Yaesu Handheld to Bose headset adapter

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    I'm part owner of a Cessna 150 with a single radio (yes, we've upgraded for ADSB in/out and it's wonderful.) Because i'm on FF for most of my flights, i purchased a Yaesu handheld so that i can listen to ATIS and ATC at the same time. However, this is rarely convenient as i have to pull off one of my ear cups so i can listen to the handheld and airplane noise often makes it difficult to impossible to hear the sound from the handheld.

    So, i'd prefer to connect the audio from the handheld directly to my Bose headset through the 3.5mm port. Sadly, i'm finding it difficult to find an adapter. The Yaesu does come with an adapter that includes two female ports for a headset to plug into (see image below), but what i really want is to just listen to the audio. What i'm hoping to find is an aviation male plug (PJ-055 (.25 inch / 6.35mm)) to male 3.5 plug.

    Any thoughts besides learning how to use a soldering iron?

    Thanks,

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    Updated: After some research, i found that the GA audio plug is also defined as PJ-055, or a 1/4". A quick search on Amazon found this cable. What do you guys think?

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    Could work....that is if I'm assuming the Bose has the 3.5mm plug-in ?
     
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    it does...The amazon product is cheap so it's worth a try.
     
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    Another option (only for ATIS)
    If your Bose has bluetooth, and if you have a cellphone with signal, you can Bluetooth your phone to the Bose, and just call ATIS.
    I find it works even in the air down below about 3k feet most times...depending on your location of course.
    More reliable than the handheld sometimes, again, depending on location. I have a Yaesu 550.
     
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    I also have the 550. my Bose isn't bluetooth, but i could connect my phone to the headset and call ATIS. At my local airport, though, the phone ATIS doesn't include the "information" identifier. I"d get the weather and local notams, but not the identifier. i've ordered the cable from Amazon and will report back the results.
     
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    Plug a set of standard ear buds into the Yaesu, and wear them under the Bose.

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    The handheld output is line level and the audio input on the Bose expects a line level signal. So I think that part is ok. One possible issue is that the handheld output is mono and the plug on the adapter cable is stereo not monaural (tip, ring, sleeve vs. tip, sleeve). If you're lucky that will result in simply hearing the audio in only one earcup of the headset. In my case I have had less that good results plugging my headset into the adapter for an older model Yaesu headset. It works fine with a headset having a monaural plug, but not with my better headsets with stereo plugs.

    If you can plug the stereo plug earpiece plug and the smaller mic plug from your Bose headset into the adapter and use the handheld radio normally (transmit and receive), then my bet would be that all is ok. If not, then maybe look for an adapter with a 1/4 inch tip/sleeve plug instead of a tip/ring/sleeve plug.
     
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    That Yaesu adapter has three rings and the tip, the Amazon cable is standard stereo out, two rings and the tip. Guessing the Yaesu has a push to talk circuit? Might work, might not, depends on where the contacts fall. Might be stuck in transmit with the plug in. Does your plane have an audio panel, or an intercom, with an aux in port?
     
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    What radio is installed in your 150? Is it a flip flop or single channel? If it’s a flip flop, not seeing why you would need a handheld to monitor the ATIS freq. if it’s truly a “single” com, then maybe time to upgrade. Plane sounds like it’s worth it, you already have ADSB.
     
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    This, unfortunately, isn't possible (i've tried it already).
     
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    We have a single radio with a flip-flop, which does allow me to go off frequency to grab ATIS, but my main goal of having a portable unit is to provide access to a second frequency simultaneously. I"d love to refit the plane with a new IFR ready panel, but sadly i co-own with four others so that's not going to happen. LOL. Hence, a hopeful simple fix to provide a second audio.
     
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    Success. i've received the cable i referenced from Amazon and i'm happy to say that i can now plug my handheld into my BOSE headset and hear a second radio while i fly. Now, no more need to ask ATC to go off frequency.
     
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    Great solution, thanks for sharing.

    Edit: I do wonder if a standard 3.5mm aux cable would work though? Direct from the radio to the headset?
     
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    That was actually the first thing i tried. However, because the 3.5mm out on the handheld contains both audio in and audio out feeds, it wouldn't translate to the BOSE. The Yaseau did come with a simple cable that connects to the 3.5mm out and included aviation audio in/out connectors so i could connect my headset to the handheld. Handy if my main radio goes out, and while it's nice to have a second radio, my goal of having a second audio has been reached....oh, but i lust for an IFR panel though.
     
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    Makes sense. I have a Yaseau as well and have been contemplating how to best use it as a backup/ATIS radio. I think what you came up with is best.
     
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    How do you rate the Yaesu? I need a new handheld, have an old Icom that needs replacing. I'm on the fence, as should I stay with Icom (pricey) or move to Yaesu? We use Yaesu UHF radios at work, they are great little radios.
     
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    I love it. It's easy to use, has lots of features and it comes with alot of accessories. The lithium battery lasts a long time, and it also comes with a tray to use AAAs as backup. From the air reception is pretty good, but on the ground it can be iffy, but I think it depends on alot of factors. I would recommend it. I have the 550L
     
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    I like mine too - 550L. Can be fun at the airports/fly-ins as well.
    The software is pretty nice for programming several pre-sets to scroll through, and label them as ATIS, Tower, etc.
    Figure it'll be nice to see them quickly if something goes awry..
     
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    Thanks all, much appreciated.