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Surfin’: Wiring Microphones

03/23/2012

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ finds wiring diagrams for all those microphones that are on the loose in Ham Radio Land.

Have mic? Need connection?

Then a visit to the website Roy Frettsome, G4WPW, is just what the microphone doctor ordered. G4WPE’s Microphone Connections website is probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date Internet source for ham radio microphone-to-radio wiring information.

Eleven years in the making, G4WPW has compiled information for mouthpiecing equipment from a long list of providers, including the big (such as ICOM, Trio/Kenwood and Yaesu), the old (Collins, Drake, Hallicrafters and Heathkit) and the weird (that is, “weird” to me because I never heard of them).

Although this is a British website, it is not UK-centric (except for the part about using mobile mics on the left side of the road), so you can feel secure about using this information on the right side of the road, too. Now, all I need is a website that shows me how to easily wire those tiny 8-pin mic connectors.

Thank you Vic Merryman, K0OUX, and Woody Woodward, K3VSA, for the heads-up about G4WPW's website.

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, seeks the unusual in radio. To contact Stan, send e-mail or add comments to the WA1LOU blog.



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