A used Zoom H2 Recorder goes on eBay for about $100. It was designed to record music, speeches, top quality digital audio in 2 or 4 channel stereo. It has a headset (/headphone) jack to monitor what is being recorded or what would be recorded while the recorder is PAUSE’d… Depending on the audio quality you select and the capacity of the SD Memory Card you an easily stream and/or record 8 hrs or more with a good set of rechargeable ‘AA’ NiMH batteries.
We are going to substitute that headset by a Bluetooth transmitter. I bought a Sony TMR-BT10A Bluetooth Transmitter second hand, on eBay, for $15 (+postage). I bought and tried other BT transmitters. They all work but the Sony has a good range and acceptably good analog-to-digital conversion speed (meaning the delay is small). It has a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery but requires an awkward-for-travelling charger. Its usable range is somewhere between 3 to 10 meters, as always with Bluetooth, subject to “pollution” of the 2.4GHz band (WiFi, cordless phones, cell phone headsets, microwave oven, etc.).
So about $100 - $150 spent, plug the Sony TMR-BT10A Bluetooth Transmitter into the headset jack of any gadget and pair it with the iCom.
Next, plug the Sony TMR-BT10A Bluetooth Transmitter into the headset jack of the Zoom H2, press RECORD once and you’ll hear what it would record if you pressed RECORD a second time. And, if indeed you choose to record, you will hear up to 30ft away what is being recorded. Place the Zoom H2 near the pulpit, head table or theater stage or …
Somewhat similar to the Phonak products, the Zoom H2 has “tons” of sound processing options for “recording” single instruments, bands, orchestras, lecturers / speakers, indoors, outdoors, noise… it comes with a wind blocker, etc.
This Phonak FM alternative is far superior in some situations and the exact opposite in others. However you can modify my receipe, substituting any other analog or digital recorder with a headset monitor jack for the Zoom H2. Likewise for the Sony TMR-BT10A Bluetooth Transmitter. You will end up owning two tools which can be used separately, one to record and another to transmit sound to your iCom from any device with a headset output jack.
Soon I’ll present a $10 wireless microphone feeding the DAI input of my iCom. I got the BOLUN Wireless Mini Clip-on Microphone Transmitter Receiver and a DAI cord but need to adapt the 1/4" microphone plug to the DAI cable.
Note: Be careful when you use FM for personal, private conversations, gatherings or meetings because eavesdropping is generally as easy as tuning a suitable receiver to the same frequency. Bluetooth is substantially more secure !
For TV-Viewing this FM Transmitter here is more suitable !!