So if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll remember that I was gifted an old Radio Shack HTX-242 by a great group of guys up in the North West. The 242 microphones are plagued with the same issue that the 252 microphones are when it comes to the rubber coating of the cable dry rotting and falling apart.
My goal has been to be able to replace the cable on these microphones as well but I really haven’t had a lot of time to dig in to the microphone to see how it is wired to the board. Well a few weeks back, I finally had the chance to do so and I have to say that it is intriguing to say the least. I was hoping to take the mike apart and see one of the Yaesu clone cables that were just a push on connector but I did not. I’m still really not sure how this thing is connected to the PCB as I’m afraid to attempt any type of prying on it.
I’ve taken some pics of it and I’ll post them here after I transfer them to the PC. The RJ-45 connection doesn’t appear to be much of a challenge at all so once I get the microphone part figured I’ll trace everything out and go from there.
In the mean time, there is a decent 242 on ebay right this moment with the same mike cord ailment that this one has here and it’s not a bad price so grab it while you can!