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Word of the Day (Digital Voice Keyer): What is a Digital Voice Keyer?

Hardware which digitally records one’s voice for CQs, contest exchanges and other frequently spoken information. The recording is played back using keystrokes defined by software (or by pushing a button for a stand-alone box or transceiver), thus saving the operator the fatigue of doing the talking. Most modern software uses computer sound cards for this purpose. Older software used specially designed cards (e.g., the DVP by K1EA, the W9XT card) or even a stand-alone box.

You can find Unified Microsystem’s VK-64 Voice Keyer at DX Engineering. The unit is a voice keyer and CW memory keyer in one package.

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