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Author Topic: Good Mic to use with Stick shift  (Read 472 times)
K9PY
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« on: March 31, 2007, 08:24:37 AM »

I just installed a mobile setup in my Nissan 350Z and since it's a 6 speed stick, I don't want to be holding the key down on the mike while trying to shift.  An obvious real safety issue.  Does anyone have any suggestions on a good solution for this?  I am using an Alinco DR-605 rig.  Tnx in advance.
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K7PEH
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007, 09:47:17 AM »

Why can't you just put the mic down and then shift and pick the mike up again?

I was working a station (W7LS) on CW a couple of weeks ago -- he was mobile.  He sent a di-dah-di-di-dit and was silent for a moment then came back and said he had to shift gears.  Now, if a mobile CW operator can do that, certainly it is easy to put a mic down for a moment.  Although I do not need to shift gears in my truck, I do need to take a sip of coffee at times, so I put the mic down, take my sip, pick the mic back up again.
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 12:54:14 PM »

Get a Heil BM-5 headset which hss only a single earpiece.  This makes it legal to use while driving because you don't have both ears covered.  Then get a get a rocker switch that is center off, momentary one direction and On the other direction and wire it to a 1/4 plug using shielded wire.  Plug into the PTT switch jack on the headset harness and mount the switch on the stick shift, using a suitable enclosure and fasteners, where you can reach it with your fingers.  

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NA0AA
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2007, 03:32:24 PM »

I usually just let the other station talk if I'm busy shifting, or I tell them to wait a second while I negotiate traffic.

No big deal.

Then I don't spend any time mobiling where I'm constantly shifting [no longer commute to work or travel for work].

Headphone or even just a mic would be me choice if I needed such.  I'd probably go mic alone just because I'm not a big fan of wearing 'phones.

You could also mount a boom mic I suppose.
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AC2RC
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2007, 07:27:02 PM »

I am able to hold the mike ,unkeyed, and shift without problems.In areas where I'm frequently shifting I give it up.Headphones would be the best way.
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K4JJL
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007, 02:54:17 PM »

My friend yells at me when I don't come back to him for a few seconds.  He says, "Must be shifting again!"

I do the "put it down, shift, pick it up" method in my Mini.  It works ok.  I don't have to be that involved with the radio.  I set the mic in the passenger seat when I'm shifting.
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