I recently purchased an AUDIO-TECHNICA BPHS1 Broadcast Headset for use on my base station. I decided on a microphone/headset combo because it freed up my hands to make logbook entries as I talk. In addition, it permits me to move around and yet maintain the same relative position between the microphone and my mouth for more consistent audio. You can't do this with a desk or boom-mounted mike. I chose this particular unit because it is lightweight and very comfortable. The earmuffs seal well around my ears and block out the noise to the point that I can copy weak signals more easily. The mike element is a moving-coil dynamic which does not require "phantom power". I consider this a big plus. Also, the air checks I've made show that the mike's frequency response curve is a good match with the tone of my voice, and now my transmitted audio has a fuller, clearer , more robust sound. From a mechanical standpoint, the unit is well constructed and durable. It has a 10' long heavy duty cable. The BPHS1 retails for $199, but I found this one NIB on Ebay for $100 (free shipping). Here are the specs: http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resource_library/literature/89120bd665600348/0001_0277_00_bphs1_xf4_ss.pdf I've used it for a couple of weeks, and I'm completely satisfied with it. 73s - 399 J.J. NOTE: The mike element is balanced and has an XLR connector, which required a balanced-to-unbalanced transformer to match up with my transceiver. Be sure to buy a HIGH QUALITY transformer, 'cause a cheap one will make your audio sound like S**T.