TCB Firearms wrote:
Why is "hand mic" required? I bought a boom set-up from hamcity and it has held up well.
Can't speak for the OP's requirements, but there are two main uses I've found for speakermics.
The first is when operating a handheld radio and needing to hold it above my head to get better reception/transmission. Since I can't move my head to also be above my head in order to speak into the radio (or hear it in loud environments) it helps to have the speakermic. In the public service world we call it the statue of liberty =)
The other use is when wearing the radio on a belt, or on the back of my backpack while hiking. I can easily thread the cable for the speakermic to the front shoulder strap on my backpack so that I can operate the radio easily, and be able to actually hear it. (This setup is also nice for keeping the radio away from my body and up a little higher for better reception.)