Airlite 62 Aviation Headset

Airlite-62 Aviation HeadsetI have acquired an Airlite 62 aviation headset and modified it for use with my Kenwood TS-850.

This headset is designed and manufactured in the UK primarily for the aviation sector such as the RAF, air traffic control etc. The Airlite 62 is available in many options dependant on customer specification.

The headset I have is monaural, 300 ohm microphone, fitted with RAF style plug without an in-line PTT switch.

To use it with my amateur radio transceivers the fitted RAF plug was removed and an 8 pin plug fitted. The new plug is wired using only the microphone signal and ground wires and the chassis ground wire. I then connected the headphone wires to a 6.5mm mono jack plug.

The PTT switch I use with the headset is connected via a cable to the “remote” socket on the rear of the Kenwood TS-850. This configuration allows me to use either the headset or my boom mike with the single ptt switch.

In addition, I could also use the built in VOX system or the receive/send switch on the radio.

3 thoughts on “Airlite 62 Aviation Headset

  1. hello
    Just acquired airlight 62 headset . I want to fit it with an 6.5 mm audio socket to plug into my Icom 718. Not interested in the microphone as I only do CW. Any idea how the audio plug is wired? Mine has six wires. The original plug has been cut off.
    Graham Powell M6GPP

    1. Hi Graham,
      I know that there were some stereo versions manufactured, my headset the audio is mono so I can only give you the info for mine. The audio is on the red and blue wires in the main cable. The yellow, green and brown wires all go into the mic boom with one of them being used to connect the metal boom to ground, sorry, but I can’t remember which one. I also have an unused orange wire which I’m presuming was used for PTT – mine was bought without the inline PTT switch.

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