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    Default Heathkit HW-101 Microphone

    What microphones will work with the HW-101? Which heathkit mic came with the unit?

    KD8MBI
    James Gross

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    If it came with a mic, probably a Turner 350C, Hi-Z device. Any Hi-Z mic will work fine.

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    The HW-101 did not have a microphone as part of the kit. The microphone was an optional item. The microphone used quite often, not necessarily the microphone designed specifically for the HW-101, was the
    Electro Voice 638. The HW-101 has an high impedance audio input. Therefore, most, not all, high impedance microphones may work with the HW-101. I use a non-amplified D-104 with my HW-101 and it
    produces excellent audio. While some operators use amplified microphones, I don't recommend them. Amplified microphones, when not adjusted properly, tend to over drive the speech amplifier producing
    distortion in the transmit signal. It's not how loud your signal sounds but rather how clean it sounds on the air. However, it's entirely up to you whether you use an amplified or non-amplified microphone with your
    HW-101.

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    Mike

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    Thanks to all who replied.

    If any of you have a HW microphone I would be interested in purchasing it.

    KD8MBI

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    James -

    Heathkit did not make "HW microphones",
    rather Heathkit obtained a majority of their microphones (OEM supplier) from Electro-Voice in Buchanan, MI (just down the road).

    For example, the Heathkit model HDP-21A desk microphone was an option for the 1960s/1970s HW and SB transceivers.
    That microphone is actually the Electro-Voice 638 with a brushed finish on a nice matching desk stand.
    Reviews here:
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    Electro-Voice was about 15 miles from the Heath plant on Hilltop Road in St. Joseph, Michigan. Mailing address was Benton Harbor but the actual plant location was on the south-side of Benton Harbor in St. Joseph.

    Glen, K9STH

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    http://archives.telex.com/archives/E...0717%20EDS.pdf
    I have an electrovoice hand mic that I used with my hw100. It is yours for $15 plus $ 4 shipping. see the link above for the details and picture of the mic.
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    I used both a D104 (un-amplified) and a Turner 222.

    I also used a turner hand mic for mobile.

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    I use a vintage Astatic DN-HZ (Hi impedance) un-amplified dynamic mic. I got it from a ham who used it as a full frequency response mic for AM operation. I love it & my HW-101. The HW-101 has a "punch" which the modern rigs just don't have. Tubes rule! The attached photo shows the DN-HZ behind my cat as she copies CW! 73, Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by KG4LLQ View Post
    I use a vintage Astatic DN-HZ (Hi impedance) un-amplified dynamic mic. I got it from a ham who used it as a full frequency response mic for AM operation. I love it & my HW-101. The HW-101 has a "punch" which the modern rigs just don't have. Tubes rule! The attached photo shows the DN-HZ behind my cat as she copies CW! 73, Ken
    DSCN2273.JPG
    I see that the cat was working the "rubber" band.
    "Pull my finger." "Part II."

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