with the power safe mode on, it has an IP 54 and 55 rating and a US MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F and G rating. Which means it can resist pyro shock, gunfire shock, thermo shock, it can work in low pressure or even acidic atmospheres and much more. It can even be dropped in water and dust won’t be a problem at all. So this is definitely a tough device that can take a beating!

The custom settings for this radio we use are:

  1. The first button allows us to change between analog and digital frequencies.
  2. The second button allows us to apply a key lock feature, so you don’t have those accidental frequency changes.

Now, let’s have a look at the core of our communication setup that also protects our hearing which is the headset.


For this we use the 3M PELTOR ComTac XPI which has active hearing protection, runs on two AA batteries and has a US Mil-STD 810 F rating which means that it has a very tough build. These can be worn, on their own, underneath a helmet or attached to one as we’ve done. By using the buttons underneath the left side you can turn them on or off, amplify or reduce the sound and they also have a nice seal which apparently would be even be more comfortable with the cushions.

In addition to that it features a very sturdy cable and a J11 connection pin in order to connect it to the PTT, and you won’t break this one very easy.

When it comes to the microphone we chose to use a dynamic microphone which is very easy to adjust and easy in usage. It’s also IP68 graded which means it can resist water and dust.

Now let’s go over to the device that connects these 2 which is the PTT.


In general, the PTT is a very important piece of your communication setup, this because if it doesn’t work properly you and/or your teammates will find yourself in very annoying situations.

For this we use the 3M PELTOR ComTac XPI PTT. This perticular version is build to be used with a Baofeng/KENWOOD radios.

It also has a very durable cable and uses a clamp that can turn 360 degrees. Above that, the PTT features a button that gives a very positive feel when being pushed even with gloves on, unlike other cheaper PTTs.

So all these together form our communication setups, but how do we set it up.


Viper runs the radio on the back of his left cummerbund in a pouch with the cables and the PTT running over his shoulder. This so he can easily access it with his non-dominant left hand.


Instinct uses a newer modern plate carrier which we’ll talk about in another video, but this one features a pocket on the front inside of the cummerbund. Here he places his radio with the cables and PTT running onto his chest for easy access with his non-dominant hand. This allows him to access his radio, but he’s still testing whether he likes it this way.


So what price tag are we talking about? Well, for the PTT and the headset itself you’ll play 708 euros. The radio itself will cost you 160 euros depending on where you look.


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