The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   >
Search


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-22-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Amelia Island, FL
Posts: 4,665
Default VHF with telephone style mic

I want to buy a VHF with a telephone style mic. I have seen a few boats with the mic that is handheld to the ear, to listen through the handset. My old 2-stroke is loud, so I would like to be able to run and hold the mic to my ear and hear.


Who makes a decent one at a reasonable price?

Thanks,
Dan
Reel Boobs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Central Jersey
Posts: 7,961
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

a quick search comes up with

http://www.headsetzone.com/ptt-500m-nc-1-00.html

BUT you'll have to wire it properly to the mike connector, AND you'll also need a lead to the radio's external speaker jack, AND you'll probably have to replace the microphone element as well. After all that, it still may not work. Plus, when it's plugged into the external speaker jack, the radio's internal speaker may disconnect automatically, so unless it's to your ear, you won't hear anything while you're not using it.
t3rockhall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location:
Posts: 1
Default RE: VHF with telephone style mic

Not completely like a telephone, but sound comes out of the mic so you can put to ear while running...

http://www.byownerelectronics.com/st...at=2693&page=1

(its in the fine print at the bottom, "Supplied speaker microphone to draw the speaker to your ear...")
snappattack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2007, 11:55 PM   #4
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: M.Vineyard, MA
Posts: 11,530
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

For the past 12 I've used Simrad's handset predecessor to these radios: http://www.simradyachting.com/default.aspx?path={BA7E48EF-AB9F-4FAF-BF47-416F248165AE} . Combined with external speakers so I can hear a hail, the handset type is absolutely the best for hearing (& understanding) VHF communications above engine (lower station ) or wind noise (tower). I doubt you would consider these fall in the "reasonable price" catagory, but for me, worth every penny.

I believe Raymarine makes a somewhat similar series of VHF units that may be sold at lower cost and perhaps have fewer features.

In my opinion the sound quality of at least the Simrad handset amidst considerable ambient boat noise is way above the Icom & Standard speaker-mics I've used, but the latter may be more than adequate for those whose hearing is better than mine these days. .

Another consideration that could help a good bit if your O/B is setup with a motor well like my good old 23 Seacraft had: I fiberglassed a hinged custom plywood engine/motorwell cover that was attractive, strong enough to stand on , protected the engine from a lot of exposure to offshore spray and tuna-bait chunks,etc., kept all fish lines clear and best of all and the main reason for the project: reduced engine noise experienced by the P.O.B.s by at least 2/3.
TTaxi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 12:15 AM   #5
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location:
Posts: 438
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

My Standard Horizon has a speaker build in the Microphone, I love that feature. That was one reason I took the ICOM M302 out and replaced it with my old Standard Horizon Intrepid.
BajaFeeling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 12:27 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Posts: 80
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

Standard Horizon makes a telephone-style handset that works with any of their second-station capable radios. It's exactly what you're looking for. Their RAM+ mics also have built-in speakers, but they're not telephone-style.

You can get the VH-310 bundled with the PS2000 black-box radio for ~$250, or you can buy it separately for ~$120 to use with any other capable Standard Horizon radio. The RAM+ mic is also available bundled with the PS1000/PS2000 for $100/$165 respectively, or can be purchased separately for just under $100.

http://www.byownerelectronics.com/st...0&cat=0&page=1
http://www.starmarinedepot.com/Stand...on+VH-310.html
capntang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 07:51 AM   #7
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
Posts: 2,478
Default RE: VHF with telephone style mic

Not exactly what you're looking for, but I just purchased a Uniden 625 together with one of their WhamX4 wireless remotes. They offer a VOX headset for the remote; you can clip the remote to your waist like a cellphone, put on the headset, and walk freely around the vessel (and then some).
tobnpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 08:54 AM   #8
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Amelia Island, FL
Posts: 4,665
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

Quote:
capntang - 5/23/2007 12:27 AM

Standard Horizon makes a telephone-style handset that works with any of their second-station capable radios. It's exactly what you're looking for. Their RAM+ mics also have built-in speakers, but they're not telephone-style.

You can get the VH-310 bundled with the PS2000 black-box radio for ~$250, or you can buy it separately for ~$120 to use with any other capable Standard Horizon radio. The RAM+ mic is also available bundled with the PS1000/PS2000 for $100/$165 respectively, or can be purchased separately for just under $100.

http://www.byownerelectronics.com/st...0&cat=0&page=1
http://www.starmarinedepot.com/Stand...on+VH-310.html
Tang,

That SH 310 is exactly what I need.


Does any other manufacturer make a similar set-up? I am surprised I can't seem to find any other. I would think many boaters would like to be able to hear better out on the water.

Thanks again for your help.
Reel Boobs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 09:47 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Posts: 80
Default Re: VHF with telephone style mic

I really haven't seen a single other telephone-style handset. I only knew of the SH handset because I recently bought a PS2000 radio, which can come packaged with the VH-310.

I ended up going with a RAM+ mic since that package was $100 less than the one including the VH-310, but I'm thinking I might buy the telephone handset a little later. The alphanumeric keypad alone might be worth it.
capntang is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:14 PM.


©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.9.3.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.