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Reviews Summary for Icom SM-6
Icom SM-6 Reviews: 25 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $119.95
Description: Base microphone used on Icom radios.
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N4YX Rating: 5/5 Aug 29, 2017 11:03 Send this review to a friend
Have Several  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had & used both the SM-6 & the SM-8. After several side-by-side QSO sessions over time I opted to keep the SM-6 mics. One of my local ham friends has also adopted them for his ICOM gear.
VE2ITZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2017 09:03 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic microphone!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Fantastic match to use with ICOM 718!

Always get great audio reports! Really works fantastic with icom 718 and compression on.

I have no problem in pileups! Working with 100 watts and inverted v antenna, the other station will pick me up in a couple of calls!

K1FBI Rating: 5/5 Feb 1, 2016 17:26 Send this review to a friend
Old school quality  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used these on several radios over the years. I currently use one on my IC-7410 with the mic set at 2 o'clock and the rigs treble at plus 4. It's built to last and I like the audio better than my SM-30 or my Heil BM-10ic.
KI5SO Rating: 5/5 Jul 24, 2013 10:47 Send this review to a friend
Punchy little mic  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is one of my favorite desk mikes. It can be picked up and handled easily or lock the button and talk from 2 feet away. It works with many Icoms and I have always been able to count on this mic to get me good audio reports. I like it better than the sm-20 because it works just as good but you can pick it up and use it with comfort. I use one now on a 781 radio. I have been told this is my best sounding rig with this mic.
NI6B Rating: 4/5 Oct 1, 2010 21:12 Send this review to a friend
works well on newer Icom gear  Time owned: more than 12 months
Bought this mic for a IC-751 many years ago and now use it on a IC-7200 with good results.

The original windscreen came apart but found a great replacement in the WindTech 1300 Series with 5/8" ID.
WA5MTQ Rating: 4/5 Jun 13, 2008 09:32 Send this review to a friend
Great when set up properly  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought one in mint condx on eBay for less than $40.00 to use with my 706MKIIG. Have received almost 100% great audio reports, mostly unsolicited. On SSB I run it with control on the bottom of the mic at 2 o'clock and the Mic Gain on the rig at 7. On FM I have to crank it back to the 10 o'clock position and lower the Mic Gain to 2. Can't give it a "5" because it seems to me that I shouldn't have to make such radical adjustments on the mic and rig just to switch modes - especially on a microphone designed to work with the radio and with the same brand name! Still, when things are set properly the mic seems to perform very well.
KB3LAZ Rating: 2/5 Jun 13, 2008 00:18 Send this review to a friend
Not so good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This mic needs more than a bit of help.
Its all treble no bass at all. Its also way to hot on FM, no matter what adjustments are made on the radio or mic. Also the audio quality on SSB is less than astounding. Ill stick with my HM-12 hand mic!
KF5OK Rating: 5/5 May 9, 2008 19:34 Send this review to a friend
i really got one!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
i first use this mic bak in the early 90s with an ic-735 aboard the CG Cutter i was stationed on. I was the MARS op then. i really enjoyed that mic and many land ops said i had a nice sounding station. here in the last six month i purchased a 746pro. i wanted a desk mic but didn't didn't want to spend the money on a sm-20 after i learned the sm6 was no longer available.

Now here is a real kicker for you. as i was walking out the door with my new 746pro a fine lady walked in with a 746 that she was trading in. SHE had an sm6 with her. I Ask her if she would sale me the mic. She handed me the mic and said "Have fun" she wouldn't take any money for it. it looked brand new also. i couldn't believe it.

anyway, the mic works great with my radio and i have got some good reports with it on 2m SSB. I haven't got to try it on HFSSB yet.

i wish icom would sale this mic again.
W1BKZ Rating: 5/5 Jan 29, 2007 15:32 Send this review to a friend
Great audio at a reasonable price.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Works really well with my IC-761. The locking PTT is an added feature, if you are a serious rag-chewer. I haven't tried it on my IC706-MkII-G, but I'll bet it would work just as well. The bass falls off at low levels on the gain adjustment, and this can easily be overcome by appropriate coupling mods on the preamp pcb, and/or external equalization, if you are into "hi-fi" SSB. Needless to say, I don't use it on AM, simply because rice-boxes do not make good AM!!!
That being said, the SM-6 is a nice, compact, and completely adequate microphone for its intended purpose.
K7PWR Rating: 5/5 Dec 3, 2006 09:08 Send this review to a friend
Its a great lil mic!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Works great with my icom 7000!! It is tiny, but very sturdy.
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