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Standard-Horizon VH-310 Handset
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posted 08-16-2006 12:31 AM ET (US)
I am interested in reports from users of a Standard-Horizon VH-310 handset. Specifically:
--is there an proper hang-up bracket for this device?
--is the audio from the handset speaker loud enough to hear at a typical small boat helm when the handset is in the hang-up bracket?
--is it convenient to use an external speaker with this device?
posted 08-16-2006 07:05 PM ET (US)
I believe this is the Ram Mic for the PS 1000 and PS 2000, correct?
The bracket is a standard plastic clip and works just fine. I have never had the mic fall out.
At low speed (under 18 kts) it is LOUD, and I am constantly adjusting the volume to match ambient conditions. For an open boat, it is as loud as any internal VHF speaker I have heard.
At higher speeds, to hear it clearly, I have to reposition the hand set to face up, towards my ears.
Under the wheel, facing straight back, at knee height is just not real clear over the wind and engine noise. I know someone is talking, I just don't get every word.
Note: my ears may not be the best. My wife says I never listen. Also, I have trouble hearing the stereo clearly over 25 kts, unless the volume is on the verge of distortion. (No need to worry, I don't usually try to listen to the stereo over 20 kts.)
The external speaker should be easy to connect, but I do not have one. I think there are simply two loose wires on the back of the handset plug. I taped them up, never planning to use them.
posted 08-16-2006 07:38 PM ET (US)
The VH-310 is not the Ram Mic. It is a telephone type handset. It has a much more elaborate keyboard than the Ram Mic.
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