[CQ-Contest] Voice Keyers
w2up at mindspring.com
Thu Apr 8 12:23:09 EDT 1999
On 8 Apr 99, Pete Smith <n4zr at contesting.com> wrote:
> Rob, I had one very early on, and was fascinated by the phonetic voicing
> capabilities. as a result I spent a lot of time trying to build voice
> files that would string together and sound natural. My final, reluctant
> conclusion was the same as yours -- but I wouldn't be without it, even if
> just as a CQ machine. An often overlooked capability is the "backcopy"
> function that lets you capture what just happened on the air for posterity.
> It's really fun sometimes.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> Loud is good
Just to remind everyone, there are other alternatives to DVP/DVK, etc.
One, which I used for several years is Contest Voice Blaster
software. It is a DOS-based TSR, was written by K8CC, and sold by
LTA. It is software that uses your Soundblaster card to record and
generate the audio files via the F1-F4 keys. Works fine with CT, etc. I
stopped using it when I started using Writelog (see next paragraph).
Another well-kept secret is W5XD's Writelog for Windows contesting
software (see NCJ ad or Web site for more info). Writelog is a
full-function contesting program that supports CW, SSB and RTTY. In
SSB, the sound card is used to record the audio buffers in standard WAV
files, which can be edited with your audio editor of choice (unlike
Contest Voice Blaster which uses a proprietary audio format). Another
nice thing about Writelog is it uses ALL standard Windows stuff -
meaning no special config files, hardware changes, etc. just for
contesting. Personally, I've used Writelog in a few contests over the
last year or so, and plan on using it instead of CT for all my
P.S. Just a satisfied user of the above products... This is not a paid
Barry Kutner, W2UP Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
Newtown, PA Frankford Radio Club
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