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Mic for TS-2000

Discussion in 'Microphones, Speakers & Audio Processing' started by N0FPE, May 17, 2005.

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  1. N0FPE

    N0FPE Ham Member QRZ Page

    what is the best mic to use with a TS-2000 other than the stock hand mic?

    Thanks Dan
  2. W5LDA

    W5LDA Ham Member QRZ Page


    I am using an mc-60 on my ts2000 with great audio reports. Was told by several people my ssb sounds like fm. I run with the audio set at 70% with the mic amp on

  3. KF0RT

    KF0RT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dan - Assuming the TS-2000 is similar to the TS-570, I've had good luck with the MC-60 also. The amplifier in the MC-60 is somewhat succeptable to RF feedback (a problem here), so I run it without the amp.

    I've also run a non-amplified D-104, but not enough testing on that to form an opinion yet except to say that it does work and I've had no complaints. Again, this is on a TS-570SG, but the same Kenwood mics are used for both that and the 2000.

    MC-60's can be found on eBay and other places. I tried to buy one new late last year and ended up cancelling my order after a lengthy wait. The guy at Gigaparts told me that Kenwood was having problems getting one of the parts. Presumably they're back in stock by now.

    73, Rob
  4. AI4IJ

    AI4IJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll put in a third plug for the MC-60 mic. I use the same settings as VSG. I consistently get excellent audio reports. I don't think you could go wrong with it.

    Of course, HRO, and others, were running specials where they included Heil Goldline mics with the TS-2000's. I imagine that someone will chime in with experience with those.

  5. KF3EG

    KF3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

    MC 60 is they way to go, Heils make good door stops.

  6. NZ3M

    NZ3M XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I know three guys that use the Heil Goldline and they sound great. The 2000 has many features that can change the audio, wide, narrow, and bass settings etc.

    If you are really worried about how you sound, you should listen to yourself with headphones hooked to another reciever. Then you can taylor things to your liking.

  7. KF0RT

    KF0RT Ham Member QRZ Page

    The 2000 doesn't even require a separate receiver to do this... Problem is, we're not always the best judge of our own audio, especially in real time. Something about listening to your own voice. Should be good enough to hear any problems, though.

    73, Rob
  8. N0FPE

    N0FPE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks guys. I just picked the 2000. used but looks like new. and at 600 bucks less than new!!!! I think I will get a MC-60 as that seems to be the way to go!

    Thanks Again!!!

  9. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dan -

    The MC-60 should work fine.  First, check to see if your MC-60 has batteries in its base (not powered by the radio) - this varies depending upon the radio the MC-60 is used with.
    ALSO - Double check the microphone plug wiring on ANY used microphone purchase - modifications (to work with other radios) are rarely documented by sellers.  

    MODS.DK has the schematic and instruction manual originally shipped with this microphone.  This is will be very helpful for proper interfacing and operation.  Some of this information is also available at KENWOOD.NET

    MODS.DK also has MC-60 notes for addressing RFI issues and adoption to non-Kenwood radios (e.g. Icom, Yaesu).

    The Heil "GM' series microphone was provided "free" with new Kenwood TS2000 purchases about 18 to 24 months ago.

    You may wish to look at Heil Sound offerings - as well.

  10. KC0W

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    For best results run at least 1500 watts while monitoring yourself on the other radio. Exact freq of course. Tends to work best with real expensive rigs........Icom 7800, FT-1000D etc.

    Tom kcØw
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