Saturday, April 30, 2011
Turner Microphone RK-70J
The Turner RK-70J arrived last Thursday. It was $17.95 incl. shipping.
It did not work. The grill was loose also. During a test to determine if the receive and transmit wires worked I discovered
the ground wire was bad in the cable. A cable from an old Johnson mic replaced it. It now works great and the grill is glued
back into place. The compression circuit is very noticeable (although less than the RK-60J)on the output meter. I plan to
use use this on my new 10 meter mobile.
12:32 pm cdt
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Turner Microphone RK60J
The Turner RK-60J arrived today. I cleaned it up and then tested
it. It didn't work. Using the O'scope I determined the element was dead. I replaced it with a high impedance element I bought
from Mouser several years ago. It works great now. This mic has tremendous output with its compression amp. I keep
the volume slider on 3 (it goes from 1-10) and it drives the radio like crazy. Until I got this mic, the Astatic Road Devil
was my most powerful mic. This Turner now holds that spot.
11:01 pm cdt
Friday, April 22, 2011
I did it again. This time I bought two hand mics. One is the Astatic
M6B (new) and the other is a Turner Road King 60J. I hope the Turner is in good condition. The Astatic I really don't need
as I already own the RD-104e, and it has a better frequency response than the M6B. The Turner is a piece of radio
history. It is amplified and has compression. It, and its cousins (JM+3, RK70J) may be the most powerful hand mics ever made.
I can't wait to try it out. The Astatic is the hand-held version of the D-104. Since they are out of production, I thought
I better get one while I still can.
10:13 pm cdt
Friday, April 15, 2011
New Hand Microphone
Just what I need. Another microphone from EBay. I got myself a Turner
JM+2/U. It is the hand-held version of the old Turner +2. After a little cleaning, and wiring it for electronic switching
instead of relay, it worked fine. I did replace the electrolytic caps with some new ones from Mouser. It really
drives the radio, just as I expected. The paper pop filter was brittle, so I replaced it with a silkscreen
from an old Astatic D-104. I now want to get a JM+3. It must be a disease I contracted long ago.
9:23 pm cdt
Monday, April 4, 2011
CMA Last Night
The CMA awards were given last night. I tried to watch the show,
hoping to hear some country music. I never did.
11:12 am cdt