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show your mic

Michael Aiello
 

3d-printed body with stock mic element and switch

73
Mike N2HTT

Howard Fidel
 

I use the Retevis mic. Under $7 on eBay. I cut off the connector and rewired it to the phono jack. Despite what others have said about the wire colors, I found Red it the mic, Black is ground, green is PTT.


Howard WB2VXW

On 4/23/2018 8:07 PM, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io wrote:
Back when I was in school, I once wrote an essay with a manual graphite display generator.

Jack, W8TEE


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:01:26 PM EDT, William Cullison <wa8vih@...> wrote:


I made one from two carbon blocks, in a vertical configuration, with a dimpled area and a pencil sharpened at both ends.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX



Tim Gorman
 

kenselectronics.com carries carbon elements. They are used but they are
available. If you have any 1960-1980 Western Electric standard
telephones, especially dial type, check to see if they have carbon
elements.

tim ab0wr

On Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:36:24 +0530
"Mvs Sarma" <mvssarma@...> wrote:

In continuation, i suppose that except salvaged ones , we may not be
able to get carbon mics now a days.

Regards
MVS Sarma


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:34 PM, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...>
wrote:

Simple . It works with a DC bias and resistance variation of carbon
granules packed in a mic convey the speech content.
Only diffiernce is that the bandwidth would be much less as against
electret or dynamic mics.
regards
sarma
vu3zmv

Regards
MVS Sarma


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:28 PM, Arv Evans <arvid.evans@...>
wrote:
Lee

It will be interesting to see, and hear, how that T-32 carbon
button microphone
works with the BITX. It may need some attenuation because carbon
microphones
usually output a fairly high level signal. who knows...we could be
seeing a new
trend of using carbon microphones for their inherent frequency
limiting and high
output.

Arv K7HKL
_._


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Lee <mr.olson@...> wrote:

The microphone is a Model T-32 made by Kellogg Company for
military communications. It was sometimes used with the English
T-1154 transmitter in WW2 Lancaster bombers. Yes, they were used
in many places after the war and one popular use was on a PA
system in railroad yards. Since I need 4 wires I am using a
Cobra/Midland CB style 4 pin plug and jack with the locking ring.


Jack, W8TEE
 

Yep, with a #2 on it.

Jack, W8TEE


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 8:13:21 PM EDT, Paul Schumacher via Groups.Io <wnpauls@...> wrote:


was it yellow?

Paul


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:08:09 PM PDT, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:


Back when I was in school, I once wrote an essay with a manual graphite display generator.

Jack, W8TEE


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:01:26 PM EDT, William Cullison <wa8vih@...> wrote:


I made one from two carbon blocks, in a vertical configuration, with a dimpled area and a pencil sharpened at both ends.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX


Paul Schumacher
 

was it yellow?

Paul


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:08:09 PM PDT, Jack Purdum via Groups.Io <jjpurdum@...> wrote:


Back when I was in school, I once wrote an essay with a manual graphite display generator.

Jack, W8TEE


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:01:26 PM EDT, William Cullison <wa8vih@...> wrote:


I made one from two carbon blocks, in a vertical configuration, with a dimpled area and a pencil sharpened at both ends.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX


Jack, W8TEE
 

Back when I was in school, I once wrote an essay with a manual graphite display generator.

Jack, W8TEE


On Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:01:26 PM EDT, William Cullison <wa8vih@...> wrote:


I made one from two carbon blocks, in a vertical configuration, with a dimpled area and a pencil sharpened at both ends.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX


William Cullison
 

I made one from two carbon blocks, in a vertical configuration, with a dimpled area and a pencil sharpened at both ends.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM, Dexter N Muir <dexy@...> wrote:

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX


Dexter N Muir
 

Carbon mics need a bit more bias current. Most can be revived by physical shock, breaking up clumps of granules packed by gravity in storage/disuse.

Challenge: the carbon mic that got me into electronics and eventually Ham Radio, some 60-odd years ago!
Take a (sorta fist-size to shoe-box) cardboard box lid.
Take 2 razor blades (single-sided are best)with wires attached.
Poke those blades up through the box-lid beside each other, (just) not touching. A twist of the insulated wires might help steady them.
Take a section of pencil-lead and balance that across the blade edges.
Connect up - you've got a mic!

73
Dex, ZL2DEX

Lee
 

Arv, I'm not using the carbon button,  "The original carbon element was bad so I put in a electret mic and MAX9812 module board"  See the picture of the button holder.

MVS Sarma
 

In continuation, i suppose that except salvaged ones , we may not be able to get carbon mics now a days.

Regards
MVS Sarma
 

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:34 PM, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:
Simple . It works with a DC bias and resistance variation of carbon granules packed in a mic  convey the speech content.
 Only diffiernce is that the bandwidth would be much less as against electret or dynamic mics.
regards
sarma
 vu3zmv

Regards
MVS Sarma
 

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:28 PM, Arv Evans <arvid.evans@...> wrote:
Lee

It will be interesting to see, and hear, how that T-32 carbon button microphone
works with the BITX.  It may need some attenuation because carbon microphones
usually output a fairly high level signal.  who knows...we could be seeing a new
trend of using carbon microphones for their inherent frequency limiting and high
output. 

Arv  K7HKL
_._


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Lee <mr.olson@...> wrote:
The microphone is a Model T-32 made by Kellogg Company for military communications.  It was sometimes used with the English T-1154 transmitter in WW2 Lancaster bombers.  Yes, they were used in many places after the war and one popular use was on a PA system in railroad yards.  Since I need 4 wires I am using a Cobra/Midland CB style 4 pin plug and jack with the locking ring.




MVS Sarma
 

Simple . It works with a DC bias and resistance variation of carbon granules packed in a mic  convey the speech content.
 Only diffiernce is that the bandwidth would be much less as against electret or dynamic mics.
regards
sarma
 vu3zmv

Regards
MVS Sarma
 

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:28 PM, Arv Evans <arvid.evans@...> wrote:
Lee

It will be interesting to see, and hear, how that T-32 carbon button microphone
works with the BITX.  It may need some attenuation because carbon microphones
usually output a fairly high level signal.  who knows...we could be seeing a new
trend of using carbon microphones for their inherent frequency limiting and high
output. 

Arv  K7HKL
_._


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Lee <mr.olson@...> wrote:
The microphone is a Model T-32 made by Kellogg Company for military communications.  It was sometimes used with the English T-1154 transmitter in WW2 Lancaster bombers.  Yes, they were used in many places after the war and one popular use was on a PA system in railroad yards.  Since I need 4 wires I am using a Cobra/Midland CB style 4 pin plug and jack with the locking ring.



Arv Evans
 

Lee

It will be interesting to see, and hear, how that T-32 carbon button microphone
works with the BITX.  It may need some attenuation because carbon microphones
usually output a fairly high level signal.  who knows...we could be seeing a new
trend of using carbon microphones for their inherent frequency limiting and high
output. 

Arv  K7HKL
_._


On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Lee <mr.olson@...> wrote:
The microphone is a Model T-32 made by Kellogg Company for military communications.  It was sometimes used with the English T-1154 transmitter in WW2 Lancaster bombers.  Yes, they were used in many places after the war and one popular use was on a PA system in railroad yards.  Since I need 4 wires I am using a Cobra/Midland CB style 4 pin plug and jack with the locking ring.


Lee
 

The microphone is a Model T-32 made by Kellogg Company for military communications.  It was sometimes used with the English T-1154 transmitter in WW2 Lancaster bombers.  Yes, they were used in many places after the war and one popular use was on a PA system in railroad yards.  Since I need 4 wires I am using a Cobra/Midland CB style 4 pin plug and jack with the locking ring.

Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
 

Very cool, and That gives me ideas!


On Apr 23, 2018, at 02:50, Mvs Sarma <mvssarma@...> wrote:

P
raba jee, Very nice adoptation of  data splitter supplied by adsl modems . Perhaps even a phone rossette could be used.
 "rossette"




Regards
MVS Sarma
 

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:35 AM, Praba Karan <vu3dxr@...> wrote:
My ugly mic made from BSNL landline network box

On Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 4:44 AM Doug W <dougwilner@...> wrote:
I am always impressed with the creativity and varieties of solutions this group comes up.  Collectively we range from true artists and craftsmen to hackers, kludgers, and cobblers.  I proudly spend a lot of time at the bottom of that spectrum.  While I am reasonable capable of making things look good with my BITX's I seem to rip things open and apart so often to play with that I am more interested in function than form.  With that in mind I stuck my mic and a junk box push button in a prescription bottle connected to a TRRS cable.  I know several others have posted pictures of their mic set up ranging from pro quality to junk box art. 
LET'S SEE WHAT YOU GOT. (try to keep your image file size as small as possible)


David Wilcox
 

WOW!  That is a neat antique.  Might have been a PA or intercom mike back when they used similar ones on a stand for a telephone.  I have seen a lot of old telephones like that with the ear piece hanging off to the side.  When you picked up the ear piece it went to "Central" and the kind lady there connected you to your desired party.  Others had an early dial at the base.  Enjoy a piece of history along with the new.

Dave K8WPE

On Apr 22, 2018, at 10:04 PM, Lee <mr.olson@...> wrote:

I am in the process of re-purposing a very old microphone as you can see in they lower picture, FEB 1944.  A new microphone cable should be here next week.   The carbon element inside was bad so I went for a MAX9812 Microphone on a board for $1.75 on eBay.  This microphone was not from a telephone.  Any guesses?
<Microphone Modded.jpg>

MVS Sarma
 

P
raba jee, Very nice adoptation of  data splitter supplied by adsl modems . Perhaps even a phone rossette could be used.
 "rossette"




Regards
MVS Sarma
 

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:35 AM, Praba Karan <vu3dxr@...> wrote:
My ugly mic made from BSNL landline network box

On Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 4:44 AM Doug W <dougwilner@...> wrote:
I am always impressed with the creativity and varieties of solutions this group comes up.  Collectively we range from true artists and craftsmen to hackers, kludgers, and cobblers.  I proudly spend a lot of time at the bottom of that spectrum.  While I am reasonable capable of making things look good with my BITX's I seem to rip things open and apart so often to play with that I am more interested in function than form.  With that in mind I stuck my mic and a junk box push button in a prescription bottle connected to a TRRS cable.  I know several others have posted pictures of their mic set up ranging from pro quality to junk box art. 
LET'S SEE WHAT YOU GOT. (try to keep your image file size as small as possible)


Praba Karan
 

My ugly mic made from BSNL landline network box


On Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 4:44 AM Doug W <dougwilner@...> wrote:
I am always impressed with the creativity and varieties of solutions this group comes up.  Collectively we range from true artists and craftsmen to hackers, kludgers, and cobblers.  I proudly spend a lot of time at the bottom of that spectrum.  While I am reasonable capable of making things look good with my BITX's I seem to rip things open and apart so often to play with that I am more interested in function than form.  With that in mind I stuck my mic and a junk box push button in a prescription bottle connected to a TRRS cable.  I know several others have posted pictures of their mic set up ranging from pro quality to junk box art. 
LET'S SEE WHAT YOU GOT. (try to keep your image file size as small as possible)

Gordon Gibby <ggibby@...>
 

​fascinating old microhpone!!!




From: BITX20@groups.io <BITX20@groups.io> on behalf of Lee <mr.olson@...>
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:04 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] show your mic
 
I am in the process of re-purposing a very old microphone as you can see in they lower picture, FEB 1944.  A new microphone cable should be here next week.   The carbon element inside was bad so I went for a MAX9812 Microphone on a board for $1.75 on eBay.  This microphone was not from a telephone.  Any guesses?

Frank King
 

We had mics like that in the control tower at SLC when I started training as an airport traffic controller with the Civil Aeronautics Administration in 1950.

Frank King

AA7XA

 

 

From: BITX20@groups.io [mailto:BITX20@groups.io] On Behalf Of Lee
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2018 7:05 PM
To: BITX20@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BITX20] show your mic

 

I am in the process of re-purposing a very old microphone as you can see in they lower picture, FEB 1944.  A new microphone cable should be here next week.   The carbon element inside was bad so I went for a MAX9812 Microphone on a board for $1.75 on eBay.  This microphone was not from a telephone.  Any guesses?

Lee
 

I am re-purposing an old microphone from 1944.  It is not from a telephone.  Any guesses?  The original carbon element was bad so I put in a electret mic and MAX9812 module board from eBay that costs a whopping $1.75.  I should not need to hold it so close to my mouth to get good audio.  Waiting for a new microphone cord to get here next week and I still need to finish my uBITX.