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    CB microphone to use with cell phone?

    I searched for "CB microphone" and nothing came up, so I figured I would propose this idea myself.

    I have done some research on integrating a cell phone with the carputer, and it seems like PhoCo is a perfect fit for my intended purpose.

    As far as the microphone, I have read that some people hack their standard desktop microphones and mount them somewhere in their cars. Some put them in the center console, and some put them in the overhead console. The issue with many microphones is the low pick up, IE you have to speak very loud to be heard by your caller, or place the microphone close to your mouth.

    I have come up with an idea to utilize existing components. I am going to put a CB radio in my van, namely the Cobra 29WXNWST. Check it out here:
    http://www.cobra.com/index.php?page=...duct_id=6&id=1

    I can run a microphone cable from the PA output of the CB radio to the mic in jack of the carputer. This setup will solve the problem of being heard, although I understand it defeats the purpose of hands free. Well I figure if truckers can operate a CB while driving, then I can do the same thing this way.

    I just wanted to know what everyone else thought of this. I am not set on this for sure yet, it's just an idea that I'm considering.
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    Actually it sounds like a pretty cool idea. At least you aren't holding the phone up to your ear, of even worse tilting you head sideways to hold it. If you have to just drop the mike, it's not like they aren't made for that in the first place.
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    CB microphones are usually threaded into the unit with a coiled cord, so dropping it will cause it to bounce in the air. If you were given the choice between using a CB microphone for your cell phone mic, and a desktop pc microphone mounted somewhere, which one would you pic? Keep in mind that with most if not all CB microphones, you have to press a button to speak, therefore eliminating the problem of feedback and echo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    CB microphones are usually threaded into the unit with a coiled cord, so dropping it will cause it to bounce in the air. If you were given the choice between using a CB microphone for your cell phone mic, and a desktop pc microphone mounted somewhere, which one would you pic? Keep in mind that with most if not all CB microphones, you have to press a button to speak, therefore eliminating the problem of feedback and echo.
    Yea, I guess I did word my comment funky. That's pretty much what I meant. I'd go for the cb mike. Though I really like my bluetooth headset the best.
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    Oh ok, I see what you meant now. You keep a bluetooth headset on your ear while you drive? How well does that work?
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    Works pretty well. It's a jabra headset so it wraps around the back of my ear instead of hanging on the outside.
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    I'd rather use BT but from technical point of view I thought PA output was amplified. A LOT. I am not sure if you sound card mic input or line in would like that a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregDro View Post
    I'd rather use BT but from technical point of view I thought PA output was amplified. A LOT. I am not sure if you sound card mic input or line in would like that a lot.

    Greg


    it would sound terrible.

    and why make a handsfree kit non hands free? what would you actually gain? a well placed PC mic, or actual car kit mic will sound better, look better, and be easier to operate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavC View Post


    it would sound terrible.

    and why make a handsfree kit non hands free? what would you actually gain? a well placed PC mic, or actual car kit mic will sound better, look better, and be easier to operate.
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