The other day I went to use my FT-857D with a new VHF antenna. Wanted to test to see if I was hitting all the repeaters I have programmed in. Keyed the mic and announced my call sign. Repeater activated and I moved on. Went down to HF Maritime Mobile Net and tried to check in and got no reply yet I can hear the Net Controller clearly and loud. I noticed when I keyed the mic and spoke, there was no movement on the ALC meter. Changed to MOD meter and same, no movement. Went back to FM, turned on the handheld to 146.52, keyed the mic, no audio out of the handheld. So I guess I have a bad mic. Ordered a new one. Now, I took apart the mic and disconnected the element. Test with an ohm meter and got no value, not even zero ohms. It is as if the meter leads were not connecting to the element. Does this confirm that the mic element is DOA? I read that I should at least see the impedance value, I believe for this mic element that would be 600Ω. Since the microphone is still in really nice condition, I don't want to discard it. I would like to replace the mic element. Does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement element? I read that the Monacor SA-18 is a good candidate. Anything else? Thanks in advance Brian D KF6BL added - Not interested in modifying the microphone, just want to replace the bad element.