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Is there a VHF Radio That Connects to Sena SPH10 Headset

 

Bryan Austin
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It can be challenging to effectively hear the VHF radio at the helm of our 50' sailboat (Beneteau Sense 50). The base unit (B&G) is in the salon and I have a wireless remote handset by the helm which just doesn't produce a very audible stream. Our Sent SPH10 bluetooth headsets are outstanding. I'm looking for a VHF handheld (preferably) that I can connect to the SENA headset. Sena has a bluetooth extension that is suppose to plug into a push-to-talk radio and then, using the separate push-to-talk button you carry, it will trigger the radio and allow you to communicate via the headset. This is common with motorcycles. 

So does anyone know of a marine VHF that can accommodate a SENA headset or any over the ear headset for two way push to talk communications? 


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Ben Ellison
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Hi Bryan, I don't know if this is possible, but one place to look is the brand new Uniden MHS335BT handheld with Bluetooth. It seems very modern and while the manual doesn't mention headsets, its firmware can be updated via phone app:

https://www.uniden.com/shop/communication/marine-radios/6-watt-class-d-floating-handheld-vhf-marine-radio/

Good to hear that you're happy with the Sena headset, which I once tested:

https://panbo.com/cruising-solutions-headsets-testing-the-bluetooth-update/


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Steve Mitchell
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Posted by: Bryan Austin

It can be challenging to effectively hear the VHF radio at the helm of our 50' sailboat (Beneteau Sense 50). The base unit (B&G) is in the salon and I have a wireless remote handset by the helm which just doesn't produce a very audible stream. 

I had the B&G V50 as well (review here) and while I liked the base station and idea of wireless handset, I had the same problem with audio. After 2 years of trying to use it with several handset replacements, the audio never got good enough while underway or with lots of background noise. I replaced it with a Standard Horizon and wired mic, which works much better. Would love a headset version, though.

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Ben Stein
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Circling back to this thread.  I spoke with Uniden and they let me know the MHS335BT only contains a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio and not a full stack Bluetooth radio.  The BLE radio isn't capable of supporting audio devices so you won't be able to pair a headset with it.  Sorry

Ben

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Bryan Austin
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I’m surprised there isn’t a headset capable (or compatible) VHF radio. Seems like a technology gap. If I’m out sailing in 20+ kt winds, crashing waves, that’s a lot of noise to overcome to hear/talk on the radio. Don’t handhelds come with the ability to plug in a earbud/headphone to at least  monitor the radio? 


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