Thanks and 73,
I have always used a boom with mine and adjusted it for close talking. It would seem to me that with the gain set high enough to allow you to talk from a sitting position to a desk mic the rig would get a lot of ambient noise such as fans and XYL's and the dog barking (at least at my house anyway)....
I recently found a fairly decent boom on Amazon for 27 bucks, and it actually works. I have a PR-20 in it and I have used it for a few weeks with no problems. It comes with a shock mount, a pop-filter, even a holder for a cell phone if you want to video yourself working DX. Now it's not the best made by any means, but with normal use, I don't see mine falling apart any time soon. I am happy with it. I took the phone holder off and let my kids use it as a selfie stick.
Here is a link to it.
If you see any radio host on air we see them up close. Look at the way the mics are used on Ham Nation as example. Or any type of broadcasting.
A boom is a good choice.
The INRAD 629 microphone is a wide frequency range, unidirectional cardioid dynamic microphone ideally suited for rag chewing and ESSB. It features a large 1.125" diaphragm and an internal rubber element suspension system for reducing undesirable noise. Excellent 180 degree rear rejection cardioid response. Excellent articulation across the specified frequency response with a rise in response to match the voice characteristics of speech. Output tailored to rise from 500 Hz, crossing 1 kHz up to 4 kHz, exaggerating the microphone output frequency response of these vocal frequencies. The result is clear, an overall well-articulated audio response tailored to match intelligibility of human voice.
INRAD DMS-629 Represents a revolution in price versus performance for Amateur Radio microphones. Highly unidirectional cardioid dynamic microphone features a large 1.125" diaphragm for clear, full audio response. This mic features excellent articulation with a rise in response to match the characteristics of speech for superior voice intelligibility. INRAD's top of the line microphone.
The M650 microphone is the M Series counterpart to the M629 that provides well articulated overall audio with overall higher-end output punch for contesting and DX operation. Featuring a unique cardioid dynamic element with a response pattern similar to the M629, the M650 incorporates an abrupt frequency response change above 1 kHz to 2 kHz then has a flat response to 4 kHz. Lower frequencies are somewhat diminished relative in output to the higher ones, giving the sound more high-end punch with a slightly less low-end response; a top-of-the-line dynamic mic with less low-end response than the M629.
Currently have a Heil HB1 boom and a 1940 Astatic head I found ar a hamfest 35 years ago. The mic cartridge is an old Heil HC4 for the past 25 years. I close talk it and it performs very well.