Contest Headphones and glorious HF SSB

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Dec 14, 2018.

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  1. K5JEF

    K5JEF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a set of ear-muff type 3M Peltor that have to be 30 years old. I think a truck could run over them.
     
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  2. KB0R

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    I too tried a bluetooth headphone which worked great but had enough delay that I could not send cw with my paddles.
    It also interferred with fast QSK that often happens in contests.

    Larry KB0R
     
  3. YV6BXN

    YV6BXN Ham Member QRZ Page

    also like my Heil ProSet Plus headset is rather old but do the work fine as first day, just has both models dual dinamic element and one with IC element mod use it on every mayor SSB contest for years with good audio reports from both my IC-781 or 756 pIII and others icom radios in my shack without complains as WA7PRC says the phased reversal feature on this combo headphone makes the difference between copying a weak station, and not.
     
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  4. K6LPM

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    I visited a local verizon cellular store a couple of years ago and they had some promotional big deal going on in the parking lot with their sponsored NASCAR team showing of their race car and interactive displays that you could experience. A FM Broadcast station was there with a remote and had the local talent. Apparently it was a big race weekend coming up. The had doorprize giveaways with grand prize being an all inclusive weekend in some executive box seats at the raceway. Well I didnt win the grand prize. But I was indeed first runner up! I didnt win an all expense paid trip to Fontana,,, Instead I won some cool top shelf Verizon Merchandise. Not sure of the brand but I am sure that they would be very expensive buying them from Verizon as a aftermarket phone accessory! OK I KNOW THE SUSPENSE IS JUST KILLING YA AND YA ALL ARE PROLLY WONDERN WHATTHIS HAS TO DO WITH ANYTHING.......
    I won a pair of wired over the ear stereo headphones for use with a cellphone. It is wired similarly to those cheap in the ear buds that have the electret condensor built into a small molded plastic bud that hangs off of the actual cord about 16 or so inches down. The bud also has a button that can operate various functions on the phone like answer call or hang up call. Cue the next song on your phones music app ect.... The cord terminates into a 1/8th inch phone jack that is very similar to a common stereo 3 conductor headphone jack with the exception of the fact that this plug has an additional conductor or "Ring"
    For example a mono 1/8" plug has what is referred to a "Tip"= signal and a "Ring"= gnd
    The Stereo 1/8" headphone plug I assume to be rather universal with the Tip=left audio 1st Ring = right 2nd Ring =gnd
    The cellphone headsets in my limited experience also have followed the same with Tip is left, 1st Ring is right; 3rd Ring is gnd but the 4th additional ring is the microphone audio out. I have not found an 1/8th" jack or any type of adapter for a for a four conductor receptacle for your own DIY but I have soldered leads onto a common 8 pin icom mic plug and used clip leads to experiment and if you wire tip and 1st ring to pin 4. The 2nd ring is gnd and goes to pin 8. The third or last ring is mic out and will go to audio in pin1
    Also pin 1 of the mic also has dc voltage on it to power the electret condensor.
    This was about as far as I had ever proceeded testing this on my older Icom 735
    I used the VOX on the radio and never did try to figure out the button on the headset. It seemed to work pretty good . The three or four contacts I worked using this clipped lead mess of wires could not tell stock mike from the headset other than that one was a bit hotter than the other. I never revealed what I was using. The hot mic was the headset when I pretty much had the bead right in my lips.
    I would like to make an adapter to plug the 1/8th inch headset tip ring ring ring four conductor plug to go into a jack that was wired up nicely to the 8 pin jack. Just dont know where I would find the jack unless I destroyed a old cell phone for one. I have many times considered cutting the plug off and just wire it into the Icom 8 pin but I just cant force myself to do it. These are pretty nice stereo high fidelity set of cans that I do enjoy for music too.
    I dont know why Verizon sells these type ? Obviously you arent going to drive around in your car with a pair of muffs over both ears talking on the phone. If you are enjoying high fidelity music like flacc files from a phone app or your computer I wouldnt think you would want to be disturbed or interrupted with a phone call or talking on the phone. These verizon fit and feel nice with great sound. The only thing that resembles a name is some logo on each earpiece "NOISEHUSH" Dont know if its a brand or a feature. It would not be difficult to reverse the phase on one earpiece ala BoB Heil
    Man now I got that bug to do this!
     
  5. K8ZW

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    I have a bunch of 'em that I'm pretty sure came from Tayda Electronics (taydaelectronics.com). I had a different project I was putting them into. If worse comes to worse, let me know and I'll send ya one.
     
  6. VK2OZ

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    If you are not going to tell your fellow hams what headset it was that broke why bother posting the article in the first place seems nonsensical.
     
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  7. W4PG

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  8. VK4HAT

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    Because the moral of the story is not what broke, but the rather foundational notion to be prepared. You know that great ham trait and piece of wisdom they teach boy scouts. Be prepared, have a backup plan and obviously have a spare if possible.
     
  9. WR2E

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    For audio use they are a bit ... ummm... "Lo-Fi" these days.

    For communication use, they're fine, but heavy.

    There's better choices available today.
     
  10. K4TO

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    I use the Avantree Bluetooth. I think it uses the aptX system. I have only the headphones and the latency is not a problem sending break-in CW. I would think the microphone that matches using the same aptX system would work also.
     

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