This stylish, ultra-fidelity desk microphone is designed for the latest generation of Yaesu HF transceivers. The MD-200A8X employs a studio-quality Polyethylene Teraphthalate Film Dynamic element, optimized for high fidelity SSB operation, allowing faithful reproduction of the operator's voice during operation with negligible distortion.
Yaesu's exclusive VSPC (Variable Side Pressure Control) allows the operator to adjust the frequency response of the microphone, from a totally flat response to a high-articulation response with moderate peaking about 2000 Hz. The VSPC technique provides this response control without the distortion and reduced signal-to-noise ratio that can accompany active "equalizer" circuits.
The MD-200A8X also includes provision for the incorporation of a user-supplied Dynamic, Magnetic or Crystal microphone element, allowing A-B selection of the supplied dynamic element and the custom element. A slide switch on the base of the mic allows easy switching. This mic also has up-down scanning and transmit LED that are supported by most Yaesu radios.
The MD-200A8X is constructed using a heavy-duty aluminum die-cast base and support frame, with a rubber shock absorber for the mic element housing to dampen low frequency vibrations. The mic cable terminates to an Yaesu 8 pin mic plug.
Yaesu lists these as compatible models:
FT-817, FT-840, FT-847, FT-857, FT-897, FT-900, FT-920, FT-990, FT-1000, FT-1000D, FT-1000MP, FT-1000MP Mark V, FTDX5000, FTDX9000.
(However, these models do not support the TX LED function during transmit: FT-840, FT-990, FT-1000 and FT-1000D).
- Microphone Element: Dynamic
- Frequency Range: 30-17000 Hz.
- Sensitivity: -62 dB (1 kHz, 0 dB = 1 V/1 pa)
- Impedance: 600 Ohms
- Dimensions: 4.7 x 11.4 x 5 inches (120x290x125mm)
- Weight: 2.2 lbs. (1 kg).
Well worth the money!
I bought this mic to use on my FTdx1200, and while you may think this is overkill / overboard ... Nope! I have had contacts with other hams in South America, South Africa and the Southern US States and on particularly bad nights when you are picking the contacts out of the noise, while they find it hard to hear me, my audio is always distinctively clear. Tested a couple of times by switching over to the hand mic connected to the base of this mic, flick the switch to use the hand mic, and the audio reports go negative real fast! Flick back to the MD-200 and all is well again at the other end. I have tuned my FTdx1200's mic equalizer a little bit but even before I was getting great audio reports, crisp and clear audio at the other end! Well worth the money and it is a cool looking desk mic!