What’s your experience with Bluetooth and headsets with ham radio?
The guy was on drugs, ran into you and you got sued :surprise:? That's amazing.My insane state of California is always trying to catch people driving while distracted. I’m retired now, but in 2016 a guy on fatal numbers of meth T-boned my truck on a bicycle and was killed. I was sued for $20,000,000. When all the facts came out I was cleared and a judge convinced them to drop the case. I was off for 10 months with full pay. .....
Now I know why you are looking into this. There was some noise in the ham community here about a hand-free ordinance (forgot where) aimed primarily at cell phone users but could impact any radio user. I think there was some pushback about exempting hams - I can't remember what happened.I actually don’t expect to hear much information in response to this thread. That would be consistent with my internet searching. I’m basically throwing the question to the wall and see what sticks. Here’s what I’ve learned.
There are a few ham radios that seem to offer the Bluetooth technology. The Yaesu FTM-400XDR offers a Bluetooth add on that seems easy to install. Yaesu upgraded the add on circuit board so it seems like a technology they are willing to push forward. They discontinued their proprietary headset which doesn’t exactly promote confidence, but there are headsets such as Blueparrot that truckers say work well.
I’m sure there is a bright future for Bluetooth supported ham radio. I’ll probably do the add on eventually, but I realize it’s a specialty tool with limitations.