CNN converts studio mics to Astatic D-104s !

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W0PV, Aug 24, 2018.

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  1. K3XR

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    Amazing there are still folks left that watch CNN !!
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  2. AD5HR

    AD5HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Approx. 00.2% of the population.
    Wait a minute, that's a familiar statistic?
  3. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amazing there are still folks left that think that's an issue. Unless free speech is a lie.

    *disclaimer - I watch none of the cable "news" offerings. I prefer to think for myself.*
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  4. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Then there is the D-104 appearance in this video,

  5. W5TTW

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    Somebody has to tell them what to think.
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  6. KI3U

    KI3U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Coincidentally the other day I ran a bunch of different microphones against each other to see what sort of output voltage they would provide into a high impedance load. The situation was this : I've just restored a classic 1961 Lafayette HE-20A CB base station, a truly beautiful vacuum tubes rig, which came to me as junk, and missing its HI-Z condenser MIC. To progress with the restoration of the rig's transmitter section I needed a MIC capable of talking the modulation up to 100%; I wanted to keep with raw unamplified / passive MIC's - no electret condensers requiring power. (Incidentally, the rig's plate modulation scheme is a clever version of choke modulation, using the primary only of the audio output transformer).

    Of maybe a dozen MIC's I tried, my crystal D-104 which is dedicated to my Drake TR-4 came out on top, easily giving 100% modulation at comfortable talk level. The dynamic MIC's varied considerably in their oomph levels - one COLT MIC produced very good sounding audio, but couldn't get the HE-20A anywhere near 100% modulation. I've got another D-104, a Silver Eagle actually, but it's dead and I haven't gotten around to looking into it.

    Only one other "MIC" made the 100%, and easily so, coming in with its voltage output just a little beneath the lollipop : a vintage ( WW2 ? ) R-14 magnetic earphone, with a DC winding resistance of 1019 Ohms. But although intelligible in the monitor receiver, it sounds pretty crappy - it sounds like a very, very early landline telephone, maybe like a candlestick telephone. Charming perhaps, but before I put the HE-20A on the air for its first contact in who knows how many decades, I want to get just the right dignified MIC for it.

    Berj / KI3U
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  7. WZ7U

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    Funny, I believe both "sides" used their respective echo chambers for exactly that; to be told what to think.

    No thanks, I can do that for myself without "nutwork" approval. Can you?
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  8. KP4SX

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    Sad thing is that many D-104s these days have bad elements. If you've got a good one then treasure it while you can!
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  9. KQ9J

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    I bought one about ten years ago to use with my 500CX. Sounded like crap but I found some mic elements on an auction site that fit perfectly and sound great, to boot. I have also heard of people who bought replacement elements that sounded terrible. Guess I got lucky; I got two of the elements ridiculously cheap and got good ones. :)
  10. WA7PRC

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    The hard part is incorporating it into a headset, so it doesn't take up yuuge real estate between the operator and rig, and is always in the right location. :p

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