[CQ-Contest] Voice Automation Enhancements and the future
dx35 at hilding.com
Fri Jan 28 22:44:11 EST 2005
Mike, WV2ZOW wrote:
> So Eric is developing full voice automation.
I am only one of several folks whacking away at chunks of the "opportunity"
> What then would be the difference between operating a phone contest vs.
a CW contest?
> Only the ability to copy CW.
Not entirely, IMHO. Phone rates per hour are much higher than CW rates,
and it will take a number of "customized" operational short messages that
can be triggered real fast to maximize the rates. But if a person can
learn CW, and learn to type on a keyboard, then learning how to operate
several banks of push buttons to do serious voice-automation can also be
learned. Just as some folks still practice CW with the paddles, serious
voice-automation contestors will have to do some practicing with their keys
(in this case, banks of buttons). But that's where color-coding and
segmenting button placements become critical more maximum efficiency. I'm
only a v1.0 of what will probably take re-arranging & re-arranging to v7.0
before things work well.
HA! Learning how to effectively use a 35 or 40 button "New Generation
Voice-Keyer" can probably be likened to learning how to play a musical
instrument !!! Certainly very similar to using a typewrite.
> Next step is voice recognition/CW recognition. If
> the computer does the copying, then there would really be no difference
> between a phone or CW (or for that matter, digital mode or digitized
> voice)contest. Any thoughts?
HA! Considering the difficulty already experienced in a DX contest with
dialects, speech patterns, etc. (throw a heavy dose of QSB on top), I think
this is a longggggg way off into the future. QRM problems with SSB vs. CW
add to the complexity of any type of incoming speech
recognition/conversion. Have you tried a 250Hz filter lately on a heavily
QRM'd DX station with Arctic flutter and very broken English? :-)
Depending upon your ERP, SSB contesting can also require some different
approaches than CW. Getting the Robot-sound minimized with SSB
voice-automation is the biggest challenge. Another difficulty in
voice-synthesized delivery is that I don't think certain
"energy/inflection", etc. will have the same punch. W1VE and I are
swapping emails and bouncing around some ideas around. I find it all
pretty exciting and am so glad Gerry is hacking away at this stuff too.
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