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Reviews Summary for Yaesu MH 59A8J remote mic
Yaesu MH 59A8J remote mic Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $82.95
Description: REMOTE CONTROL DTMF MIC FT-857/FT-897
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NK5G Rating: 5/5 Aug 7, 2008 17:26 Send this review to a friend
Must have for mobile  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This was a great purchace. Operating HF/VHF/UHF mobile it is nice to control every item on the radio without taking eyes off the road. Infact I forgot what the radio feels like. I never touch it.
I like the user defined buttons.
Make sure you turn down the mike gain when you get it set up. It does run hot.
NARUNAS Rating: 4/5 Apr 29, 2008 06:15 Send this review to a friend
Good functionality - overpowering audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got this microphone attached to my Yaesu 857D and at first I could not even make any contacts - It could be my inexperience as a HAM, just minted license on 04/2008 - but... Finally got someone to respond and the audio report was "overpowering". I kept turning down the mic gain settings - 50, 30, 20 - at around 15 (out of a hundred) it apparently was ok! Wonder what the 100 setting is for then. Mic is working well, does control most transceiver features since I do not want to fiddle with the radio while mobile. Have not tried it on the HF bands, will do when get my General ticket

KI4CRA Rating: 5/5 Aug 9, 2007 12:48 Send this review to a friend
This ones a KEEPER!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I purchased this mic, when I purchased my FT-897D back in January the day before I had rotator cuff surgery. All I can say is WOW, this one is definetly a KEEPER. This mic is a great addition to the FT-897/857 rigs on the market right now. For me personally, I ahd NO trouble getting this mic set up for my habits and usage on air. As it has been said in other posts, any thing you can do on the front panel of youe rig you can do with this mic. I am very well pleased with this microphone. I also have the Heil ProSet, and to tell the truth, I find my self using the MH 59A8J more than I use my ProSet. I have been complimented many times on my audio with mic. I will say however that I did have to set my SSB/FM mic gains a little lower than usual, cause the MH 59 will darn sure reach out and let people know your out there. I too agree with another post, that this mic come standard with FT- 857/897 models rigs. It just don't get any better than this.

73 de Mark
K4UUG Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2006 06:07 Send this review to a friend
Yaesu MH 59A8J remote mic  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use Yaesu MH 59A8J remote mic with my two 857Ds if configured in the radios menu it allows operation at the touch of a button good clean crisp audio no creeks when you push the ptt also ambiant noise in the mobile is supressed.I have two of these mics and the audio rates along with the md-100 desk mic I use on the Base.
PA3GWH Rating: 5/5 Nov 8, 2006 11:15 Send this review to a friend
Does everything I want it to  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have had this mic for about 6 months now. Mainly because of the RF problems I read about I asked my local dealer Schaart Communications if I could test drive it first (Thanks guys!).

The remote functions are a blessing but audio reports mention the audio being a bit 'thin' though. Perhaps changing some of the 857's menu settings can help out here?

I use it mobile, connected to a (remote head, that means long cables) FT-857 which runs a Tokyo Hy-Power HL700B amplifier @400 Watts into a HiQ 5/80 antenna, so RF could be picked up easily, but until now I have had no problems whatsoever!
OE3SGU Rating: 2/5 Oct 15, 2006 09:22 Send this review to a friend
Good idea-bad QC  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Bought this Mic for my FT-857D. What a pity - the funcitons are all great, its good on FM but why does it pic RF in SSB on HF? Thats a pain. It could really perform well with all its well thought funtions and possibilties - I prefer this one over the one supplied with my IC-7000 - but its useless on HF. Sold mine after a while.
AD7AS Rating: 5/5 Aug 18, 2006 06:35 Send this review to a friend
Works For Me  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have this mic on two radios. First let me say that while there is some learning curve for the remote control functions you can do almost anything from the mic that you do from the front panel. This makes operating mobile much more convient than most HF radios I played with. I wouldn't want to be without this feature again.

The audio when you first plug it in is horrible. It is way to hot. Take the time to adjust the mic gains and you will get good audio reports, If you are going to run it mobile keep the gain down a little lower and use it close to your mouth otherwise it will pickup backgrond noise.

I have also found it to be consistent across radios. When I got the second radio I just cloned the settings from the first radio and everything worked.

I have heard of it being more sensitive to RFI but I have not had any issues with mine including operating moble with it about 4 feet from the antenna.

Yaesu should make this the included mic with the 857.
G0UAA Rating: 4/5 Jul 12, 2006 15:56 Send this review to a friend
SSB FeedbackFfix  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
And away went my 76.00 Hard earned Pounds & i awaited my Brand New DTMF microphone with its all singing & dancing features (Was i in for a shock) SSB audio (if you can call it that) was well the only word i can think of(Shite). A call to Yaesu Tech (Pointless) A call to from wence it came, No problem send it back & back came another new 1 & again as before Audio on SSB ZERO. So in i went a Proddin and touch a Component and Hay Presto PERFECTION. So if Yaesu would like to BUY this mod off me ? Make me an offer (That big shiny new FTDX would be nice) Ps. The FT857D is an Excellant radio & now the MH-59A8J is as it should be, Its functions are also Excellant.
Cheers Ian G0UAA
AB2M Rating: 4/5 Sep 27, 2005 20:36 Send this review to a friend
Working for me so far.. Did I get the only good copy?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
With some degree of anxiety after reading the first review of this mic here on Eham, I decided to roll the dice and order it. I have found nothing to dislike about this mic yet. Contacts I made with it today indicated excellent audio, even when pressed for honesty and given the reason why. The keys have a small learning curve, but I am already very happy with the mic. I will update this review if that changes over time.
AB0O Rating: 1/5 Sep 27, 2005 17:55 Send this review to a friend
Disappointing audio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought the mic as an upgrade for my 857D and have tried numerous adjustments without success. Regardless of mode, the mic exhibits two objectionable characteristics...first, it is clearly too "hot" for this radio so no amount of turndown on gain or processing will eliminate the "puff & crackle" it generates, second, the frequency response is horribly pushed to the high end, sounding tinny.
The remote mic functions operate well, but the mic element makes this microphone a very poor choice. Someone could replace the element, I suppose, but there is little room in the housing to do so. After a year, I've gone back to the stock dynamic mic that came with the radio.
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