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  • 04/09/2015
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Does anybody out there have experience with a digital voice memo recorder that is somewhat ruggedized and holds up well on the line? Preferably with playback ability. I’m looking for recommendations for something that ICs and overhead types could use in lieu of having to write everything on a 214 when things are busy. Thanks.

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  1. Mark
    April 9, 2015 Reply

    tSmart phone Apps. There are lots out there. one i use is sound/voice activated.

    1. 671
      April 10, 2015 Reply

      I thought about that, but being an employee of a notoriously underfunded and technophobic government agency myself and the others I’m looking for are of course, rocking flip phones, if we’re lucky enough to even have a g phone.

  2. 671
    April 10, 2015 Reply

    And I’m not interested in potentially damaging my personal phone and having to pay for replacement myself while I’m working for them.

  3. Rossman
    April 23, 2015 Reply

    I’ve used a small pocket sized device for years exclusively for work on IMT’s. I purchased it at a Costco about 10 years ago or so and it is a brute. I think it is a Olympus device.Its smaller than a pack of smoke, maybe a 1/3 of the size. I have recorded radio transmissions from the field and been able to decipher such. used at in briefings, recording important notes for later transfer to a 214. Down side? It makes people really nervous. ……

  4. DIVS51
    May 9, 2015 Reply

    I would agree with Rossman they make people very nervous, have used one for over 20 years they are cheaper, more durable, and easier to use now than ever before. My current one has a SUB port makes wave files and transcriptions that are ok depending on activity. I still keep paper but when I loose track I have something to fall back on. Plug it in to the laptop, cut and paste the time stamped notes into an e-214, compare edit with notes, debrief, done.

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