- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Reviews Categories | Microphones | ICOM SM-30 microphone Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM SM-30 microphone
ICOM SM-30 microphone Reviews: 35 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $195
Description: Compact, lightweight goose-neck style desktop electret microphone with low cut function
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the ICOM SM-30 microphone.

<— Page 2 of 4 —>

W1BG Rating: 5/5 Dec 17, 2015 17:13 Send this review to a friend
Works Great on The Kenwood TS-590 Too!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Yes, of course a little rewiring is needed, but for those of you in possession of a soldering iron, it's easily done. Could probably use a 10db pad tho, as I had to turn the mic preamp almost completely off. Good audio reports.
EA5IGO Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2015 04:49 Send this review to a friend
Micro muy bueno  Time owned: more than 12 months
Funciona estupendamente con mi IC 7100
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Nov 29, 2015 01:10 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Mic on Icom 7100  Time owned: more than 12 months
Upgraded to the Icom 7100 operating in the ssb, dv, and fm modes. Mic gain setting at on the transciver 10% provides excellent audio.
W6QT Rating: 5/5 Nov 28, 2015 16:56 Send this review to a friend
Plug and Play  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
One of the best desk microphones I've ever used. I operate overseas as DU3/W6QT. Many DX contacts compliment the sound of this mic on the air. Punches through rough conditions and QSN. A real winner. Highly recommend this mic for your Icom radio.
AD0AR Rating: 4/5 Mar 8, 2015 14:55 Send this review to a friend
Great sound but with some minor flaws  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have to admit that I work more digital modes than voice, but when I got my IC-7600 package, I purchased this SM-30 as after reading all the poor reviews of the dreaded fist mic that came included with the radio.
I knew I needed something better than that fist mic, but yet affordable while consuming relatively little space on the highly valued desktop real estate.
While the audio quality has been fine, I do find that without installing a proper windscreen you can generate some serious wind *POPS* when talking. ALC kicks in, and I see my peak power drop by half when this happens.
Installing a foam windscreen on the mic alleviated all of the wind pop issues.
Also if you aren't using VOX, be prepared to field some unsolicited comments on the noise generated by pressing the talk button. Mine makes a tiny, almost inaudible "creak" which must be being amplified quite substantially for all the "what the heck is that noise???" comments. I fixed this by disassembling the mic and cutting a piece of ESD (electro-static-discharge) foam to fit into the back side of the button. Problem solved, but now you really need to press much harder to activate the PTT.
Now after the modifications, the mic is super and awaits for when I will get back into some voice modes.
In God we trust, all others we monitor.
73 de AD0AR
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Mar 8, 2015 11:31 Send this review to a friend
Agree  Time owned: more than 12 months
I agree with K5ML.

I use my SM30 on my ID880H D-Star transceiver that is set up as my VHF/UHF base station. The only complaint I have is that the mic requires a $36 modular adapter to connect to the unit.

The audio of this mic is an improvement over the stock microphone on FM.

A nice accessory for any Icom unit.
K5ML Rating: 5/5 Mar 7, 2015 12:57 Send this review to a friend
Just What I Was Looking For  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
When I bought an Icom-756 Pro III in late 2006, I bought an SM-20 mic to go with it. The audio was fine but the up-down frequency switch that I never used always bothered me. On occasion I would accidentally hit the switch and the frequency would change from where I was listening. If this bothers you too, the SM-30 is a great alternative because there is no up-down frequency switch. In on-air checks with my best friend, he preferred the audio of the SM-30 to the SM-20. Two additional things I prefer about the SM-30 are that it is smaller, weighs less and has a smaller footprint on the desk. I'm currently using it with an IC-7600 and it works great. Highly recommended.
K6BBB Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2015 08:47 Send this review to a friend
Geat Mic, highly recommended!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The SM-30 even works with a 718. I didn't care for using the stock HM-36 at the home QTH so I went shopping and had pretty much decided on a Heil. I was chatting with another ham using the SM-30 and the rest is history.

When my mic arrived, it was out of the box, on the bench, and plugged in. No muss, no fuss and didn't change the factory settings on it or the radio either. Speech compressor shows just peaking just short of max.

The "lock on" button is a nice feature I use and I get many compliments on my good audio.
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2015 04:27 Send this review to a friend
Replacement Mic  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use this microphone on my Icom ID-880H DStar transceiver. Much better than the microphone included with the unit. Only drawback is a $36 modular adapter is required to use this microphone on a unit with a modular connection. Icom should had made this microphone with a reversible cord.
AG4F Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2015 15:08 Send this review to a friend
Great Mic for my IC-7800  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got this to replace a Heil iCM. I always had issues with hum with the iCM, so I finally gave up and ordered this. It's smaller, has a PTT switch on the base and sound every bit as good as the Heil (minus the hum :-). I like that the built-in mic pre-amp is adjustable. I also like the low cut switch. All in all, a very nice mic at a reasonable price.
<— Page 2 of 4 —>

If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.