[WriteLog] Digital Voice Cards

k2qmf@juno.com k2qmf@juno.com
Wed, 21 Nov 2001 12:14:12 -0500

The echo effect happened often here.
I don't think it is lack of processor power.  I am running a 
PentiumIII 866Mhz. With 256 Meg of RAM !!!
I never lost my Telnet connection during the contest!!
I sure hope this problem will be addressed and corrected...
Many others have responded to my question and are having this
same problem !!
73,  Ted  K2QMF

On Tue, 20 Nov 2001 22:30:06 -0600 dr <kg0us@swbell.net> writes:
> Your right,
> I have never had a computer noise problem.
> The echo effect happens rarely and probably only occurs because of 
> the
> multi-tasking windows environment and lack of processor power.  I 
> use a
> Pentium II 350 and only see it happen when I lose a telenet 
> connection
> while a wave file is playing.
> Matching the levels is not too hard it you have a brain and know how 
> to
> use the mixers on both playback and record.  You check it out before 
> the
> contest in a 50 Ohm load by watching your ALC and COMP meters.  If 
> you
> do not have a 50 Ohm load meet a buddy on 10 meters late at night 
> when
> the band is closed.
> Many of users have problems because we do not read the Help file or 
> the
> Help file is not configured very well for users to find all the
> information.  I noticed many people during the SS phone contest that 
> did
> not have the System Sounds turned "off" on their computer.  If you
> listened to their voice file during the contest and heard a ping 
> then
> they more than likely had the system sound still "on".  To correct 
> this
> problem Search for the word "silence" in the help file.  Once 
> "silence"
> is selected click the Display button and look at the bottom of the 
> page
> that pops up.
> I have had RFI problems that was cured by a $8 pair of square 
> Ferrite
> cores from radio shack.
> So for 28 bucks or so I have a nice setup that I can use with a 
> dozen or
> more message of near endless length at one logging session.
> What does the XXX contest card cost?  I think it costs around 150
> dollars. It must store an endless amount of voice files per session 
> for
> that price.  No,  I think it can store 3 short messages.  How does 
> it do
> on decoding CW or RTTY?  Sorry, I do not think it can do that one.  
> How
> about the audio quality.  Again I do not think it can compare to the 
> and DACs on most sound cards.
> One other thing,  the XXX contest card looks like a simple parallel 
> port
> to windows.  That is nice but windows is unable to detect it on 
> some
> computers.  So using XXX contest card is great advise unless you 
> can
> never get windows to interface to it.  I have never had that 
> problem
> with a Soundblaster card.
> Do not get me wrong,  if you are using one of those DOS based 
> logging
> programs then by all means use a XXX contest card.  I have nothing 
> but
> praise for the guys that designed and built those cards and made 
> them
> available for the amateur radio community.
> However, I will only use the sound card approach when using a 
> Windows
> logging program such as Writelog.
> So I agree to disagree
> Hey, that is what is great about a free country.  Do what you want.
> Play back a cassette player if you want. Just get on the air and 
> have
> fun!  That is what it is all about.
> 73 and Best Regards to All,
> Dave KG0US
> TOMK5RC@aol.com wrote:
> > In a message dated 11/20/2001 4:30:40 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > kg0us@swbell.net writes:
> >
> >
> >
> >> If your going to use Writelog in Windows then just buy a $20
> >> Soundblaster card
> >> and be done with it. There is no need to screw around with a 
> contest
> >> card that
> >> was created back in the dinosaur age of computers with sound 
> cards
> >> as
> >> inexpensive as they are.
> >>
> >
> >
> > Great advice if you can get the computer noise and echo effects 
> out of
> > the sound card and if you can match levels and eliminate RFI. I 
> don't
> > have those issues with the W9XT board. It just works.
> >
> > Tom, K5RC
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