Silver Sweeps Winner Puts DigiStor II to Work

WHEATON, Ill. I’d like to offer my thanks to Henry Engineering and Radio World’s Silver Sweepstakes for the DigiStor II digital audio recorder I recently received (Oct. 24, 2001, page 4) . It is a really neat device.
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WHEATON, Ill. I’d like to offer my thanks to Henry Engineering and Radio World’s Silver Sweepstakes for the DigiStor II digital audio recorder I recently received (Oct. 24, 2001, page 4) . It is a really neat device.

When I received the unit, I scanned the instructions and gave it a test drive to see what would happen using only the front-panel switches. I was able to record on all eight channels, but operation was a bit confusing.

I telephoned Hank Lansberg at Henry Engineering to thank him for the unit and to clarify operation. He mentioned that the front-panel switches are primarily to check the unit and not intended for programming. He suggested I make use of the remote control switches. This proved to be good advice. I quickly mastered the learning curve.

Initially I thought it necessary to utilize eight message channels to obtain eight minutes of recording. One channel can store eight minutes, however; and actually I was able to record slightly more than nine minutes.

Audio quality was excellent for speech; music was acceptable within the audio bandwidth limitations of 6.5 kHz.

For using the telecoupler, the instructions stressed that pin No. 1 of the telecoupler assembly must be mated to remote control connector pin No. 1. While certainly reasonable, pin No. 1 is not clearly identified on the unique, heat-shrink-covered assembly.

A little peering under the heat-shrink revealed a jumper that the sketch shows is near to pin No. 1. I tried a phone call to the unit and got no response. The instructions say all switches should be up, not mentioning that switch No. 8, "recording disabled," must be down.

Once I figured this out, DigiStor II performed like a champ.

I am in the process of installing a Part 15 low-power camp radio that will allow parents dropping their kids off at camp to receive instructions in their cars as to parking, check-in, etc. The DigiStor II will be ideal for this application.

Thanks for this great prize.

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