Is there such a gadget? I hate having to run to turn down the radio
when the phone rings. Most of the time I'm in such a
hurry to pick up the phone (I have my reasons) that I don't get to the
radio in time and have to ask them to wait while I do it.
Sounds like a minor thing, but has been an annoyance forever.
Tx for any suggestions.
On Sat, 12 Dec 2009 01:01:47 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
There are one or two radios with built in phones where this happens.
I have no idea what features the radio has.
Putting a phone on a radio is almost silly, because they're not
related, eexcept in the few cases where they do this.
Also, you might be able to put the phone near the radio, or vice
versa, so you could do both. I can turn down my radio with my right
arm almost while answering the phone with the left. (When I'm
standing between the electric hotdog maker and the newspaper rack.)
30 years ago, my mother bought an Emerson clock radio that
had the god awfullest electronic alarm I've ever heard, it
could wake the neighborhood. I've never seen another one
like it. It seems that a lot of neato products will appear
on the market for a short time and vanish right around the
time you go looking for one. Other products that you never
want, exist in mass quantities and are only wanted by those
You can get a phone gadget for the deaf which activates a light when the
phone rings. This can be connected to a relay to turn something off. You
could also wire it to a remote control pointed at the stereo to activate the
muting button via a relay. (Get a second remote control and modify it.)
I know about those, and have one controlling the audio in my A/V
system. It switches the audio. I could do this because the audio is
accessible (output from A/V switch to stereo receiver).
A latching relay still wouldn't solve the toggle problem (you need to
know the state of the device (muted or active) to determine whether or
not to send the signal.
The process I actually go through when the phone rings is something
1. Are you listening to any controllable device? If not. DONE
2. Determine which device.
3. Is this device playing a recording? If not, GO TO STEP 7
4. Is the output of this device being recorded by another device?. if
so, GO TO STEP 7
5. Is the recording paused, if so DONE
6. press PAUSE on that device, DONE
7. Is the audio muted? If so, DONE
8. Press MUTE on the device, DONE
It isn't too complicated for a person. It is for some simple automatic
I dont know if there is something commercial you could buy to do this
but it was in a office phone where I worked one time. A contact had
been added to the hook switch that was used to mute the radio when you
picked up the phone. This required modification of both the phone and
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