Headsets & Bob Heil’s Story

Bob Heil K9EIDDo you own a Heil headset and have you ever wondered about the story behind Heil Sound? Then this might be of your interest!

While thinking about upgrading my sound equipment to a Heil PR-40 microphone I stumbled over a 15 minute long interview with Bob Heil, K9EID the founder and CEO of Heil Sound, which you should listen to.

In the interview he explains how he got started in the sound business, his dedication to Ham Radio and his product philosophy. You can listen to the interview either on the Cliff Ravenscraft webpage or download the episode as an MP3 file by (right-) clicking on this link.

After the interview I realized how well Bob Heil is designing his microphones. I guess its right to say that thousands of microphones sold are a proof of the quality.

My personal experience with headsets

I personally am using a Proset headset for many years and I’m happy with the audio quality and the wearing comfort. When I got it as a student I was angry about the high price, but today I’m happy that I invested the money.

However when I’m operating M/S or M/M I prefer my David Clark H10-13.4 or my Pilot Avionics PA 11-60 headset. These headsets are heavy duty aviation (pilot) headsets. They do not only cancel the noise of your amp, they also cancel the voice of the shouting 40m SSB operator sitting next to you.

Especially the PA 11-60 has become very popular within the Bavarian Contest Club during the last years. Unfortunately Heil Sound doesn’t sell the HC4 microphone capsule anymore seperately. So one must stick to the electric condenser mic which come with the aviation headsets.

Sidenote: Peter, DL2NBU and myself wrote a short article (10 years!) ago how to connect the PA 11-60 microphone to Kenwood radios, over at the BCC website.

What about you? Do you own a peace of Heil equipment? What’s your experience? Any other recommendations? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

About Tobias (DH1TW)

Self-confessed Starbucks addict. Loves to travel around the globe. Enjoys the technical preparations of Amateur-Radio contests as much as the contests themselves. Engineer by nature. Entrepreneur. For more, follow him @DH1TW


  1. VK1LW says:

    Yes, the PA 11-60 is great for M/M. I’ve got a couple and haven’t found anything better.

  2. Bugs Bunny says:

    Overpriced as anything else lately on Amateur Radio market. And NO it isn’t SO perfect, as everybody claiming, run AFC, and you’ll see. I did a test one day, asked for a signal quality while using generic headset, and was told that it is garbage, after that I claimed changing to HEIL and guess what, my signal improved drastically. Almost fell on the floor laughing.

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