In the reference book Wireless for the Warrior Volume 2, 36 different patterns of British and Commonwealth hand microphone are listed, used with a wide range of different radio sets and in different configurations for different climatic conditions. In the past we have looked at examples of the No 3 and No 16 hand microphones, but today we are looking at another variation, this time the No 4 microphone:
This shares the same basic design as the others, however this one is designed for use with the Nos 8, 12, 21 and 33 set radios. The designation of the microphone, plus its ZA5313 stores code is moulded into the plastic on the front of the microphone:
In order to use the microphone, the button on the side needs to be depressed:
The microphone connects to the wireless itself using a four point plug:
As mentioned above, with 36 distinct variations of microphone, there are plenty to track down, but I must confess finding it very hard to get really excited about tracking them all down! I will pick up cheap examples that come across my path but I am in no rush to get the set!