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ICQPodcast - Loudspeakers for Ham Radio

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M1MRB, Sep 2, 2018.

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  1. M1MRB

    M1MRB Ham Member QRZ Page

    ICQPodcast Episode 275

    In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is - Loudspeakers for Ham Radio.


    We would like to thank John Peterson and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

    News stories include:-

    • New ARRL Chief Executive Officer Elected by Board of Directors
    • FCC Publish New Part 95 Rules in Federal Register
    • FT8CALL - FT8 with Chat
    • Zello Network linked to the Southern Ireland Repeater Network
    • Austrians Object to Amateur Radio Being Classed as a “Toy”!
    • Young Alabama Radio Hams Earn Awards
    • National Frequency Coordinators Council Defunct
    • Needed - National Radio Centre Volunteers
    • Captain Cook Special Event
    • New Amateur Radio Regulations Proposed for Malta

    The ICQPODCAST can be downloaded from

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  2. W4HM

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    I use two sets of West Mountain COMspkr's. They sound good and are RFI resistant.
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  3. K8JHR

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    Gee, I was not aware I need assistance selecting a speaker for my rig. Seems ... um ... sort basic to me. I cannot wait for a future episode about the ten best notepads, or maybe a piece on the best shape coffee cup, to have in the shack. I refrained from commenting on the worthless "review" of headsets in a previous episode - which was so vague, and general, as to be tantamount to misinformation. I am so grateful (not) there are so many self-appointed experts looking out for me.

    Just MY take ... your mileage may vary. JR
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  4. SE3X

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    I guess it's a good exampel on todays hams technical knowledge, or astonishing lack of it. A podcast about selecting speakers, I rest my case ...

    As K8JHR said, Just My take .. and My opinion
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  5. K2LGO

    K2LGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been through trying external speakers of many stripes for my HF & VHF radios, and have decided its not worth the bother...
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  6. W6LDX

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    A good communications speaker like the Motorola model number HSN4039A will do a great job of reproducing voice frequencies. You don't need HI-FI speakers as the ability to reproduce the extreme highs and lows takes away from the voice range. 300 to 3,400 Hz is perfect for voice reproduction and efficient listening. That DX station that you are trying to hear is sure not transmitting a 20 to 20,000 Hz audio signal. The way things are going you won't need any microphone or speaker. It will all be computer to computer; no more human to human. Automated Amateur Radio, what a terrible thing to happen to a once great hobby.
  7. W8AAZ

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    I settled on an old Radio Shack plastic extension speaker, 21-549A, for my current rig. Just cannot afford alot of very expensive "matching" accessories and after some comparison, RS speaker has the best balance and clarity for me, on SSB. Actually excellent sounding for what it is. And my 2M rig indoors has an old metal Motorola speaker. But being a tin box, I stuffed it a little to dampen that tin box sound. I have matching speakers for a couple of old radios, just that they were package and not being sold separate as expensive vintage accessories. Some "hi fi" type speakers sound wretched on HF radios.
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  8. W4RAV

    W4RAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Depends on what you're into. Me, I'd really rather not talk to anyone (on the radio). I get enough ragchewing in daily life.
    I haven't used an HF mic in years, and rarely have the speakers on. My eyes tell me all I need to know.

    I'm far more interested in some of the technology aspects of the hobby.
    If all I could do is PTT or tap some metal, I'd been bored out of amateur radio many years ago.
    I could live to be 150 and not work all the 1000+ digital modes and methods at our fingertips.

    And "computer to computer" is not as automated as those less-experienced would have you believe. It's certainly more challenging than operating phone or Morse code.
    Setting up for a new mode might take hours or even days to complete. Anyone who trouble-shoots computers will know that.

    It's still a great hobby, even if it's not the same one you fell in love with.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
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  9. KA5IQX

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    I agree with W8AAZ. After testing several different external speakers as an option for some of my radios .. I was rather surprised to find that the Radio Shack Communications speaker seemed to have a better quality sound than other speakers costing more. I really wasn't expecting that result .. but I have been quite pleased with them. I say "them" .. because once I discovered how good they sounded .. I purchased two more. At the time, Radio Shack was having serious problems as a corporation .. and it was becoming fairly clear that they might not survive. So .. I decided to buy a couple of extra speakers .. just to have them when I needed them. Of course they don't compare with the top-notch .. powered .. filtered .. processed .. digitized and pasteurized .. super duper speakers that are currently available on the market. But for the price .. they were very well made and sounded just fine. The quality of Radio Shack products would sometimes vary .. depending on what item you were purchasing. But .. overall they had some pretty good stuff .. and it worked fairly well. I miss the "Shack" down the road .. now that they are gone. It was certainly convenient to be able to run down and pick up some little fitting or adapter or whatever … exactly when you needed it. Oh well. Things change … and the world moves forward. ( Or backwards .. depending on your viewpoint. )
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  10. KD9JBU

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    As a newer Ham, I appreciate the info! I've bought the $35. Kenwood speaker, but, saw the $6. MFJ knock off. Was the Kenwood worth it? I have 2 shacks and 7 radios at the moment, external speakers are a consideration right now.. So "Thank You" for information that seems so mundane to others.
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