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6.3 out of 10

Kenwood SMC-34

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Reviews and Problems with Kenwood SMC-34

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Overall 10

It kills two birds with one stone

WB6TNB, eHam.net
29 July 2013
  • Summary: It works great with my TH-F6A. Someone told me that it works with some of the Wouxon HTs. I brought my KG-UVD1P (the 2 meter/220 version) to the store so I could try it with both radios. It works equally well with the Wouxon.
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Overall 4

not bad once tweaked a bit

AG6IF, eHam.net
18 July 2012
  • Summary: After my earlier zero-Awful! review on this mic. I went to work on it in an effort to make it better. Another reviewer gave a few hints that were right on. Disassembled the mic, 3 screws on the back, 2 on the board.. Remove the vol knob from the front, then carefully pulled the board up and out.. I found the little mic holes where the sound should go through are not drilled through at all--interesting (FAIL?)...
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Overall 10

I don't know why everyone hates it!

KB3TUO, eHam.net
21 April 2012
  • Summary: Looking at the other reviews, it seems as though people have had bad experiences with this one. NOT ME! Mine works great! I bought it for my TH-D72. It is NOT a field grade microphone, but it gets the job done, and very nicely at that. A few things that people complained about: "The volume control is awkward" If you're right handed (like myself and most others) you can control the knob easily with your right thumb.
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N3NJ, eHam.net
1 April 2012
  • Summary: I purchased this item new for my Kenwood D7 HT. Everbody complained that they could not hear me. Kenwood dropped the ball. I have never had a problem with any Kenwood device until now. I love Kenwood radios but this item is worthless. I checked the reviews and just about everybody else complained too. I will search for an aftermarket speaker mic. My Kenwood speaker mic is in the trash where it belongs. Don't buy one, you've been warned.......
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N0YXE, eHam.net
28 January 2012
  • Summary: Put a brand new SMC-34 on a new TH-K20A HT and it did not work, except for a buzzing sound. The sound control did nothing, too. IT WAS TOTALLY WORTHLESS! Sent it back and ordered a new SMC 32, put it on, and it is GREAT. MAYBE THE SMC-32 IS ONE OF THE BEST SPEAKER/MICS I HAVE EVER USED. It is VERY SMALL with really wonderful, large sound. I plan on using it mostly in the car. It should be great. The TH-K20A, a brand new single band Kenwood HT, is just terrific.
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Overall 10

Works great and is light weight!

KF7OCD, eHam.net
18 March 2011
  • Summary: From reading the reviews about this product people love it or hate it, me I really love it and maybe there was a few bad runs in production but I got a good one =] The keys at the top are easy to program and the sound is great. I have mine programed as follows: A- switch between A and B band B- channel/frequency up C- channel/frequency down I use this mic/speaker for my Kenwood HT TH-F6A and I use BOTH as a base radio (I made a kick ass base radio mount and antenna...
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Overall 2

Was nice for 3 months.

N8LTD, eHam.net
15 September 2007
  • Summary: After about 3 months, the audio went way down. It's really not usable the way it is now. It will probably cost more to fix than what it cost to buy. Another example of disposable electronics-not worth fixing, just get a new one. MFJ has the MFJ-286 for Kenwoods for $9 on their site. My 286 is falling apart, but it's 12 years old. I'll probably get another 286.
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Overall 10

Nice extra!

KI4JUA, eHam.net
20 January 2007
  • Summary: I bought my SMC-34 speaker/microphone to use with my Kenwood TH-F6. I like the radio, but it's volume control ring is a bit awkward to use quickly when skipping through frequencies. The SMC-34 is perfect as a lapel speaker and makes it much easier to adjust the volume quickly. Once I figured out how to program it (p 38 in the TH-F6 manual, hold down the button while powering on the radio and making sure the lock is off) I really loved it.
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Overall 10


KI6AZD, eHam.net
9 December 2006
  • Summary: Sounds excellent and I get incredibly positive audio reports when using the microphone. You just plug it in, set the volume on the HT, set the volume on the SMC-34 and you're good to go! Programming the PF keys for anything you want is also incredibly easy. Construction feels solid and fits in my hand well. Great purchase for my TH-F6A HT. Recommended!
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Overall 10

My first microphone

KC9GGH, eHam.net
22 February 2006
  • Summary: Purchased this for my TH-G71. Receiving excellent audio reports and speaker is good. Only used at my desk so far but purchased it for mobile use also. Clip-on and chord seem sturdy and chord is long enough to attach to your waist either in the front or back. I would definitely purchase again. Got it at R&L for $29.95.
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