My day job is one that also involves technology. I usually get to play with all the good stuff, too. I have lamented many of the same concerns about this hobby's slow rate of technical advancement, too. However, comparing a hand held VHF/UHF radio to an iPhone is not an apples to apples comparison. It is the same type of comparison as buying a new car and then complaining that it can't take off vertically like a helicopter and fly you to work. A car and a helicopter are both forms of transportation, but the similarities end there. The same goes for VHF/UHF radios and iPhones. Yes, the radio industry needs to step up their technology game (no doubt!), but directly comparing the two platforms isn't an appropriate comparison.
Does anybody know which impedance and type of mic i need to buy to get this to work?
Do any other components (like capacitors, resistors or diodes) need to be installed? A friend did a mod with a mic with what appears to be a diode acress the terminals, and that works?!
I also need to do the MARS mods to a couple of these radios. Since we bought them used, there are no extra grey seal pads with them. Can I get them somewhere else?