In reply to G4ERP:
I have been trying out an Olympus VN-120 digital voice recorder for a little time for logging.
I came across one of these about 18 months ago, simply finding it lying in the grass. It was soaking wet but I took it home, let it dry out naturally, tried it and it worked. I was able to determine that it had been almost certainly lying in the grass for about a month through much inclement weather - yet it still worked. It clearly belonged to the miltary and I returned it to them. I was told they make extensive use of these in the field.
With such survival I thought I would try one for logging only I kept forgetting to use it for some time. However when I have remembered, I have been trying it out in parallel with paper recording and have so far only used it once as my solo logger. So far so good.
All I do is slide the hold button to activate, press record and stick it either in my shirt pocket or on some convenient rock. Not fiddly very straight forward. It records the date and time of the start of the recording and then in playback mode shown the elapsed time. I have found that with the sensitivity maximised, I can clearly hear both sides of the exchange. I simply add the elapsed time to the start for log entry, and I can fast forward and so that I don’t have to play it all through and fast back if I miss something. So far still running on the set of batteries I put in several months ago.
- Although you can see that it is recording after pressing rec, you don’t know what you have got till you play
it back. Would I rely on it - I have once but I am not keen to.
- Playback and transcription even with fast forward is quite time consuming.
- Wind can make a lot of noise and can make it hard to hear the playback
- This model had 2 hrs max recording which may be too short for longer or multiple activations.