Well the mic that I ordered on eBay from California arrived in the
mail today (pretty fast since I ordered it on Friday).
The mic connector has a "rubber boot" (a strain relief) and when
its plugged in... it makes putting the faceplate back on the front of
the radio very very hard.
When I turned my radio on... the first thing I checked was the PTT,
and it didn't key up the radio
The "UP" button on the top of the
mic made the radio tune up in frequency... but the "DOWN" button
didn't make the radio tune down in Frequency.
The "P1" and "P2" buttons went thru the bands of the radio (just
like the P1 and P2 buttons on my mic). The "ACC" and "P" buttons
seemed to go between the "Home" frequency for whatever band
you're on and the VFO (just like the ACC and P buttons on my
When you slide the "LAMP" switch on the side of the mic... the
keys on the mic light up (and they light up a LOT brighter than the
keys on my mic).
So... all but 2 things worked on the mic... but one of the things that
didn't work is the most important thing. I wouldn't have minded if the
PTT worked and the UP/DOWN buttons on the top of the mic didn't
work... as I don't think I've ever used those buttons since i've owned
my FT-100 (bought it in January 2000).
If my vision was better... I would probably open the mic and re-wire
it for the PTT to work. If my vision was better... I would use the PTT
switch in this mic to fix my old mic
So... I guess this mic will be going back to California
I need to
send my FT-857D out to get some work done on it (bad receive and
no output power on 70cm... but 2m is fine... so I know its not the
VHF/UHF final)... but I would like to get a working mic for my FT-100
before I send it out.
Mike - N1EVH
P.S. As I write this message... I already got a response back from
the person I bought the mic from on eBay about returning the
mic back to them.