Setting Up Mic Gain and Compression
Mic Gain Setting
As in the manual, with compression off, I use the ALC meter. The manuals state, “In the SSB mode, touch the TX meter to select the ALC meter and adjust until the meter reading swings between 30 to 50% of the ALC scale.” – Icom 7300 Full Manual pg 3-11 or Icom 7610 Basic Manual pg 3-9.
Place the microphone 2 to 4 inches from your mouth, then speak at your normal voice. 30 to 50% on the ALC scale is all we need. Try “Ahhh…”
The important thing to note: Do not push the ALC out of the red zone.
Mic Compression Setting (Speech Processor)
This is where I stray a little.
After setting the mic gain with the ALC meter, switch to or look at the COMP meter. The manual states, “While speaking into the microphone at your normal voice level, adjust the Speech Compressor level to where the COMP meter reads within the COMP zone (10 to 20 dB range).” – Icom 7300 Full Manual pg 4-12 or Icom 7610 Basic Manual pg 4-8.
Using the WGA TR-2000 with compression set to 3, the compression meter doesn’t move. However, you’ll notice a distinct difference even at this low level. Watch the video below.
BM800 Audio Comp 3 Bass -2 Treble +4 TBW Wide 200-2900
TR-2000 Audio Comp 3 Bass -2 Treble +4 TBW Wide 200-2900
Later I decided I did not like the headset in this video. It has since been retired and I am using the Yamaha CM500. What do you think? Which microphone sounds better? Post your thoughts below in the comment section.
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Great video on ICOM digital radio SSB transmit settings. I look forward to future topics. As a casual arm chair radio operator, I haven’t bothered updating my 7300 firmware since the radio’s introduction since all the basic functions already work great. And, what other settings are particularly worth learning about as another possible tutorial.
Thanks for commenting here Bob. I will have more coming out. Stay tuned and best 73!
Do you have any test results or comparisons with “other” headsets? I am awaiting delivery of a BM800 as I write this to try out here. I have a headset, it is hot and heavy in prolonged usage so I am looking for something cooler to use.
While both sound good, i would vote for the BM-800. Perhaps it was just this sample recording, but to me the BM-800 was more natural sounding and understandable. The TR-2000 had a couple of syllables that seemed muffled and i had to focus more to understand.
Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here. The TR-2000 isn’t my favorite headset, but it works. I think I can adjust the treble down and it will sound better.
I think the BM800 is the best too.
Nice to hear from you and I have the Yamaha CM500 (lightweight) to test out. I’ve got it in the camper with the 7300, but I will bring it inside and use it for a while. The other headset I have is a Heil BM-10. It’s dynamic and I could try it out too.
Thanks for commenting here.
Thank you Rich,K0PIR I do not own any of mic you where working with but I do Own the Icom IC-7300. But I did follow your suggestions with my mic that is The Icom SM-50 Desk Microphone and I’ve been getting great reports on the Audio. Thanks again
Nice to hear from you and I like the SM-50 microphone. It’s a good fit for the Icom radios. I get good reports with mine also and that makes Ham radio that much more enjoyable.
I think the 800 sounded better also.
Thank for the input Budy. 73!
Can you tell me your honest opinion of the MODEL TR-2000 HEADSET?
I’m looking for a headset and would like a solid review.
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks for asking your question here and thank you for visiting my webpage.
I would not buy one again. It sounds OK TX and RX and it is pretty comfortable. Two things 1. When monitoring my transmit audio it sounds distorted. 2. It will not work with diversity reception and separating left and right audio channels through the headset.
I will be using it in the camper with my ICOM 7300. That will be a good home for it.
Thank you again.
Thanks for your input!
So what (inexpensive) Headset would you suggest?
I am using a Yamaha CM500 and I like it. It is comfortable sounds good TX/RX and works with diversity reception.
See the bottom of this page. I paid $60 for mine new.
Lots of Hams use the CM500. If they send a battery box with it to power the mic, it is not needed since the radio powers it.
Have you managed to get 100 watts peal on Voice Audio ?
Nice to hear from you.
Yes, 100 Watts on peaks. Try RTTY and see what you get.