[...] try to run your antenna coax cable in a route that keeps it clear of power wires. [...] keep the coax as short as possible. If possible, try to mount the radio within easy reach of the driver for channel changes or volume adjustments, but chances are that once you've become familiar with your system, you won't change the settings very often.\n A steering wheel push button is the most common activation point.
TECHNICAL BY JASON ISLEY T he pit board was once the only method of communication between the crew and driver, and it’s still a method used today. Unfortunately, this form of communication is a one-way street, leaving the driver no method of responding – that is, aside from a few frantic someone yell “go” in the driver’s ear when the green ﬂag drops, in-car radio systems have almost limitless applications. But, as with everything, there’s a lot you should know before and impossible to interpret hand gestures as he or she placing that order. speeds by. As technology marched on, radios became smaller and more powerful, and it was only a matter of THE BASICS time before these made it into the hands of racecar drivers Tin cups connected by a string won’t and crew – ﬁ rst, on the professional side and then in do, not even for the shortest of tracks. amateur racing. Rather, you need the right equipment As an avid and successful Soloist, Club Racer and team to communicate effectively. owner, T.C. Kline has spent time on both ends of the radio. The handheld radio is the basis From his experience, he has found it to be a useful tool but for most racing systems, and it he said the use of it is very driver dependant. can come in a variety of sizes In the professional ranks, Kline uses the radio from atop and power levels. “Five watts is the pit box to simply check in with the driver. “I want to the most power you can get out make sure he has no issues with the car, beyond that it is of a handheld unit,” said Shawn up to the driver,” said Kline. “Some drivers want a lot of Sampson, owner of Sampson Racing information, lap times, lap count and the track position of Communications. “There are two-watt competitors, while other drivers don’t want to talk at all.” and four-watt radios available, but When it comes to Club Racing, where Kline is behind you’ll want the most power you can the wheel, his attitude toward the radio changes a bit. get. The two-watt radios are great “If the car I’m racing has one, [then] I will use it, but we for circle tracks and go-karts, but keep things pretty laid back,” said Kline. “In a sprint race after that, you don’t have enough format, I don’t need much information from the crew.” power to push the communication Kline is a prime example of a driver who wants to focus out of the car. Anytime you go on driving, while others are looking for all the intel they to a road course you’re going to BEYOND can get on what the competition may be doing. want four to ﬁve watts of power.” Whether it’s diagnosing handling issues or having Beyond the power level, there is BOARD LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC What was once a also the consideration of UHF and VHF units. Both have advantages and If you frequent some of the longer tracks, or ones with a lot of elevation board at the side of the disadvantages. Typically the VHF
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