[CQ-Contest] ModMic Microphone Reviews?

David Aslin G3WGN david at aslinvc.com
Sun Dec 6 17:45:50 EST 2015

Hi Frank,
I used a Bose QC15/AntLion ModMic 4.0/Elecraft K3 combination for some Qs at E6GG.  My thoughts (based on lots of Qs but no exhaustive testing of objective sound quality):
- attachment of the magnets is very straightforward on the QC15 ear shell and the boom lines up nicely in the correct position
- good TX sound quality - no doubt can be refined with K3 EQ adjustment, but worked fine right out of the box with the same settings as my regular Yamaha 500s
- as mentioned in the YouTube link you provided, having two cables (separate for mic and headphone audio) is a little messy and you will find a little untangling is needed when removing/disconnecting the headset.  Not a big deal and not needed on every remove/replace cycle.
I'd taken the QC15s to Niue as I like noise cancelling on a multistation DXpedition (or contest) for CW.  Being able to use them also for SSB was a nice bonus.
Overall the ModMic 4.0 is a keeper.  Solutions that have a neater cable setup are available from the aviation community, but you will be paying $250+ for the boom mic add on from there.  The ModMic is great value for money.
No connection with the company, etc.
73, David G3WGN  M6O

-----Original Message-----
From: donovanf at starpower.net [mailto:donovanf at starpower.net] 
Sent: 06 December 2015 02:26
To: cq-contest at contesting.com; pvrc at mailman.qth.net
Subject: [CQ-Contest] ModMic Microphone Reviews?

Has anyone else tried the Antlion ModMic 4.0 uni-directional (noise cancelling) microphone? 

If so, please post your review. 







----- Original Message -----

From: "Björn SM0MDG" <bjorn at sm0mdg.com>
To: "David Siddall" <hhamwv at gmail.com>
Cc: "cq-contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2015 11:06:04 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Advice Sought for Wireless Headsets & Mics 

> On 03 Dec 2015, at 21:02, David Siddall <hhamwv at gmail.com> wrote: 
> Bose offers an in-line mic to go with the QC15 and QC25 headphones. 
> It's intended use is for wireless phone calls. Has anyone tried using 
> it for SSB and attained decent voice quality?
> Related Question: does anyone have a recommendation for a BlueTooth 
> headset and microphone combo for SSB, if not the Bose? I'm trying to 
> go more "wireless" in the shack, especially after shelling out $50+ to 
> Heil for cord replacement.
> Dave,

There is a great solution for the Bose headset called the ModMic. Its a boom microphone that attaches to an adhesive magnet mounted on the headset. It has a great uni directional microphone suitable for SSB. With the EQ in a K3 or other modern transceiver it sounds as sharp as anything else out there. 

I have been using the ModMic with a Bose QC25 headset in a few contests. The proper ModMic model has a uni directional element (not omni directional) that cancels much of the surroundings which makes it suitable for contesting, even in multi op environment. 


73 de Björn,

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