When I purchased the Elecraft K2/100, I got an Elecraft MH2 hand microphone to go with the transceiver. Even though I plan to use the transceiver primarily with headset microphones, having a hand mic around is useful, especially for such a portable radio.
The Elecraft MH2 hand mic comes wired such that all you need to do on the microphone configuration block is put eight jumper blocks straight across. You actually don't use DN, UP, or FUNC, but there's no harm in connecting those anyway. The only difference between this microphone configuration block setting and that for a Kenwood mic, is the use of pin 5 for FUNC and pin 6 for 5VDC, neither of which are used by Kenwood microphones. Using the Kenwood (red) adaptor for the Heil Pro-Set, only pins 1, 2, 7, and 8 are actually used, so connecting FUNC to pin 5 and 5V to pin 6 is entirely compatible with the Heil Pro-Set/Kenwood adaptor combination.
Unlike the Heil Pro-Set or Heil Pro-Set Plus, the Elecraft MH2 is an electret microphone, and requires a small DC voltage applied to the microphone audio line to work. The Elecraft MH2 comes with a 1/4W 5.6K resistor that the documentation instructs you to solder between pins 1 and 6 on the back side of the microphone jack on the Front Panel Board of the Elecraft K2/100. If you do this, however, every microphone you plug into the radio will see a small DC voltage on the mic audio line. This is a problem for microphones that are not electrets (such as the Heil Pro-Set) because the voltage will bias those mic elements and make them almost completely insensitive. The level of audio that will reach the Elecraft K2/100 will be far too low.
The solution is to solder a 5.6K resistor between pins 1 and 6 inside the connector shell of the Elecraft MH2 hand mic, instead of inside the Elecraft K2/100 itself. This way, the Elecraft MH2 will still get a small DC voltage on the microphone audio line for its electret element, but a Heil Pro-Set plugged into the radio will not. In order to fit the 5.6K resistor inside the connector shell, though, you will probably need to use an 1/8W 5.6K resistor instead of the supplied 1/4W 5.6K resistor. You won't be able to find this resistor at your local Radio Shack or Fry's, but Mouser and Digikey both have them. This will require good soldering skills, as it is a delicate, tight fit. Another option might be to open up the microphone shell and find the appropriate wires inside to solder a 5.6K resistor across. I have not looked inside, myself.
It may still be necessary to adjust the mic gain when switching back and forth between the Elecraft MH2 and a Heil Proset or Heil Proset Plus, but at least you will not have to open up the rig to adjust the microphone wiring header block.
Last Updated 1 August 2018