I'm glad you mentioned this, Randy. When voice keyers first became popular,
the audio from them was often ropey (not news). Now in 2015 (2014 if I include
CQWW SSB) I'm starting to hear the opposite. Mostly, both are good nowadays
(also not news), BUT *some* DVK audio is now sounding better than the real
thing! It's not that it's super-whizz or anything - just that box-standard mic
audio is getting real dire these days, unless the appropriate adjustments are
made. Fortunately many on here are heeding Jim's advice; it's just the others
now :>) Perhaps that's a tad unfair though. Sets are coming *out-of-the-box*
sounding like this...
From: Randy Thompson K5ZD <email@example.com>
To: cq-contest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 5:16
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Technology - Phone Skimmer Nears Beta Test
It would seem the use of computer sound cards as voice keyers is the root
of most SSB modulation and clarity issues. It took me several sound
before I found a combination that sounded good.
We have several choices as
a community. We can simply not work guys with
bad audio. Or we can work them
and then tell them their audio is bad.
Perhaps if enough people said something,
they would work on it.
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> On Fri,4/3/2015 11:25 AM, Marijan
> > Five years ago there was a hope that mature speech
> > technology would be applied to limited vocabulary hamradio
> > It has become April fools joke instead sadly illustrating
> our hobby.
> Having just endured another weekend of truly
awful audio with WPX SSB, I
> couldn't even get my ear/brain to decode many of
them. I heard at least
> 50 stations with audio so badly distorted, muffled, or
> overprocessed that I could not copy them, and at least a hundred
> where the poor audio quality made me take twice as long to complete
> I'm not suggesting that we don't use
processing/eq/compression -- these
> are excellent techniques if done WELL, but
they destroy speech
> intelligibility if done badly. I run my K3 with the three
> frequency bands set for maximum cut and some cut of the fourth (400
> band. The remaining bands are set flat. I have compression set for 10
> on peaks, and I carefully set computer playback level so that the radio
is not overdriven.
> PLEASE -- the next time you are setting up for a SSB
> listen to your own audio on another rig or get another ham to
> critically to your audio.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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