Re: Voice recorder / headset question
I have a rather odd question ...Not odd at all - this is a great question!
Great to keep a history of the contacts ... It's hard to hold an HT and a handheld Yagi and key the mic and write it all down with just two hands ... (grin)... voice recorder to record contacts ...
Well, the FM birds are so easy to work (especially with your Arrow II!) that I really don't desire using my Heil headset while working them. But ...... using a headset so that you can hear a bit better ...
That's a perfect combination! A little shirt-pocket-sized recorder will do the trick. You pay more for them as the features get more extravagant, of course ...... a way to do both? ... VX7R with a external handheld microphone ...
- Just need taped conversations? Cheapest. Like a Sony M-470.
-Digital recording? A little more expensive. Olympus units are great. VN-6000 looks cool.
-Digital, with audio files that are easily transferred to your computer? Closer to $100, like an Olympus Olympus WS-500M. My Marantz PMD660 for interviews + Sennheiser mic was a little over $500.
-Wireless setup (I use one for my presentations and demos)? Can be second mortgage time. Audio Technica makes some great setups.
... I was thinking of adding something like the MFJ-288R, but was curious how I might be able to record contacts?
The MFJ-288R doesn't have an audio jack inline anywhere (as I remember - correct me if I am wrong). The Pryme SPM-4xx Series used to have an 3.5mm 2-conductor audio jack - so you would plug the tape recorder's input into it, and then use the tape recorder's earphone jack for hearing ...
Go inexpensive at first. You already have the speaker-mic and great gain with the Arrow antenna. Just borrow someone's cassette recorder (or find yours out in the garage) for testing. Look at how I have mounted my HT onto the book of my Arrow (go to PHOTOS at http://www.k6lcs.com ) - and you eliminate the need for so many hands.
And after transmitting, you can clip the mic to the setup. Hey - mount a little clipboard and pad, and you have your own portable Arrow Satellite Office!