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Nov 8, 2009 10:15
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Hands free operation
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Working with a newly acquired Telex Stinger 750 headset. It's commercial/military grade, so it's much more durable than many of the ham oriented headsets. The model 300339470 is designed to work with Icom two-plug mike accessory jacks, and I've tested it on an IC-2A (not the T model), and it keys just fine.
The headset works well with baseball caps in that the headset band wraps around behind your head, and not on top of it. I like that. The headset band is essentially a U-shaped piece of wire, shaped to wrap around from behind and fit into the temple just above and in front of your ear for support. There's a rubber strap in the back to adjust the "depth" for your size and shape of your head. Since it's a rubber strap, it's more flexible than many of the other "wire" headsets.
It does take a while to adjust and get the perfect fit, so be patient and make small adjustments. When you get the fit, it should not pinch, and the earpieces should fit right into your temple area and over the ear (like eye glasses) for support. The left side has the speaker and mike assembly that presses into the temple area, and the right side has a spade-shaped plastic for support. The key is to get it to sit comfortably above the temple without undue pressure or long term comfort fatigue.
It works well if you pivot your head left and right and look down, but if you look up the behind-the-head band tends to bind and shift the headset on your head.
You can shape the support boom leading to the microphone in very flexible ways to position the mike where you like it. The mike is enclosed in a foam rubber wind screen.
The speaker unit has a lot of volume and treble - presumably to cut through high ambient noise. I haven't pushed it yet in a noisy place. Wished it had a bit more bass, but it seems okay. It's better than not enough treble. The speaker piece pivots, so you can place it right near your ear, or space it up to quarter-inch away, whatever is most comfortable for you. It's designed to sit in front of your ear as opposed to over it, and not block the sound from your immediate environment.
I got two mixed reports on the transmit audio. One person said it was a little low, the other said it was okay.
The PTT unit itself is rugged,but you may get issues with the PTT cord coming from the unit. If so, unscrew the PTT switch, gentle push through the PTT cable, and service the wires and connections. Icom uses the mike lead grounded through a resistor to activate the mike, and the resistor and wiring is in the PTT housing. The assembly is restrained from pulling through the bottom of the PTT switch housing via a small cable tie. The PTT housing has clip on it similar to a ballpoint pen clip, for clipping it to your pocket or clothing.
All wiring is straight, as opposed to coiled. That allows you to tuck in the wire against your clothing and not deal with the coiled wire snagging against backpacks or other objects you may have on you.
It comes with a lapel clip for the wire, so you can pin the headset wire in or near your lapel or collar and keep it from binding as you move your head.
Overall, the unit is very durable and is good for walks, public service events and other outdoor activity. If the TX and RX audio can be tweaked to my liking, and the headset rests in the right spots around the ears and temples to highly comfortably, I'd give it a 5. Maybe in time, I'll get it exactly right. If I do, I might use it in place of a handheld mike and accessory extension speaker in my car. In the meantime, I'd give it a 4.8 and for the benefit of the doubt, set the button choice to 5.
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