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Author Topic: Use an Astatic D-104 mic with Kenwood TS-480SAT?  (Read 841 times)
KC6ZZT
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« on: February 24, 2007, 04:05:56 PM »

How do I hook up an Astatic D-104 mic to a Kenwood TS-480SAT ?

I have an Astatic D-104 mic (on a G stand), which has a 1/4-inch phono plug (3 conductor).

The TS-480SAT has the RJ-45 connector (or I can get the optional MJ-88 adapter for use with an 8-pin  type mic connector).

So, how would I hook them up?

Is there a schematic somewhere someone can point me to that shows how to make the interface I would need to be able to use the Astatic?

And which connector would be best in building such an interface: using the RJ-45 type or the 8-pin type?

Or (dare I dream) is there some commercial product that does this?

The D-104 has a PTT which I would hope to use if I can hook them up.

Tnx for your help.
Joe KC6ZZT
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WA2MZF
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 04:18:26 PM »

I have used and still use a d 104 unmodified on my
kenwood gear and icom... all reports "for me"
are better than original mics as well as the heil
elements. I have tried them all..

The information you are looking for can be found
on my home page..

http://www.qsl.net/wa2mzf

look under ham radio and d 104 information..
 
73s

Jim
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VE7REN
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 05:43:31 PM »

i use d104 also on my 746 and 718 icom,and a ts 440. they all get better reports then my heil mics,and the factory mics. i got my wiring info on the astatic web site. they have a very detailed wiring diagram for different bran radios.
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KC6ZZT
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 01:16:07 PM »

Thank you for the replies!

Gosh Jim, your web site looks like the National Archives for the D-104. It's great! Thanks for keeping it going.

Brent, thanks also for the comments.

Astatic no longer has the D-104 info on-line, attempting to load www.astatic.com is redirected to
www.astaticloaded.com which has current and recent products only.

If only I could remember to search first before posting a question <g> because when I did finally search, I found a second boatload of info.

For future reference in case anyone [else!] has the same question, here is some things I found... In addition to Jim's fabulous collection, I also found the following references:

- There's a Google group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/astaticmicrophones/

- Astatic D-104 wiring and compatibility info (some duplicate of Jim's site):
http://www.cbtricks.com/mic_manuals/astatic/astatic_wiring_handbook.pdf
http://www.cbtricks.com/mic_manuals/astatic/astatic_d104_manual.pdf

- An impedence matcher and the Eham review:
http://www.3898pecker.com/
   and click on "D-104 Audio Enhancer"
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/5124

- a preamp circuit:
http://www.mymorninglight.org/ham/micpreamp.htm

- another set of Astatic circuits:
http://www.barovelli.com/radio/astatic/astatic.htm

- a circuit for D-104 to a Ten-Tec Pegasus
http://members.cox.net/n4jk/d104.htm

Whew! Looks like I'm on my way.

Tnx & 73,
Joe kc6zzt
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