Airlite 62 aviation headset

Airlite 62 aviation headset

I have acquired an Airlite 62 aviation headset and modified it for use with my Kenwood TS-850.
This headset is designed and manufactured in the UK primarily for the aviation sector such as the RAF, air traffic control etc. The Airlite 62 is available in many options dependant on customer specification.
The headset I have is monaural, 300 ohm microphone, fitted with RAF style plug with an in-line PTT switch.
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Astatic Silver Eagle

Astatic Silver Eagle

In the shack I also have an Astatic Silver Eagle microphone. Normally, this has a very distinctive sound to it due to the crystal microphone element and the built-in pre amplifier.
The crystal element has deteriorated with age to the point where it became unserviceable. Due to the fact that these have not been in production for many years, sourcing a genuine replacement has now become an almost impossible task.
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Baofeng UV-5R

Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF handheld

Another useful handheld radio is the Baofeng UV-5R.
This cheap and cheerful Chinese radio makes an ideal companion when working outside or hiking around rough terrain. The low cost of these radios means that should it get damaged or lost then it really isn’t a major problem.
The UV-5R features 128 programmable channels with priority channel scanning, dual watch and 1750 Hz call tone making it quite comparable to much more expensive radios.
The UV-5R also features built-in VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) for hands-free operation and a high illumination flashlight, neither of which is sported by the Yaesu.
As with most Chinese products, the user guide could be better written or translated.