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    [musketeermail] Headset for Cell phone?

    Sandy, I suspect you'll get a fair bit of good feedback on this. There are
    several solutions, some fairly inexpensive.



    I don't know what kind of headsets you have (brand name, and passive or
    ANR). If you don't yet have ANR headsets, at least for the pilot, and if
    you can possibly afford one, I highly recommend that approach. There are
    several models that include a cellphone interface. Lightspeed makes some
    very good ones at a reasonable price; especially if they happen to have a
    factory refurbished unit available. Don't buy new ones direct from
    Lightspeed, though; there are many discounters for new ANR headsets.



    The main reason I am mentioning this is that it might make a lot of sense to
    put the standalone interface cost of $100-$200 toward a good ANR headset
    instead, which already has the interface built in. Among other things, you
    get guaranteed headset compatibility and less wiring clutter. Also keep in
    mind that there have been some random problems reported between the
    standalone cellphone interfaces and various models of ANR headsets (but not
    with passive headsets).



    If you are not yet a BAC member, please check into joining. Our members
    save a lot of money on parts and insurance, as well as having a lot of
    maintenance and operational information at their fingertips. The Lightspeed
    link is on the BAC Links page.





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    From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of Sandy Floe
    Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 4:12 PM
    To: Musketeermail@Yahoogroups. Com
    Subject: [musketeermail] Headset for Cell phone?



    Has anyone found a headset exclusively for a cell phone? One that covers
    both ears. The phone is virtually impossible to operate without one due to
    the engine noise. I guess I could shut the engine down and make calls but
    that might not be a good idea. <G>

    I want to use the headset only for a cell phone call then go back to the
    VHF headset for "normal" operations.

    Sandy
    N113FC



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    [musketeermail] Headset for Cell phone?

    It is still technically illegal per the FCC, but not the FAA (depending on
    circumstances; up to the pilot). But the "too many towers" issue was a red
    herring. If it ever was an issue, it stopped being one many years ago. The
    greatest practical constraints are antenna placement and altitude. Our
    planes make a nice cellphone antenna shield for the terrestrial antennas;
    and the higher we go, the further we are out of their broadcast patterns.
    For all practical purposes, the cellphones (especially digital cellphones)
    won't be usable unless you are low and near a populated area.



    Keep in mind that I am leaving out a lot of detail on navigation
    interference, etc., so please don't take my note as a clearance to merrily
    use your cell while in the soup at 1,000' coming down an ILS. If you need
    to use it to save your bacon because everything has gone dark and you can't
    see outside, something like a Radar-controlled approach over the phone might
    save your day (and everything else).





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    From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of WILLIS COOKE
    Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:49 PM
    To: Sandy Floe; Musketeermail@Yahoogroups. Com
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] Headset for Cell phone?



    The last I heard it was not legal to use a cell phone while airborn because
    it triggers too many towers. Has that changed?

    Sandy Floe <steamer@myhome.net> wrote:Has anyone found a headset exclusively
    for a cell phone? One that covers
    both ears. The phone is virtually impossible to operate without one due to
    the engine noise. I guess I could shut the engine down and make calls but
    that might not be a good idea.

    I want to use the headset only for a cell phone call then go back to the
    VHF headset for "normal" operations.

    Sandy
    N113FC

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    [musketeermail] Headset for Cell phone?

    > It is still technically illegal per the FCC, but not the FAA
    > (depending on
    > circumstances; up to the pilot).


    The FAA recently released a "Fact Sheet" on the topic of cellphone
    use. It is a long URL so watch for wrap.

    http://www.flightnest.com/2005/08/23...sheet-on-cell-
    phone-use/


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