Baofeng audio quality

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So we have our crew all on Baofengs now but we're finding some people are really hard to understand, especially the ladies. I suspect speaker mic quality is the issue. Radios were sourced from various places. Apparently l am one of the easiest to make out. My setup came from Roy at Baofeng Canada.

Any specific speaker mic that people can reccomend or maybe even radio settings?
 

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The Kenwood KMC21 is the best all around mic I have ran. There are some others I have sourced that are cheaper and sound good and some better than the KMC21 as well but you pay a premium for them.
 

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Speaking of Baofang remote mics, is there a way to disable the buttons, especially the transmit button that are located on the radio itself while using the remote? Because if I pack the rack in my backpack, if something inside presses on it it can go into transmit without me knowing.
 

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We have run into similar issues but only with ones that were not purchased from Roy. 3 of us are on 4 years with ours from Roy, no issues. And some others in our group with ones off Amazon, Ebay, or other places seem to have none stop issues wether that's with the unit itself or the mic's.
 
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Decent radios, unfortunately Bao and Quality are a long ways apart..

My kenwood just had a piece come loose inside so need a new one, held up a couple seasons..
 

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Speaking of Baofang remote mics, is there a way to disable the buttons, especially the transmit button that are located on the radio itself while using the remote? Because if I pack the rack in my backpack, if something inside presses on it it can go into transmit without me knowing.

You cannot disable the side buttons. Put your radio in a tupperware

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Lots of mic options out there. I have tested quite a few and have had very good luck with the BCI I sell. I think if I was selling a $140 kenwood mic I wouldn't be selling many radios. Mic covers help a lot.
 

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Maybe it's asking too much to understand women lol.

Some of the mics definitely look a little on the chintzy side. It just seems you never know what you're going to get from batch to batch in these knock off parts.
 

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Best Mic I've had for my UV-5R's over the 5+ years with them has been the kenwood mic. Tried the boafeng and retevis cheap ones ($avg 5-10/ea) and they are pretty bad, gotta have some proper radio mic experience on how to talk into them (ie how loud to speak, not talking thru a balaclava, how far away from your face the mic is, and make sure the person talking into the mic is talking into it and not away from it). Heard good things about the Radioddity RS22, going to give it a try and will reply back to this thread when I have some info to pass along.
https://www.amazon.ca/Radioddity-Sp...words=baofeng+radio+mic&qid=1582561887&sr=8-5
 

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FYI anyone looking the Kenwood mic’s ARE NOT $140.

Last ones I bought were $45. I see they are listed upwards of $65 but a quick search they can still be found for $45.
 

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I could have Kenwood put on my mic's too still wouldn't be a kenwood. All mics for Baofeng take the kenwood type plug.
 

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Im using the BCI and are satisfied with the clarity and quality with my UV-82 from Ray. My 2 other radios UV-5R+ are using the BTECH QHM22 and the BCI is a little better at full volume.
 

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I could have Kenwood put on my mic's too still wouldn't be a kenwood. All mics for Baofeng take the kenwood type plug.

When you buy them right from Kenwood, trust me it’s a Kenwood.


But you do you.
 

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Best Mic I've had for my UV-5R's over the 5+ years with them has been the kenwood mic. Tried the boafeng and retevis cheap ones ($avg 5-10/ea) and they are pretty bad, gotta have some proper radio mic experience on how to talk into them (ie how loud to speak, not talking thru a balaclava, how far away from your face the mic is, and make sure the person talking into the mic is talking into it and not away from it). Heard good things about the Radioddity RS22, going to give it a try and will reply back to this thread when I have some info to pass along.
https://www.amazon.ca/Radioddity-Sp...words=baofeng+radio+mic&qid=1582561887&sr=8-5

Hit or miss with these I think. I tried it, didn't last long. Bought a Kenwood and been happy ever since.
 

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Maybe it's asking too much to understand women lol.

Some of the mics definitely look a little on the chintzy side. It just seems you never know what you're going to get from batch to batch in these knock off parts.

I just have trouble understanding the one that sleds with us, it she sounds like she is underwater, and has since the get go. I have that extra radio now, maybe we try switching out mics this weekend if we head out.
 

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I just have trouble understanding the one that sleds with us, it she sounds like she is underwater, and has since the get go. I have that extra radio now, maybe we try switching out mics this weekend if we head out.

We need to get a handle on this. l have a spare 'good' mic. We will give it to Charlie Brown's teacher and see if it works better.
 
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