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Microphone connection on the FLEX 6600

James Kennedy-WU5EJames Kennedy-WU5E Member ✭✭

FLEX, I see a 1/8 jack for Microphone connection. So my Heil 781 will have to have adapter to mate the XLR to that 1/8 jack. Or is HEIL going to make a new Microphone. I think my Behringer ULTRAGAIN PRO Mic 2200 will have to go away, also my Jabber remote microphone will have to go away. 4 years with a FLEX 6500 Now I start all over again. BUT I have stuff to sell at the next Ham fest.

Now the clock ticks on my 6600 to be delivered.

Jim, WU5E

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  • MackMack Member ✭✭
    edited March 2019
    Jim, It's super simple to remove an old connector and add a new one. If you don't have the skills then I'm sure there are plenty of hams in the area who would help. It's a 10 minute job. 73, Mack W4AX
  • RiaRia Member ✭✭
    edited November 2019
    Or get a pig tail adapter. This way you aren't modifying the mic from its stock config.
  • Ken - NM9PKen - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited June 23
    Amazon has a variety of right-angle 3.5mm stereo connectors and pig tail adapters. They even have a XLR to right angle 3.5 TRS cable in various lengths. Reasonably priced. I plan to wire my own so that I know that it is done right. I would, however recommend two things.. 1) use right angle connectors to reduce torque strain on the rig's jack. 2) avoid simply using an adapter instead of a new connector or pigtail adapter -- for the same reason.
  • James Kennedy-WU5EJames Kennedy-WU5E Member ✭✭
    edited June 19
    Thank you for all the comments. Have the right angle on order now..
  • K3SFK3SF Member ✭✭
    edited March 20
    For the new 6400/6600, what happens when you plug Heil headset which has 1/8" mono plug  for the mic output in to the 6400/6600 mic input??    Also, what type of adapter will be needed for this situation?
  • Larry - WA7LZOLarry - WA7LZO Member ✭✭
    edited May 2017
    What I'm struggling with is how the heck to hook up my Bose Aviation A20 headset with mic to the 6600M.

    Br,
    Larry
    WA7LZO

  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 11
    What connector is on the headset?
  • Michael CosloMichael Coslo Member
    edited May 2017
    I made a pigtail adapter for my microphones, and adapters to it for the various mics I use. It's actually kinda nice, since I just plug and deploy from the front panel. I enjoy experimenting with various microphones both condenser and dynamic, and find the whole process of making the settings in the radio panel, then selecting the mic profile, super easy.

  • Larry - WA7LZOLarry - WA7LZO Member ✭✭
    edited May 2017
    I have the standard helicopter panel plug on my A20:

    https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/aviation_headsets/a20-aviation-headset.html?mc=25_PS_...

    Bose uses the same arrangement used by David Clark on their helicopter headset/mic.

    Br,
    Larry
    WA7LZO
  • Tim - W4TMETim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited June 11
    We are looking into several options for accommodating different mics with the 6400/6600 radios; 3-pin and 4-pin XLRs and 8-pin Foster connectors.  We are considering making adapters available for sale.
  • edited May 2017
    How about a knock-out (extra hole) on the rear panel that a user could add the connector of their choice. You could sell connectors with a pigtail on them (keyed) that could connect to a header in the radio. Removing a cover, inserting a connector in the rear panel,(threaded body) screwing on a washer and the nut, should be easy enough to do. No soldering required! Neat and much better than adapters hanging off the back of a desk putting strain on the 1/8 connector. James WD5GWY
  • Tim - W4TMETim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited May 2017
    If we were to provide the hole, we'd just as well put a connector in it ;-)

    The internal layout makes this a bit challenging.  But if there is a way to accommodate something like this, we will consider it.  No promises.
  • Dave DaveDave Dave Member
    edited June 2017
    Tim,

    Someone here is claiming that the mic connector on the new radios is 1/4XLR ....I assume he meant 1/4 and xlr.

    Is this true.... I find it nowhere????

    Please verify or dismiss this.
  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 2017
    The 6600 and 6600M will have a 1/4" TRS balanced input connector on the rear of the radio.TRS is NOT XLR but it will be balanced.

    Dave wo2x
  • edited June 2017
    Yepper...   At Ham Comm in Irving,Tx Gerald said the 6600 series would have a 1/4" TRS.... I found a  1/4" with 3' pig tail to XLR at Sweetwater for  $7.79 , but would prefer a right angle type 1/4"...  link>   https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/STX103M
    Also they have a 3' & 5'  1/4" to  XLR Females to go straight into the mic....  I hope the pinouts match up....  lol
    They also have a 1/8" TRS to XLR  female ... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/XVM105F
  • George Molnar, KF2TGeorge Molnar, KF2T Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    Egads. I sat down on Sunday afternoon waiting for 6 meters to open up and changed my XLR mic connector to TRS, and changed the paddle connector from 1/4 to mini. Only need to change the Foster connector on the headset mic and everything’s 6600-ready. This isn’t hard folks. Took half an hour including time for a couple contacts and a ****.
  • Tim - W4TMETim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited June 2017
  • KC2QMA_JohnKC2QMA_John Member ✭✭
    edited June 23
    Will the 1/4 TRS connector still be able to provide +48V bias (phantom power) like the 6500 & 6700 does?

  • David Decoons, wo2xDavid Decoons, wo2x Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 2017
    The 6500 and 6700 DO NOT provide +48 volt phantom power. You will need an external source (phantom power supply, preamp, etc)

    Dave wo2x

  • Ken - NM9PKen - NM9P Member ✭✭
    edited June 2017
    Correct, the BIAS button in the mic setup is for low voltage bias on the front 8-pin Foster connector. On the 6400/6600 the low voltage bias will be available on the 1/8 inch connector, but the 1/4 inch TRS will be just like the BAL input on the 6500/6700, which has no bias voltage. (But without the XLR).

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