So here's a dilemma that it seems to me would have an obvious, out-of-the-box solution but I haven't seen it advertised. With so many options, however, it's easy to see that I might have missed it.
What I want:
A relatively high-end VHF radio
- think about a featureset like the Garmin VHF
. Integrated AIS
, their voicemail-style DSC
(not necessary but so you see what I'm going for), 90second playback of incoming audio... That sort of thing.
Tied into a decent soundsystem - radio
, iPod/aux audio input, etc. With the following criteria: I want incoming VHF audio to be able to lower the volume of the soundsystem automatically. Potentially, the soundsystem itself could support the entire requirement without need for tighter integration - and "aux override" input for instance.
The application is probably clear: I'd like to be able to listen to music
in the cockpit
and be able to HEAR nearby radio communications
alerts, etc - not in an either-or situation, or with the VHF just turned up really loud so that it's fighting with the entertainment system for intelligibility, but where important broadcasts are able to be clearly understood and the music
This is something I can probably wire up... It's not an unheard of capability in audio systems - and maybe an original design that also incorporates a hailing system is the better solution - but I'd prefer an out-of-the-box marine-friendly solution if it's available.
Anybody have a non-homebrew setup for this, or am I breaking out the soldering iron and some OTS parts