- 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 for ham radio | Nissei NS-508 Desk Microphone Help

Reviews Summary for Nissei NS-508 Desk Microphone
Nissei NS-508 Desk Microphone Reviews: 5 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $99.95
Description: The Nissei NS-508 desk mic provides clear FM, AM and SSB communications.
Features include: on-air LED, 11" gooseneck, adjustable level, FM/SSB switch
and PTT lock.

Note: This microphone does not come with a cable. You must order the
appropriate radio cable. This mic also requires two AA batteries (not included)
for some radios.
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 Nissei NS-508 Desk Microphone.

VA2GSM Rating: 5/5 Sep 7, 2015 23:21 Send this review to a friend
nice for the price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
work great have nice report with the ft 8900
KK4WMX Rating: 5/5 Apr 30, 2015 14:33 Send this review to a friend
easy match for TM-732a  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Plug & play with a Kenwood TN-732a. With the mic switch set for Kenwood and using the jack labeled "kenwood", a cat 5 patch cable worked fine as a connector. All labeled buttons on the mic worked properly in conjunction with the radio functions. No batteries needed as the mic used the radio port power. Good audio reports so far on the few contacts since installing. Bought it as "new old stock" from MTC for about $39. Looks to be a bargain at that price.
N2XPM Rating: 5/5 Oct 22, 2014 08:17 Send this review to a friend
Worth While  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Purchased the Microphone based on the reviews that others presented. I replaced a Kenwood mc-60 even though it worked well with this Mic since I liked having a black desk mic. Out of the box, the mic appears to be built well and I like the fact that the buttons on top are easier to use instead of going through the menu on my Kenwood TS-50. On air reports is that the audio sounds good and has a punch on the air on 10M phone. Downside is that you have to order the mic cable separately for the rig your using. I purchased at Universal Radio and they were the cheapest compared to many other vendors.
LA8VSA Rating: 5/5 Aug 11, 2014 09:19 Send this review to a friend
Sounds good  Time owned: more than 12 months
Do not look at the price and thinking this is a bad mic because its cheap.
Its not bad at all, and working very good with the TS-590.Needed the cable NS-24K to match that tranceiver.
WB1AAL Rating: 4/5 Mar 12, 2014 13:46 Send this review to a friend
Nice Desktop Microphone  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the Nissei NS-508 (also known as a HamPro NS-508) to replace a Kenwood MC-60 mic that was connected to my Flex-1500. Happily, I am receiving very good audio reports with it.

The NS-508 is reminiscent of some of the desk microphones offered in the past by various ham gear vendors—such as the Kenwood MC-60. While it has some of the same features as the Kenwood MC-60 microphone, it also offers a few extra niceties.

For example, the mic's electronics (preamp and switching) run off of the power provided from my Flex-1500, so no need to use and waste batteries. Most Icom, Yaesu and Kenwood models will provide microphone power from the radio as well. Otherwise you simply use a pair of AA batteries to power the mic.

The on/off switch is located on top of the mic so I don't have to flip it over to turn it on or off as is the case with the MC-60. It includes an on-air LED that flashes to let you know that the mic is on and lights continuously to let you know that you are transmitting. There are up down buttons, however, they work only on Kenwood, but not Icom, FlexRadio or Yaesu radios. On the bottom of the base there is a switch to select SSB or FM preamp filter settings on the mic (most folks like the SSB setting better.)

The downsides of the NS-508 are that you must purchase a mic cable separately (or make one) for your specific rig. For the price, the appropriate cables should be provided at no extra cost.

Most of the buttons along the top do nothing with my Flex-1500. (Although perhaps I can program them to work at a later time.)

The "manual" (an 8 1/2 x 11 inch printed two-sided paper, actually) is terrible. Its Chinglish transliteration refers to the mic as use a condenser element in one place and a ceramic element in another. (It can't be both--it has to be one of the other!) It even suggests that this is a "Condensed Microphone."

There are two RJ-45 jacks on the mic (one is for Kenwood or Yaesu rigs, the other is for Icom rigs.) The connector information in the manual shows the wiring of both connectors (at the mic side) but doesn't say which is which. (Why there is a need for two different connectors when the mic cable has to be purchased for a specific manufacturer anyway is a bit of a mystery. However, there is no harm no foul by adding the extra RJ-45 jack on the mic base.)

The manual even fails to correctly identify the controls as the numbers in the description do not match the numbers shown in the diagram. It's a good thing that we don't buy microphones for their manuals!

Indeed, this is a condenser mic so it might have a slight audio quality edge over the dynamic mic in the MC-60.

The MC-60 is still a fine ham microphone--I continue using it with my Kenwood TS-430S transceiver. It's just that the NS-508 is a step up in convenience and, according to my on-air reports, just a bit better in audio quality (punch primarily) than the MC-60. That makes it a worthwhile purchase.

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