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Reviews Categories | Voice Keyers | Idiom Press/Ham Supply LogiTALKER Voice Keyer Help


Reviews Summary for Idiom Press/Ham Supply LogiTALKER Voice Keyer
Idiom Press/Ham Supply LogiTALKER Voice Keyer Reviews: 11 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $199.95
Description: The LogiTALKER is a stand-alone voice keyer that goes between your radio and your microphone. It uses your regular microphone to record up to four messages to be played back at the touch of a button. It's the simple, easy- to-use, inexpensive way to save your voice in a contest! One message can be set to auto-repeat, which is perfect for running stations, or as a voice beacon, or for calling CQ automatically as a band opens.

The LogiTALKER works with just about any microphone, dynamic or condenser, that has an eight-pin round plug or an eight- pin modular plug. It can be reconfigured for a different brand of radio by reconfiguring jumpers, so your LogiTALKER isn't tied to just one radio.

Features

  • Can be easily configured for nearly any modern microphone or radio
  • Message #1 can be configured to repeat at any interval from 2 seconds to 266 seconds, or the repeat can be switched off
  • Messages are recorded with your regular microphone
  • Audio output is transformer-isolated -- no ground loops
  • Simple front-panel output level control
  • Microphone still works completely normally, including up/down buttons etc.
  • Message replay can be instantly stopped by pressing PTT
  • Messages can be recorded without a radio connected
  • Messages can be reviewed over the internal speaker without being transmitted
  • Messages are stored in nonvolatile memory -- no battery backup

    Design

    The LogiTALKER was invented by Allen Baker KG4JJH, who wanted a compact and simple device to save his voice in contests. The result was his design that he called the Vocal Keyer, which was featured in an article in the June 2009 issue of QST. With the addition of a few features and a custom enclosure, the Vocal Keyer became the LogiTALKER. The Logi-TALKER is based on an integrated circuit, the HK828, that provides high quality single-chip record and playback. The HK828 integrates many of the components necessary for a voice keyer, including an oscillator, microphone preamp, automatic gain control, antialiasing filter, smoothing filter, speaker amplifier, and nonvolatile memory. Because so many functions are provided by one integrated circuit, the LogiTALKER delivers first-rate performance at a very competitive price.

    Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions (excluding cables): 1.75" x 7.375" x 4" / 4.5 cm x 19 cm x 10 cm
  • Weight: 14 oz / 0.4 kg
  • DC Power requirements: 13.8 VDC (nominal) < 200mA
  • Microphone Input Voltage: 30mV peak-to-peak, maximum
  • PTT contact rating: 2 A @ 30 VDC, maximum
  • Input connectors: 8-pin modular (RJ45), 8-pin round "Foster"
  • Output connector: 8-pin modular (RJ45)

    Message Mode Sampling Rate Input Bandwidth Message Length

  • 2 messages 8.0 kHz 4.0 kHz 2 x 16 sec
  • 4 messages 6.4 kHz 3.2 kHz 4 x 10 sec
  • Product is in production.
    More info: http://www.hamsupply.com/logitalker/
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    EA5BWR Rating: 5/5 Nov 14, 2010 12:03 Send this review to a friend
    Great device to save your voice  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
    For a long time I've been looking for a Voice Keyer to save my voice in Contests and not excessively expense. After some searches on internet I found the Logitalker at the Idiompress website. I knew about the quality of other devices from Idiompress so I decided to order it.
    In less than a week I've received the Logitalker at home.
    Inside the box, the device with a simple but enought and easy manual and the cables I ordered. In a few minutes you can set up the microphone configuration for your radio and without needed to connect to the transceiver you can record your messages. According to your choice (2 or 4 messages) is the length of the recording, more than enought in both cases.
    My Transceivers have no monitor function but with the Logitalker's speaker I can check the quality of the recording withouth transmiting on the air or mute this at your choice.
    I've checked the device with different types of microphones, only you have to set up a jumper inside the Logitalker, clearly explained in the manual, with every microphones i have tested it works well. Anyway, you've got two types input connectors at the front (RJ-45 and 8pins round) both configured for same radio.Only one RJ-45 output to your radio.
    I have connected the Logitalker to my SO2R homebrew controller and works perfectly with my FT-857 and TS-50, CQing in one radio with the delay I want or sending my call at the other.
    The audio quality of the transmision is really nice, and I can select the transmision level from the device's front.
    I think this is very good choice for those who want a quality voice keyer without spent all the money in an expensive or complicated radio accesory.
     
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