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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Technology - Phone Skimmer Nears Beta Test

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Technology - Phone Skimmer Nears Beta Test
From: Tod <tod@k0to.us>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:51:10 -0600
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I record using an iPhone app, ALON Dictation . It produces recordings that have 
very low noise and are free of distortion. I move those snippets to a computer 
and process them with Audacity. I can now remove "silence" and adjust the 
recorded waveform to a specific amplitude.

Since Audacity permits adding two separate snippets, I have generated a 
collection of snippet building blocks. E.g ,  QSO, QSL, QRZ, Your, Power, 
State, and so forth. 

Then I  generate and save the audio phrases I need for a particular Contest. I 
use the highest bit rate to get the best rendition of the phrases. 

All of this takes time --- once !

All phrases are inspected to assure no artifacts and limited peak audio power. 
They are also listened to as part of the inspection process.

This method does not necessarily solve the need for dynamic change of the audio 
message. In the logging program I use, however, audio messages can be modified 
on the fly. I simply concatenate pre-recorded audio phrases or snippets to get 
the dynamic change I want.

The procedure preceding is only of interest to people whose ego demands the 
best signal possible from their station and call sign.

Sent from my iPhone 6

> On Apr 3, 2015, at 10:24 PM, <w5gn@mxg.com> <w5gn@mxg.com> wrote:
> Could we provide a 10 meter repeater with a delay line, 
> so you could hear your own audio before the contest?
> Barry, 
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