Repeater Features - DVR
DVR The Digital Voice Recorder, or DVR
is one of the most useful features of the repeater. It acts somewhat
like a tape recorder, in that it records your voice over the air,
and then plays it back just the way you said it, mistakes, and all.
The DVR has many parts, or functions that make it a very useful tool.
The Public mail box is a voice mail box,
where you can leave a message for any , or all members of the
repeater. You are prompted for - Who is the message for? - and, then
- Record it now -. The DVR then periodically announces at the end
of tail messages, that - There are messages for -, and then plays back
the first recorded response. Often times there will be messages waiting
for more then one member, and each is announced in order. Since these
Public mail messages are announced at regular intervals, the member
your message is for, has a good chance to hear about it, even if they
are just monitoring the repeater. This is the most effective way to grab
someone's attention. The nice feature is that you don't have to hang around
waiting for them to show. It effectively ends the amateur version of "telephone
The Private mail box isn't really private,
as everyone listening will either hear you putting the message
in, or the member taking it out. In this case Private means, that
the message is placed in the members personal mail box. This message
is not announced, as in the Public message section. The member has
to check his particular box number in order to know if someone has
left him a message. This feature is used if the message is not urgent,
or no quick reply is needed. Often times this feature is used to just
say hello, or let them know, they have been thought of.
Another feature of the DVR, is that it
allows for human voice identification of the repeater. This replaces
the traditional CW identifications. This feature allows announcements
of amateur events to be made, or just some comment to brighten your
day, along with the voice id - This is the K9WZ REPEATER, etc.
Since we are not limited to canned messages, we can make our announcements
fit the event, and give all the details. This is often used to announce
special events that will be upcoming on the repeater, local hamfests,
meetings, breakfast gatherings, helpful tips, and other useful amateur
related happenings. Just by monitoring the repeater you will be able to
keep up with what's going on in the area. While this particular feature
can only be accessed by a Control Operator, they are always looking for
volunteer voices, and/or announcements.
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