Well Rob, I for one do most of my listening on my iPod, and doubtless many others on their smart phones and such, so I cannot listen to two streams at the same time, and I like listening to both. As I said, I will be working out a priority circuit that will squelch out or significantly pad down the VHF audio when HF transmissions occur, but in the meantime I will just cut the volume of that audio down so you only make it out when the HF is quiet. I'm in the middle of building and erecting the new antenna and getting the third 8846 receiver going, and when that is all finished I will figure out what to do with the VHF. Unlike you, I do not despise VHF communications and I do not really differentiate between ARINC frequencies and bands, only the traffic, and I just feel that since 129.9 is the entry point to ARINC for the three HF frequencies I am covering it's nice to be able to listen to all four... it is the same cadre of radio operators working 129.9 as HF, you can recognize them as they work that position, and most of the time the activity is serial, the pilots check in on VHF, get their HF assignment, do their first position report and then switch over to HF. After all, even receiving the multiple simultaneous HF frequencies can occasionally get confusing because when things are really busy or an operator gets bogged down they will sometimes transmit on the primary and backup at the same time using two operators, but it happens so rarely it is not worth fussing about. In the end, it will all get worked out with the objective being the maximum continuous (and contiguous) activity 24/7 with the least amount of confusion.
Hi. I don't "despise" VHF comms at all; not sure what gave you that idea
. In fact I listen to the 129.9 feed quite often because, like you say, it's handy for ascertaining which HF freq is in use. The issue I have is that it's transmission overload. In an ideal world it would be great to have more than 1 pair of ears but unfortunately we were only "made" with 1 set and it's extremely hard work trying to "process" 2 or more simultaneous transmissions; what usually winds up happening is you miss both. I speak from experience here as I usually run Chuck's 8918 feed alongside yours.