[na-user] using NA to send voice messages
Tue, 21 Nov 2000 12:28:21 -0500
At 10:36 AM 11/21/00 -0500, David Clemons wrote:
>I am a long time user of NA, and have it all set up to send the typical CW
>messages from the F1-F7 keys. I nearly lost my voice about 2 hours from
>the end of SS, so I think it is time to set NA up to do the same for
>phone. (I'm still having trouble talking - aren't phone contests fun?)
>I have a 486 DX 100, running DOS 6.22 (windows 3.1 is on the computer but
>commented out of autoexec.bat. I have a SoundBlaster brand soundcard
>which I occasionally use for PED. I presume the xcvr is not important in
>What do I need to do to go from here? Any helpful ideas would be
>appreciated. If you send me private e-mail responses, I can summarize the
>results for the reflector (minus your names and e-mail addresses.)
>73, Dave Clemons K1VUT
There are two possibilities.
DATOM Engineering offers a product called Contest Voice Blaster
(CVB). This is a TSR which runs on top of any DOS program, and can turn a
Creative Labs Sound Blaster into a contest voice keyer compatible with
NA. CVB requires a real SoundBlaster card, along with a driver file called
CT-VOICE.DRV which is provided by Creative Labs. The CVB documentation
shows a simple interface (a couple of small relays and some transistors and
resistors) which routes the audio signals to/from the radio to complete the
package. CVB is available from Radio Bookstore 800 457-7373.
Kevin, W9CF wrote a driver that makes a sound card look like a K1EA DVP for
voice message playback. The program is freeware - look at
http://fermi.la.asu.edu/w9cf. He only claims it will work with TR-Log
(which is what he uses), but in looking at his FAQ on the subject but I see
no issues which would prevent it from working with NA. I have not tried
this program, but it could be very slick. In a note dated 8/2000, UA9CDC
reports it works perfectly with TRLog.
Since you have a older machine running DOS, this might be easy to set up.
Dave Pruett, K8CC
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