CB Microphone Wiring
We created this page to help people understand that not all microphones are wired the same way. For example, just because two different microphones are 4 pin does not mean that they are wired the same, even if they are the same brand! Different manufacturers may wire their microphones differently. Generally, a radio manufacturer will wire their microphones the same so that the microphones are interchangeable between their radios, however, this is not always the case.
For example, Cobra 4 Pin radios are wired 1) Shield 2) Audio 3) Transmit 4) Receive while Midland 4 Pin radios are wired 1) Audio 2) Shield 3) Receive 4) Transmit. There are some radio brands that have the same general wiring (such as Cobra and Uniden) but that is not always the case.
The list below offers some CB microphone wiring information. CB mic wiring can be frustrating enough, but when you can't find the right wiring info, it is just impossible. We will continue to try to get all the information that we can listed on this page.
CB Radio Mic Wiring Diagram
The chart and image above are correct for these models:
(Extra NOTE: The popular Astatic 636L-DX1X is compatible with these)
- 19 DX IV
- 148 GTL
- 18 WX ST II
- 19 DX IV Camo
- 25 LTD
- 25 LX
- 25 NW LTD
- 25 WX NW ST
- 29 LTD Chrome
- 29 LTD Classic
- 29 LTD DE
- 29 LX
- 29 LX Camo
- 29 NW LTD
- 29 WX NW ST
Wiring for the C29 LX MAX and the C29LTDBT:
- 1) Ground
- 2) Audio
- 3) Transmit
- 4) Receive
- 5) BT Button
- 6) BT Microphone
Cobra 4 Pin
TX = White, MOD = Red, REC = Blue, Shield/Common = Braid/Black
Midland 4 Pin
TX = ?, MOD = ?, REC = ?, Shield/Common = ?
Cobra 5 Pin
TX = White, MOD = Red, REC = Blue, Shield = Braid, Common = Black
Wiring Color Codes for Astatic 6 Wire Microphones:
- White - Audio
- Shield - Ground
- Blue - Common for Switching
- Red - Push to Talk (Transmit)
- Black - Receive
- Yellow - Receive Ground (not normally used)
NEW information - 6/26/18
6 Pin President Microphone DNC520 Microphone Wiring:
WIRING OF MIC CABLE:
3. TX (Up/Down)
6. Power Supply
Having troubles with your microphone?
- Make sure the connections are tightened.
- Ensure that the microphone pins on the radio are making a connection with the microphone plug. If need be, you can very gently spread the pins with a small flathead screwdriver.
- Make sure your CB mic is plugged in securely. Check for breaks or damage to the plug and cord. Check the pins in the radio for damage as well.
- Be sure you are pressing the CB microphone button all the way in.
- If it is a power mic or echo mic, make sure there is a battery in it!
- Visit our Troubleshooting Radios Article for other helpful information.